I want to be able to quickly check the location of my dog -- which room of the house or part of the yard that she's in.

I have a GPS collar for her, but I've decided not to use GPS because of

  • the expensive of paying for a data plan and
  • the significant lack of precision, particularly indoors

On the hardware side I can think of several obvious solutions:

  • Bluetooth
  • RFID
  • WiFi
  • Any of the above technologies being used as a dongle for her collar either
    • independently based on proximity from a computer or router
    • or (more likely) in combination with beacons in each room + my router

However I don't know of a software solution to manage the hardware in this way.

Ideally I would like to interface with it through my Echo (Amazon's voice-controlled home automation hub) so that it would be like on Star Trek where I go "Computer, locate Lt. Puppy" and Echo will be like "Lt. Puppy is in the Holodeck".

I believe that I could write the app (the "skill" in Amazon-speak) to integrate the app with Echo though, if such an app exists.

It seems like there are a lot of apps that do this for larger scale -- for instance, I already have TrackR but they don't work within the home.

I am open to Windows, Linux, mobile or web-app solutions. Basically anything except MacOS.

Update: I found this related Wikipedia article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indoor_positioning_system ... come to think of it, I used to work for an evil location-based advertising company called Jiwire that talked about determining your exact location within a store (e.g. which aisle of a grocery store you're in) based on your mobile data and using that to display related ads on your phone...

  • Your dog is called "Lt. Puppy"? Sounds great (until you have to call her in the park ;-) Nov 28 '16 at 13:47
  • @Mawg LOL well she's only called that for the purposes of this question. Her real name is Georgia.
    – Hack-R
    Nov 28 '16 at 14:26
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    @Mawg Thanks It looks like it's just not available on the app but it works now that I'm using a web browser
    – Hack-R
    Dec 25 '16 at 16:01
  • Its not an answer yet as I am still writing the app. I have installed beacons above the ceiling in each room. And have finished a proof of concept app that figures out where the phone is at any given time. I just need to convert it to a service before starting to use it fully. I also have a Fibaro (Home automation) system where I have written a Virtual Device to grab this information. Apr 29 '19 at 3:20

The TrackR can be joined by TrackR Atlas devices to provide indoor location mapping & boasts Alexa integration via the TrackR App for iPhone or Android. TrackR Atlas can also apparently be used with other bluetooth enabled devices.

You can see more details on the crowdfunding site - it seems it will even work with other Alexa devices than the echo.

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    Thanks. I hadn't heard of the Atlas flavor of TrackR, so I will check that out. As mentioned in the question, I already have TrackR tho but it doesn't work indoors and actually doesn't really work very well outdoors either as you can go miles before hitting another TrackR user. Update Yes, TrackR Atlas sounds like it would be perfect but of course it unfortunately has not been released yet. I will definitely keep an eye on it tho.
    – Hack-R
    Nov 28 '16 at 14:23

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