Qualcomm sees market for pet tracking via mobile phones
A subsidiary will begin selling a pet tracking collar/system in September
Tagg, a pet tracking system from a Qualcomm subsidiary, can be attached to a pet's existing collar for GPS-based tracking and cell phone notification.When Fluffy or Fido wander outside the fence, their owners will have a way to track the animals on mobile phones.
Next month, a wholly owned subsidiary of the San Diego wireless giant Qualcomm will launch Tagg — The Pet Tracker. The $200 system consists of a GPS tracker that clips to existing collars for dogs and cats. Pet owners set up a “Tagg Zone,” or a geo fence, for areas where it’s safe for their pets to play, such as their yard.
When pets venture beyond the zone, their owners will be notified and have the ability to follow their pets’ meanderings on their cell phones.
“It really puts the power into the (pet) owner’s hands,” said David Vigil, president of Snaptracs, the Qualcomm subsidiary behind Tagg. “You don’t have to put up signs anymore or call the shelter and hope the animal is there."
This isn’t a new idea. GPS-based pet tracking systems are available from Spotlight, Garmin and others with features and at prices similar to Tagg’s.