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Powersoft donates to landmine detection project

Powersoft has donated amplifier modules to research project Rascan: a new landmine detection system being developed by an international team of scientists, writes Paul Watson

 Italian Headquartered Pro Audio company Powersoft has donated DigiMod 1000 amplifier modules to research project Rascan: a state-of-the-art landmine detection system being developed by an international team of scientists.

Over the last 10 years, approximately 75,000 casualties caused by landmines and similar warfare devices were recorded; and the number of unreported injuries is estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands.

 Rascan is a new system being developed by scientists around the world to detect landmines. Using sub-surface radar, it can create a holographic image of an area, which dramatically reduces the risk for people involved in landmine clearing (on average, one death occurs for every 1000 mines recovered). It can detect, identify and distinguish between unexploded mines – even plastic landmines – and the shrapnel and clutter of a typical war zone. Powersoft’s managing director, Claudio Lastrucci, came to hear of the project through Professor Lorenzo Capineri, who heads up the Italian development contingent for Rascan from the University of Florence. Being a friend of Capineri as well as a former student at his place of work, Lastrucci was more than happy to get involved. “When the Rascan team required amplifiers, it was a no-brainer for us to help. In addition to us providing some other components, for driving the Rascan transducer our DigiMod 1000 proved to be right,” says Lastrucci. “It’s got plenty of continuous power for the purpose, and as a result of efficiency, it’s compact and light-weight. One may call it sponsorship, but the price is nothing compared to the lives it can help saving.” Capineri believes that the collaboration will be invaluable to the Rascan Project. “In addition to our team member institutions, we wish to acknowledge the support, advice, and assistance of Powersoft for having supplied high-efficiency power amplifiers and sound sources to the group of scientists of the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications at the University of Florence for testing new methods of research based on acoustic waves,” says Capineri. Rascan was recently exhibited in London at The Royal Society’s 350th Anniversary Summer Science Festival, which was attended by a number of high profile guests including HM Queen Elizabeth II. Capineri asks that any parties interested in investing in, sponsoring, or otherwise supporting the project should email him directly at