I asked them for some info on the product, and got the following reply: "Dear Chris
Thank you for your email and interest.
We have constructed our collar in a way, that the GPS antenna is on top of the neck of the cat. However, there is always a chance, that the cat "rolls around on the ground" causing the collar to move. But over time (due to its weight arrangement) the collar should automatically move into the correct position again by itself. We also use one of the best GPS chips from a swiss company known for its quality and energy efficiency. The only downside is its price... one of the reasons petTracer too has its price. Perhaps you have seen our test described on our blog. There we show how accurate the petTracer can be.
The transmission of the petTracer collar works via a radio signal. Included in the set is a receiver which is connected to your local Wifi. This way the GPS coordinates are transmitted to a central server, giving you access from wherever you are. Due to the radio transmission, the range of the collar is limited to around 1 - max. 2 miles in radius. Having done a lot of research, this range is sufficient for most domestic cats.
Not having to rely on the 2G mobile network seems a very good idea.
For me, it can't come soon enough, as the Pod2 has become increasingly useless, rarely able to connect to the mobile network despite good coverage. The Pod is supposed to use Vodafone, but my phone uses a shared Vodafone/O2 network in my area and works perfectly.
The Pod Trackers developers seem to be a bunch of cowboys, with bugs introduced almost every time they make changes. They actually admitted that the motion detector in the Pod is set with a threshold too high for a cat's movement, so it almost never triggers.
I've got a Pod3 on order, although I'm not hopeful that it will be any better.
scallywag: Oooo just spotted this hope you feel better soon lotsofcats x
Nov 29, 2017 17:20:55 GMT
caz2golden: Just found out all the Natwest branches in county are going except the one that is difficult to get to! Wish there was a way to get the idiots decision makers to reconsider!
Dec 1, 2017 16:07:10 GMT
caz2golden: Yeah, not raining today so dogs went to the beach, as it would have been too wet to walk anywhere else so now have sandy mutts all happy and content and asleep! Dread the sand in carpet later!
Dec 1, 2017 16:13:21 GMT
scallywag: Lloyds are closing braches too waiting to hear if our town will be affected also Halifax are going to reduce counter staff force you to use the machine, isnt that bad for the OAP and others who dont have technology on both counts mum hasnt a clue
Dec 2, 2017 4:33:21 GMT
caz2golden: I will admit I do not use bank that often other than to sort problems and bank cash / cheques. I do however use bank (different one) for work so am highly aware how this will affect businesses which need ease of access and are usually banking cash..
Dec 2, 2017 16:38:02 GMT
caz2golden: I should not have bothered walking dogs today, only lead walk up lane but they came back as flat coats with all the mud, their jumpers are now in the washing machine!
Dec 2, 2017 16:39:52 GMT
lotsofcats: Several of our local banks have closed and others only open on certain days. I feel sorry for old people and traders who rely on taking their cash to the bank in the local town.
Dec 4, 2017 12:47:42 GMT
caz2golden: It just feels wrong, local town is already struggling, removal of bank is only likely to increase this issue!
Dec 4, 2017 19:20:04 GMT
scallywag: Sooooo quiet on here
Dec 5, 2017 17:39:54 GMT
lotsofcats: I think we may have snow on the way for Friday and Saturday. I can't take my new car out in the snow!!
Dec 6, 2017 16:24:24 GMT
caz2golden: We are due to miss it Lotsofcats. We want snow! lol
Dec 6, 2017 17:40:08 GMT
scallywag: I flaming well don't want snow not with Poor Beau the way he is
Dec 6, 2017 18:17:17 GMT
caz2golden: Agree Scallywag, you definitely do not want snow with Beau recovering. Still wish we were having some, would love to get a dogs in snow picture, instead looks like here it will be rain. Think Lotsofcats might get quite a bit tomorrow.
Dec 7, 2017 19:59:17 GMT
lotsofcats: Snowed in! Go woken up at 4am by a car trying to go up the hill outside my house.
Dec 10, 2017 9:47:09 GMT
caz2golden: Just seen a facebook post thanking people for voting for dogmatic in the your dog product awards, wondering who are the other winners?
Dec 10, 2017 16:57:11 GMT
caz2golden: I am getting sick of unpredictable and wet weather. Looks lovely outside at the moment but worried the heavens will open again at any given moment from what the 4cast implies. Been like this for days (feel like weeks)
Dec 14, 2017 11:25:58 GMT