Innovation & Technology

The FSD has been involved for several years in research projects aimed at putting new technologies at the service of mine action and more generally, of humanitarian action.
drone flying
Switzerland (2020) – Prototype drone that can be used to support technical investigations in the detection of explosive devices.

How can new technologies be used
to benefit mine action?

The FSD has been involved for several years in research projects aimed at putting new technologies at the service of mine action and more generally humanitarian action.

FSD utilise drones and satellite platforms to supplement survey and assessments and mapping; transitioned practices to digital platforms to increase efficiency, transparency and accuracy

Mine action

Drones

In 2016, FSD published a study on the use of drones in humanitarian projects.

Today, the organization is working closely with the Urs Endress Foundation on the FindMine project, which aims to develop a drone to detect explosive remnants of war using ground penetrating radar.

Conférence de la FSD avec le Président Hansjorg Eberle

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In Ukraine, around 20 FSD deminers are currently working in the Donbass region, where an armed conflict has been going on since 2014. Roman, Stanislav and Igor are part of the team deployed in Stara Mykolaivka. A few years ago, this locality used to be a Ukrainian...

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Our activities

Our humanitarian programs focus on four main areas. Since its creation in 1997, FSD has conducted projects in about thirty countries.

1-MINES

mine action

The FSD locates and clears mines and unexploded ordnance, provides community education and provides assistance to survivors of accidental explosions.

3-PROTECTION-

Protection of the environment

FSD remediates sites contaminated by toxic substances from the past, including obsolete pesticide stocks and mining waste.

2-RELEVEMENT

recovery & stability

FSD supports ongoing peace processes in various countries and provides socio-economic support to communities.

4-INNOVATION-

innovation &
technology

The FSD collaborates on research projects aiming to use new technologies, such as drones, in mine action.