Detection dogs play a key role in detecting explosives. Explosives detection dogs have proven their reliability and flexibility in coping with various scenarios, and are used by police and military forces as well as private security service providers. Despite the ongoing development of technical systems, detection dogs will continue to play an important role in the detection of explosives in the future, due to their mobility and their unique abilities.
Research into the detection of explosives has been carried out at Fraunhofer ICT in various projects. Recently, in the nationally funded EVADEX project, we examined the question of how to evaluate the performance of technical solutions as well as of detection dogs for individual requirements in different scenarios. In this project we were also able to gain insight into the olfaction of detection dogs. We developed training methods which have been successfully applied in practical tests. They are consequently suitable for the performance evaluation and the training of detection dogs and dog handlers.
Due to the special status of Fraunhofer ICT in the handling of explosives, which also enables the handling of so-called homemade explosives, and our experience gained in recent years in the detection of explosives, we can offer an excellent range of training opportunities for explosives detection dogs. In addition to a transparent and scientifically flawless execution of the tests, clear communication and individual coordination with each customer play a central role.
Our portfolio includes various test scenarios which cover common situations in which detection dogs are used. All our experiments are documented with a 360° camera and in writing. At the end of the training you will receive the results as a formal record.
We offer dog handlers a training unit lasting several days, with a representative selection of the collected video material.