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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Humanitarian Demining Robotic Toolbox

According to the 14th annual Landmine Monitor 2012 report, published by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), a total of 4,286 new casualties from landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) were recorded in 2011. At least 1,320 people were killed and another 2,907 people were injured. The 2011 figure is similar to the number of casualties identified in 2009 and 2010, or approximately 11-12 casualties per day. The annual incidence rate is about a third of what it was one decade ago, when there were at least 32 casualties per day.

Robotic Toolbox for Humanitarian Demining 

Humanitarian Demining is a thorough, time-intensive process that seeks to locate all mines so that the land or sea area may be safely returned to normal use. The TIRAMISU project co-funded by the EU with € 14.9 million started in 2012 with the goal to provide the Mine Action community with a toolbox to assist in addressing the many issues related to Humanitarian Demining and thus promoting peace, national and regional security, conflict prevention, social and economic rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction. The TIRAMISU consortium, composed of 24 partners representing 11 European countries, is developing a series of cost-effective toolbox including tools to detect mines, submunitions or explosives at close range with remotely controlled Micro (Unmanned) Aerial Vehicles (MAV/UAV), remote controled ground platforms (UGV) or flying biosensors (honeybees).
For more information about the project, please visit the project website.

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