Market-driven technology development and market aspects of anti-personnel mine clearance
The horrifying and extensive consequences of anti-personnel mines calls for urgent improvements in current practices and development of new technologies for detecting mines. With respect to such developments, the market needs were initially formulated and this was followed by discussions on some features of the market with reference to a number of known frameworks adapted to this end. The need for developments in geographic information systems (GIS) and advanced mine detection products were highlights. It was argued that these technologies possess the potential to create value for the market and should be thoroughly exploited. The development of advanced mine detectors was then discussed involving micro-economic aspects of mine detectors with reference to unit operation costs. A cost-benefit model was introduced to assist purchase evaluation of advanced mine detectors. The stages of a mine detector life cycle were presented; it was shown that the conception phase is crucial to the successful market development of these detectors. Finally, barriers to advanced mine detection technology development were discussed and some recommendations were put forward to manage the risks involved.
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Aero-Sense, Orlando (US), April 13-17, 1998
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 41266 ORA
Record Number: 199810471 / Last updated on: 1998-05-05
Original language: en
Available languages: en