One in three pets will get lost during their lifetime. According to the ASPCA, over 7.6 million pets are lost, captured, and placed in one of the 13,600 community animal shelters across the United States every year.
Of those lost animals, over 2.7 million animals are euthanized every year. Lost pets are a huge issue, and losing a companion animal can be a very distressing event for adults and children alike.
Whistle plans to change these statistics however, with their Whistle GPS on-collar tracking device. Promising ‘No More Lost Pets’, Whistle allows users to track their pet’s location at any time, from anywhere in the world with an internet connection via their smartphone.
In this article we’ll take a look at the Whistle tracking device and find out about it’s capabilities to help you decide whether the Whistle tracker is right for your pet.
What is Whistle?
Whistle is a GPS tracker that attaches to the collar of your furry friend and sends information on location and activity directly to your smartphone via an app for iOS and Android.
The first device to combine location tracking and smart activity monitoring, Whistle is designed to provide pet owners with up to date, accurate information about their pet at the touch of a button, wherever they need it.
Whistle is intended to allow pet owners to gain insight into the status and location of their pet, with a wide array of customization and pet management options available via the app.
Whistle provides proactive alerts that notify the pet owner when a range of editable variables occur. The living areas and normal movement areas of a pet can be defined, called Whistle Zones.
When the pet leaves the Whistle Zone the owner is notified via push notification and can be immediately tracked with the Whistle app.
Whistle offers live GPS tracking, enabling owners to quickly and easily pull up the location of a pet and location alerts in the form of either push notifications or text messages to quickly inform pet owners of their pet’s location.
Whistle tracks pets with nationwide GPS coverage in the United States, utilizing high tech GPS and cellular networks to locate animal companions anywhere in the country.
Not limited to simply tracking the location of your pet, Whistle also provides detailed analytics on the life of a pet tracked with the Whistle app.
Health trends can be viewed and monitored to ensure the long term health of the animal, and tracks variables such as age, weight and breed.
Users of the Whistle app are also able to track the progress of the fitness regimes of their pet, much like a furry Fitbit. Custom goals can be set and the Whistle app will notify pet owners to significant changes in the sleep cycles or activity patterns of their pets.
The Whistle app also supports the ability to add multiple caretakers to the profile of your pet, allowing family, dog walkers, pet sitter and friends to connect to the ‘pet’ account and provide a centralized resource on the location and health of the tracked pet.
Whistle GPS Design & Construction?
The Whistle GPS tracking device is powered by a rechargeable battery with the longest life of it’s kind, with a full charge only taking one hour to complete, allowing continuous tracking of your pet without having to worry about battery status.
The Whistle GPS is also waterproof, which is a critical feature for curious animals that like to get dirty or play in water, and allows users to track their pet at the lake, beach or park alike.
Constructed from an array of durable and sturdy materials, the Whistle GPS collar tag unit is IP67 certified, which means it’s 100% protected against solid objects like dust and sand, and it has been tested to work for at least 30 minutes while under 15cm to 1m of water.
The Whistle GPS unit also has a low size profile, and is just 1.5 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches, weighing 1.3 ounces. The collar attachment attaches to any collar and harness up to 1″ wide and clips on securely to ensure it can’t fall off or become lost.
The Whistle app is available from both the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store.
Available in a wide range of languages, the app is free and works with Apple iOS 7.1 or greater and Android 4.0.3 or greater, compatible only with more recent devices such as iPhone 4S or newer.
Data from the Whistle app is also accessible via a web app available for desktop and mobile browsers. The Whistle app is free but requires the Whistle device to track your pet.
The Whistle Story
Whistle was founded by Ben Jacobs, Steven Eidelman and Kevin Lloyd in 2012 and are backed up by a wide range of marketing experts, software engineers, communications engineers, and more from a wide variety of backgrounds with companies such as Amazon, AOL, Apple, Bain, BCG, Genentech, Google, HP, Microsoft, Philips, Sierra Wireless, Sony Ericsson, and Texas Instruments.
Whistle Pricing & Availability
Whistle can be ordered from the Whistle website and carries a price of $79.95 USD, which is 20 percent of the recommended retail price. Whistle ships for free and has a 30 day money back guarantee.
Using the Whistle service isn’t free, however, and requires subscribing to a service plan. Whistle Service Plans come in three varieties and are necessary to use the Whistle collar clip unit to track your pet.
Each device and pet requires a separate service plan and the service tracks the collar with both GPS and Cellular data.
A month to month billing plan is priced at $9.95, and an annual subscription paid upfront every year is priced at $7.95 USD/month, or a total of $95.40 USD.
The cheapest option is the two year upfront service plan, priced at $6.95 USD/Month, working out to a total of $166.80 USD total, or $83.40 per year. Both of the long-term service plans are billed upfront.