Human Side(s) Of UAVs – Minefields Re-Markation In Bosnia&Herzegovina
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After the severe floods that hit the Balkan region earlier this year (in particular Bosnia&Herzegovina and Serbia) it went unnoticed in world media that another terrible danger just pop up in its full effect. Mines. Unfortunately, extensive floods did something really scary, beside the fact they are terrifying enough. Shockingly, previously marked mine fields were no longer on the same place. The main contributor is floods, displacing thousands of land mines (which were setted up during the `90s conflicts) and endangering hundreds of thousands.
As a first response in the story came up Haris Balta. Mr Balta works within ICARUS projects which is funded by EU Commission. On explicit Government’s request his team and he, were deployed in order to assist and help. Anyway, he was using modern piece of technique – rotary-wing UAV (Microdrone MD4-1000) and logged approximately 20 flights (both manual and autonomous) at more than a dozen locations.
The profound aim of those flights was to capture imagery that could be used to identify displaced land mines and further to analyze the possible effects of landslides on other explosive devices left after the `90s wars. It has been found that some of the mine(fields) has been moved away for unthinkable 23 km. Mr Balta and his team created 3D maps and used geo-statistical modeling to try to determine in which direction land mines may have been further displaced. However, the shots made also provided valuable updated information on dyke-breaches and other types of infrastructure damage. The second aim was to asses terrain distortions after the landslides appeared.
However, I strongly believe that following video should help you to understand the exact purpose of Mr Balta’s engagement:
According to RoboticsToday, “Serving as an invaluable tool, the UAV has significantly accelerated the relief activities“. It goes without saying that this kind of humanitarian efforts facilitate life of thousands of affected civilians in endangered areas and therefore Mr Balta’s deployment should be strongly praised and rewarded.
But, the story about displaced minefields does not end up here (fortunately). These days Barcelona based company CATUAV, announced that it is going to deploy (once again) team in Bosnia&Herzegovina in order to get even more precise coordinates of the displaced mine fields. Team consists of three persons and one UAV equipped with tools for „land-mine remote sensing“. This is not the first time CATUAV is present in Bosnia&Herzegovina for the same purpose. Previous operations were conducted in the municipality of Hadzici few years back, in an area that still contains a high density of mines buried during the war that affected the country between 1992 and 1995. In coordination with the BHMAC (Bosnia and Herzegovina Mine Action Centre) CATUAV generated high-resolution images in different spectral bands. The application of UAV technology to assist demining is part of the SAFEDEM project led by Radiolabs consortium.
We are looking forward the first news and updates on CATUAV’s on-going operations in Bosnia&Herzegovina. Stay tuned.
Videos and images courtesy of iRevolution.net, roboticstoday.com and CATUAV.