The RECCO® system

Development of the RECCO® Rescue System started back in the 1970s, and like any early electronic device, it was big and heavy. For more than 30 years RECCO® has remained dedicated to improving the technology and its products. The first detectors used by rescuers had to be carried on a large backpack and weighed 16 kg. Today, rescuers use the ninth generation detector that weighs less than 1 kg. About the size of schoolbook, the detector is easy to carry. 


Film: The RECCO® System

Get a closer look at the functionality and usage of the RECCO® Rescue System.

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A two-part technology

The RECCO® Rescue System is two-part technology. Ski resorts and mountain rescue teams carry RECCO® detectors, which send out a search signal. RECCO® reflectors worn by skiers, riders and other outdoors people, bounce back a directional signal that directs the rescuer straight to the reflector. Unlike other technologies, multiple RECCO® reflectors on a person can improve detection. 

Sophisticated radar technology

The RECCO® Rescue System is sophisticated radar technology, but for the end user it is easy to use. Organized rescue teams can use the lightweight hand-held detector on the ground or from a helicopter, which allows for fast searching of large or dangerous areas. Skiers and riders are equipped with RECCO® reflectors that need no attention or effort. The only requirement is that skiers and riders make good decisions to avoid avalanches and other mountain dangers. 

The RECCO reflector provides a second chance

RECCO® reflectors do not prevent avalanches, nor do they guarantee location or survival of a buried or lost person. Reflectors are also not a substitute for an avalanche rescue beacon. However, when someone needs more help than their friends can provide, RECCO® reflectors do provide another chance.