Norway's largest foundation for scientific and industrial research - SINTEF - is developing improved technology to detect buried land mines in the world's past and present conflict zones.
"The goal is to develop a combined metal detector and earth radar," said project leader Odd Løvhaugen of SINTEF Electronics and Cybernetics. Currently, mine clearance crews rely on simple metal detectors, which can give 400 false alarms for each mine located. SINTEF has a leading role in the public-private mine clearance technology project initiated by the European Union. Last year Norway contributed some USD 20 million (NOK 184 million) to mine clearance and awareness activities, or 10 percent of the world total.