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New IoT device makes pet transit by air easy(Science and tech)

New IoT device makes pet transit by air easy(Science and tech)

Context:

IT firm Unisys Corporation has introduced an IoT (Internet of Things) device that provides the ability to pet owners to continuously monitor and talk to their pets through their smartphone or other personal devices while the pets are transported as air cargo.

About device:

  • Digi-Pet- the device was developed at the company’s innovation centre in Bengaluru
  • Uses IoT technology via smart sensors attached to the pet’s kennel or carry case to monitor and transmit key metrics such as temperature, oxygen levels, vibration and light and automatically alert the pet owners and the airline’s staff to take immediate action for the comfort of the pet as well as owners.
  • Now introduced Digi-Pet in the Asia Pacific and it will be rolled out globally in March.

Significance:

  • Loss and injury caused to pets while on transit as air cargo is a heartbreaking experience for pet owners. There have been instances where in pets do not make it to the final destination due to intense heat at the tarmac or travel related stress inside the cargo hold.
  • Owners also remain anxious through out the journey causing emotional situations. Unisys said its new and first of its kind product will address all these concerns.
  • Pet owners can also avail live video streaming, photos and voice exchanges so that they can see and talk to the pets via on a mobile app on their smartphones.

Some Facts:

  • Worldwide 33% of all people have dogs as pets while 23% have cats.
  • Argentina, Mexico and Brazil have highest percentage of pet-owners and dogs are the most popular pets in those countries.
  • Cats are preferred pets in Russia, France and USA. Asians are least likely to own a pet.
  • As per statistics made available from Unisys 355 pets had died while in transit between 2005 and 2017 by 21 US based airlines. During this period 201 pets were injured and 54 were lost.

 

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