GPS Collar Ensures Man Will Never Lose His Best Friend
By Alice Truong .Tue Aug 16, 2011 07:00 AM ET
Qualcomm has a new gadget to help keep an eye on man’s best friend.
Using location-based peer-to-peer technology, Snaptracs, one of Qualcomm’s subsidiaries, is building rechargeable GPS collars, TechCrunch reported.
The waterproof device, called Tagg, fits dogs or cats that weigh more than 10 pounds. As the owner, you define Tagg Zones, common places your pet hangs out, such as the house or doggie day care. If your dog is outside these zones, you get an email or text message. You can also temporarily disable the collar so you don’t get these alerts while on walks or on vacation with Spot. Tagg’s rechargeable battery lasts about 30 days. When it’s running low on juice, you’ll also get a reminder to charge it up.
Tagg, powered over Verizon’s network, is expected to launch in September for about $200.
TRACK. FIND. PEACE OF MIND.
Don’t lose your pet. The Tagg™ pet tracking system allows you to see where your dog is and receive a notification if he or she wanders off. The lightweight tracker attaches to your dog's existing collar, and is designed to be worn at all times, even while swimming.
Tagg puts you in control of finding your pet. Unlike a microchip, which won’t alert you if your pet is lost, Tagg is a GPS tracker that sends you a text and email when your pet gets out so you can find him NOW.
Start tracking now. Don’t let your pet become a statistic.
Where’s your pet? Now you’ll always know!
Pinpoint your dog's whereabouts on the Tagg map. Then, zoom in and take a look at his exact location on a computer, mobile device, or use the free Tagg mobile app. Need directions? We'll provide those too. All you have to do is bring the wandering wagger back home.
Tagg works nationwide in the United States. See the coverage map for details.
Your dog can’t text you, but Tagg can!
Whether it’s a text message about your dog leaving the Tagg zone or an email reminding you it’s time to charge your tracker, Tagg notifications make it the most efficient dog tracker on the market.
Attaches easily to your dog’s collar
Putting the Tagg tracker on your dog’s existing collar is a snap. The GPS device securely attaches to your dog's collar with the included two-piece clip.
Three easy steps and you’re ready to go
Once you get your pet GPS tracker, it’s simple to get it up and running. First, create your account. Then activate your Tagg—The Pet Tracker. Finally, set up your Tagg zone, a “geofence" around the area where your dog spends most of his time. Start tracking your dog now.
Locate and Track Your Pet Anytime with Tagg—The Pet Tracker
GPS Tracking System Merges Technology, Functionality and Design, Bringing Peace of Mind to Pet Parents
SAN DIEGO – August 15, 2011 – Pet parents no longer have to worry about losing their beloved companions with the arrival of Tagg—The Pet Tracker™, an advanced pet tracking system equipped with GPS and wireless capabilities that enables pets to stay in touch with their owners. Tagg—The Pet Tracker is the first product from Snaptracs Inc., a newly formed, wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), the world leader in mobile technologies. The Tagg pet tracking system uses advanced GPS technology to enable pet owners to know where their pets are and be notified if they wander off. Tagg provides peace of mind for any pet parent by providing them access to their pet’s whereabouts via a mobile phone, mobile device or computer.
Hundreds of thousands of pets go missing every year, and according to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, only 15 to 20 percent of lost dogs and only two percent of lost cats are ever returned to their owners. Tagg—The Pet Tracker is a purpose-built solution that uses a sophisticated combination of GPS and wireless technology to monitor a pet’s location and quickly notify the owner via email and/or text if the pet leaves its Tagg zone, the area where it spends most of its time—typically the home, yard and adjacent areas.
The Tagg tracker is designed for dogs and cats over 10 lbs. and is a small, lightweight and durable device that attaches securely to an existing collar. Built to withstand all the running, digging and jumping of a pet’s busy day, the tracker is meant to be worn at all times, even while swimming. The long-lasting battery can last up to 30 days, but actual battery life will vary based on usage patterns. Convenient features have been built into the compact, stylish and comfortable tracker, including battery recharge notifications and a trip button, which allows pet and owner to take walks, car rides or travel without sending an alert.
“We created Tagg because we understand that pets are an important part of today’s family. As pet owners ourselves, we were inspired to design a purpose-built solution that provides owners the peace of mind that their pet is where it is supposed to be,” said Dave Vigil, president of Snaptracs. “A lost pet is something no owner wants to experience, and we are proud to have developed a simple-to-use and affordable tracking system that will help reunite pet and owner quickly if the pet wanders off.”
Tagg—The Pet Tracker service is provided on the Verizon Wireless network, giving pet parents reliable access to tracking information via its nationwide coverage. The Tagg Master Kit, which includes all hardware and one full year of service, is $199.99 and has an anticipated September ship date. Individual trackers for additional pets in the same family are also available.
For more information about Tagg—The Pet Tracker, visit www.tagg.com or follow the brand on Twitter @TaggTracker and Facebook at
About Tagg—The Pet Tracker
Tagg—The Pet Tracker is the first product from Snaptracs Inc., a newly formed, wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), the world leader in mobile technologies. Our mission is to make people’s lives easier and safer. Tagg—The Pet Tracker was born out of our love for our pets and our system uses advanced GPS and cellular technology to help people find their lost pets.