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Go beyond the backyard with the RoamEO SeekR, a GPS tracker that works anywhere, protecting your pet with years of free location service.

Most pet tracking systems on the market today use the cellular network to transmit your dog’s location data to a mobile device or computer. But one of life’s inconvenient realities is that transmitting data over the cellular infrastructure is not free, meaning a data plan is required for any of these systems to work. Not so with the RoamEO SeekR. Our GPS pet tracker works independent of the cellular network, making it a more reliable and cost effective way to keep your pet safe.  Learn more below about the important differences between the technologies used in  pet tracking systems.

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Subscription-Based
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Cellular Network

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GPS/GLONASS + RF Transmitter

How It Works

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Uses wireless carrier infrastructure to establish location of a dog collar equipped with a GSM module; pet owner accesses a proprietary app on computer or mobile device to view pet’s location on street map.

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GPS module in dog collar determines the dog’s exact location; location data is continuously updated and transmitted to Handheld via RF transmitter and displayed on LCD.

How is Tracking Data Delivered?

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When the dog exits a defined e-fence perimeter, an email/text notification alerts the user to access an app to view the dog’s last known location.

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Handheld LCD displays the dog’s distance, location and movements as they occur in real-time.

When is the First Location Update Received?

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Approximately 8-10 minutes after dog exits the e-fence perimeter.

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Approximately 1 minute after power-up.

Number of Location Updates at 10 Minutes

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1

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Between 125-150

How Often is Dog’s Location Updated?

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Inside e-fence: 10-12 minutes
Outside e-fence: every 3 minutes

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Active tracking mode: 4 seconds
Passive tracking mode: every 30 seconds

Third Party Service

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Monthly subscription plan required for operation.

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Not required.
Subscription Free!

Quality of Service

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Unlike personal mobile devices that use the premium 4G networks, subscription-based pet tracking systems rely on 2G or 3G service which have much smaller coverage maps, even within major metropolitan areas. Understanding the limitations of the coverage in the area where you will be using your system will be helpful.

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Go anywhere: the SeekR does not depend on cell towers for its location information.

E-Fence Capabilities

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Circular perimeter around a specific street address.

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Perimeter can be any user defined shape; does not require a street address to create e-fence.

Strengths

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Unlimited range (when cell service is avilable); location data can be delivered to a mobile device.

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GPS technology provides quick and accurate positioning; can be used anywhere; location updates delivered every few seconds; no subscription required.

Limitations

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Subject to the same service issues as cell phones: dead spots, poor reception areas and dropped service; location updates not in real time; uses street maps to show location, which limits effectiveness in settings where there are few roads.

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Range of system is limited to miles; does not use street maps; does not store location data where the dog has been.

Cost of Ownership

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Cost of ownership: you will be paying a monthly subscription charge every month for as long as you own the system, whether you actually use the service or not.

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GPS-based systems provide a combination of accuracy and real-time location updates without the monthly charges.

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