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Several People have shown a great interest in this area so I have compiled the best resources I could find. I hope I can find more LOW TECH methods and will include same ASAP. If you have any ideas please send them to me.
Low Tech Detection Methods
Silly String used to detect trip wires? Cool idea!!!
R2087 Canine IED Detection and Human Scent Tracking
Technical Support Working Group (TSWG)
Combating Terrorism Technology Support Office (CTTSO)
The Office of the Vice President for Research Virginia Tech
(Looks like I wasn’t the only one to think about use of dogs!!! Dogs have 1,000 times greater smell then humans. When humans smell chicken soup we smell soup, when a dog smells chicken soup they smell every ingredient even the spices each individual one! We kill dogs every day by the thousands in shelters. We could determine which are best to detect bombs, deploying them to theaters of operation, training them, and implement a useful tool into our arsenal.)
High Tech and Low Tech
Special Operations Technology
Methods for IED reconnaissance and detection
This is an interesting document but needs to be updated to include more methods of detection, and safer methods.
Xytrans is actively engaged in developing innovative solutions for IED Detection. Xytrans has leveraged our proven strengths in passive and active MMW sensor development and detection techniques, originally designed for the military, to provide innovative solutions to this very challenging problem.
Washington Post – Fighting Roadside Bombs: Low-Tech, High-Tech, Toy Box
My research has shown that most detection programs are focusing on High tech Solutions that take longer to create and implement. We should are learn to be resourceful and create low tech solutions that are easy and fast to implement. I will continue to try and find as many low tech methods and I will update this issue soon. Ian Bach
I am working to contact the silly sting lady and have her work on sending remote control 4 WD cars also!! A fun way to take out a IED. These won’t be too effective but may work to attract an insurgents attention thinking it may be more then a remote car? Also these range in price form $10-$50 for a decent 4WD vehicle. Attaching items to make them even more useful should be easy.
In other cases of battlefield improvisation in Iraq, U.S. soldiers have bolted scrap metal to Humvees in what has come to be known as “Hillbilly Armor.” Medics use tampons to plug bullet holes in the wounded until they can be patched up.