The client wanted to develop a smart dog collar that offered pet owners a number of features for safely monitoring their pets.
The smart collar was meant to be a more effective and innovative alternative to traditional solutions:
The connected device would allow dog owners to create virtual fences, which prevent pets from leaving a designated area, and keep dogs within a safe distance using virtual leash functionality.
The client addressed Softeq to develop a cross-platform mobile application, back end, firmware, and web admin portal for the connected collar.
We chose Xamarin for the iOS mobile app so that we could reuse the codebase to create an Android version in the future. The framework also enables a simpler debugging process, which will help our client reduce the application maintenance costs.
The mobile app enables the user to:
Through the mobile app, users can configure areas where different types of automated corrections are applied. Depending on the user's choice, it may be a sound, vibration, or a static signal.
When dogs leave the virtual fence area, the system considers them to be lost if they do not return within 30 minutes. In this instance, owners can find their pets via GPS coordinates. When the user’s dog is approaching their house, the collar turns on an encouragement signal ("Heading Home").
In addition to automatic corrections, users can apply instant commands.
If pet owners see their dog fighting with another dog or eating something on the street, they can activate any automatic correction through their smartphone. Users can also praise their dog for good behavior or call them home.
In terms of project management, Softeq is bulletproof. They respond to things quickly, and they don't cheat by doing the bare minimum work to achieve the specs. They're apologetic if something doesn't work as planned, even if it's not their fault. And they turn around resolutions extremely quickly.
The connected collar is currently on the market. The solution helps dog owners feel at ease, knowing that their pets have a lower risk of getting lost and being hit by cars. Should a dog with the connected collar get lost, owners will have no trouble finding them through real-time GPS tracking. Moreover, owners will be able to take their dogs on trips abroad—the device supports LTE data roaming in a special network for IoT devices from the mobile operator TNT. The collar also aids in the training process, which in turn helps reduce the number of dogs that are sent back to animal shelters after adoption.
The solution is less expensive and more flexible than other options on the market. It is much easier to set up than traditional physical fences and in-ground wire fence systems. Additionally, it can be moved to any location at any time, providing endless configurations and adaptability.