Italian research involved in the NATO programme against landmines
In order to improve the techniques used to detect landmines, NATO chose the Italian partnership of a team of researchers from the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Florence that is specialized in the development of holographic radars and sensors for target detection. The research team, led by Lorenzo Capineri, will coordinate the international project “Holographic and Impulse Subsurface Radar for Landmine and IED Detection”, developed under the NATO "Science for Pease and Security" programme.
The project aims to improve landmine detection methods, by developing more rapid and less expensive methods to be used in war zones. “Our research team has been working for 15 years on electronic technologies applied to humanitarian demining” explains Lorenzo Capineri, Associate Professor of Electronics at the University of Florence. “The project aims to develop increasingly advanced holographic radars to obtain high-resolution images of buried objects, by rapidly and accurately detecting their sizes and shapes”.
The radars will be assembled on robots that, besides eliminating the risks to the operators engaged in the demining, can work in complex environmental conditions also ensuring greater productivity. Project results will primarily benefit the State Emergency Service of Ukraine. However, in the future project results will also be used to support other areas all over the world. “For example, one of the scenarios where these robotic scanners can be used is Colombia – says Capineri – where, after the ceasefire between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), rudimentary explosive devices made of glass and plastic are still active as well as a number of triggering substances that require increasingly sophisticated technologies”, concludes the researcher.