Garmin's New GPS Tracks Up To 20 Dogs

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Garmin's GPS dog tracking system has some new features that take puppy wrangling to an extreme. For example, the new Astro 430 -- a GPS and Glonass dog tracking handheld that can track up to 20 dogs at a range of up to seven kilometres, and is capable of updating their location every 2.5 seconds.

The unit can be used in conjunction with the new DriveTrack 70 LMT, a seven inch touchscreen dashboard navigator that tracks dogs from inside a vehicle and navigates to them. In addition, you can now see you dogs' whereabouts on any fenix 3 watch. The capabilities extend to existing Alpha tracking and training systems as well.

Adam Howarth, General Manager of Garmin Australasia says the device is a first for the Australian market.

In addition to increased dog capacity and faster update rate, the Astro 430 comes pre-loaded with TOPO Lite Australia and New Zealand and a free one-year subscription to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery. The new handheld also includes enhanced dog performance data like distance travelled and time afield.

The Astro 430 is sold separately or in a bundle with a T5 dog device. In addition, the Astro 430 is compatible with the TT 15 devices which provide tracking only.

Available in July, the Astro 430 is priced at $699 or $1049 for the Astro 430/T5 bundle. The DriveTrack 70 LMT will be priced at $599.

These devices are part of Garmin's expanding outdoor segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users' outdoor experiences.