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What Are the Different Types of Pet Trackers

Mar. 12, 2022

If you own a GPS pet tracker, you may have wondered why it needs cell phone coverage. Or is it possible to track pets in very remote areas where there is no cell phone coverage. Also, why do some trackers use radios and others use Bluetooth or even Wi-Fi? Are those trackers that mix various technologies better than others?

Check out our article to learn how the different types of systems work and find out what the best option is for your use case.

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Here are the main features you should look for in a pet tracker:

Accuracy of location

Frequency of location updates

Water resistance

Size and weight

Ease of use

Activity tracker

Location history.


1 Ccellular trackers

These trackers usually have a module that includes a GPS chip and a SIM card. the GPS chip is used to obtain the location of the pet, and cellular coverage is required in order to send the data to the user's smartphone. However, this type of system has two major drawbacks: you will need to pay a monthly fee due to the need for cellular coverage, and you will not be able to track your partner in remote areas.


2 Old-fashioned radio trackers

While these trackers also include a module that attaches to your pet's collar, they are usually very large and bulky with an old-fashioned design (so these types of trackers are only available for larger dog breeds). However, this does have its benefits - including longer battery life and no monthly fees. A radio transceiver is used instead of your smartphone to show your pet's location, so you have to carry it with you.

Pet parents carry a radio transceiver and attach a module to their pet's collar. The pet parent's transceiver constantly sends a signal to the module on the pet's collar to "ask" for its location.

If the module also has a GPS chip, it will send its coordinates to the pet parent's transceiver, which will display those coordinates on the map screen.

3 Bluetooth trackers

Since these trackers use Bluetooth technology, they have a very limited range. This means that if you use them to track your keys or other objects that are usually nearby, they are quite effective. However, pets can exceed these distances in a matter of seconds, so pet tracking is not exactly the ideal use case here.

Pet parents pair their pet's module with their smartphone, and then, they attach the module to their pet's collar. The smartphone app points out the distance and direction of where the person is in relation to the pet.

gps pet tracker on a dog

4 Hybrid trackers

As the name suggests, these trackers mix different existing technologies to provide innovative new ways to track your pet.

The pet wears a small module attached to its collar. The module includes a GPS chip that allows it to acquire its location by communicating with GPS satellites. It can forward the GPS data obtained by the pet module to the smartphone without the need for a SIM card or cellular network coverage.

The pet parent can use an application on the smartphone to track the pet's location on a map in real time.

Do you understand how pet trackers work? Do you know any other types of pet trackers? What features caught your eye? Please contact us to share your ideas and pet tracking needs with us!

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