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Final Report Summary - D-BOX (Demining tool-BOX for humanitarian clearing of large scale area from anti-personal landmines and cluster munitions)

Executive Summary:
Landmines and the cluster munitions continue to kill or maim civilians every day in countries all around the world even long after conflicts are over. At the current rate of clearance of about 500,000 mines per year and assuming no additional mines are laid from now on, it could still take hundreds of years to find and clear all the landmines around the world.

D-BOX is a project funded by the European Commission through the FP7 programme. The objective of the project is to tackle the burning issue of antipersonnel landmines and cluster munitions remaining from armed conflicts by developing a comprehensive toolbox for humanitarian clearing of large civil areas from anti-personnel landmines and cluster munitions with an all-encompassing, innovative and simple approach, covering every aspect defined in the text of the FP7 call SEC-2011.1.3-3.

This goal was achieved through the development of innovative, ‘easy to use’ and low cost solutions that are interfaced and/or integrated in a comprehensive, distributed toolbox to provide demining stakeholders with the best tool, methods and procedures for
- Mapping and localization (long distance) of hazardous areas
- Close-in detection (short distance)
- Risk management
- Human, ethical and legal factors (including procedures and best practices)
- Neutralization of anti-personal landmines and cluster munitions in an open and civil environment,
- Protective equipment for operators and population
- Training solutions for personnel and tools for mine risk population education

This “smart” Toolbox and the associated tools were developed to be used during all demining activities (from the preparation of the mission until the elimination of the mines including communication to general public and donors), to help operators and end-users to choose the most suitable means for optimal planning and preparation for specific task during the different steps of the demining activities.

The development of the D-BOX solution is mainly based on the assessment of past and ongoing activities and legacy tools. A suite of software tools (D-BOX for Planning, D-BOX for operations, D-BOX sharing) has been developed to answer to the different operational phases.

In parallel, innovative tools, methods and procedures were developed or improved in the following domains: human, ethical and legal factors, mapping and localization of hazard zone, close-in detection, neutralization in a civil environment, protective equipment for personnel and population, training solutions and mine risks population education.

During developments, the Toolbox has been carefully tested tool by tool and then function by function and as groups of functions. Finally, an assembled complete version of the integrated Toolbox has been subject to full scale field validation using a number of different relevant demining scenarios.

The completion of the project concept has been succeeded by development of the actual D-BOX Toolbox and tools and the test by end users during the two demonstrations.

End users and stakeholders actively took part by providing their experience and requirements during the whole process through concept design, Toolbox development, development of information and training kit as well as the Toolbox testing and validation.

Project Context and Objectives:
Landmines and cluster munitions still kill or maim civilians every day in an indiscriminate manner (civilian or military, men, women or children), even long after conflicts are over. For landmines alone, an estimated 110 million live units have been scattered in about 70 countries since 1960. With the current funding corresponding to a clearance of about 500,000 mines per year and assuming no additional mines are laid from now on, it couldstill take over two hundred years to find and clear all the landmines around the world. The cost to remove one antipersonnel landmine is between 200 and 750 €, which corresponds to a cost between 2 and 8 million of Euros
to clear 1 km². To tackle this situation, all sectors of mine action have to be improved.

The operational needs and priorities have been expressed by the humanitarian demining community:
Demining teams in Non Governmental Organizations (NGO) and commercial demining companies,
- Mines Action Centre (MAC),
- United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS),
- Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD).

The two main priorities are to improve mapping of hazardous area and close-in detection with low cost, “easy to use” and efficient equipments. These priorities have been confirmed by the end-users involved in the D-BOX project on one side and during discussions with the GICHD on the other side.

D-BOX project tackles the burning issue of anti-personal landmines and cluster munitions remaining from armed conflicts by responding to the FP7 research call SEC-2011.1.3-3 on “comprehensive toolbox for humanitarian clearing of large civil areas from anti-personal landmines and cluster munitions” with an all encompassing innovative and simple approach, covering every aspect defined in the text of the call.

