F.A.Q.s

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Traditional foal alarms – the types that detect lying down and set off a siren in a receiving unit.
Smart Foal contains a siren in the WiFi base station that will go off when the mare lies down. So in that respect it contains the same functionality.
On top of that, Smart Foal has an app. The app allows you to monitor your mare yourself. You can see if she is restless or agitated, pacing or lying down. The algorithms processing the data let you know if she is OK or if you should get ready for your new baby. You can see the remaining battery life and enable the alarms you want.
Having an app also enables Smart Foal to roll out improvements continuously. There is no need for different hardware or an upgrade, we can upload new code, features or updates remotely for everyone to enjoy. Our ultimate goal is to add a “predictivity” meter that gives you at least an hour notice before the foal is born.
Smart Foal is also cheaper than the older style alarms.
Phone App
A phone app for foaling is essentially the same thing as the traditional foal alarm except it uses a phone as the sensor/transmitter and you receive the notifications on another phone. Again Smart Foal contains the same functionality and the big difference is the Smart Foal App. No other alarm conducts pattern recognition on the data or shows you your mares distress/activity level.
Using a phone as the sensor/transmitter means the battery life is a maximum of a few days and it relies on your foaling yards having 3G coverage or direct WiFi coverage.
Stitched in alarms
There are some alarms that require the transmitter and magnets to be sewn into the mares vulva. When the foals feet protrude the magnets separate and set off the alarm. These are great for reducing false alarms but are costly to have a veterinarian sew them in place.
Smart Foal attaches to the halter and doesn’t need to be sewn anywhere. As such Smart Foal doesn’t incur veterinary fees to be turned on.
I don’t see why not. The algorithms in the app are based on horses so they may not be completely useful. The alarm will go off primarily when the animal lies down so if you put a Smart Foal alarm on an animal that tends to lie down a lot then you will get a lot of alarms.
Yes we do.  The maximum repayment term is 6 months and the lay-buy gateway provider (LAY-BUYS) will charge 0.9% of the total purchase.  For example if your order total is $500 the provider will charge you $4.5.
The transmitter is waterproof yes. The WiFi base station is not. This is because the built in hardware alarm would get completely dampened inside a sealed box so we had to make the decision to make the box un-waterproof.
Absolutely! Easily connect 20+ transmitters to the one WiFi base station.
Yes we do. If you order 2 transmitters the third and subsequent transmitters are eligible for a discount. Please contact us directly to arrange the discount.
Not anymore. After trialling SMS and phone calls we found the cost far out weighed the benefits. We now offer email notifications (completely free) that you can receive on any device on which you have your email account installed. We have found that iPhones don’t pass on email notifications in real time (there is about a 15 minute delay), where as android phones do.
Yes you can. SMS and phone calls are available for a subscription fee. We have tested both SMS and phone calls in parallel with the App. We discovered that the phone calls and SMS were annoying, whereas the App was less intrusive, infinitely more helpful and made the SMS/calls redundant. To send SMS or make phone calls you will still need to connect the WiFi base station to the internet, and if you have done that you may as well use the app. As long as you have the app open on your laptop you will still receive alarms while you are away from home.
Well yes and no. The real benefit of Smart Foal is the App. To use the app you need to get your mares data to the internet – that will require some sort of internet connection. Generally I would suggest connecting Smart Foal to your home WiFi. If you don’t have the internet connected at home then another option is to use a broadband dongle with WiFi that can connect to the mobile phone network and provide the required internet connection. If you don’t have mobile phone coverage either then Smart Foal has a hardware alarm that operates independently from the app. It will work similarly to other foal alarms on the market but you will miss out on the benefits of the app and the future updates.
If, on the other hand, you have poor WiFi coverage outdoors, there are plenty of ways around that.
1. You could have the receiver close to the house where the WiFi is strongest
2. You could move your current WiFi router closer to a window facing your foaling yards
3. You could try using higher gain antennas
4. You could use a WiFi repeater. If you place it outside or near a window facing your yards it will greatly extend the WiFi range.
Unfortunately range is dependent on terrain. When including a radio module in a device the radio manufacturer quotes a ‘typical range’. This is commonly what people will quote. What they don’t tell you is that the expected range is only valid when the transmitting radio and receiving radio are located 50m above the earth, in clear uninterrupted air, with direct line of sight. This is sometimes achievable with drones but little else.
What I would say is take the typical range and then halve it for every obstacle between you and your mare. The radio module inside Smart Foal claims to have 1100m range.
So if you are on a hill, halve the range: 550m.
If there are a few scattered trees, halve it again: 275m. (If you have dense trees, divide by 4: 137.5m.)
If you have a car, truck, float or machinery parked in front of your mare, halve again: 137.5m.
If your mare is in stables, particularly with metal walls, halve again: 68.75m.
If you have all those obstacles you can see how the range quickly diminishes. If you happen to live on a football field that is perfectly flat with only grass between you and your mare then you can expect to get fantastic range, the rest of us need to be a bit more realistic.
This range indication is not just for Smart Foal but will apply equally easily to any other foal alarm. In fact it is a good rule of thumb for any device with a radio module in it.