"GPCATS" is a cat color (collar) with GPS function that the veterinarian thought about. It allows you to check where your cat is from your smartphone.
Germany's GP Tracks UG is aiming to develop and sell. According to the company, 33% of pets in the United States have been lost once in their lifetime, and only 10% have been able to return home safely. "GPCATS" was developed to solve this lost child problem.
In Europe, some countries require pet cats to embed microchips. This is useful when a lost kitten is protected. The veterinarian can easily get the owner's information by simply scanning the tip.
But how do you find a cat that is wandering unprotected in the first place? According to Dr. Michael Streicher, a veterinarian who is part of the GPCATS development team, there is currently no effective way to do this. Also, even if cats are protected, shelters do not necessarily have equipment to scan microchips.
"GPCATS" is a tool that keeps cats from getting lost. If you attach it to a cat, the owner can always check the whereabouts of the cat, reducing the risk of getting lost.
"GPCATS" consists of a battery unit and a location information acquisition & data transmission unit. When the battery is fully charged, it will continue to operate for up to 5 days. It seems that the usage fee of the SIM chip built in the location information acquisition & data transmission unit will be free for one year after purchase.
By the way, "GPCATS" can be used in 45 countries around the world, including Germany, European countries such as Italy and Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Asian countries including Hong Kong and South Korea, but unfortunately it is not available in Japan. want to see. This is because "GPCATS" uses the so-called 2G / 2.5G network. I contacted GP Tracks UG about support for 3G lines, but I haven't received an answer yet.
A similar service provided in Japan would be, for example, "Anshin GPS" by au. But this device is a little big, about 53 x 41 x 14.3 mm in size. There are many cases where dogs can wear it, but cats seem to be burdensome. I would like to see a system like "GPCATS" in Japan that does not burden cats.
GPTracks UG is looking for investors on kickstarter for the commercialization of "GPCATS". It is currently available with a € 69 investment. Considering that it includes the line usage fee for one year, this price may be cheap.