How does SpotOn use GPS technology?


Q&A with Sung, VP of Engineering

Find out how the SpotOn system uses GPS technology to make a fence for your pup! 

The methodology behind the SpotOn Virtual Fence has been keeping dogs in their yards for over 40 years. The main difference with SpotOn is that we have replaced buried wires and base stations with GPS technology.

GPS-based wireless fences, like SpotOn Virtual Fence, are powered by satellites. The most recent upgrade to wireless fence technology, GPS fences are completely portable and can be used anywhere there is a GPS signal (basically anywhere on the planet). 

SpotOn uses three satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo) to create a reliable containment area for your dog—these are the satellites the FAA and US military uses for navigation, not the ones that power satellite TV and radio. Simply walk the perimeter with collar in hand to create a secure containment area of nearly any shape and size—from .5 acres to 1000 acres. In the unlikely event your dog breaches the containment area, the SpotOn System will automatically track his whereabouts—providing you with updates every six seconds, his location and proximity to you as well driving directions to his location. If it’s a quick slip and he comes right back, he will never receive a correction for coming home.

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