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Centres of competence in research and industry within the EU were visited and the status of development and results achieved discussed. The results of the study team's research acttivities are:
the spread of land mines in many countries urgently requires the development of new technological solutions for the detection and positive identification of mines, especially of anti-personnel land mines (APM);
currenlty no commercially available sensor is equipped to meet these requirements;
the technology for new sensor systems exists in European research centres and industry;
only a combination of different sensors can fulfil the task of detection of mines;
a coherent, pan-European R&D programme is required to develop humanitarian de-mining methods within a short period of time;
a European R&D programme is proposed to develop a prototoype of a sensor system by 1998 and prove its functionality and working method in a mine infested area;
this programme will ensure close cooperation of competent groups in Europe throughout the whole period of development as well as cooperation of local experts in problem areas, experts in mine clearance and help-organisations. tions.

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Authors: SIEBER A J, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16329 DE (1995) 77pp., FS
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT)
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