Signal Mapper Release Notes

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Neon Signal Mapper Release Notes

Current Official Release:

Last updated on August 8, 2017


NEON Command

  • New Feature: Added ability to set remote signal filters for Android devices. This provides a unified data collection experience when tracking with multiple users.
  • New Feature: 3D visualizer now includes a sky background.
  • Improved building editor by adding the ability to toggle layers while editing a building.
  • Improved building editor by allowing edits during a live tracking session.
  • Improved building editor by no longer requiring the user to specify large or small floor types.
  • Bug fixes.

Signal Mapper

  • New Feature: Added ability to swap between local and remote signal filters. Local signal filters allow visualization on the Android only. Remote signal filters allow visualization on the Android and NEON Command using a signal filter specified in NEON Command.
  • Improved layout of Signal Mapper Settings.
  • Bug fixes.

Tracking Unit

  • Bug fixes.


Signal Mapper

  • Improved the recording icon by making it more standard.
  • Improved the about screen by adding the tracking unit firmware version.
  • Fixed rare bug causing infrequent elevation jumps.
  • Bug fixes.

Tracking Unit

  • Bug fixes.

NEON Command

  • Fixed bug where floor plan disappeared when editing the building outline.
  • Bug fixes.


Signal Mapper

  • New Feature: Added signal details status bar including, position status, mapping timer, and selected filter data.
  • New Feature: Recent path points are now updated with elevation corrections fixing real time anomalies.
  • Improved initialization instructions and prompts.
  • Improved check ins by lowering the amount of time between a user check in and the display of path corrections.
  • Bug fixes.

Tracking Unit

  • Bug fixes.

NEON Command

  • Improved building editor by adding the ability to delete a building while in an edit session.
  • Bug fixes.


Signal Mapper

  • New Feature: Path corrections are updated immediately.
  • Bug fixes.

Tracking Unit

  • Bug fixes.

NEON Command

  • New Feature: Zooming in 2D now zooms to the cursor location instead of center screen.
  • Improved building creation by automatically displaying the building details window after outline completion.
  • Improved building editor state change visualization.
  • Bug fixes.


Signal Mapper

  • Fixed bug where the signal details did not match the displayed colored dots.
  • Bug fixes.

Tracking Unit

  • Bug fixes.

NEON Command

  • Improved the control points editor by adding the ability to pan and zoom.
  • Improved the work flow of the control points editor by adding additional dialogs.
  • Improved the work flow of the building editor by disabling unnecessary file menu options.
  • Improved Personnel Sidebar adding floor indication for users in multiple buildings.
  • Bug fixes.


Signal Mapper

  • New Feature: User can now select custom color maps when viewing colored dots.
  • Bug fixes.

Tracking Unit

  • Bug fixes.

NEON Command

  • New Feature: User can now create, edit, and select custom color maps when viewing colored dots and heat maps.
  • New Feature: Unselected buildings are now semi-transparent.
  • Improved real time view of colored dots by adding the legend to the screen.
  • Improved building editor by making building outlines more transparent during editing sessions.
  • Bug fixes.


Signal Mapper

  • App now ensures matching tracking unit firmware and will allow upgrade or downgrade if necessary.
  • Fixed a rare bug where NEON incorrectly reports that the user is indoors when using a Nexus 5.
  • Bug Fixes.

Tracking Unit

  • Improved robustness when connecting a tracking unit via USB.
  • Bug Fixes.

NEON Command

  • Path and avatar are now overlaid on top of unselected buildings.
  • Fixed bug causing older sections of a historical path to be hidden in certain circumstances.
  • Bug Fixes.


Signal Mapper

  • Optimized Bluetooth communication.
  • Improved time to navigation lock and ability to maintain a navigation lock.
  • Bug Fixes.

Tracking Unit

  • Fixed bug where compass data was not interpreted properly in certain circumstances.
  • Bug Fixes.

NEON Command

  • Minor UI improvements.
  • Bug Fixes.


