March 25, 2022
AirTag Collars for Dogs and Cats
When Apple released the AirTag, they released an amazing piece of technology that was beaming with potential. This was widely looked forward to, not only by tech junkies, but by people who wanted a better version of what Tile had to offer.
Apple was able to create its own extremely advanced ecosystem, one that is said to be approaching one billion devices worldwide which can all work together and theoretically track down a missing item.
Pet owners everywhere, along with us here at Nine Twenty Eight Inc, jumped at the thought of adding a tracking device to their pets. But how effective are they really?
It depends what you are looking for in a tracker. If you are looking for a replacement for a GPS/LTE Tracking collar, this will not be the item for you.
GPS/Tracking collars are extremely accurate but require a bulky piece of hardware that needs to be attached to the collar and charged daily, with additional fees for the tracker, monthly fees for using the software, and an individual data plan for each tracking device.
These drawbacks are significant, however if you have the means and the need for a dog to be constantly tracked, this is the only way to accomplish that task.
This is why AirTags on pets are becoming such a popular option. They do not require to be charged (replaceable battery that lasts for a year), there are no monthly subscription plans or data plans, and they are create with a small form factor.
The tracking aspect of AirTags can be extremely accurate; so accurate that there has been a public outcry from many publications that the devices have been used to accurately stalk and follow people and commit crimes.
We here at Nine Twenty Eight Inc will never support such abuse of technology. However, while we do not agree with misuse of technology we can decipher from the articles that the AirTag, when used properly, is a very useful tool for your pets.
However, do you need an AirTag for your pet?
We can say that although we do sell these products we definitely believe every animal should have an AirTag on them. We work with numerous rescues and dogs owners who have dogs that are flight risks. Sometimes the dog finds a way to escape and we see the distress that the owners go through to find any information of the dogs last whereabouts.
If the dog had an AirTag or a collar with an AirTag attached they would be able to get notifications the second the dog escaped the house (or was out of Bluetooth range), notifications on the dogs last known location, update of their location every time they passed an Apple device and an ability to tap the AirTag to retrieve the dogs information if they have been found by someone else.
AirTag on collars are an effective way to help locate dogs however the experience will determine where you are located and how many people in the area have Apple products. In our initial testing the city was very effective in locating the dog or cat with an AirTag however the country produced mixed results and a longer time to locate. In both settings the geofencing feature that notifies you when the pet is out of range was extremely effective.
They are effective, but is it worth it?
In a time where pets have become as important as our family members, in some cases more important, an AirTag is definitely worth looking into for your pet. We have seen first hand as well as numerous missing dog and cat posts and flyers that ask people to come forward with any information for their last dog whereabouts. An AirTag on a pet takes out the slim chance that someone sees your ad as well as your pet and is then willing to contact your accordingly.
Instead we replace that slight possibility with the advancement in technology that will help locate your pet if they come close to another Apple product. This, in our opinion, is an advancement we think is 100% worth the value to keep our pet safe and something we will continue to support.
March 11, 2022
Nine Twenty Eight Inc. stands with the people and animals of Ukraine. Which is why we have partnered with local animal shelters and will be donating 25% of all profits to local animal shelters in Ukraine.