For Immediate Release
December 10, 2020
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster Announces $3.1M Rutter IoT Project
(St. John’s, NL) – Together with project partners, today Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced its 15th ocean project. Led from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, the newest $3.1 million project called the Rutter Internet of Things (IoT) Project will transform and migrate Rutter systems into an IoT enabled solution, offering remote monitoring as a managed service with speciality radar system data acquisition, and cloud-based storage and analytics, while also creating 12 new jobs, including four at project implementation and eight at project completion.
Rutter’s sigma S6 Suite of radar processing equipment are used in a wide range of industries including offshore renewable energy, environmental monitoring, cruise, governmental, and oil and gas. Rutter products are used extensively in the Canadian offshore and have been delivered into more than 40 countries.
The Rutter IoT Project platform will enable the archiving of remote sensing data from those Canadian assets and from other jurisdictions including: pack ice drift and ice deformation data; iceberg tracking; ice feature information (water leads, ridges); target detection and tracking; wave and current data; oil spill alerts, tracking and outlines; radar imaging; plus other capabilities.
The Rutter IoT Project is led by Rutter in collaboration with its partner, Husky Energy, who will provide in-kind support through access to vessels for data collection, and research and development efforts including the installation and testing of concepts and for the demonstration of outcomes. Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is providing $721,560 in funding to this project, matching Rutter’s investment of $721,560. The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) is providing advisory services and up to $499,750 in research and development funding to Rutter for this project. In addition, funding support is being provided by the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador in the amount of $743,823.
The new Ocean Supercluster project will increase operational efficiencies, foster collaboration between ocean sectors, and enable marine-related research delivered with greater accuracy, efficiency, and access to customers. For the research community, this project will provide the ability to receive real-time data from offshore operations that can be used to support their research and validation work in ice drift modelling, oceanographic forecasting, oil spill drift modelling, and other areas.
For customers, the Rutter IoT Project is a turn-key solution that gives clients the ability to centralize critical radar information into operation centres and to share relevant data on-demand with outside entities such as the Coast Guard and others. This is a new and exciting service that provides previously unavailable data to those who can take advantage of temporary access to information to help focus their activity. Customers also have the option of sharing defined data on an ongoing basis with adjacent industries, offshore oil and gas and the fishery for example, while protecting commercially-sensitive data.
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is an industry-led transformative cluster focused on tackling the shared challenges across ocean sectors through a collaborative program designed to accelerate the development and commercialization of globally-relevant solutions that will help drive sustainable and inclusive ocean growth in Canada.
“By investing in areas where Canada has a competitive edge, like offshore technologies, the Ocean Supercluster is driving innovation in the ocean economy. This project will not only improve remote ocean operations, but also strengthen Canada’s position as a leader in specialty radar system data acquisition as well as, and cloud-based storage and analytics. This kind of cross-sector collaboration is exactly how Superclusters are helping Canada build a strong, national brand in the industry and give Canadian businesses more opportunities to reach new markets.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
“Atlantic Canada is a global leader in ocean technology. The Ocean Supercluster builds on that strength, so that our companies can take on the world, and thrive here at home.”
– The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources
“Rutter has a strong history of cutting edge technological development and commercialization. Support from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will enhance the company’s already broad innovative capabilities, while increasing efficiency and safety for companies in the marine technology sector.”
– The Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Industry, Energy and Technology, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
“The availability and access to data will become increasingly important as we grow what is becoming an increasingly digital ocean economy. This collaboration between Rutter and Husky Energy will generate new activity in ocean, create new jobs, and provide radar ocean data that is important for decision making and operations across ocean sectors. The Ocean Supercluster is incredibly proud to announce our 15th project today with more announcements coming in the weeks and months ahead.”
– Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
“Since 1998, Rutter has been on the leading edge of ocean technology – developing innovative, best-in-class marine radar augmentation and imaging tools for navigating in ice, detecting oil spills, monitoring wave and currents and for security, safety, and sovereignty applications. Today, we are thrilled to embark on the “next wave” of Radar-as-a-Service (RaaS) — leveraging the power of cloud technology to develop new applications for mariners, scientists, offshore renewable energy and oil and gas operators worldwide.“
– Fraser Edison, President and Chairman of the Board, Rutter Inc
“We have used a number of Rutter’s technologies over the years, so this opportunity was a natural fit with our goal of continuous improvement in ice management operations and monitoring. By providing access to environmental data from vessel transits, we will help Rutter to prove up their technology and create better decision-making tools for all ocean users.”
– Jonathan Brown, Senior Vice-President, Husky Energy Atlantic Region
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador