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Reference : V-F-CR-F-03678-N
Date : 09/06/2023
Country/Region : SWITZERLAND
Title : New drone uses artificial intelligence to locate mines and explosive remnants of war
Duration : 00:08:34
Cameraman : NICHOLAS, Christopher
Editor : NICHOLAS, Christopher
Person appearing :
TOLLEFSEN, Erik (staff member, ICRC)
JEBENS. Martin (consultant, ICRC)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
NICHOLAS, Christopher
Description : A new drone technology using artificial intelligence has been developed to detect landmines and explosive remnants of war, a technological development that will help speed up mine detection and clearance in the coming years.
Typically, in mine clearance operations the average figure per de-miner is 50 square meters per day. Conservative estimates suggest this new tool will be able to survey and process 100,000 square meters a day for more efficient demining later.
This development comes at a time when more people today face danger from mines and unexploded ordnance than even two years ago due to the fighting in Ukraine and Ethiopia that has contaminated wide areas of farmland and neighbourhoods.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) demonstrated this new technology in Avally, Switzerland on 7 June 2023. The Head of the weapon contamination unit at the ICRC, Erik Tollefson, also spoke about the mine risk created by the flooding triggered by the destruction of the Nova Kakhovka dam.

Original language : International soundtrack
English title : New drone uses artificial intelligence to locate mines and explosive remnants of war
Colour/B&W : colour
Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio : 16/9
Original material/format : H264
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