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Thread: Would anybody help beta test a smart dog tag in Australia?

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    Default Would anybody help beta test a smart dog tag in Australia?

    Hello!

    My name is Mark Hart and I’m from PawPrintsID. My friends and I created a smart dog tag that has a QRCode on the front and a toll free number on the back. When someone scans the tag they are taken to a web page with your contact information, your pet’s information, your pet’s medical information (vaccination records, rabies cert, x-rays, etc…), your pet’s vet information (if you pet was hurt and at an animal hospital they could contact the vet), 3 alternate contacts, specific information you would want the rescuer to know, and a button so the rescuer can send you a text and email letting you know they found your dog. You have complete control on how much information you share.

    The best part is, when anyone scans the tag you instantly (less than 5 seconds) receive an email and text letting you know someone has scanned the tag with GPS location on a Google map!

    The user account has access to all kinds of online features too.

    We sell the tag in the US for $39.95. There is NO recurring or monthly fee. $39.95 once for life.

    You can see our site here: http://www.pawprintsid.com

    Our FAQ is here: PawPrintsID

    We have been asked to look at other countries like Australia. The problem is that I don’t know anyone in Australia. I emailed a few grooming shops asking if they would test our tags but nobody ever replied.

    So, I thought that I would post here and ask if anyone would want to test these tags in Australia? I would like to send you 5 free, fully working tags to have someone test there. These are your tags for life.

    All I ask in return is if you can tell me how well the GPS works, what do you think of the interface, some help with postal codes and phone numbers in Australia, and general feedback. I do not want to offend anyone so if you see words or phrases that we should change for Australia I would be most grateful.

    We would like to make a big impression on Australia!

    You can PM here or feel free to email me at mhart@pawprintsid.com.

    Thank you for your time!

    Sincerely,
    Mark

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    letting you know someone has scanned the tag with GPS location on a Google map!
    How does your system get this info? what if it's turned off on the scanner? Does the website give it up from the IP address - except I know my IP address and my location are frequently out by miles and miles and some of the Telstra ones all report to an uninhabited bit in the centre (geographically) of Australia.

    The microchip system works pretty well. It's not entirely instant. But then again - lots of places don't have phone signal or internet around Australia either.

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    Sounds like a good idea - I like the idea of me being instantly noticed when its scanned - however I would be hesitant to swap out my old fashioned tag + phone number - its pretty failsafe - you find a dog, you call the number.

    I also read an article the other dy about the death of QR codes.

    (sorry to be a downer)


    That said, I would be willing to trial one - so long as I'm clear that my dog will continue to wear his traditional tag

    If you were planning to ship a bulk (5) lot to one recipient I can recommend a charity who re-homes dogs who would probably be willing to give them out with 5 rescues / adoptees.
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    Yeah but who in Australia would know what to do with it. If you have to put instructions with it - there's no point - you might as well put three mobile numbers. I had a QR app on my phone but uninstalled it because of the amount of craptervising that came with it. I don't know anyone who actually uses them.

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    Thank you all for your replies:

    I did not realize that QRCodes weren't very popular in Australia. They are so useful that I did not consider they weren't popular everywhere. QRCodes are on just about everything here. Good information to know. Thanks!

    Both Android and iOS have builtin QRCode readers, but I do know that older phones require you to download a QRCode reader which can come with advertising if you are not careful. I'm sorry for your poor experience.

    We are testing in Canada, England, New Zealand, Ireland, and Scotland and we haven't had any issues with people not knowing what to do with a QRCode. However, it makes sense if they are not popular in Australia that people might be confused. Again, great information to know!

    Thank you all for your feedback! I will put this to good use.

    Thanks!!!

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    I think having a microchip and a dog tag make returning the dog to the owner easy, if that's what you want to do - although it would be nice to be able to update your microchip information more easily. As someone who has had people try to steal my dog in the past, what I would be very interested in is some sort of device (like what iphones have these days) that would allow me to locate my dog without any action required on the part of the person who has my dog. I don't know whether something like that is possible, but I imagine there would be a fairly decent market for that sort of product.

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    What happens if the tag is lost... I see it's attached to the collar which can be removed...what happens if your dog is stolen and the collar is thrown away by the thief...defeats the purpose doesn't it unlike a Microchip which is compulsory here in NSW and you can update your information too.
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    Both Android and iOS have builtin QRCode readers
    I have a Samsung galaxy III - and you have to install an App - it doesn't come standard. And Samsungs are the most popular brand world wide and galaxy III aren't that old. QR codes have been around longer.

    I still see QR codes on adversting billboards but I will usually put the brand or website into a browser than use the QR code. Internet by phone in Australia is VERY expensive. Unless you have wifi access and there isn't much public wifi available. So essentially most phone internet use is at home or at school or at work - and not out and about where the billboards or stray dogs are.

    But if I was doing this research - I'd look at a lot more opinions than just mine - if I was the only person that market researchers paid attention to - Mcdonalds and Coca Cola would be out of business.

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    Micro chipping here gets the thumbs up for me.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    I'm quite happy to help with the fine tuning and happy for Portia to wear the tag .
    PM me for details.
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