Können Minendetektoren bald auch Plastik-Landminen finden?
Ein ambitioniertes Forschungsprojekt soll innerhalb von drei Jahren eine neue Generation von Minendetektoren entwickeln: Erstmals sollen die Geräte in der Lage sein, Landminen ohne Metallanteil aufzuspüren. (auf Englisch)
British scientists are developing a "life-saving" new camera system which is capable of detecting landmines hidden underground.
The team, at the University of Bath, were awarded £100,000 of funding from Sir Bobby Charlton's charity Find A Better Way (FABW).
There are an estimated 110 million landmines buried across the world with the potential to kill and maim adults and children for decades to come.
FABW said landmine detection techniques have barely changed since the Second World War - relying primarily on metal detection.
However, modern day landmines are usually made of plastic, making them "extremely difficult" to remove. One £2 landmine can cost between £120 and £600 to find and clear.
The team is developing technology that can differentiate between images of plastic and metallic elements within a single device, at depths of up to 10cm (4in) underground.
Initial tests on the camera system, which will work on varied terrain, have been "positive" in uncovering hidden pieces of dielectric (materials which are poor conductors of electricity) and metallic samples.