From the Great to the Small, GPS Tracks Them All

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We live in an age of grand technology, don’t we? We have flying machines and diving vehicles. With the internet, we can exchange information around the globe with lightning speed. We have satellites in orbit around our planet serving dozens of purposes, from weather prediction and observation, to GPS tracking and navigation, to military communications.


There are some other, still remarkable, technologies which work closer to home; we have touch-screen computers and mobile phones, incredibly vast quantities of digital storage and memory space available to us, and even GPS tracking capabilities for our automobiles and… our pets? Yes, indeed; with GPS tracking technologies, we’re working to recover everything from stolen cars to missing animals.


It may seem an odd use of the tool, but pet owners everywhere can sympathize with the anxiety that comes with losing a pet. Locating a missing animal can be difficult at best, as pet are wont to wander and don’t often stop to ask directions home. Add to that the possibility that a pet can drop its identification tags, and you’ve got another nightmare altogether. How many thousands of pets, do you suppose, have been lost forever due to their meandering or to their missing tags?


More than 600,000 pets have been restored to their owners thanks to a microchip implant which contains their owner’s contact information. Small as a grain of rice, this chip is installed easily between a pet’s shoulder blades. But, while there certainly is permanency in this form of identification, a microchip cannot locate or track an animal.


That is where GPS tracking would come in, and likely save the day. Current GPS tracking devices for pets are crafted within pet collars, running off of towers like those used for cell phone signals. But towers sometimes go down or are out of range and collars are not always on the animal when they go missing. That is why the technology is being worked out for a GPS tracking microchip.


With a GPS tracking microchip implanted in much the same way as identification chips, pet could be located quickly and effectively by their owners at any time. If the devices ran on satellite signal, rather than tower, there would be far less chance of the signal being lost or of the device going out of range. Pet owners could truly rest at ease, knowing that their animal was sure to be found if lost.


What amazing abilities we have with our gadgets and gizmos.

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