Product Review: The Iota Tracker

Iota Base Station
Iota Base Station

I’m the kind of person who absolutely loves the concept of Kickstarter campaigns. To see creative people and entrepreneurs get a chance to bring their vision to real life is an amazing thing that makes our world great. The Iota Tracker is one of the first campaigns I ever invested in which opened my eyes to this practice (and ultimately has me quite hooked).

The Iota Tracker is the perfect tool if you have always wanted a GPS device that doesn’t come with monthly fees or requires those around you to boost the network (think Tile). Iota allows you to set up a base station at your house and then gives you a multi-mile radius in which its devices will ping. What does this mean? If you don’t live in a highly populated city (as I sadly don’t at the moment), you can still enjoy the concept of user-generated GPS tracking, without the need of many other users.

For me, the need came from my intelligent Lab and Husky being able to utilize the ridiculous¬†amount of snow we get in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to create bridges to jump my 6′ tall fence. I had to constantly worry if my metal roof was going to unload and create a new bridge for them to adventure out. After having my lab and my Husky both take off on separate occasions, I knew I had to do something about it. That is where the Iota came into play.

You begin by setting up the base station as high as you can in your house. This connects to your Wifi connection and begins the process of covering your area. Now obviously depending on what is around you, the construction of your house and construction of buildings around you, the distance your Iota will cover varies. If you are in a city or have other Iota users around you, that space can easily be expanded. See all Iota base stations work together to create a large network mesh. So the more people you get to buy into the Iota system around you, the better your coverage becomes.

Iota Tracker
Iota Tracker

Now that the system is up in place, you install the App on your device. Get your account registered and then register your Iota tags. I have one for each of my dogs. The devices only need to be charged about once a week, which is a quick and painless process. They attach to the dog’s collar, are lightweight, and have no problem holding on for the ride. They have been an amazing system that allows me to trust my dogs playing outside in the winter.

Iota Tracker on Dog Collar
Iota Tracker on Dog Collar

I love not having to pay a monthly fee for something that I hope I don’t have to use. Other GPS companies charge you just like insurance companies, you’re paying for a “just-in-case” scenario. With Iota, I don’t have to. And they are extremely affordable. A two device tracking starter kit is just $199. For $200, I don’t have to worry about my dogs taking off on me while I’m at work, well worth it. They keep adding more functionality as well. Activity tracking, so I can see just how lazy my husky is being today, is just one of the newest features Iota continues to roll out. If you’ve been looking to find an affordable GPS tracking system, this is the one to get!

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