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Bluetooth trackers

The next category of tracking/location device to discuss is Bluetooth Trackers. This, I suspect, may be a little controversial, because after a fair amount of research, and some product testing, my conclusion is that bluetooth trackers have little or no use as tracking/location devices for pets.

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Pet microchips

Pet microchips Pet microchips sit on the border between passive and active devices, in that they are passive until activated with a scanner, upon which they become active and transmit data back to the scanner. A pet microchip is about the size of a grain of rice, and is placed (by a veterinarian) under the skin, where it stays for ever.   Source: http://www.coalmineanimalhospital.com/veterinary-blog/pet-microchip-special/ When you take your pet to the clinic, the vet will first use a hand-held scanner to confirm that there is not a microchop already in place. If not, they will inject a microchip under the skin, typically in the loose skin around the neck, using a applicator. For your pet, this is similar to being given...

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Passive identification devices

To continue the discussion about the different technologies available to identify, track and/or locate pets, I will first address  Passive identification devices. These include nametags, collars and various similar devices which provide information about the pet, and contact information about the owner. They are the simplest, cheapest, and probably the most common. Many municipalities have laws that require pets to be licensed, and to carry that license tag on their collars, enabling the owner to be traced. Passive devices have many advantages. They are cheap, they do not require batteries or recharging, they do not have any running costs such as a subscription fee. They also have a few disadvantages. They do not locate your pet, instead they rely on somebody finding...

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Categories of pet tracking devices

There are multiple technologies available to identify, track and/or locate pets. Very broadly, I group them into the following categories: Passive identification devices Microchips Bluetooth trackers GPS trackers Satellite trackers I will discuss each of these categories, its advantages and disadvantages, and more importantly trade-offs and limitations, in a little more detail in upcoming posts. 

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