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Why We Are Different From Traditional GPS Devices

At ZagTag, our mission is to not only provide affordable, quality made GPS tracking devices, but piece of mind to parents and pet owners and to provide sanity to those who can’t seem to keep track of their important valuables. We pride ourselves on being different, and our proprietary point-to-point (p2p) technology has made that possible.   Here’s how…

We Use Free Wireless Spectrum: We developed a patent pending data link to facilitate communication between our smart GPS tracker and mobile devices like smartphones. GPS location data is transmitted directly from the tracker to the mobile device via our data link, so does not require wifi or cellular coverage.

Affordable, Accessible Pricing : When you shop around for other GPS tracking devices, you will see the device itself costs upwards of $120! It doesn’t stop there. Often there is an activation fee, around $30, then on top of that a monthly fee of at least $10, and you are required to sign a long term contract. We don’t require long term contracts.

We are currently finalizing the price point for the zagtags and are considering a sales price of $60 with a monthly subscription of $10 per user regardless of how many zagtags you have. We would also reward people who refer customers to us at $3 per customer per month. So if you refer 3 customers and they sign up, your monthly subscription is basically covered. These rewards will be paid to you every month while your referrals are signed up. There will be no limit to the number of referrals, so you will get paid $3 every month for every referral who signed up!

On the other hand, we are considering a once-off price of $99 for the zag tag with no monthly fees.

Our main goal is to keep our devices affordable and accessible! And because your feedback is valuable to us as we bring zagtag to market, we welcome your feedback on our proposed pricing structures.

Smaller is Better: Other devices advertise that their product is smaller than a typical cell phone. We think that is still too large and prohibits use! Our device is only a couple inches long and ½ an inch wide and allows you to effectively use the device for many different applications. It can be worn comfortably by a small child or pet, or even hidden in a purse or wallet to track your valuable belongings.

Longer Battery Life: With other tracking devices, you will only have a battery life of a couple of days on average. Our communications technology allows our devices to have a battery life up to 3 months!

Weather Resistant vs. Waterproof: Obviously there is a big difference here. Theirs = weather resistant. Ours = waterproof. Need we say more?!

Higher Energy Efficiency: Because our devices are more energy efficient, the smart GPS tag can transmit location data more frequently (every 30 seconds) compared to the average 5 minutes for GPS tags that use cellular networks.

We are proud to bring to market a product that sets itself aside from traditional GPS devices and we hope you’ll join us in our mission to keep kids and pets safe. We welcome your feedback and invite you to join us in our crowdfunding campaign which will launch in January 2015. Please contact us for more information!

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Keeping Your Dogs Safe During the Holidays

Ho, ho, ho and away we go – off to another festive holiday season! It’s a special time for family and one that should also include your family dog. As you celebrate the season, it’s important to keep your dog’s regular habits as close to their normal routine as possible in order to keep them calm. Keeping them happy and involved in the family festivities is wonderful, but keeping them safe is the top priority. Check out the tips below for keeping your “Fur-Kids” safe and under your watchful eye this holiday season.

Watch as Visitors Come In and Out of Your Home: Fortunately, the holidays give us an excuse to host a celebration that brings family and friends together. Unfortunately, this increases the risk of your dog escaping the house. Make sure to keep a close eye on your pet as guests enter or exit your home. If you are too busy with hosting responsibilities, assign someone to pet-sit or man to the door so your pup doesn’t get a chance to bolt.

Tire Your Pet Out Before Visitors Arrive: It’s important to remember that your pet may experience a heightened level of energy due to the holiday activities. Your pet is more likely to behave and stay calm if it’s just had a long walk, a tiring visit to the dog park, or took part in another form of exercise.

Pay Extra Attention If You Are Out of Town: If you are taking the family on the road during the holidays, it is crucial to keep a watchful eye on your pet. Pets can easily get spooked, so it’s important to keep a close eye on them especially when things are out of the ordinary.

Provide Their Own “Room”: In times of chaos, it is even more important to provide your pet with comfortable surroundings. Give your pet their own quiet place such as their carrying case or area in a separate room away from the activity. Complete the “room” with fresh water and their favorite toy to make a very happy pet!