NEON Command

  • Completely rewritten and provides a new innovative look with improved responsiveness.
  • Support for high resolution monitors allows for operation on latest versions of laptops, tablets, and all-in-ones.
  • Enhanced right-click menus and hot keys allow experienced users to operate NEON Command more efficiently.
  • Improved controls for signal plotting and user management allow for intuitive navigation.
  • Enhanced filtering options when selecting signal data.
  • Enhanced display of color dot signal data.
  • Created dialogs to improve usability when creating combined and uplink signal maps.
  • Simplified on screen map controls.
  • Completely reorganized menu, changing from a ribbon to a standard file menu. Options have been grouped together and simplified for greater usability.
  • Base map selection and layers menus are now directly on top of the visualizer and more readily accessible.
  • Building editor toolbar is now docked under the menu bar rather than floating.
  • Personnel sidebar allows for easier toggling and indication of paths/error bounds.
  • Building level selector is now shown directly on the visualizer when a building is selected.
  • When opening files saved on the NEON Cloud, they are no longer automatically saved to the My Documents folder. Files can be saved using the Save As option in the file menu.
  • Serial number, Android battery level, and tracking unit battery level are now available in the personnel sidebar.
  • Bug fixes.

Signal Mapper

  • Fixed a firewall rule where some IPs were blocked inadvertently causing loss of real time location on NEON Command.
  • Fixed a bug causing occasional failed firmware updates.
  • Bug fixes.

Tracking Unit

  • Improved run time calibration.
  • Bug fixes.


  • Android Improved initial heading.
  • Tracking Unit Fixed firmware download issues.
  • All Bug fixes.


  • Android - Improved navigation constraints. This results in smaller error bounds and requires less frequent user corrections.
  • All - Bug Fixes.


  • All - Changed default base map provider from HERE to ESRI. Note that offline map caches containing HERE tiles will be deleted after the upgrade.
  • Android - Improved path error modeling. This results in more accurate error bounds over a longer period of time.
  • All - Bug fixes.


  • Android - Improved automatic sensor calibration.
  • Android - Fixed rare bug where cloud connectivity was lost after tracking for 8+ hours.
  • Tracking Unit - In rare failure modes the tracking unit will now automatically restart.
  • All - Bug Fixes.


  • PC - New Feature: Added personnel labels to 3D view and improved display in 2D.
  • All - Bug Fixes.


  • PC - New Feature: Added ability to locate Wi-Fi access points and BLE beacons when viewing a signal map.
  • Tracking Unit - Fixed a rare bug where the tracking unit would display an error state and require a hard reset.
  • All - Bug Fixes.


  • Android - New Feature: Added signal details page showing the most recent measurements of the last 15 seconds.
  • Tracking Unit - Improved step detection.
  • All - Bug Fixes.


  • Android - New Feature: Can now visualize colored dots when signal mapping. User can specify a signal to view in the signal mapper settings screen.
  • Android - User check in now automatically selects the building.
  • PC - New Feature: Added ability to mark locations on the map when editing a building. This can be used to align floor plans on multiple floors.
  • Web - Improved the user account and subscription web page.
  • All - Bug fixes.


  • PC - NEON now supports exporting to an iBwave compatible format.
  • PC - More detailed Wi-Fi, BLE, and Cell information is now available.
  • All - Bug fixes.


  • PC - Creating a building with latitude and longitude now centers on the building site.
  • Android - Improved tracking on escalators.
  • PC - New Feature: Signal report generator. This tool allows the user to export a report containing heat map pictures and signal map data.
  • All - New Feature: Notes and pictures. This tool allows the user to annotate signal maps with georeferenced notes and pictures.
  • PC - Preferences window now contains advanced signal mapper options.
  • Android - New feature allows user to choose base maps.
  • All - Bug fixes.


  • PC - Colored dots and heat maps are now really fast.
  • Android - New feature allows user to rotate map using standard gestures.
  • Android - Added status when pressing the synchronization button.
  • PC - Added software update download progress status with ability to cancel download.
  • All - Improved download speed for application updates.
  • Android - Improved user avatar making current user more prominent.
  • All - Bug fixes.