It has been achieved through the development of innovative, “easy to use” and low cost solutions that were interfaced and/or integrated in a comprehensive, distributed toolbox that is going to provide Demining stakeholders with the best tools, methods and procedures addressing:
- Mapping and localization (long distance) of hazardous areas
- Close-in detection (short distance)
- Risk management
- Human, ethical and legal factors (including procedures and best practices)
- Neutralization of anti-personnal landmines and cluster munitions in an open and civil environment,
- Protective equipment for operators and population
- Training solutions for personnel and tools for mine risk population education

This “smart” Toolbox could be used during all demining activities (from the preparation of the mission until the elimination of the mines including communications to the general public and donors) to help operators and end users have the most suitable answer, from optimal planning and preparation to low cost and “easy to use” tools for a specific tasks during the different steps of the demining activities and adapted to varying scenarios and conditions.

D-BOX benefits from the past and current developments, and link and eventually complement relevant existing information systems, procedures and databases.

To ease the use of the toolbox, D-BOX has been designed to fit the needs of mine clearing stakeholders and introduced to their culture with a proper level of education.
The D-BOX project started by an assessment of past and on-going-activities, operational needs and scenarios.

After the requirements for different tools have been derived, a comprehensive toolbox has been established keeping the end-users strongly involved in the process. The planned contribution includes the establishment of a comprehensive Demining toolbox (D-BOX) and also development and improvement of existing and novel tools:
- close detection by biosensors
- network of sensors,
- risk assessment tools,
- new dog training method,
- information fusion tools.

In addition to the developed tools, the final toolbox included:
- technologies such as mapping and localizing landmines and cluster munitions,
- human and ethical recommendations and guidelines,
- techniques and procedures for mine and cluster munitions neutralization,
- civil and de-miner protection,
- education and training for all stakeholders.

All these parts were supported by a serie of demonstrations to evaluate performances and to the establishment of a roadmap for its development and implementation.
Project Results:
WP2 Scenarios and users needs assessment

WP2 identified and described the typical situation of demining work, with a focus on existing tools suitability assessment. The information gathered was organized in order to simplify in a manageable manner the diversity of conditions and challenges faced by the various international demining actors: Typical scenarios, classification of actors’ roles, tools available, critical needs, ways of progress, etc. After assessing all needs, an analysis was done to provide the different requirements to improve the tools in the scope of D-BOX. To evaluate the improvement of D-BOX a specific metric was developed. It will be used during the 2 tests in WP7 “Validation and evaluation of technical solutions”.

WP2 results are the baseline foundation and justification input for the toolbox development work and also drives the in-field testing set up.

WP 2: “Scenarios and users needs assessment”, overall objective was to provide requirements for improved tools benefiting to the international demining community in the scope of D-BOX, i.e. to:
- Provide the different templates needed to standardize the expression of needs
- Conduct a survey to assess existing demining practices, technological solutions and users needs
- Establish the different scenarios for Demining actions
- Derive the end users needs and tools requirements for the toolbox
- Establish the metric used to evaluate the D-BOX improvements in WP7.

WP2 was divided in three phases:
- WP 2.1: Methodological support to WP contributors
- WP 2.2: Survey of practices and existing tools
- WP 2.3: Identification of areas for tools improvement and metric needed to evaluate the improvements done

In WP2, the consortium has done a comprehensive review of the state of the art of the Demining activities in order to focus the D-Box activities on the most helpful development for the future. The consortium identified and described the typical situation of demining work, with a focus on existing tools suitability assessment. The information gathered was organized in order to simplify in a manageable manner the diversity of conditions and challenges faced by the various international demining actors: Typical scenarios, classification of actors’ roles, tools available, critical needs, ways of progress, etc. After assessing all needs, an analysis was done to provide the different requirements to improve the tools in the scope of D-BOX. To evaluate the improvement of D-BOX a specific metric was developed. It will be used during the 2 tests in WP7 “Validation and evaluation of technical solutions”.