At zag tag, our goal is to provide you peace of mind and to keep your pets safe during the holidays and throughout the year. For more information on our dependable zag tag pet pouches which will allow you to instantly track your dog should he or she escape or get spooked, contact us! And make sure you stay tuned for pre-order information and join our crowd funding campaign so you can be among the first to have this for your furkid. We hope you have a very happy and safe holiday season!

The Christmas Tree: As you’re trimming the tree, make sure it is securely anchored so it does not tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet (or anyone else in the family for that matter!). Do your best to keep your pet from drinking the tree water, as stagnant water is a breeding ground for bacteria. Keep your pet’s water bowl full and accessible. Another important tip is to never put breakable ornaments on the bottom of your Christmas tree. If broken, shards of glass can cause serious damage to your pet’s mouth.

Keep Your Foods Out of Reach: Never feed your pet chocolate or anything sweetened with xylitol. Make sure to keep your pet far away from the table and never leave an unattended plate of food. Your pets can go to extreme measures to get a little taste!

Keep Christmas Toxins Away: Although beautiful, most Christmas plants are very harmful to animals when digested. Both holly and poinsettias can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. Another cautionary holiday item is plastic or metallic-based tinsel that can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. Choose paper-based tinsel as a safer option.

Don’t Forget the Candles: Never leave candles unattended, especially on low coffee or side tables. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Make sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface. And before you leave the room, always make sure to properly put the candles out!

Keep Wires and Batteries in a Safe Place: Whether it’s the extra extension cord for the holiday lights or additional batteries for all the new toys, make sure you keep all wires and batteries out of your pet’s reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock (think Christmas vacation and Aunt Bethany’s poor cat) and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus.

Holiday Libations: Make sure to place any unattended alcoholic beverages out your pet’s reach. If ingested, your pet could become weak, ill, and worst case scenario, go into a coma resulting in respiratory failure or death.

Protect Your Pet From the Cold: Many pets are not built to handle cold weather. If your furry friend falls under this category, consider booties or other cold-weather gear. It’s also a good idea for your pet to “check the weather”. If your pet is used to several walks throughout the day, allow your pet to step outside and feel for itself that it is too cold or stormy to go on a long walk. Instinctually, they will understand why it is best to stay inside where it is safe.

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Travel Safe, Travel Happy: Tips for Parents Traveling with Kids

As parents, we want to expose our children to different surroundings, give them adventures outside the home, and broaden their horizons. While traveling with kids is fun, it can also be extremely stressful. Here are some helpful tips to ease your mind and make preparing for your trip a little less stressful.

Maintain Every-Day Rules: Just because you’re out of town, doesn’t mean the same rules shouldn’t apply. If you don’t allow your children to go off on their own at home, they shouldn’t do it on vacation. Or if they have to wear life jackets on a boat at home, they certainly do on vacation! Not only should the same rules apply, but the same disciplinary actions as well.

Keep Your Kids Under Control: When traveling by public forms of transportation, try your best to keep your kids under careful watch. Do not depend on a flight attendant to look after your kids. For their safety and the safety of others, do not allow them to run up and down the aisles and or wander around. Keeping your kids contained in small spaces is definitely not easy, so bring games and other activities to keep their little minds focused on tasks other than running around. Just make sure the toys are not noisy and annoying to other passengers.

Explain Security Procedures Before You Leave: Security protocol has become normal to us, but it’s new and possibly frightening to young children. Before leaving for your trip, take a moment to explain the procedures and prepare them for having to put their favorite toy, blankie, or bag through the x-ray machine. Point out the security guards in their uniforms and explain that they are keeping us safe like firemen and police officers.

Do Not Leave Unattended Children in a Car: If taking the car on a road trip, again the same rules should apply as when you’re at home. Never leave your child or children alone in the car! Even if the car is running, this is one of the easiest ways unfortunate accidents can occur.

Take Your Car Seat: If your child still requires a car seat, it’s a good idea bring it with you. This is especially true for international travel, as many countries do not require car seats. Plus, kids pick up on anything that is strange. By having their normal car seat, this will give them a sense of home and security, while giving you fewer headaches.