  • PC - Improved display of historical paths.
  • PC - Fixed bug where Neon Command ran slowly when it was not connected to the internet.
  • Android - Fixed bug where Neon failed to update in Android 7.0. Users with Neon versions before this release will need to manually download the update from the website.
  • All - Bug fixes.


  • Android - Signal maps are now stored in Phone/NeonSignalMaps.
  • Android - Improved Neon UI Settings (name and color more easily accessible).
  • Android - When logging in with a Google account the user will always see the account selector and be able to select a different account if necessary.
  • Tracking Unit - Fixed bug causing infrequent Bluetooth errors.
  • Tracking Unit - Added automatic calibration when charging.
  • PC - Fixed bug where outdoor references could be set with an invalid location.


  • Android - Improved bug reporting dialog usability.
  • API - Added new API indicating navigation lock status.
  • All - Bug fixes.


  • Neon Command - Added enhanced building outline creation tool. Can now enter a set of lat, long coordinates to create a building outline.
  • All - Bug fixes


  • Neon Command - Added camera animations when searching for a building or centering on a user.
  • Signal Mapper - Added "Check for Updates" button.


  • Signal Mapper - Neon Location Service is now bundled into Neon Signal Mapper. The software will ask you to remove the old packages when you upgrade from 7.1- When installing on a new device, you should only download Neon Signal Mapper.
  • Signal Mapper - Updated INU connection status, check in, cloud synchronization, and search icons.
  • Signal Mapper - Added connection status banners and removed status icons from sidebar.
  • Neon Command - Updated building editor to include floor labels, building name, and simplified interface.
  • Neon Command - Updated cell signal naming when viewing a signal map.
  • Signal Mapper - Improved heading estimation.
  • Neon Command - Improved performance when viewing many buildings simultaneously.
  • Signal Mapper - Fixed bug in Signal Mapper due to memory leaks.
  • Neon API - Added API keys for login.
  • Neon API - All app bundles are compatible with Neon API.


  • Neon Command - Improved ability to geo-reference floor plans using control points in the building editor.
  • Neon API - Added enhanced options for manual corrections, ranging, and external GPS constraints.
  • Neon API - Added event indicating navigation engine re-initialization.
  • Signal Mapper - Improved performance when viewing many buildings simultaneously.
  • Tracking Unit - Fixed error causing incorrect reporting of battery percentage.


  • Signal Mapper - Improved tracking on stairs.
  • Neon Command - Added a "Check for Update" button.
  • Signal Mapper - Improved elevation display of colored dots.
  • Signal Mapper - Fixed bug where Signal Mapper log was ended early due to Bluetooth disconnection.
  • Signal Mapper - Fixed bug where Signal Mapper log failed to upload.
  • Signal Mapper - Fixed localization bug with Signal Mapper logs.


  • [All] - Bug fixes


  • Neon Command - Improved path visualization by applying historical location corrections.
  • Signal Mapper - When uploading signal maps the user can now tap the cloud icon to view pending uploads.
  • Signal Mapper - Buildings can now be selected with a tap in addition to a long press.
  • Neon Command - Moved the search bar from the top right to the top left of the map view.
  • Neon Command - When viewing a signal map, the user can now easily select all signals.
  • Neon API - If registering for NeonLocationType.CORRECTED location updates, Neon will now provide significantly more historical NeonLocation updates.


  • Neon Command - Search now supports business names and venues in addition to addresses.
  • Neon Command - Added notification near login status indicating maintenance window.
  • Website - Added banner notification indicating upcoming and ongoing maintenance window.
  • Tracking Unit - Improved detection of tracking unit mounting location (especially when wearing the tracking unit on your back).
  • Signal Mapper - Added ability to ignore update request for 12 hours.
  • Signal Mapper - Minimized bandwidth used when uploading signal maps.


