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Intelligent Multisensor Prodder for Training Operators in Humanitarian Demining

Centre for Automation and Robotics (CAR) CSIC-UPM, Ctra. Campo Real, km. 0,200, La Poveda, Arganda del Rey, Madrid 28500, Spain
Facultad de Ingeniería Eléctrica, Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá, Panamá 0819, Panamá
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Academic Editor: Gonzalo Pajares Martinsanz
Sensors 2016, 16(7), 965;
Received: 23 May 2016 / Accepted: 20 June 2016 / Published: 24 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue State-of-the-Art Sensors Technology in Spain 2015)
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Manual prodding is still one of the most utilized procedures for identifying buried landmines during humanitarian demining activities. However, due to the high number of accidents reported during its practice, it is considered an outmoded and risky procedure and there is a general consensus about the need of introducing upgrades for enhancing the safety of human operators. With the aim of contributing to reduce the number of demining accidents, this paper presents an intelligent multisensory system for training operators in the use of prodders. The proposed tool is able to provide to deminers useful information in two critical issues: (a) the amount of force exerted on the target and if it is greater than the safe limit and, (b) to alert them when the angle of insertion of the prodder is approaching or exceeding a certain dangerous limit. Results of preliminary tests show the feasibility and reliability of the proposed design and highlight the potential benefits of the tool. View Full-Text
Keywords: intelligent feedback prodder for training; force exerted; prodder’s angle; humanitarian demining intelligent feedback prodder for training; force exerted; prodder’s angle; humanitarian demining

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Fernández, R.; Montes, H.; Armada, M. Intelligent Multisensor Prodder for Training Operators in Humanitarian Demining. Sensors 2016, 16, 965.

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