Take Your Crib: It is important to also take your porta-crib or play yard if your child still sleeps in a crib at home. Sure it’s going to take up much needed space in your trunk, but it will give you the gift of a good night’s sleep. If your child objects to the porta-crib the first few nights, just try to calm her when she wakes up. It’s also a good idea to bring other usual bedtime accessories, i.e. a book, blanket, or stuffed animal. This will give them a sense of normalcy. By the second or third night, she should be more comfortable in her temporary bed.

Wash Hands Often: One serious negative about travel is the exposure to germs. Make sure to bring your sanitizing gel or hand wipes to prevent your kids from catching an illness on your trip.

Travel with Snacks: No matter your method of transportation, make sure to have an abundance of snacks and water for your kids. This will keep them busy and keep them from getting hungry and cranky – and apt to wander.

Know Where Your Children Are At All Times: Many vacation destinations are crowded and the unfamiliar surroundings can easily scare a child if they get lost. If in a crowded location, hold your child’s hand or keep them in a stroller. Do not let them wander around unattended. Make sure you communicate clearly with other adults in your party to make clear who is in charge of watching each child. Keep a recent picture of each child with you, and have children carry an identification card with them. Teach your child to not run away from you especially in crowded locations. Make sure they know that if they are to get separated from you, they should seek out an individual in a uniform. Teach them to never talk to strangers, even if they are offered candy, a toy, or something that may lure them in.

Don’t leave it to chance: Even the most diligent of parents can experience the unimaginable, and young children can get lost in just an instant, especially in crowded, unfamiliar places. While you should have plans in place for keeping your children safe and in sight, a GPS device such as zag tag will ensure that if the worst happens, your child will be located immediately. This waterproof tracking device will provide the location of your child from your smart phone (even without cellular coverage!). You can set a perimeter as a virtual fence that will send an alert should the zag tag cross the perimeter. It’s the ideal GPS tracking device for your child when traveling to crowded locations.

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Zag Tag: On The Mission to Keep Kids Safe

I should warn you: this story is disturbing. However, it is one that any parent of a young child MUST hear – especially if you plan to take your children to theme parks.

Disney World, home of Mickey and Minnie and major family vacation destination, can also unfortunately be an attraction for child predators. Theme parks in general can be hotspots for those who prey on children – they are busy, there is lots of stimulation, and both kids and parents can become distracted or easily lost in the crowd. This was something that my wife and I confronted when our close family friend – also parents of young children – shared this chilling story with us.

Our friends were at Disney World when their 6 year old daughter suddenly went missing. They took their eyes off her in their group for a split second, and she was gone. Panic set in. They immediately called security, and were whisked into a very sophisticated security monitoring command center.  The parents proceeded to tell the security staff what the girl was wearing, her hair length and color – things that parents are told to take note of and convey to security personnel should their children get lost. But the security staff had to forcibly re-focus the parents from what she was wearing to what she looked like, particularly her face and expressions. The parents soon learned why. As they were panning the cameras at the exits, they saw a child dressed nothing like theirs, but knew their daughter’s face.  Security apprehended the assailant, and found that this man, who was a convicted sex offender, had abducted the girl, taken her into a bathroom, shaved her hair, changed her clothes into boy’s clothes, and was on his way out of the park.

Unbelievable, right? I might have thought so too, until I heard this story first hand from other parents we are close to – parents who, like us, are diligent in watching their kids. Parents who took pictures of what their daughter was wearing in the morning, who never dreamed that someone could not only abduct their daughter, but go to such lengths to change her appearance to try and prevent her from being located. Truly terrifying.

This is what lead me to develop zag tag. I realized, as a parent to two young children, that parents needed a “worst case scenario” option to keep their kids safe and locate them quickly. Even the more careful parent who does everything right can be faced with their worst nightmare in the blink of an eye. With zag tag, you not only can locate your child should he or she become lost, but the virtual fence feature alerts you instantly should they go “out of range.”

We’re striving to bring to market a GPS tracker that will be affordable and accessible, because all parents should be able to keep their kids safe. And zag tag isn’t just for parents of human kids – it’s perfect for parents of “furkids” too.

Zag tag is more than just piece of mind – it’s an absolute necessity for parents and pet owners. Join us in our mission to keep children and pets safe; please support our crowdfunding campaign, launching in December 2014.

Pieter Conradie, zag tag Creator