  • Neon Command - Improved elevation display.
  • Signal Mapper - Improved signal map upload and download.
  • Signal Mapper & Personnel Tracker - The floor plan of the first floor is displayed grayed out when a building is not selected.
  • Signal Mapper & Personnel Tracker - Improved firmware download notifications.
  • Signal Mapper & Personnel Tracker - Added notifications during maintenance window.
  • Signal Mapper & Personnel Tracker - Added an error bound to user check ins.


  • Neon Location Service - Improved navigation constraints when transitioning between indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Neon Location Service - Added navigation constraints for building entrances.
  • Website - Improved layout and usability of website.


  • Neon Command - Added ability to import floor plans up to 15 MB.
  • Neon Command - Added ability to delete signal map logs from Neon Command.
  • Signal Mapper - Added ability to take signal measurements outdoors.
  • Website - Displays the user's last log in time.


  • All - Backwards compatible.
  • All - Minor bug fixes and improvements.


  • Neon Command - Mapped signals show signal information when clicked on.
  • Neon Command - Added option to set the heat map scale.


  • Signal Mapper App - Updated the look and feel of the user interface.
  • Signal Mapper App - Improved log uploads. If you do not have good internet connectivity the app will store your log and try to upload it the next time you start Signal Mapper.
  • Neon Command - Signal Map logs are now sorted so that the newest log is at the top of the "Open From Cloud" list.
  • Neon Command - Added scrolling through the Open Cloud Log dialog.


  • Neon Command - Added option to view mapped signals as heat map or colored dots
  • Neon Website - Improved look/feel and usability for customer admin website
  • Tracking Unit - Improved stair detection for all mounting locations
  • Neon Location Service - Optimized the navigation engine to run 20% faster
  • Neon Command - Removed the connectivity icon
  • Neon Command - Added a network diagnostics tool. You can find this tool by clicking on the ā€˜Nā€™ in the upper left corner of Neon Command
  • Neon Command - Improved open/save dialogs
  • All - Made the avatar size more consistent across devices


  • Tracking Unit - Implemented over the air updates. The user will be notified when a firmware update is available through the Signal Mapper Android Application.
  • Signal Mapper App - Pinch zoom now zooms centered on fingers instead of screen
  • Neon Location Service - Improved the speed of location algorithms
  • Neon Website - Added support for non-Gmail authentication
  • Neon Location Service - Improved location accuracy


  • Neon Command & Signal Mapper App - Implemented auto updates. The user will be notified when an update is available for Neon Command, Neon Signal Mapper, and Neon Location Service. The user may download and install the new software from the apps.
  • Signal Mapper App - Improved speed of Bluetooth device name discovery
  • Neon Command - Improved speed of loading base maps
  • Tracking Unit - Distinguished Tracking Unit assert state from low battery state. The Tracking Unit now has a solid red LED if it is an assert state and has a blinking red LED if it is in a low battery state.
  • Signal Mapper App - Saves the name of your log when the log upload fails


  • Signal Mapper App - Notifies the user if the position lock is lost. The mapper timer will stop until the user corrects their location by checking in.
  • Signal Mapper App - Improved uploading large signal map files over cell connectivity


  • Neon Command - The Mapping Editor allows creation of 3D building models with geo-referenced floor plans.
  • Signal Mapper App - Guides a user through the process of achieving a location and heading lock and then scans WIFI, BLE, and cell signals.
  • Neon Command - Display of Signal and location data

Known Issues

  • The default android browser on certain phones (such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active) will fail to install APKs downloaded from the NEON website. To workaround this issue, open the download website with another File Explorer or browser (such as Chrome).
  • Cell (GSM or CDMA) scanning through the NEON Signal Mapper application is heavily dependent on the make and model of smart phone. Most Samsung phone models can only report the cell they are currently connected to, and may report a different measure of signal strength (not RSSI as intended).
  • Automatic Updates may fail if running Neon in a virtual machine such as VMware on Mac OS X.


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