Fighting a Tech War against Land Mines

The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) and Esri have joined forces to modernize the software that plays a central role in clearing land mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) in more than 40 countries.

GICHD and Esri will work together to develop the next-generation technologies to plan and manage demining programs in countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam, and Afghanistan. The collaborative effort will focus on creating new apps and spatial analysis and reporting tools for the Centre’s Information Management System for Mine Action (IMSMA), the software that already incorporates Esri’s GIS technology.

“Mine action [work] is inherently geographic. It relies on identifying the location and spatial extent of explosive hazards and analyzing their proximity to vulnerable communities and assets. GIS is ideally suited to support this work,” said ambassador Stefano Toscano, GICHD director.

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