Google Maps plays a role in combating landmines, explosives

Summary:Charities are using Google's technology to detect and clear landmines in post-conflict areas.

Google Maps is now used for more than getting you to work -- charities have tapped into the technology to help war-stricken areas.

In a guest post on Google's official blog, Guy Willoughby, Executive Director of the HALO Trust says the U.K. non-profit is using Google Maps for Business and Google Earth Pro to detect and clear landmines worldwide.

To date, Google's service has been used to clear over 1.4 landmines in post-conflict areas globally in order to make areas once again safe and liveable for local people. The charity, whose slogan is "Getting mines out of the ground, for good," works in a dozen countries to find and remove landmines and buried explosives -- and the ability to use and create maps has become an invaluable tool to keep residents and teams safe.

In Kosovo, for example, the community's farmers tell HALO where they've seen signs of mines and where accidents have occurred. This data is then taken and added to field team maps, complete with detailed satellite imagery, to plot mine locations.

These maps can then be given to families who live near mines, to crews who clear them, and to donors and other organizations that support the non-profit.

Via: Google

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Topics: Innovation


Charlie Osborne, a medical anthropologist who studied at the University of Kent, UK, is a journalist, freelance photographer and former teacher. She has spent years travelling and working across Europe and the Middle East as a teacher, and has been involved in the running of businesses ranging from media and events to B2B sales. Charli... Full Bio

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