Mineseeker can locate mined areas more quickly and at a fraction of the cost of systems currently employed, using techniques that are significantly safer for the operators than most other methods. Initially the company will focus on identifying designated mined areas where there are, in fact, no mines, in order to release this land back to the community for agricultural or commercial development and rapidly reduce the overall scale of the clearance problem.
‘There is a movement by Ottawa Convention adherents and by some international funders of humanitarian mine action to expand the use of a full spectrum of land-release methodologies to achieve a more expedient and cost-effective release of areas once deemed to be mined. In a world of limited resources, lower-cost measures such as non-technical and Technical Survey are desirable alternatives to the full clearance option. Mine-affected Ottawa States Parties are encouraged to adopt land-release policies that include all three methods.’
H. Murphy McCloy Jr – US Marine Colonel (retired)
US De-mining Coordinator in Bosnia-Herzogovena,
US State Department Senior De-mining Advisor.
The Journal of ERW and Mine Action – August 2009.
The new technology has been trialled successfully using an airborne radar solution with the potential to map minefields from the air, safely, efficiently, at much faster speed, and significantly lower cost. The Mineseeker Foundation has agreed to license the concept, together with the Mineseeker ‘brand name’, to Mineseeker Operations. Using Ground Penetrating Synthetic Aperture Radar (GPSAR) mounted in suitable aircraft with software specifically developed to interpret the radar outputs, land can be scanned from the air and mapped precisely. Field trials with radar mounted under an airship in Kosovo and Pershore have proven that the solution is feasible. Airships are, however, both expensive to buy, equip and run and vulnerable in semi-hostile areas. The latest miniaturized system can be carried on light aircraft (fixed wing or helicopters) and has been certified on several aircraft including the Robinson helicopter.