Here’s a story out of the College of Management for all you pet owners. Two of its aumni — Chris Newton ’98 and Lewis Sheats ’01 — have formed Positioning Animals Worldwide (PAW). The company’s first product? The Spotlight GPS Pet Locator system. And yes, it does just what its name suggests:
Its core component is a two and a half ounce electronic device that attaches to the dog’s collar. The device is always on, allowing the owner to continuously monitor a pet’s location via the Spotlight website.
Sheats said that the idea for the system came about as he and Newton were thinking of ways to keep their dogs safe and locate them if they got lost.
As part of the system, the owner sets up one or two safe zones, called the ‘SafeSpot.’ The first is typically the perimeter of the owner’s property or fenced-in yard. The second SafeSpot could mark the approach to high traffic or other dangerous areas.
If the pet leaves the first safe zone, the system sends the pet owner a text or email message via mobile phone. . . . Owners receive a second alert when the pet has passed through the second SafeSpot. If the owner has a smart phone with Web access, the system also will provide turn-by-turn directions to the dog.
(Photo courtesy of the NC State College of Management)