RECCO technology makes you searchable to professional rescuers in the event of an avalanche accident or when lost in the outdoors. Wearing Spyder gear equipped with RECCO reflectors enables professional rescuers to locate you with RECCO detectors. The technology is a two-part system, the detector sends out a directional radar signal like the beam of a flash light. Once the beam of the signal hits the RECCO reflector the signal is echoed back and directs the rescuer to your location.
The RECCO technology is a global standard and handheld detectors are carried by professional rescue teams worldwide for avalanche rescue. In addition, RECCO SAR helicopter detectors are used to scan large areas from air to locate a missing person in the outdoors. Currently, there are 29 RECCO SAR Helicopter Detectors globally, with 11 in North America and 18 units deployed across Europe. The latest deployments include Colorado Highland Helicopters (USA), Vernon Search & Rescue (CAN) and two RECCO SAR helicopter detectors in Sonthofen and Bad Reichenhall, Germany.
It is important to note that RECCO reflectors DO NOT substitute the tools necessary for companion rescue; avalanche transceivers, probe and shovel. They are a simple additional tool for everyone to always be searchable to professional rescuers.