Blockchain Increases Pet Tracker Battery Life to One Month

Blockchain Increases Pet Tracker Battery Life to One Month

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MXC is working with Shanghai startup Meerkat to improve the battery life in devices used to track the location of domestic pets. By leveraging MXC’s blockchain protocol, Meerkat is able to increase sensor battery life from four days to one month.

There are numerous GPS tracking solutions for domestic pets, often using 3G or LTE networks to transmit a pet’s location to the owner. While these provide a broad range of service, they suffer from high energy consumption, limiting the battery life of the connected collar to two to four days. While the solution provides peace of mind, it relies on the owner to regularly charge the connected collar, or in some cases replace the battery every few days. Meerkat’s partnership with MXC will allow them to increase battery life to a month while providing a reliable wireless network for their service.

“MXC brings low-power wireless technologies to the forefront,” said Aaron Wagener, Co-Founder of the MXC Foundation. “MXC takes networks, previously limited to an individual, or a single company, and enables a massive publicly owned mesh network ideal for lower power sensors. Pet tracking is just one of the many practical applications MXC is able to help with.”

MXC turns LoRaWAN, a low-power wide-area network, into a viable solution for mobile sensors. This is accomplished by creating a platform LoRAWAN gateway owners can use to connect their gateways.

“When evaluating a project like this, people generally ask one of two questions: why should I trust it? and what do I get in return?” said Wagener. “This is the power of blockchain. With MXProtocol at the core, we’re able to create a fair, automated platform that reliably manages device transactions. We’re also creating an incentive to join the network, that’s where MXC will thrive.”

MXC is a utility token designed for automated payments between wireless devices. If a sensor leaves the service area of the owner’s network, it will search for the nearest MXC enabled network and bid for network access using MXC’s Smart Machine Bidding algorithm. Once an accepted bid has been agreed upon, MXC will be transferred from the sensor’s M2M Wallet to the Wallet of the connected LoraWAN gateway, and the data will be transmitted. 

For Meerkat, this makes it possible for them to leverage LoRaWAN networks beyond their own infrastructure, creating a larger service area for their pet tracking app. As increasingly more companies choose to join the network, the service area will continue to grow. Connecting MXProtocol to the sensors also gives pet owners the chance to use the collected data.

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