A new program being used by the Arizona Department of Public Safety allows K-9 handlers to monitor their dogs' temperature and location with the help of an Android app.
According to the Arizona Republic, the technology involves a device implanted in the dog's neck with a sensor to monitor body temperature and a GPS component to aid in location. Once the dog's temperature approaches critical condition, the handler is notified by e-mail or text message. A Virtual Armor app also lets the handler track the dog's temperature in real time.
Officials say the technology could also be used to avoid potentially fatal scenarios, like when a police dog is inadvertently left behind in a patrol car in the Arizona heat.
DPS implemented the yearlong pilot program in January using technology firm Virtual Armor and three of the department's police dogs: Clif, GoGo, and Nico.