The main results obtained in WP 2 are:
- Templates needed to standardize the expression of needs
- Survey to assess existing demining practices, technological solutions and users needs
- Scenarios for Demining actions
- Derive the End Users needs and tools requirements for the toolbox
- Establish the metric used to evaluate the D-BOX improvements in WP7.

The results of this WP were presented in the 5 following deliverables
- D2.1 Survey templates and Guidelines provides the different templates needed to standardize the expression of needs
- D2.2 “Demining operations, actors roles and tools survey” conducted a survey to assess existing demining practices , technological solutions and users needs
- D2.3”Demining Scenarios” established the different scenarios for Demining actions
- D2.4 “Critical users requirements assessment” derived the end users needs and tools requirements for the toolbox
- D2.5 “Metric to evaluate the improvement”established the metric used to evaluate the D-BOX improvements in WP7.

The WP3 “Human and ethical support” is assessing the ethical impact of deployment of new technologies in order to take into account the hearts and minds of the population being protected as well as the operators and to consider ethical issues during the design stage. Issues such as privacy and data protection have been considered with regard to WP2 and 4, in relation to the formulation of operational functions and requirements for the demining toolbox and with regard to WP5 and WP6 and the actual development of the technological toolbox.

WP3 in the first year has delivered 3 Deliverables:
- Cultural Guidelines (D3.2) to provide, complementary to the technology toolbox in WP4 (Tool Box Development), tools as recommendations and support documents for decision-makers, politicians and local authorities, local people, civilian organisations and end users for the application of human behaviour, human factors, ethical and legal guidelines reflecting human, societal and cultural needs for de-mining operations
- Legal and quasi legal and governance issues relevant to in-field demonstrations (D3.7)
- General ethical and legal aspects of the use of GMOs for the bio-sensing of explosives (D3.8)

Four WP3 Deliverables have been delivered in the second year, namely D3.1 Aide Mémoire (which has been transformed into a tangible booklet), D3.3 Error Reduction Methodology and D3.4 Protocols to cover ethical issues in the participation of human subjects in demonstrations and lastly D3.5 Legal and Governance.
- First meeting of the End User Platform
- Initial preparations including engagement of National Standards Body for the CEN Workshop
- Representation at the Mine Action Conference in Zadar 23rd/25th April 2014

During the last period (1st January 2015 to 30th April 2016) WP3, having delivered in the previous phases of the Project D3.1 Aide Mémoire (which has been transformed into a tangible booklet), D3.2 Cultural Guidelines and D3.3 Error Reduction Methodology; these documents were updated following input from End Users up to and including the Final Demo in Naples on 11th March 2016. In addition, WP3 delivered D3.6 The CEN Workshop, D3.9 Human and Ethics Table Top Exercise. The latter was carried out in Naples during the Final Demonstration on Wednesday 2nd March 2016. For details of these latest deliverables please refer to Section 3.2 under WP3.


The End User Platform played a constructive and valuable service during e-mail consultations and the first demonstration in Poland (21st and 22nd May 2015) and the Final Demonstration in Italy (1st to 4th March 2016).
The evaluation of the tools during both demonstrations over a very tight timescale was accomplished with efficiency and effectiveness. A summary of the evaluation was given the day after both demonstrations, which successfully summed up the results to the satisfaction of the End Users who had the chance to expand on their thoughts through Question and Answer sessions.

WP4: ToolBox development
The objective of WP4 is two-fold: to specify and to implement the concept of Toolbox for Humanitarian Demining. The objective implies that work package 4 will integrate all or a part of the tools developed by the other work packages and will develop the final User Interface.
The work package has a role of technical coordinator over the other work packages for two reasons: first, because it has the responsibility to assure that the overall product add value to the final users, second, because it shall coordinate the specification of the interfaces of the tools to be integrated.

