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New App Tracks Lost Pets with Neighbor’s Phones

A new company has built an app it says will change the way lost pets are located. The app, called Pawscout, uses a special tag that communicates with any cellphone using its mobile app in a 250-foot range. When “lost mode” is activated by the pet owner, the tag will send an alert to anyone with the app in the area. The app uses mesh networking to alert you to your pet’s location.

Because of the way the device and app communicate with nearby phones, the app’s success will depend on whether or not it is adopted by pet owners. The company plans to partner with the ASPCA to help spread the word.

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