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Samsung Thales and Novelda to take land mine detection to new heights

Land mines left behind from wars worldwide are one of the century's main unsolved problems of war and remain the focus of humanitarian mine detection and removal. Although the number of unexploded land mines globally is unknown, it is beyond doubt huge. One estimate also referred to by UN, amongst others, is 110 million. It could be that this number is higher, a lot higher. Demining is therefore one of the most important humanitarian problems in the world today. The process of demining is typically slow, expensive and dangerous, due to the fact that detecting the mines can be challenging since they often are buried into the ground and metal detectors will not suffice in all cases as a lot of especially personnel mines are plastic mines. Today, the only method that meets the United Nations' requirements for effective humanitarian demining, the International Mine Action Standards (IMAS), is manual detection and disarmament.

Novelda is proud to contribute to the development of mine detection technology as Samsung Thales, Co., Ltd (South Korea) has launched the development program of Vehicle-mounted Land Mine Detector. Samsung Thales’ development is based on the XeThru technology. In comparison to traditional technology, XeThru offers several improvements, where its penetration properties and consequently ability to look into the ground, together with the high resolution is the most salient.

One other big challenge associated with working with mine detection today is the fact that mines can be booby-trapped, i.e. set up to harm or kill the deminers. Developing a mine detector that is able to reveal booby-traps is a feature we clearly envisage in this project.