In Cambodia, Rats Are Being Trained To Sniff Out Land Mines And Save Lives

NPR - July 31, 2015
It's 5:45 in the morning, and in a training field outside Siem Reap, home of Angkor Wat, Cambodia's demining rats are already hard at work....

From the archive, 1 August 1998: Landmine ban has 'loophole'

The Guardian - August 01, 2015
George Robertson, the Defence Secretary, yesterday announced an immediate and total ban on the use of anti-personnel landmines by British forces as...

When Detecting Land Mines, The Nose Knows — Or, In This Case, The Trunk

NPR - July 25, 2015
In Angola, a civil war that raged for decades has left lingering, and dangerous, reminders of the violence across the countryside. Long since the...

Yes, Rats Are Being Trained to Sniff Out Land Mines

CityLab - July 20, 2015
Apopo's African giant pouched rats—or “hero” rats—are being trained to sniff out tuberculosis and detect TNT vapor in the ground....

Meet the giant hero rats sniffing out Cambodia's landmines

USA TODAY - July 16, 2015
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A rat called Pit scampers between two handlers, running up and down the length of a measuring tape they hold between them....

Landmine detection project gets financial backing

The Engineer - July 30, 2015
Modern landmines are usually made from plastic rather than metal, rendering traditional techniques for identifying them useless. The team from Bath...

Thousands of land mines left by ISIS militants before pulling out of Syrian city

ChristianToday - July 30, 2015
Islamic State militants who were driven out of a city in Syria by Kurdish forces left in their wake "thousands" of land mines, killing...

Land Mines in Iran Nuclear Deal

The People's Voice - August 02, 2015
It's too soon to know whether the deal will prove successful or unravel altogether. Troublesome land mines give pause for concern. The power of...

Elephants learn to avoid landmines in war-torn Angola

AOL News - July 27, 2015
Elephants in Angola have learned to avoid landmines leftover from the country's decades-long civil war. Some even warn others to avoid them....

Specially trained RATS used to sniff out landmines on the killing fields of ... - July 14, 2015
Specially trained rats are helping to sniff out mines among the deadly fields of Cambodia. The Gambian pouched rodents were deployed to the former...

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Geomine’s revolutionary technology has been invented to radically reduce landmine contamination around the world

The tremendous advantage of this unique technology is the fact that the invented algorithm analyses massive amounts of data and identifies the areas which are CLEAR of mines. Geomine’s method allows for a quick and highly effective means of ELIMINATING THE CLEAR OF MINES AREA


According to international surveys approximately 80% of all land suspected as mined is in fact clear

Nitrogen is a core component in every explosive material. Eventually, the molecule leaks from the explosive and is then absorbed into the surrounding ground and vegetation. This process causes nitrogen contamination of the ground and vegetation, not visible to the human eye. However, the use of a Hyperspectral camera allows us to identify the areas where land mines are present and which areas are completely free


Geomine’s technology can either confirm the presence of mines or their absence, thereby serving to release land which does not need to be cleared in the first place

Geomine’s solution allows not only pinpointing of the areas where the ERW are located but also, and maybe most importantly, it allows identifying of the areas where no ERW are present. According to UN data, approximately 80% of all land designated as mined is in fact clear. Therefore the economic and humanitarian value of pinpointing the mine-free areas is of real importance


Avi Buzaglo Yoresh

Avi Buzaglo Yoresh

Founder & Partner

Mr. Buzaglo‐ Yoresh spent over 20 years in the Israeli Defense Forces. He concluded his service as a Lieutenant Colonel and holds a M.Sc. in Geology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Yoresh has used his experience in the IDF working as a military geologist to find ways to detect landmines from a geological and chemical perspective rather than an approach based upon metal detection
Eva Peled

Eva Peled

Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. Peled served with the Israeli Air Force, where she concluded her service as a Captain, and she holds a BA in Business Management and a LLB from the Interdisciplinary Centre in Israel. Mrs. Peled has considerable business development experience representing international companies worldwide
Yana Sofovich

Yana Sofovich

Business Development

Yana is responsible for creating and managing various business and humanitarian interests for Geomine. She holds a BA in Social Science, a MA in Diplomacy and a MSc in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics. Yana joined the company after gaining considerable experience in International Relations and Business Development positions. Her core motive is trying to do whatever possible in order to change the world into a better place
Dr. Uri Frieslander

Dr. Uri Frieslander

Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Uri Frieslander spent more than 35 years as a senior Geophysicist in the Geophysical Institute of Israel (G.I.I) with 12 of them as CEO.
Uri holds a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
He gained impressive experience managing international and domestic geophysical projects. As Geomine’s COO, Uri’s vision involves looking into new opportunities in the subsurface world


Ministry of Defense
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Tel Aviv University
Geological Survey of Israel
Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
The Geophysical Institute of Israel
The Remote Sensing and G.I.S. Laboratories