Garmin introduces next-gen GPS dog tracking: Follow dogs on handheld, in vehicle, or on Wrist

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced new capabilities to its GPS dog tracking system, including the
new Astro® 430, a GPS and GLONASS dog tracking handheld that
can track up to 20 dogs at a range of up to nine miles, and is capable
of updating their location every 2.5 seconds. The unit can be used in
conjunction with the new DriveTrack™ 70 LMT, a seven-inch touchscreen
dashboard navigator that tracks dogs from inside a vehicle and navigates
to them. In addition, hunters can now see their dogs’ whereabouts on any
fēnix® 3 watch. The capabilities extend to existing Alpha
tracking and training systems as well.

“The groundbreaking, industry-standard Garmin Astro just got better. The
new Astro 430 can track twice as many dogs with an update rate that’s
twice as fast as previous models,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice
president of worldwide sales. “And the new DriveTrack 70 LMT
demonstrates that Garmin has heard hound hunters loud and clear,
answering their desire to track big-running dogs from their truck on a
large, easy-to-read display. And the ability to check a dog’s status at
a glance of the wrist is as handy as it is cool.”

In addition to increased dog capacity and faster update rate, the Astro
430 comes pre-loaded with TOPO U.S. 100K mapping and a free one-year
subscription to BirdsEye
Satellite Imagery
. Additionally, the unit is compatible with HuntView
map cards
(sold separately), which feature 1:24K scale TOPO mapping,
pre-loaded BirdsEye, public/private land ownership boundaries and data,
food/fuel locations and more. The new handheld also includes enhanced
Hunt Metrics dog performance data like distance traveled, time afield,
and an automatic accounting of how many times a dog has treed or pointed
game – valuable statistics in evaluating a dog’s performance.

The Astro 430 works with the new DriveTrack 70 LMT navigator for use
inside a vehicle. The large, seven-inch pinch-to-zoom touchscreen
display makes it easy to locate a pack of up to 20 dogs, updated every
2.5 seconds. The DriveTrack includes preloaded TOPO U.S. 100K maps, a
one-year subscription to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery, and detailed,
turn-by-turn road maps of North America. Existing Alpha® 100
dog tracking and training handhelds are also compatible with the
DriveTrack for full tracking functionality1.

When afield, data from the Astro 430 can be viewed on any Garmin fēnix
3 GPS watch

2, providing a hands-free glance at a dog’s
distance, direction, and vibration alerts when a dog trees or points
game. This tracking functionality is also available for existing Alpha
100 handhelds as well1.

The Astro 430 is sold separately or in a bundle with a T 5 or T 5 mini
dog device. In addition, the Astro 430 is compatible with the TT 15, TT
15 mini, TT 10, or DC 501 dog devices (provides tracking only
– no electronic training capability).

The Astro 430 and DriveTrack 70 LMT will be available in July 2016. For
more information, go to

These devices are part of Garmin’s expanding outdoor segment, which
focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’
outdoor experiences. Whether hiking, hunting, geocaching, golfing, or
dog training, Garmin outdoor devices are essential tools for outdoor
enthusiasts of all levels. For more information about Garmin’s other
outdoor products and services, go to, and

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,
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1Requires free firmware
2Requires free app

About Garmin

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN).
Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal
subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United
Kingdom. Garmin, Astro, Alpha and fēnix are registered trademarks and
DriveTrack is a trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

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Garmin International, Inc. Ted Gartner, 913-397-8200 [email protected]