ORTOVOX Introduces World’s First Avalanche Transceiver with Voice Navigation, DIRACT VOICE
February 1, 2021
The German mountain brand is once again innovating avalanche transceivers with a disruptive solution to avalanche rescue
LONGMONT, Colo. (Feb. 1, 2021) – Today, ORTOVOX, the global expert in avalanche rescue equipment, introduces the world’s first avalanche transceiver featuring voice navigation. DIRACT VOICE represents the culmination of years of research and development bringing together product designers and human behavioral experts to produce a transceiver that supports rescuers in every phase of a search, offering calm, clear commands to help provide steadiness when the survival of a partner is on the line. DIRACT VOICE will be available for purchase in September 2021.
“Our values at ORTOVOX are rooted in the protection of both people and the environment in the mountains. With DIRACT VOICE, we wanted to create a technology that makes searching easier and helps you get found, faster,” says Tom Mason, U.S. brand manager at ORTOVOX. ”The goal with the development of this transceiver was to make the most effective rescue device possible while focusing on intuitive design and user interface. The key for us was creating a product that speeds up the rescue process, while helping rescuers remain calm and focused. The confidence you feel when the transceiver talks to you, supports you and protects you throughout the entire rescue is really eye opening.”
Founded in 1980, ORTOVOX has long been a leader in avalanche rescue equipment, delivering important innovations that push the category forward year after year. ORTOVOX developed the first multi-frequency transceiver, the F2, which unified the disparate beacon market in 1980. Later, the F1 Plus offered the world’s first visual LED reference—a feature long since standardized across the market. More recently, ORTOVOX Smart Antenna Technology™ solved for antenna misalignment, extending stable search ranges for burials that are off-angle.
In the DIRACT VOICE, voice commands couple with a streamlined and logical design that features a single operating button with an extra-large display. The cold-tolerant Lithium-Ion battery is long-lasting and rechargeable. A secure, handy toggle switch quickly changes from transmit to search mode, so that the device is easy to operate with gloves.
“For many rescuers, the stress of an accident clouds our thinking and we have seen that this results in staring at the beacon while conducting a search—this can have devastating consequences in the case of a shallow burial where the victim is visible on the snow surface. With DIRACT VOICE, if the rescuer ventures off track, the device will immediately course correct with clear instructions. This support allows rescuers the confidence to keep their eyes on the debris field for surface clues, which could have real, positive impact on their search outcomes,” says Dieter Kotlaba, global head of hardware at ORTOVOX. “
DIRACT VOICE (MSRP: $380) will be available September 2021 at www.ortovox.com and at select retail partners. A non-voice version, the DIRACT (MSRP: $320) will also be available for purchase.
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ORTOVOX is a four-season mountain brand headquartered in Germany known as an expert in avalanche rescue equipment and wool apparel designed specifically for ski touring, freeriding, mountaineering, alpine climbing and alpine touring. Since its founding in 1980, ORTOVOX has stood for a sophisticated approach to protection and comfort in the mountains, characterized by the responsible treatment of people and nature. As pioneers in avalanche rescue, ORTOVOX has played a key role in the development of emergency equipment and targeted training measures for mountain sports, with protection as the brand’s most important value. This protective ethos extends to include safe and fair working conditions for its employees, setting the highest standards of animal welfare on the brand’s Tasmanian merino farms and ensuring environmentally friendly manufacturing of its products. www.ortovox.com
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