During the first year of the project, the main results obtained within WP4 are :
- Definition of a baseline:
- Definition of Use cases with user priorities and of the winning themes (i.e. the aspects for each use case, which adds value to the users).
- Definition of priorities for the use cases and definition of a scope for D-BOX (WP4 developments).
- Definition of a catalogue for the tools developed in D-BOX.
- Preliminary definition of the toolbox concept

It has been realized through some specific activities like
- Catalogue of the data formats to be used for the exchange of dataParticipation to WP3 workshop in London to begin a discussion WP3 – WP4 aiming at the integration of WP3 deliverables in the toolbox.
- Meeting with WP6 Leader to begin a discussion WP6 – WP4 aiming at the integration of WP3 deliverables in the toolbox.
- No specific meeting with WP5 leaders as they are also part of WP4, but continuous coordination.
- Coordination and supervision of WP3 for the End User Platform that will be the entry point of the toolbox.
- Presentation of the toolbox concept in conferences (see WP8).


During the second year; WP4 has achieved two important objectives, both the specification and the implementation of D-BOX: D-BOX Information Management System V1.
To mark the milestone MS3, the Task 4.4 team has organized a web demonstration and representatives of the D-BOX End User Platform including the GICHD have been invited. - - The WP3 has provided the required support for the End User Platform.
- The End Users, including the GICHD, have given a positive judgement about the concept. Some useful feedbacks have also been provided. They are currently under assessment.

The main results by deliverables are the following:
- D4.2: specification of functions and system requirements, definition and of the Network of Topic Hierarchy (a taxonomy concept defined by Task 4.2 for Demining).
- D4.3: system architecture, definition of the concept.
- D4.4: implementation of the main components of the D-BOX Information Management System V1.
- D4.5: initial version of specific tools for D-BOX for information fusion and sensor data fusion.

The main developments performed by the project during the last period of the project are the following:
- D-BOX Information System:
- D-BOX for Operations and subcomponents, implementation of:
- Improvements from V1.
- New use cases related to management of sensor data.
- Subcomponents: Sensor Management Component (SMC) and SPATE.
- D-BOX for Planning, implementation of:
- Improvements from Version 1.
- Use cases for the demonstrations.
- GAUGE: GAUGE is the low cost / high precision geo-referencing system developed in D-BOX project. In the reporting period, GAUGE has been integrated into D-BOX Information Management, It has been integrated with the Metal Detector Robot and the Metal Detector Interface developed in WP5 by Finmeccanica; Furthermore, GAUGE has computed the reference positions used by several WP5 tools to geo reference their mapping data.
- Geo Store Guidelines for Deminers (soft tool in .doc and html format) developed by U. of Leicester in cooperation with BACTEC; the guidelines aims to provide deminers with the knowledge to acquire geo intelligence information from spatial assets.
- Data Fusion algorithm (from U. of Leicester) has been developed and tested on GPR and MD data.
- Preparation of D-BOX Demonstration:
- Storyline for Demonstration in Poland (integrated as part of WP7 deliverables).
- Storyline for Demonstration in Italy (integrated as part of WP7 deliverables).
Deliverable of Year 3 and Year 4 are described below. Deliverable D4.7 marks the milestone MS4 D-BOX V2.

- D4.6 Validated Software Tools. Prototype and Report
- D4.7 V2 Toolbox Information System. Prototype and Report
- D4.8 Future Suggestions. Report
- D4.9 Description of the developed toolbox + handbook. Report

The WP5 “Mapping and Detection: methods, procedures and sensors” had two main objectives which are described in the following:
- Objective 5.1 – long range detection: Unify existing and develop new efficient procedures for suspected area reduction by using space and airborne (stand-off) technologies.
- Objective 5.2 – close in detection: Unify existing and develop new methods, procedures and innovative sensors for short range detection of landmines, plastic and/or metallic, as well as cluster munitions and their reliable discrimination from natural and man-made inhomogeneous targets of the soil. The main focus of this task is to decrease risk, increase efficiency and reduce costs of the demining operations.

During the reporting period the following deliverables have been produced:
- D5.1 Hazard zone reduction via space asset and air borne assets
- D5.2 - space components for GNSS and communication technologies
Start of work for short range activities for severals new sensors
- Biosensors
- GPR
- Ultrasound
- Model of sensors
...
Second year
As far as long range detection (first objective of the WP) is concerned, all the related activities have been fully accomplished and in line schedule outcomes on time delivered.
Activities related to task 5.2 and, hence, to close-in detection, are in progress and in line with the schedule of DoW. Different tools and different technologies, with different levels of maturity, are proposed inside this task and their developments are in line with the expectations so far.


