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One of the most sensitive methods to locate land mines uses special trained search dogs. A few molecules of the explosive itself can be detected by a trained dogs nose, which makes this method independent of the mine housing many other measurements are based on. A tracking and steering systems can help to improve the efficiency and thoroughness of the search. Same concept can be also adapted to rescue searches.
The domestic canine is the perfect device for detecting unexploded mines. It is limited only by its human companions. SMART Dog technology literally takes the dog off the leash so it's not constrained by our preference for rigid search patterns. The dogs can then work at rates up to 10 times faster.
This in itself is good news, but consider this: No de-mining dog has ever, in the quarter century they've been working at this, been killed in the line of duty. The dogs being trained today at Norwegian People's Aid's facilities in Sarajevo understand the need to protect themselves. Nothing that SMART Dog offers in the way of technology will interfere with that aspect of their training.
Risks and challenges
The greatest risk is doing nothing.
Norwegian People's Aid already operates a training academy for de-mining dogs and has expressed its eagerness to adopt SMART Dog technology. That technology currently exists and needs only assembly and testing. Most equipment is available from multiple vendors and has, to at least some degree, become commoditized over recent years.
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