CSIRO’s Data61 and Ceres Tag to develop smart satellite-linked pet tracking collar

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The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s (CSIRO) Data61 has partnered with agtech firm Ceres Tag to develop a prototype smart collar to enable pet owners to track and locate their animals in real-time.

Dubbed as the companion collar, the prototype will use a combination of Data61’s embedded intelligence platform and Bluetooth technology to track the location of their pet within an established boundary, such as inside the home, but it will automatically switch to GPS location and satellite communications when the pet wanders outside of network. The information is fed to the owner in real time via an app.

According to Data61 senior research engineer Phil Valencia, unlike other smart trackers, this prototype will use a combination of technologies, rather than just the one, plus it will not require a mobile plan.

“Many devices only

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