Five reports have been compiled and delivered during the last reporting period:
- Deliverable D5.7 – processing procedures adopted during the first demonstration,
- Deliverable D5.8 – the integrated system performances,
- Deliverable D5.9 – performance prediction tool for close-in detection of shallow buried/flush-buried surface laid land,
- Deliverable D5.10 – biosensors,
- Deliverable D5.11 – acoustic waves based GPR system
Integration of sensors in the tool box (UAV with camera 3D GPR, MD interface, Man Made object detection, biosensor, Satellite imagery, ...)
Adaptation of sensors for the two demonstrations in Poland and in Italy.

WP6 “Risk-aware disposal, neutralization, protection and training” provided tools for the demining toolbox. The tools were developed based on the requirements of the end-users identified in WP 2 and their feedback collected within WP 6. The tools were also evaluated in the field tests of WP 7. The objectives were:
- to give the user guidance to select the best methods and equipment for neutralization, disposal and protective equipment,
- to account for the types of hazard sources, local requirements and boundary conditions,
- to provide support for a risk-informed, aware and driven close-in demining approach,
- to allocate accessible risk training and education material for the population and humanitarian demining teams.

The main results of this WP for first year are
- Development of preliminary database schemes and collection of relevant data on disposal and neutralization methods, personal protective equipment and hazard sources.
- Laser neutralization: construction of the optical system, principle design of the focusing optics and simulation of the optical performance.
- Collection and statistical analysis of data on demining accidents.
- Formulation of a quantitative risk analysis procedure which is suitable for humanitarian demining.
- Analysis of the testing methodology for determining the ballistic performance of PPE.
- Initial collection and analysis of existing training material.

During the second year , 8 reports have been compiled and delivered (D6.1, D6.2, D6.4, D6.5, D6.6, D6.7, D6.9, D6.10) and work on the 5 deliverables which are due in 2015 (D6.3, D6.8, D6.11, D6.12, D6.13) has started. Furthermore, the development of the different WP6 tools has started:
- Online databases on hazard sources and effects, neutralisation and disposal methods, and personal protective equipment,
- Laser neutralisation system,
- Quantitative mine risk analysis tool,
- Knowledge base for mine risk education.

WP6 Deliverables:
- Deliverable D6.1 – Disposal report: The report prepares and informs the development of an online database on disposal methods (more information can be found in section “T6.1 Disposal”).
- Deliverable D6.2 – Neutralisation report: The report prepares and informs the development of an online database on neutralisation methods (more information can be found in section “T6.2 Neutralization”).
- Deliverable D6.4 – Hazard sources and effects: The report prepares and informs the development of an online database on hazard sources and effects (more information can be found in section “T6.3 Risk analysis, assessment and management”).
- Deliverable D6.5 – Risk acceptance criteria: The report provides methods and criteria for the assessment of mine risks which have been determined in a quantitative risk analysis (more information can be found in section “T6.3 Risk analysis, assessment and management”).
- Deliverable D6.6 – Methods for quantitative risk analysis: The report provides methods for scenario-based quantitative mine risk analyses in which physical hazards, consequences and risks emanating from landmines are quantified (more information can be found in section “T6.3 Risk analysis, assessment and management”).
- Deliverable D6.7 – Risk analysis software tool: The report outlines the concept and documents the current development status of the quantitative mine risk analysis software tool (more information can be found in section “T6.3 Risk analysis, assessment and management”).
- Deliverable D6.9 – PPE report: The report prepares and informs the development of an online database on personal protective equipment (more information can be found in section “T6.4 Personal protective equipment and mitigation measures”).
- Deliverable D6.10 – Testing methods for PPE: The report provides for different PPE attributes the necessary testing methods and requirements (more information can be found in section “T6.4 Personal protective equipment and mitigation measures”).

