"It seems as if everyone's talking about 'real-time' transceivers these days - or at least certain North American beacon manufacturers. During these conversations terms such as 'real-time processing,' 'real-time display,' 'fastest' and 'instantaneous' are frequently heard, but far too often, poorly understood. This is because these terms are either completely misused, or, are so diluted through their liberal use as mere marketing hype they've become devoid of meaning."
So begins Ortovox's paper addressing "real-time" transceiver FAQs and definitions. Prepared for several professional avalanche training workshops held this season, Ortovox thought the information might be of interest to the snow safety professionals and non-pros alike who were unable to attend those events.
As anyone who loves to ski, board, snowmobile or snowshoe knows well, snow safety, including avalanche transceiver design and search and rescue training and technique, is serious business. To have worthwhile and intelligent discussions regarding these topics, Ortovox says, both professionals and non-professtionals need clear, consistent terminology.
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