Identifying the presence of mines in Cambodia could get easier if a new technology proves successful in the field.
The creators of PETALS – Pattern Enhancement Tool for Assisting Landmine Sensing – aim to connect smartphone devices to the more commonly used handheld detectors.
By being able to get a visual outline of the blips picked up on the detector, a de-miner can see shapes of objects buried beneath the earth. Initial testing for the new method is planned in Cambodia with the Landmine Relief Fund.
A staff member from LRF did not immediately return a call or email seeking comment.
An explanation on the company’s website explains that “operators can tell the difference between something that’s harmful, like a landmine, from something that’s harmless, like a bullet shell”.
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