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PodM2M Enables Retrieva Dogs to Roam Across Europe

Nov 22, 2011

Manufacturer of World´s Most Advanced Dog Tracking Collar Incorporates MultiNet SIM Cards to Create “Premium” Roaming Collars 

PodM2M, the expert in multi-network data SIMs for the M2M industry, has today announced that its MultiNet Europe SIM cards have been selected by Retrieva, manufacturer of the world´s most advanced dog tracking collar, to enable the company to further expand its reach into Europe. The MultiNet Europe SIM roams on every network in every European country for a fixed low cost, enabling Retrieva to market premium roaming collars for use beyond British shores.

For Retrieva, a key advantage of the PodM2M MultiNet Europe SIM is that it automatically switches between networks if coverage is patchy or if a network is not available, so that the device remains connected. This has enabled Retrieva not only to offer its tracking collar throughout the whole of Europe, but also to customers in remote areas of the UK which would not normally receive coverage from Retrieva´s current UK mobile provider.

The collars incorporate three different tracking technologies, GPS (satellite), GPRS (mobile data) and radio frequency to ensure the most reliable tracking system available. The dog´s position can be viewed in real time from the user´s mobile phone.

“Having already established a broad customer base in the UK, we faced a challenge when demand for our dog collars began to increase in Europe,” commented Andy Stuart, one of the founders of Retrieva.

“Although we had been working with a UK telecoms provider, finding a way to standardize prices throughout the whole of Europe and avoiding roaming costs became paramount.”

The company initially asked customers to purchase their own local SIM which they then sent to Retrieva to be incorporated into the device, but they soon realized that this would not be practical on a large scale. “Discovering PodM2M’s MultiNet Europe SIM has put us streets ahead, enabling us to offer a comprehensive, premium service to European customers,” continued Andy Stuart. “Previously, we as a company had to assume the risk of roaming costs if a customer frequently used the device abroad, whereas now this risk has been almost entirely eliminated.”

The PodM2M MultiNet Europe IoT SIM cards are just one in a range of multi-network SIMs offered by the company, enabling manufacturers of roaming M2M devices and applications to develop products that can roam both on different networks within European countries and across European borders for a low fixed monthly cost with no risk of roaming charges or bill shocks.

Charles Towers-Clark, CEO of Pod Group commented; “We are delighted to be working with a company as innovative as Retrieva. You can’t tell a dog to stay in zones with mobile phone coverage and this is a great example of how a MultiNet SIM can enable M2M companies to offer premium services and eliminate issues associated with roaming costs or patchy coverage in rural areas. The MultiNet SIM automatically connects to the next available network if coverage is lost, making it the ideal solution for this type of application.”

The MultiNet Europe SIM is available now from PodM2M. For more information and pricing, please visit www.podm2m.com.

About PodM2M

PodM2M is an MVNO specializing in data SIM cards for the M2M and business travel sectors. An expert in multi-network data SIMs, PodM2M offers coverage worldwide across a wide variety of networks at prices comparable to, or often lower than, local single network SIMs.

PodM2M is based in the UK with offices in Spain and the USA. From these offices the company serves customers across Europe and the USA and is able to provide coverage at a global level in specific countries throughout Asia, Australasia and Africa. For further information please visit www.podm2m.com.

Press contacts:

Amy Garcia Rendle
Email: amy.garcia@podgroup.com
Skype: amygarciarendle
Mobile: + 44 (0) 7889 702 167
Direct: +44 (0) 560 347 9641 or +44 (0) 207 193 9464
Buckingham office: +44 (0) 1280 818 772

About Retrieva

Retrieva is a UK based company established to develop practical, user-friendly consumer products using the very latest tracking and communication technologies.

The Retrieva dog collar is a robust, waterproof, intelligent tracking device designed to enhance the safety, security and welfare of your dog.  Using a system designed for purpose, the Retrieva collar can be tracked virtually anywhere in the world.  Designed for a comfortable fit for the collar will provide live tracking to your mobile phone or to the Retrieva mapping panel accessed via the internet.

Press contacts:

Becky Ridgley
Retrieva Limited
Email: becky.ridgley@retrievatracking.co.uk
Mobile: +44 7975 190446
Office: +44 1442 877796
www.retrievatracking.co.uk for more information.