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daisyrunner 06-04-2014 09:00 PM

Whistle GPS dog tracker?
 
Anyone see the adds for this? Apparently it comes out in 2015 and is a GPS collar with an app for your phone; tracks the dog if he gets out. Sounds good. Thoughts? Would anyone buy it?

lalachka 06-04-2014 09:46 PM

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I thought they already have this. Last year this was offered in my verizon store.

I'd be interested in a microchip that can be a gps tracker. I'm afraid if someone finds him and don't want to give him back then they just take the collar off.

If they do want to give him back then he has tags and a microchip.


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jocoyn 06-04-2014 09:56 PM

The problem with a microchip that is GPS tracker is you are now talking active RFID and constant RF emissions .... I would worry about cancer in that case. I am not sure I would want a device constantly on my dog's neck either. We do use GPS collars for SAR work and they, too, rely on radio transmission of data (right around VHF 145-150 band) but that is only for short time use, not constantly.

lalachka 06-04-2014 10:44 PM

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Ohh lol. I don't know how gps works))))) food for thought I guess if they ever do come out with them


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daisyrunner 06-05-2014 03:46 PM

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Originally Posted by jocoyn (Post 5602762)
The problem with a microchip that is GPS tracker is you are now talking active RFID and constant RF emissions .... I would worry about cancer in that case. I am not sure I would want a device constantly on my dog's neck either. We do use GPS collars for SAR work and they, too, rely on radio transmission of data (right around VHF 145-150 band) but that is only for short time use, not constantly.

Wow, wasnt aware of that! I guess its a good idea in theory to have doggy GPS...

jocoyn 06-05-2014 03:55 PM

Oh, I don't know about just a receiver but to transmit info it uses electromagnetic radiation (radiofrequencies......).

jocoyn 06-05-2014 03:59 PM

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

A tag like a microchip is passive RFID - it is only active when polled by a reader.
A device that would send back data uses electric power and continuously sends out data in radio waves.

huntergreen 06-05-2014 04:47 PM

jocoyn didn't know there were any conclusive studies. time will tell as some believe cell phones and tumors are going to be prevalent in the next 15 to 20 + years.

jocoyn 06-05-2014 04:51 PM

Never said there were.......just expressed my concern if a device in the body or close to the thyroid is constantly emitting radio signals....no issue with intermittent use or with passive rid like I'd chips

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