Over the years smartphones have advanced massively, you can buy apps for pretty much anything these days, from using your phone as a TomTom to controlling your lighting or central heating ! would you use your smartphone as an Avalanche Transceiver app?
Like Avalanche Transceivers, everyone will need to be carrying a smartphone device, in this case, they will need the same app to make any rescue possible.
When searching with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, smartphone rescue apps work in pretty much the same way as older style analogue transceivers, very similar to the old BCA DTS Tracker.
3 Main Transceiver Smartphone Apps
There are currently 3 main smartphone apps on the market, iSis Rescue System, Snog and SnoWhere, All of these apps make use of the smartphone network with wifi, Bluetooth and GPS frequencies to communicate and pinpoint the buried victims.
iSis has a creative approach to an avalanche transceiver app, it uses text alerts to your pre-installed friends or to a rescue group (e.g. ski patrol or mountain rescue teams).
The search is done using a combination of GPS, Wi-Fi (up to 1000 meters), and Bluetooth (up to 45 meters).
iSis mention on their website, “Attention, iSis is not a magic cape of invincibility. The application neither replaces thorough preparation for your mountain excursions nor the adherence to “best practice” and safety rules of the mountain.”
Snøg is a free app that uses Wi-Fi signals to transmit and search. transmit mode simply configures your phone to serve as a Wi-Fi Hotspot and then when searching it uses the Wi-Fi transmitters. this is exactly the same as you trying to connect to wifi.
You register your ski companions and group before heading out to the mountains.
Snøg displays a bar graph for signal strength. Each bar is topped by a number, but this is not the intuitive distance estimate of a real avalanche beacon.
SnoWhere avalanche transceiver app for iPhones costs £9.99 and uses Bluetooth to transmit and receive GPS information.
SnoWhere have had huge problems with the reliance on Bluetooth transmissions and the following factors :
Snowsafe recommends 6 Avalanche safety apps to help you gain knowledge of avalanches and what to do in the case of an emergency situation.
|1. Avalanche Lab|
|2. White Risk – SLF Avalanche App|
|3. Utah Avalanche Center|
|4. Clinometer + Bubble Level|
|5. FATMAP – 3D Map|
|6. Avalanche Forecasts|
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