There are 110 million active landmines across the world, impacting the lives of almost a billion people. Sadly, getting rid of them is nowhere near as easy as placing them in the ground, making landmine detection and clearance a big problem. First, there’s the question of finding where the mines are buried. Most often, this is done manually – brave men and women venture into minefields, putting their lives at risk at every step of the way. Such methods are also very expensive and time consuming, and the results are modest at best. In many cases, these extreme costs mean that demining projects are doomed before they even start.
But, what if there was a solution which could be available at a lower cost than it takes to survey terrains using traditional methods? What if such a solution would be considerably faster, and would not put a single human or animal life at risk? What if there was a solution which could leverage the potential of emerging technologies, and could get rid of all landmines within our lifetime?
Introducing the Mine Kafon Drone (MKD) System, a solution devised by Dutch-Afghan brothers Massoud and Mahmud Hassani. Starting off with the Mine Kafon Ball, a global awareness project which gathered a huge media impact and success in a variety of international competitions, the Dutch company now focusses on a different approach to mine detection – from the air. The disruptive solution offered by Mine Kafon uses two drones – the MK Manta and MK Destiny – to survey entire stretches of land, and then detect landmines by pinpointing their position on a 3D map. The unmanned vehicles are operated from a distance, without any danger to deminers, and they offer an easy to implement detection process which is at least 20 times faster and 200 times cheaper than current methods. Mine Kafon’s mission is to clear all landmines from around the world within 10 years.
“I just couldn’t stop thinking about what landmines are doing to people here. I told people – my friends – about it, but it was just not enough. I knew I had to do more.”
Both the Mine Kafon Ball and the Mine Kafon Drones System have gathered considerable media attention over the past couple of years. Watch the video to find out more about Mine Kafon, where the founders’ idea came from, what their motivation is, and how the solution offered is situated on pole-position to rid the world of landmines.