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Auburn to sniff out canine explosives detection improvements

11 April 2019

Auburn University in Alabama has received funding totalling about USD560,000 from the US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), for two research and development (R&D) projects on using dogs for explosives detection.

Announcing the funding, Don Roberts, manager of the S&T Detection Canine programme, said dogs are “the best, most versatile, mobile explosives detection tool we have supporting homeland security”.

In one project – Whole Spectrum Explosive Odour Training – researchers will explore countermeasures to prevent attempts to modify, filter, or reduce explosive odour signatures in improvised explosive devices. This project will also research the development of training aids that specifically mimic threat concealment.

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