The EU needs bomb dogs, but normal training is too slow. New tech has the answer.
Terrorism remains a genuine threat for Europeans, especially at large public gatherings and events. This means an increasing need for the systematic detection of explosives. Dogs are still the best way to achieve this. They are far more sensitive than any chemical detectors yet devised. Unlike machines, dogs are also agile, mobile and inexpensive to operate. However, given recent increase in demand for sniffer dogs, Europe now has a shortage. The necessary temperament cannot be trained, and for this reason most dogs fail the training. Even for suitable dogs, training is time consuming, labour intensive, and therefore expensive. Conventional training seems unlikely to meet Europe’s demand. The EU-funded IDT project developed a new training system able to produce qualified dogs in the numbers needed. The system relies on a new portable odour recognition training device.