Tail it Cat Tracker
In this article we will be featuring the Tail it Cat Tracker. The cat tracker was developed by Tail it Technologies AS, who is a GPS manufacturer based in Trondheim, Norway. The GPS device is one of the smallest pet trackers on the market, being the size of a coin. Not only is it one of the smallest, but it also comes with a battery life of two weeks.
GPS for cats. Can collars be safe?
GPS cat collars have been a heated topic for a long time. A lot of people disagree with the use of collars on cats, because it can be dangerous for the cat. Tail it feels you should not put the cat in any danger by wearing a GPS tracker. A GPS tracker should give you peace of mind.
That is why the Tail it Pet also comes with a CatSafe collar. This collar opens automatically under pressure. So if your cat is wearing the GPS and gets stuck, there is no risk of the cat choking. The collar will open automatically, and the cat will get away. And since it is a GPS tracker, you can just go back and pick it up if it falls off.
Safety in a Cat Tracker
One of the biggest motivations for Tail it when manufacturing GPS devices, is safety. Cyber security in GPS devices have been proven to be terrible. Many of the Cat Trackers you can get on the market today, are off brand trackers bought from Asia, as well as the applications that comes with the device. This means the safety in these products are rarely up to date.
You might not think the data gathered by your pet tracker is that important. But when you think about it, the pet is almost always around you. A lot of sensitive information can actually be gathered from a cat tracker. It is very popular in Asian GPS devices, to have listening options included. We have seen this in many different GPS trackers for pets. For most this feature is useless, and sometimes it is not even advertised.
Imagine for a moment that the President has a GPS Tracker on his dog. This tracker has a listening function, but the President is not aware of it. Since the cyber security in the device is so terrible, anyone would be able to listen in on the President since the device is not secured. Cybersecurity is very important in today’s tech world, and Tail it aims to take the step forward.
Encrypted Cat Tracker
What makes the Tail it cat tracker so special, is that it is encrypted. This mainly helps with the cyber security in the product, but also has other uses. The device being encrypted means that the device has an encryption key, and the application server has an encryption key.
This makes the code sent from the device to the server unreadable for anyone trying to access the data. This also allowed the code being sent from the device to the server to be shrunk. This makes the device use minimal data, while also keeping a battery life of two weeks.
Tail it started developing this encryption in 2017, after getting funded by the Norwegian Research Council. They were given a scholarship to develop this encryption, and to implement it in their GPS devices. The same Scholarship was given to Edvard Moser, who won the Nobel Prize in medicine for his research on the human brain. This scholarship isn’t exactly given to anyone.
Best in test
During the summer of 2018, the Tail it Cat Tracker went through multiple test in the Norwegian media, and passed with flying colors. The biggest hunting magazine in Norway, called “Jakt”, gave it a 9/10. This version of the Pet tracker had a 420mAh battery and an expected 10-day lifetime. The test panel used the tracker for 11 days with updates every single day. The magazine writes: “Our experience is that you can trust Tail it when you need it.” Hopefully, Katzenworld will have our own review up soon!
Tail it cat tracker is definitely something to look out for. They have expanded to start selling internationally, and hopefully, you will soon see the Tail it cat tracker in a store near you. Right now they are available at https://www.tailit.com/pet. They are showing that GPS cat collars can be a positive thing, and will help give you peace of mind.