Wireless avalanche beacon
AKKA is an innovative start-up revolutionizing avalanche safety. Current avalanche transponder technology is 50 years old and requires a circuitous search path to find victims, wasting precious life saving time. Product Creation Studio (PCS) worked with AKKA to develop a more accurate and direct search system that significantly reduces the time it takes to locate buried victims.
Development Strategy, Product Design, Innovation Management, Product Engineering
Industrial Design, User Experience, Mechanical Engineering, Firmware, Electrical Engineering
Streamlining First Response
The average avalanche victim has 10 minutes or less to be rescued. Uni-directional radio beacons used today require locating victims along RF field lines. This method is slow and requires in-depth training to be proficient. PCS worked with AKKA to develop a patent pending antenna array that can be used directionally, much like a flashlight beam, to pinpoint avalanche victims. We developed an easy to understand location interface to compliment the new omni-directional blue tooth antennae array. AKKA Avalanche Beacon is winter durable and fit for the snow-sports lifestyle and environment. The transponder is slim, easily carried in a pocket or on the chest for every Pow or sled session.
Search and Rescue Innovation
Together, PCS and AKKA accomplished a design that revolutionizes a 50 year old rescue technology, tilting avalanche survival odds in the favor of snow-sport enthusiasts and rescuers.