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Keep your pets from wandering off with Tagg and Alarm.com

James Trew, @itstrew
January 4, 2015
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You let the dog out into the garden while you pop back inside to get something. Next thing you know, she's gone. You knew you should have fixed up that gap in the fence. Too bad, huh? With Tagg, no longer would you have the anxiety of losing a pet. This "wearable" for pets claims to be able to locate your pooch (or cat) in almost all of America. How so? Well, there's GPS and connectivity through Verizon. That's how. So, as long as your mutt doesn't stray out of coverage, you'll be able to pinpoint his or her location. But Tagg's not just a one-trick pony/dog/cat. It's partnered with Alarm.com (makers of a full suite of smart home equipment) to add a bunch more functionality, or what the two companies are calling "smart pet tracking."

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In addition to location, Tagg also tracks your animal's activity, and houses a heat sensor too. The latter is not just for comfort; it'll alert you the moment your pet is exposed to uncomfortable levels of heat for a minute, a truly life-saving feature for dogs left in cars. The smart home functionality just extends this. By connecting to Alarm.com's existing platform, you can integrate pet care into the rest of your connected home. You could unlock the house for your dog walker (or receive a message if they don't show up) for example. Ultimately, it's about centralizing all your domestic monitoring into one location -- possibly the one you have currently, given that Alarm.com powers some 2 million connected homes already. Checking in on your dog every five minutes through a mobile app might become an obsession -- but it's sure more interesting that seeing if the heating came on yet.

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