- Share firmware release notes so customers can understand the improvements being made to the Halo Collar and Halo System.
- Location accuracy is significantly improved - especially when your dog first goes outside - through the use of "A-GNSS" technology. 7-Day satellite position data is downloaded - as often as once per day - over WiFi while your Halo is charging. Your Halo's GPS LED will turn solid PINK for about 60 seconds while the data is being loaded. As a result, your Halo will no longer need time to calibrate to GPS signals, as it will have already downloaded satellite position data prior to going outside.
- This newly-implemented technology will also minimize stray GPS readings and allow the collar to work better when it is in Hybrid GPS mode.
- Beacon behavior has been updated to be more consistent with fence warning area behavior; Like before, when your dog enters the Beacon zone, it will receive Warning and then Boundary Feedback while moving into the zone; But now, feedback will stop as soon as your dog turns around - even if still in the Beacon zone.
- Static output levels are now more consistent (removed an issue that sometimes caused inconsistent sensation between consecutive static prompts)
- Fixed an issue which caused Hybrid GPS 'return whistles' to be logged incorrectly in pet statistic charts; they are now correctly counted as 'encouragements'
- Additional WiFi performance improvements
- Other general fixes and enhancements
Hybrid GPS Feature
In addition to the “Indoor GPS” and “Outdoor GPS” status options, your Pet Card may now show “Hybrid GPS” in one of two situations: either the collar is indoors but still receiving some GPS signals, or the collar is outdoors but GPS signals are somewhat obstructed.
If your dog is in a location with hybrid GPS signals, your Pet Card will show “Hybrid GPS” and your collar will avoid sending ‘false’ Prevention Feedback caused by diminished GPS. Now, it will send a Return Whistle if it detects that your dog is approaching or bypassing a fence boundary. This ensures that your dog receives safety guidance to stay contained within his or her fence. Please make sure your dog is trained on the Return Whistle!
While in a “Hybrid GPS” state, your Pet Pin will still move on the map, and you will see a blue GPS icon on the Pet Pin.
Improved Indoor/Outdoor Algorithm
The collar’s indoor/outdoor detection system is now more effective through ongoing analysis of GPS data, which will improve GPS accuracy.
Improved Containment Responsiveness
We have upgraded the Halo Collar’s directional sensitivity, so it will stop giving Prevention Feedback as soon as your dog turns around and heads back to safety.
Collar LED Updates
Our latest firmware update includes a few changes to the LEDs on the Halo Collar. Please see below for the most up-to-date meanings of the collar’s GPS and Logo LEDs. For a complete summary of the collar’s LEDs and what they mean, please refer to the article “How to interpret the collar’s LEDs.”
- GPS LED blinks BLUE once per second
- Halo Logo blinks Blue 4x when entering this state
- GPS LED blinks Pink once every 2 seconds
- Halo Logo blinks Pink 4x when entering this state
- GPS LED shows no activity
- Halo Logo blinks White 4x when entering this state
GPS needs calibration:
- GPS LED flashes RED for 3 seconds then off for 3 seconds
- Halo Logo shows no activity
Battery Life Improvement
Enhanced LTE power management reduces battery consumption by approximately 75% while connected via cellular, and now matches the extended battery life your collar has while connected to WiFi. This major improvement will increase your collar’s typical battery life while using LTE to approximately 12-16 hours — providing you with significantly more flexible, longer-term coverage throughout the day.
Prevention Feedback Updates
Your Halo Collar is constantly calculating and calibrating its GPS accuracy for optimal performance. In some uncommon cases while in areas with a weaker GPS connection (for example, while under dense overhead coverage), a collar may have previously delayed sending its Prevention Feedback while recalculating GPS accuracy. With Version 0.1.70, your collar will no longer delay Preventions in outdoor areas with weaker GPS, and will instead send a Return Whistle if it detects that your dog is approaching or bypassing a fence boundary. This change means your collar will avoid sending ‘false’ Prevention Feedback caused by diminished GPS in those areas, while still ensuring that your dog receives safety guidance to stay contained within their fences.
Additionally, we resolved a rare issue in which some overlapping Protection Zones previously caused notifications to be associated with the wrong fence.
Since your dog is not wearing their Halo while it is plugged in to charge, you can now easily power down your Halo Collar by holding the ON button for five seconds while connected to power in any orientation. When off the charger, your collar still needs to be upside down (USB port up) and resting (not moving) in order to turn off the collar. This prevents your dog from inadvertently powering off the collar.
Faster Firmware Upgrades
Moving forward, future firmware downloads over WiFi will take under 2 minutes (as opposed to 30 minutes).
Fewer GPS Calibration Notifications
Version 0.1.70 will now prevent extra GPS calibration notifications. GPS calibration should only be required after the collar has been turned off for three or more days, or in rare cases following a firmware upgrade.
Improved transition time between WiFi and LTE to under three seconds. Previously, it could have taken up to 30-45 seconds.
We have solved occasional audio playback stuttering when multiple instances of Instant Feedback were sent via Bluetooth in quick succession.
GPS Reliability Improvement
Firmware version 0.1.60 features a new algorithm which prevents the GPS from “jumping” to a new location when your Halo’s accelerometer registers new motion, or a transition from indoor GPS to outdoor GPS. This means that the GPS will now move more gradually, making the position appear more ‘stable’. This should also eliminate certain unexpected Preventions that occurred rarely for some users, either while inside the fence or just after leaving the house.
New in-app calibration notices will now be available with the newest firmware release (version 0.1.60). In addition to your collar’s GPS LED blinking RED, you will also now receive in-app notifications to notify you that a GPS calibration is required. This means that it is necessary to bring your Halo Collar outside in “open air” to recalibrate its connection to satellites. When calibration is completed, the GPS LED will blink RED. You will also receive an in-app notification that calibration has been completed.
Power Button Improvements
Based on excellent feedback from some of our Early Adopters, this new firmware release will also feature a change to the power button’s “power-down” cycle. Now, “Powering Off” the collar occurs while holding the Power Button and the collar is resting with the USB port facing up (toward the ceiling). Otherwise, the button press is ignored. This should prevent 'accidental' button presses.
Additional Reliability Improvements
Firmware version 0.1.60 will fix a rare issue that required the collar to be reset prior to allowing your phone to establish a Bluetooth connection. In addition, general performance improvements have been implemented with regard to communications and connectivity across Bluetooth, WiFi, and motion sensing.