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Rutter, Inc. is a marine technology company based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Founded in 1998, Rutter was one of the first companies to develop the voyage data recorder (VDR), distributing over 4000 systems worldwide. Today, Rutter specializes in innovative radar solutions, supplying products to the energy industry, coastguards, defense vessels, shipping companies, and even cruise ships and yachts. “We’re very much focused on the research and development component that drives the productization of our technologies,” explains Brian Johnston, Strategic Business Development and Sales Manager at Rutter. “We’re not just selling parts and services, and we’re not just an R&D house. We’re into developing and enhancing products, with a strong focus on commercialization at the end of the day.”

SIGMA S6 Rutter’s flagship product is its sigma S6 radar technology. “Radars have been around since World War Two,” says Mr. Johnston. “They’re a standard sensor for navigational safety offshore, but the underlying core technology hasn’t changed a lot. Essentially, they’re detectors for big pieces of metal, for the purposes of collision avoidance between vessels, or for vessel traffic management.”

The sigma S6 system changes that. The technology was originally developed in the late ‘90s to use X- and S-Band radars to detect icebergs and sea ice for the Hibernia Management and Development Company. As a result of Rutter’s extensive R&D process, sigma S6 products are now available for several diverse applications. The sigma S6 Ice Navigator enables ships to detect and safely navigate ice in threatening regions; the sigma S6 Oil Spill Detection and Monitoring System provides early, accurate spill detection and reporting; the sigma S6 Small Target Surveillance System detects small, low-profile targets like wooden buoys, fishing gear, and floating debris, and can also be used for anti-piracy applications; and the WaMoS II Wave and Current Monitoring System tracks wave height and energy and surface currents. SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE

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