If you have a dog or cat that is an escape artist with cross-country travel on its mind, you might want to consider a GPS pet--tracking device. The same technology that enables rangers to follow tagged animals will allow an owner track straying or lost pets. You can choose either a collar design or a backpack type that works with a harness.
Before you rush out to buy a GPS pet--tracking device you need to consider a few things. Firstly, in addition to system having a GPS receiver, a transmitter is required so animal's location can be reported. This usually means a service provider is needed.
Some pet--tracker systems are used with GSM (Global System for Mobile communication) that uses your GSM mobile phone and a SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card for tracking. Note SIM card provider needs to have a service in area where you'll be using device.
There are various ways of accessing information that your GPS receives. These include via home phone, Internet, and software installed on your computer. Phone access is not recommended and installed software limits your access to information. Internet access to your GPS data is recommended way to go. You just log on, enter your password and your pet is located.
Pet finding software allows you to define your pet's boundaries and upload them to your computer. If your pet goes beyond its boundaries then an alarm will sound and you can quickly locate where animal has gone. If you are traveling with your pet beyond its boundaries you can disable alarm, or if you are visiting another area you can upload new boundaries. Most systems allow you have more than one area entered.