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Old 05-20-2014, 11:57 AM
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We received the improved firmware from the WiFi module vendor. And, while it is about 1000 times better than the previous version, it is still not acceptable. They have not given an ETA for the next improved version. Still stuck on hold as far as scheduling, so I cannot offer a delivery schedule at this time.
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Yes, I know not having a delivery schedule is disappointing. However, had I provided such a schedule prior to receiving the latest version, it would have been wrong. The update I did provide last time (we should get updated wifi module firmware in about 30 days) was pretty accurate (I think it was 34 days actual). But, I could not have anticipated that the update was still not going to be acceptable. I will not assume such this time, either.

As to the 1000 times better, that was based on our being able to send a 3MB file 1000-2000 times before the dongle locked up, when the previous performance level was 1-2 times. There are a lot of variables at play, but the current firmware could still lockup within 10 minutes or so under this improved firmware. As I said above, better, but still not acceptable.
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We are, of course, aware that the Siren App and Analyze functionality have not been released. We apologize for any inconvenience these unforeseeable delays have caused, and continue to work toward a solution. Thank you for your patience.
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I passed a new version of scanner firmware and Wi-Fi dongle firmware to the app developer today for testing/continuing development. Too soon for results.
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We were about to start beta testing today, but overnight got two more updates (one to the dongle, and one to the scanner firmware) that added record/playback functionality to the codebase. So, beta will likely start either tomorrow or Monday. If testing shows it to be stable, functional, usable, then we'll have an iPhone app to submit to the Apple App store in a week or so. From what I've heard, it takes up to 2 weeks for an app to be approved to go on-line once it is submitted to the store.

There is a big, huge "IF" in that paragraph, above, which adds a high level of uncertainty to the situation. But, at least the codebase (both in the scanner and app) have been substantially modified now to utilize the alternate access method we had to proceed with, so we should be just running into "normal" bugs, not the complete failure to perform situation we were in under the old methods.

The first rev of the app will still lack some eventual functionality, but core operation will be there.
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We continue to work to overcome the issues we have been experiencing in getting the Wi-Fi adapter to properly operate. We are very sorry about how long this has taken, but getting this fixed is still our #1 priority, and we fully intend to release the app as soon as it can be ready. As our #1 priority is this issue, this has unavoidably also delayed the release of the analyze features, which will also be released at a future date.

We can understand the release of a new product, while this issue remains, seems to indicate that our attention and resources have been applied elsewhere. But, as others have pointed out, we are always working on multiple projects...and always have new items in development even as we continue to release updates to older products. Up to now, much of our time has been spent negotiating with and waiting for outside engineers...a task that does not significantly impact our development engineers' workload.

I know that providing a status report that does not include a specific date as to when this will all be resolved generally results in more negative than positive comments, which is why you've seen no status reports recently. However, we are unable to foresee at this time what the specific timeline will be. While each update we get is better, and is met with high hopes by our engineers, testers, and app developer, until it operates at an acceptable quality level we cannot guess as to the future development track.
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