Project SEMIS is now in the final stages of development and has resulted in our partner, the University of Manchester, creating a hand-held multi-frequency, multi-channel detector and an experimental hand-held GPR system tailored for detection of buried anti-personnel landmines, especially those with low metal content. GPR landmine signatures can also be used to identify landmines in preference to clutter but also particular types, thus improving the overall probability of detection and reducing false alarms.
The final phase will look at combining the two technologies into one single handheld detector. The team will also investigate the potential for measuring the position of the detector head so that information can be used to create images from the ground penetrating radar and metal detection. This will result in more enhanced feedback and information to the operators for detection, monitoring or management purposes.