OLATHE, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the PRO 550 Plus, an all-in-one premium dog training and tracking system that combines a proven tube- style training remote with a simplified GPS tracking system. Hunters who keep track of their dogs from their vehicles will also benefit from the new Garmin DriveTrackâ„˘ 71, a lightweight 6.95-inch edge-to-edge touchscreen dashboard navigator that can track up to 20 dogs when paired with compatible handhelds. The new DriveTrack 71 is upgraded with free live services and built-in Wi-Fi for easy downloading of map and software updates.
â€śThe PRO-style dog training remote has been around for decades â€“ because itâ€™s preferred by serious dog trainers and hunters who want an ergonomic, instantaneous, no-look way to help train their dogs,â€ť said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. â€śThe new PRO 550 Plus builds upon that design and adds a GPS receiver and a display that gives users the essential, simplified, and precise direction and distance to their dog, bringing training opportunities to a new level. And when paired with the new DriveTrack 71, itâ€™s easier than ever before to track dogs from inside a vehicle.â€ť
The PRO 550 Plus incorporates the robust training features of the PRO 550 series, providing 18 levels of momentary or continuous stimulation, tone, and vibration â€“ as well as the ability to operate beacon lights on the dog device for low-light hunting situations. The PRO 550 Plus handheld is compatible and easily paired with any existing TTâ„˘ 15 or TT 15 Mini dog devices.
Integrating the proven training capabilities of the PRO 550 series, the PRO 550 Plus enhances communication between dog and owner through a built-in LCD display near the base of the handheld. This display provides an easy-to-read directional pointer and numerical yardage readout. The system provides location updates every 2.5 seconds for up to three dogs, so whether a dog is working in heavy cover or at a distance, a quick glance to the handheld gives individuals the ability to help pinpoint their dogâ€™s location in near real time. Range for training and tracking is over two miles (depending on terrain) and battery life is approximately 24 hours for the PRO 550 Plus handheld, which is water-rated to IPX71.
The DriveTrack 71 includes preloaded TOPO maps of the U.S. and portions of Canada, a one-year subscription to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery and detailed, turn-by-turn road maps of North America â€“ making the device fully capable for both town and country. Whether traveling with hunting dogs or family, every excursion will benefit from the new preloaded TripAdvisorÂ® ratings for hotels, restaurants, and attractions.
When paired with the free Garmin Smartphone Link app2, the new DriveTrack 71 can access free live services, including live traffic, basic weather, speed cameras and red light cameras3, and live parking lot availability. The app also gives users the ability to receive smart notifications from their phone, including text messages, calendar reminders, address sharing, and app alerts. The LiveTrack feature lets users share their location with friends or hunting buddies, so they can efficiently coordinate rendezvous points and dog pickup locations. In addition, hunters can see their dogsâ€™ whereabouts at-a-glance by pairing their PRO 550 Plus to any fÄ“nixÂ®Â 3, fÄ“nix 5, tactixÂ®Â Bravo, or tactix Charlie series smartwatches.
The PRO 550 Plus comes bundled with a TT 15 dog device, and will be available in September for a suggested retail price of $649.99. For those who already have compatible TT 15 or T 5 series collars, the PRO 550 Plus handheld can be purchased separately for $399.99 MSRP. The DriveTrack 71 is also available now for $399.99 MSRP.
The PRO 550 Plus is the latest solution from Garminâ€™s expanding outdoor segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance usersâ€™ outdoor experiences. Whether hiking, hunting, trail running, mountain biking, golfing, diving or training dogs, Garmin outdoor devices are essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. For more information about Garminâ€™s other outdoor products and services, visit www.garmin.com/outdoors.
For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin, twitter.com/garmin, or youtube.com/garmin.
1 See Garmin.com/waterrating for more details.
2 When paired with compatible smartphone. See Garmin.com/ble for more details.
3 Always defer to all posted road signs and road conditions. Helmet law warnings available in the U.S. only. Red light and speed camera warnings are not available in all regions.
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