KEEPING PACE WITH THE CLOCK
If you are monitor enough channels, it can happen that in each minute, there are more than 60 seconds of content available from various channels of interest. With a scanner, when this happens, you would simply miss content randomly - when the scanner is receiving one agency, you won't hear anyone else who is talking, and that content will be gone forever. So if you're using a scanner, you may not even realize how much important content you are missing from the agencies you monitor.
To help manage the torrent of content that is made available through Rangecast, we offer a "scanner mode" that automatically discards shorter transmissions (when necessary) to keep pace with the clock. Longer transmissions are usually more important, since they may contain substantial information describing an incident. This mode ensures that the longest transmissions aren't missed, no matter how much you monitor.
The Rangecast player on this page has "scanner mode" activated, so you can see how it works while monitoring about 300 fire department broadcast channels from Massachusetts.