Whistle introduces a new GPS tracker for your pet

By Adam Zeis on 21 May 2014 10:05 am
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Whistle has today announced a followup to their popular pet health and activity monitor. The new WhistleGPS is a simple tracker that your pet can wear, allowing you to track them anywhere in the U.S. on a companion mobile app. The device attaches to the dog's collar and tracks location, activity and rest. The affordable device is small and lightweight and also has great battery life which is nearly double that of other devices.

The Whistle GPS is available now for pre-order through Whistle.com for just $49, the only catch being it won't ship until next year.

Press Release

WHISTLE'S NEW GPS CAPABILITIES AND THE FIRST NETWORK DEDICATED TO INTERNET OF THINGS TO CHANGE THE LANDSCAPE OF WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY

Pet Technology Company Teams Up with SIGFOX to Ensure Dog Owners Never Lose Their Pets

SAN FRANCISCO – May 20, 2014 – Whistle, the makers of the leading pet health and activity monitor, today introduced WhistleGPS, the next generation of its line of pet tech products. This device and connected mobile app will help ensure that dog owners in the U.S. can always find their pets. Harnessing the U.S. deployment of the SIGFOXnetwork, the first wireless network dedicated to the internet of things, Whistle aims to prevent the loss of the roughly 10 million family pets that go missing annually.

"WhistleGPS offers pet owners peace of mind that they'll never lose their best friend," said Ben Jacobs, CEO of Whistle. "Until now, GPS devices on the market simply didn't make sense for most dog owners. Subscription costs are high, battery life is short, and products are too big for most breeds to even wear. By leveraging the SIGFOX network, we're offering a GPS device that pet owners can use effortlessly, and be proud to put on their dog's collar."

WhistleGPS is a sleek device that attaches to a dog's collar to collect and categorize key information, including location, activity and rest. Pet owners can use WhistleGPS to make sure their dogs are getting the right amount of daily activity and to pinpoint their dog's exact location from their smartphone. Unlike other GPS products on the market, WhistleGPS addresses three key challenges for location monitoring, including:

  • Size – At roughly the size of a silver dollar (16 grams), WhistleGPS is less than 1/3 the size of other available trackers, making it the smallest and lowest profile pet monitoring device on the market. This means more dogs of varying sizes will be able to wear the device comfortably.
  • Battery life - Leveraging brand new low-energy wireless network capabilities to communicate location, WhistleGPS is able to provide 2x the battery life than currently possible in other devices. This allows people to use their device for at least one week before needing to recharge the battery, for a better experience.
  • Affordability - Bypassing expensive wireless providers and connecting to the new internet of things ecosystem allows WhistleGPS to keep cost of subscriptions down to 1/2 current price of GPS services.

As the collaboration with Whistle demonstrates, the new low-energy network with SIGFOX addresses the widespread need for new wireless communication solutions. Current options for mobile connectivity only offer close-range syncing via Bluetooth and WiFi, or cumbersome and expensive 3G and 4G wireless systems. The introduction of the SIGFOX on-demand wireless network in the U.S. – timed for the end of this year – bridges the gap between the two current offerings and will unleash new opportunities for addressing connected home solutions, smart city grids, valuable asset tracking and much more.

"WhistleGPS is a perfect example of how low-energy systems like ours open the door to innovation, especially within the internet of things sector," said Ludovic Le Moan, CEO of SIGFOX. "As we approach the sunset date of older 2G networks, more products will be forced to evolve and iterate in months and years to come while enabling entirely new ones like WhistleGPS. The U.S. deployment of our wireless system is an exciting opportunity to usher in the new wave of connectivity and invention."

Available for pre-order May 20 - 27, 2014

WhistleGPS is available for pre-order from May 20-27, 2014for $49 (SRP $129) online at www.Whistle.comthrough a limited time offering powered by Crowdtilt Open. WhistleGPS will ship starting summer 2015.

Related: Whistle GPS News

Reader comments

Whistle introduces a new GPS tracker for your pet

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So I'm not sure if this is more valuable to have for my dog or my son. But it is definitely something to provide a little piece of mind either way.

This is a really cool product. The problem before this was that battery life wasn't good enough to make these types of systems usable by any means. Also the price of a subscription based model didn't make sense for most. Glad to see a game changer from Whistle.

This will be perfect! Except that it's only in the US. What are the odds of it coming to Canada? By the sounds of it, this new SIGFOX thing that they are launching sounds American only.
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They want you to pay for something that ships in OVER a YEAR? "Summer 2015"

Well guess what it's not officially Summer 2014 yet. That's crazy!