The main results obtained during the last period of this WP are Five reports have been compiled and delivered during this reporting period:
- Deliverable D6.3 – Laser neutralization,
- Deliverable D6.8 – Application of the risk analysis tool,
- Deliverable D6.11 – Mitigation barriers,
- Deliverable D6.12 – Risk education and training material,
- Deliverable D6.13 – Dog training.

Advanced versions of the five WP6 tools have been produced during this reporting period:
- Database of Mines and Demining Equipment,
- Laser neutralisation system,
- Quantitative Mine Risk Analysis tool,
- Knowledge Base for Mine Risk Education and Training,
- Material for dog training.


WP 7 “Validation and evaluation of technical solutions” included the organization of two demonstrations, integrating and validating in realistic environment the outcome of the project.

The main objective was to organize and conduct two full-scale on-field demining demonstrations which:
- Are a chance to demonstrate in practice the full functionality of D-BOX Toolbox;
- Present all tools integrated with the Toolbox;
- Consider participation of a wide range of international humanitarian demining end-users;
- Present a series of realistic humanitarian demining challenges which should be solved by the D-BOX Toolbox;
- Give a chance to end-users to lay hands on developed tools;
- Provide suggestions for possible further development of D-BOX tools.

During each event demining end-users team will evaluate demonstrated tools via specially prepared evaluation forms. D-BOX Workshop which will be organized and the very end of the project will sum up this evaluation and will provide an input to final D-BOX Project report.

Based on foregoing concept, during second year of the project WP7 partners in co-operation with demining end-users formed precise plan of first D-BOX demonstration in Poland, deployed artificial minefields at demonstration test site and initiated necessary logistical arrangements with third-party companies which will provide their services during the event. Test site and initial concept of final demonstration have also been defined. As for documentation, Astri Polska together with Selex ES, BACTEC and CBRNE ltd. submitted first two WP7 deliverables: D7.1 “Demonstration management methodology” and D7.2 “Procedures for legal and ethical issues management”.


Demonstrations covered different conditions and challenges related to demining activities conducted by actual end-users in a highly international composition, reflecting real international demining operations. The resulting experience of end-users represented a significant added value for improvement of the toolbox and for the projects final conclusions. Detailed documentation and professional evaluation of the demonstrations produced guidelines for practical implementation of the toolbox.
The main results of WP 7 in assigned reporting period are:
- Delivery of all formal and organizational documentation for the proper organization and conduct of both D-BOX demonstrations
- Delivering complete organizational documentation for both demonstrations, containing descriptions of simulated minefield scenarios, timelines, participants, demonstrated tools, logistical matters, etc.
- Delivering all formally required legal and ethical documentation for both demonstrations describing safety procedures, division of responsibilities, liabilities, etc.
- Preparation of simulated mines and several artificial minefields for both demonstrations, representing different types of realistic demining challenges; Setup of artificial minefields and minefield indicators on the test sites
- Organization of initial full-scale D-BOX demining demonstration on 18-22 May 2015 at the premises of Police Academy in Szczytno, Poland. Event considered both indoor and outdoor activities (test site demonstrations) and involved international group of end-users
- Delivering an internal evaluation report after initial demonstration in Szczytno, containing the results of technical, ethical and organizational evaluation and basing on it- many useful suggestions for tool providers and Finmeccanica before final D-BOX demonstration in Italy.
- Organization of final D-BOX demining demonstration on 29.02-4.03.2016 at the premises of Finmeccanica facility in Giugliano in Campana, Naples, Italy. During the event more than 20 indoor and outdoor D-BOX tools were demonstrated in practice in front of a big group of D-BOX End-User Platform members and other guests, who had a chance to lay hands on available equipment and see its level of integration within D-BOX Toolbox.
- Delivering final D-BOX Project report which sum up not only the results of the final D-BOX demonstration but also all other achievements of the whole project made within all 40 months of its timeline, its added value for humanitarian demining and future perspectives of its development.
Potential Impact:
The D-BOX Toolbox will face the main challenges for the development of new demining technologies
The tremendous diversity of environmental conditions in which landmines are employed and the variety of these mines and cluster munitions
Different training levels, cultural backgrounds, and educational levels of deminers
The mines detection made with plastic and low metal content, while at the same time discriminating them from non-explosive debris.

