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4 September 1998 Market-driven technology development and market aspects of antipersonnel mine clearance
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The extent of and horrifying consequences of anti-personnel mines call for urgent improvements in current practices and development of new technologies for detecting mines. Such developments should clearly add value to the various mine clearance activities and should be cost effective investments. This implies that such improvements need to address the real market needs. This article consists of two parts. The first part sets out to formulate the market needs. This is followed by discussions on some features of the market with reference to a number of known frameworks adapted to this end. The need for developments in geographic information systems (GIS) and advanced mine detection products are highlighted. It is argued that these technologies possess the potential to create value for the market and should be thoroughly exploited. The second part deals with the development of advanced mine detectors. Some micro-economic aspects of mine detectors are discussed with reference to unit operations cost and a cost-benefit model is introduced to assist purchase evaluation of advanced mine detectors. The stages of a mine detector life cycle are presented; it is shown that the conception phase is crucial to the successful market development of these detectors. Finally, barriers to advanced mine detection technology development are discussed and some recommendations are put forward to manage the risks involved.
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Ferry Dizadji "Market-driven technology development and market aspects of antipersonnel mine clearance", Proc. SPIE 3392, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets III, (4 September 1998); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.324151
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