pet tracking devices – Marco Polo, 2017

The Marco Polo Single Pet Kit is a pet tracker that is not a GPS locator, so is suitable for seeking lost pets within a two-mile radius, which is the optimal distance with no obstructions. This pet tracker uses the unlicensed 900 MHz ISM radio frequency band, for which there are no special user requirements. This radio frequency band can penetrate brick and concrete walls with no problem, and the device analyzes the signals from all directions over 1,000 times per second.

The handheld locator is easy to set up and turn on, and when you want to search for your pet you only need to press a single button to begin. The locator shows you the distance your pet is away from you and has a directional indicator so that you know which way to go. It is accurate within inches.

The pet collar tag, which is 1.75 ounces and is suitable for pets over 10 pounds in weight, is splash- and weatherproof and can be submerged in six inches of water for 10 minutes at a time. It clips onto the collar and so is fairly secure unless you have a pet who likes to wriggle under and through obstacles. The single pet kit comes with one tag, and other options are two-pet and three-pet kits, as well as individual tags.

The handset is capable of simultaneously monitoring up to three pets at a time. It has four programmable safety zones, and you can set up a zone for each pet. These boundaries are preset in the system, and you can choose between 50 feet, 100 feet, 300 feet and the maximum range of the handset. An alarm notifies you within 80 seconds if your pet has moved over a boundary.

If you have no idea where your pet is, you can put the locator in search mode and walk or drive around. If you’re driving, you just need to put the handset on the seat next to you and it will work as well as if you were holding it. The pet tracker will beep when it picks up the signal from your pet’s tag and move into locator mode. You can enter your pet’s ID tag into more than one locator so that a number of people can search for one animal.

The pet tracking device kit includes a plug-in charger for the pet tag and the locator, which uses rechargeable lithium ion batteries. The battery in the collar tag lasts up to 90 days with continuous monitoring; there is also a low-battery alert.

The Marco Polo pet tracking device works anywhere because it is not a GPS tracking device, and it does not require a cell phone network to operate. You can use it at home or while hiking or traveling with your pet. There is no monthly service fee to pay, so if this pet tracker meets your requirements, it is worth considering.