Funded by the Belgian Directorate-General for Development and led by Humanity & Inclusion (HI) under the auspices of the National Mine Action Centre, Haut Commissariat National au Déminage (HCND) in Chad, the Odyssey2025 Project explores ways to accelerate land release for the local population with the combined use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUASs aka drones), new survey methods, and mobile data collection.
Mobility Robotics is responsible for applying: remote sensing, inspection and GIS techniques using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS), custom built drones and sensors to add value to operations. Where possible, we are trying to leverage the data capture potential from relatively low-cost, COTS sUASs. The concept of operations is to take readily equipment and software, combine known processes and defined indicators – to generate actionable operational intelligence. Rather than try to reinvent the wheel, we are striving to get better mileage from existing equipment and software that is already available to the humanitarian community.
A research paper from the January 2019 field campaign published in the Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction can be viewed here.
Increasingly, drone data will become more powerful due to breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, machine vision and deep learning. However, it is imperative that research is linked to real world conditions in post-conflict environments, to ensure that data inputs are relevant under actual field conditions.
Hence, a growing library of sample data will be shared from the Odyssey2025 project for researchers to gain a better feel for features and indicators in a desert environment. Initial sample data sets can be viewed and downloaded from here.
A central place for information about the project is located at: www.mr-au.com/chad.