D-BOX is a research and development project sponsored by the European Commission, presented in 2013 at the United Nations during the state parties convention, that aims to realize a complete solution for humanitarian demining operations.
D-BOX project is also an example of cross-breeding of military and civilian technology applied for humanitarian purposes. There has been developed new systems and sensors and created a complete solution able to integrate information and data gathered from all these different sources, leaving the operator free to focus only on field operations.
A project that has directly involved technological capabilities from half of the European Union, where there has been developed dozens of new sensors – as technological demonstrators – born from the specific and deep expertise built in the lineage of both military and civilian technology brought as a whole from all the partners.
The D-BOX final full-scale demonstration took place on February 29th – March 4th 2016 in Giugliano in Campania, Naples, Italy. It was the single, most important event in D-BOX: members of D-BOX Project Consortium presented to an international group of demining stakeholders the final status of development of D-BOX Toolbox, in its Version 2. The toolbox contains a wide range of tools, guidelines, procedures, sensors and software which have the potential to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian demining in countries that still have to cope with this serious problem.
The final, full-scale demonstration has followed SOP in demining: beginning with proving new capabilities in long-range detection through satellite assets, then with field stand-off detection via, for example, thermal sensors or UAV, to end with close-in detection, with the entrance of the sensors in the minefield. During the event all these solutions were presented and demonstrated in realistic field conditions in order to be evaluated by the members of D-BOX End-Users Platform. Demonstration methodology and the way the events were carried out have been extensively described in previous WP7 Deliverables (D7.1, D7.2, D7.3, D7.4 and D7.5). Based on experience gathered during this final event, the final evaluation provides the global outlook for all the D-BOX partners involved.
The results achieved within D-BOX, from its beginning till the final full-scale event which took place at the end of the project focuse on three general aspects:
1. Two kind of opinions about D-BOX project and solutions developed which have been demonstrated, from WP Leaders and from EUP and qualified guests
2. Three types of evaluation: • Technical- considering presented and demonstrated tools and the way they have been received by the members of D-BOX End-Users Platform
• Formal- refers to internal regulations defined in previous D-BOX deliverables which should be followed by demonstration organizer and other participants
• Ethical- summary of the ethical control of demonstration activities which took place before and during the event
3. Final summary: what results from D-BOX project could be exploited directly and other elements that will offer an added value to humanitarian demining.
Giving value to skill, creativity and the sparkle that is typical of young age enabled us to develop a bold engagement not only technological, but also as a group. The added value was working in a new, delicate, strongly growing field, that gives you an important drive while researching unprecedented solutions.

Thanks to D-BOX outcomes we will be able to have at disposal detailed information coming from various and different sources – satellites, drones, thermal cameras, proximity sensors of innovative conception and advanced data processing techniques – cross-referencing them with statistical data and thus make demining operations faster, cheaper, and safer. Ultimately, taking the risk of human lives out of demining equation.

For the Dissemination and exploitation, the main results are
Establish the communication strategy of the project
Creation of logo and all templates
creation of the web sites (internal and external) and all materials for participation to workshop (leaflet, poster, etc ...)
participation to several workshops
D8.4 and D8.5 Dissemination Activities Reports and Exploitation Plan
Overall Exploitation Model
Partners individual exploitation plans including when possible the commercial exploitation and involvement of end users in the particular outcome
Presentation of the project to international demining, to other EU projects (e.g. Tiramisu Final Demonstration) and on other scientific events (14 presentations or participation to workshops, conferences, specific events, BtoB meetings)
Promotion materials (stationery materials increasing the visibility of the D-BOX) for the project workshops & movie from the first demonstration
• Publication of the project results on the public website
• Publication at Horizon magazine, the European Union’s Research and Innovation Magazine
• Publication of project results in numerous journals (21 papers)
List of Websites:
www.d-boxproject.eu

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