RECCO® technology makes you searchable to professional rescuers in the event of an avalanche accident. The technology is utilized by 700+ rescue organizations worldwide to assist in the efficient location of burials. First introduced in 1983, the technology was developed by Magnus Granhed with the cooperation of Stockholm's Royal Institute of Technology in response to his personal experience with an avalanche tragedy. Since then, the system has proven itself effective and been adopted by an extensive network of ski resorts, helicopter skiing operations, parks, and search-and-rescue organizations in Europe, Japan, North and South America.
The RECCO® technology enables rapid directional pinpointing of a victim’s precise location using harmonic radar. The two-part system consists of a RECCO® detector used by professional rescue teams and RECCO® reflectors that are integrated into apparel, helmets, protection gear, and boots.
There is no learning curve to use the RECCO® reflector. The piece can't be forgotten since it is permanently attached and it needs no batteries to function. The manufacturer incorporates the reflector into their designs and products, so no additional investment or effort is required by the consumer. RECCO® reflectors do not prevent avalanches nor do they guarantee location or survival in the event of a burial, but they do assist organized rescue teams in pinpointing the burial location.
RECCO® technology is not intended for companion rescue nor is it an alternative to transceiver use in the backcountry. Complementary in function to the transceiver, RECCO® technology is an additional tool that does not interfere with other search methods such as transceivers, avalanche dogs, or probe lines. The RECCO® technology facilitates a faster search by professional rescuers and provides skiers and snowboarders with one more chance to be found in time.