Handheld metal and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) detectors are the primary means of finding buried explosives such as landmines and Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs). Operation of military-grade detectors is complex, requiring extensive training in order to achieve expert-level proficiency. This problem is exacerbated by the limits on training facilities and the available practice time before operators head out to theater.
Precise visualizations of trainee detector motions enable trainers to quickly detect and correct mistakes in investigation technique, and to assess trainee performance at their convenience (a trainer's dedicated attention is not required). These visualizations also help trainers to teach important spatial mapping techniques related to target identification and clutter rejection.
We are building a product that provides this visual feedback to trainers on smart devices. Some of the unique features offered by our system include the ability to (1) visualize spatial maps developed by trainees, (2) the ability to monitor multiple trainees simultaneously and (3) the facility to manage the data related to training sessions (e.g. save and analyze trainee performance on practice targets).