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Tracker for pesky pets a hit for IT students

Students on the Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in IT at Gower College Swansea have presented their latest project at the Big Bang Fair at MOD St Athan.

This event, which is organised by EESW/STEMCymru, attracted over 80 teams from schools and colleges across South Wales.

Josh James, Josh Brudenell, Jack Croft and Lauren Jones promoted their Geo Paw pet tracking device, which they designed and developed – in collaboration with the University of South Wales Trinity Saint David – using Arduino technology, GPS and GPRS wireless sensors and 3D printers

“The idea is to simply strap the Geo Paw device to your pet’s collar and they will never go ‘walkies’ without you again,” says Josh James. “The user can send the device a text message and it will message back with the location of the pet. It will even go to sleep to save on battery power.”

“I’m really proud of these students, they really owned this project from the start and were very involved in all the decision making, from the initial design of the product to its marketing,” says lecturer Leigh Rees. “To attend an event like the Big Bang Fair and have their work seen by so many people is a huge achievement for them.”

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