The humanitarian clearance of land mines is still a huge challenge:
According to UN requirements at least 99.6% of all mines must be cleared up to a depth of 13 cm,
There are different types and sizes of mines (metal, minimum metal, non-metal)
Mines were placed in different environments (city, jungle, desert) regularly or irregularly and can be redistributed by erosion and surface movements.
Mine detection is done manually, the deminer has to walk blindly into a field and rely on the statements of the local military and residents.
The foundation‘s goal is to develop technologies, for example a UAV-based sensor system that enables deminers to quickly get an overview of potential danger spots and thus excludes as many areas as possible in a short time. This should greatly reduce the time spent on site.
As a result of excellent research work over more than 7 years, in 2022, the project FindMine has developed to FindMine gGmbH, which is a small a non-profit limited company based in Illertissen, Germany. It continues to be funded by the Urs Endress Foundation and supported by Mine-ex and FSD. FindMine now aims to turn the research work into operational systems that will be useful in mine countermeasures, making an important contribution to preventing mine casualties.
Our mission is opening the way for new and disruptive technologies into mine action. These technologies will make the removal of hazards from past wars and conflicts cheaper, safer and more efficient.