Pets are often considered beloved members of the family, but taking them along on a flight can sometimes be quite challenging. However, a new piece of technology has just been announced that will help pet-owners keep a close eye on their furry companions throughout a flight.
This Digi-Pet service, created by Unisys, helps reduce the worry that can come with flying with animals, and offers a more stress-free travel experience. It continuously monitors the comfort of your pet, providing a live video stream, voice chatting, and automated alerts via IoT sensors. These can be attached to the pet’s travel kennel or case.
Venkatesh Pazhyanur, Senior Industry Director of Freight Solutions at Unisys, understands that “We are emotionally attached to our pets and it can be distressing to be separated from them when traveling by air,” and would like to help create an experience that is more calming for both the pet and owner.
The sensors also record the temperature, oxygen levels, vibration and light, relaying this data, along with the video streaming, to a dedicated app on a smartphone or tablet. It will also alert the pet owner or airline staff in case of an emergency, or if something requires immediate action.
The Digi-Pet technology ensures that animals are transported safely and comfortably around the world. It is currently used by 20 20 global carriers that transport more than 180,000 animals annually, in compliance with the International Air Transport Association Live Animals Regulations
The service can also be used by carriers that transport other animals, such as horses, or day-old chicks and hatching eggs, which require consistent heat and light, as well as regulated oxygen levels.