Airbags are often used in cars to help save lives, but the same concept works for avalanches as well. ABS has rolled out the first remote, networked electronic system in the world which enables airbag inflation to be triggered by other members within the same skiing party. This would definitely go a long way in helping members locate and help one another during an emergency instead of relying on a wing and prayer with hope that search-and-rescue teams with their trusty St. Bernards will do the job. It is also nice to know that this new wireless system can be retrofitted to older backpacks with double airbags. There is a range limitation to this which is between 350 and 500 meters, but thankfully this distance can be further extended since each group member also doubles up as a relay station.
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