New Airplane Pet Monitoring System Gives Pet Parents Peace of Mind

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The death of a 10-week-old French Bulldog puppy on a United Airlines flight has highlighted the concern many pet owners have when they transport their dogs via airplanes–will their pet be safe? A new pet monitoring system that’s been released may help answer that question.

Though airlines obviously have standards and regulations. as was recently the case on that fateful trip, those protocols are not always followed, and death can ensue. Pet owners who rely on air transportation that involves being held in cargo whatever reason are now more worried than ever about their safety in air.

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Which is where the Digi-Pet System from Unisys may help make the process a bit less anxious for pet owners and pets alike. Unisys introduced the system at the Cargo World Congress of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and showed how the system uses sensors to monitor and keep pets safe while they are being transported as cargo.

When monitoring, Digi-Pet automatically sends alerts to both pet owners and airline staff about issues with things like temperature, oxygen levels, light and vibration. If pet owners like, they can buy the subscription service that goes with Digi-Pet and allows pet owners to receive live video streaming, pictures and even ‘voice exchanges’ on their smartphones and tablets.

Unisys spokesperson Venkatesh Pazhyanur says that they understand that being separated from pets while traveling by air is distressing. No matter whether a pet is accompanied or not, large pets always have to travel in the cargo hold–which is not known for its most comfortable of accommodations. The Digi-Pet uses Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to give pet parents full visibility of their pet while in hold–and can even allow them to talk to their pet and help soothe both pet and owner.

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The Digi-Pet System will first be launched in the Asia-Pacific area, according to Pazhyanur, with the plan for other regions to soon follow.

Seems like that can’t happen soon enough!