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There are about 20 types of Continuous Belay systems on the market today.
They can be categorised as 'passive' or 'active'.
Passive Contiuous Belay (PCB) refers to systems that do not require deliberate active manipulation to achieve activity/element transfers. SafeRoller is an example of a PCB system.
Active Continuous Belay (ACB) refers to belay methods where the user is required to deliberately and activly contribute (manipulate) the apparatus to effect transfers, passing and route/activity choice. Dehondt's CLiC-iT lanyard is an example of a ACB system as is Bornack's FallStop SAFE-link ssb lanyard and tweezle combination, Elrid's Smart Belay and Skylotec's Easy ESB.
Each system has it's own unique advantages and disadvantages. TouchCloud can assist clients in making the right choice for their specific circumstances.
ACB systems are evolving rapidly and system characteristics can range from - zipline compatible, dictate belay wire, permit passing, permit route choice, permit activity change, accomodate vertical mobility, use of direct mechanical mechanisms to the use of super magnets and/or electronics.
Of note is that TCg has developed an automated gate system (a.k.a SkygateTCg) that allows unsupervised guests to transfer at will between the pedestrian area and the activity area. CLiC-iT compatible gates are now available with TCg's Skymate Adventure Structures.