Research & Development

Letter from the President

Since its inception as a provider of ice monitoring radar for the oil and gas industry, Rutter has become the foremost name in harsh environment technology for all marine-related industries. Today, Rutter is the preferred radar technology of companies and researchers in multiple fields and industries on every continent. For oil spill detection, ice management, small target surveillance, and wave and surface current monitoring Rutter offers a variety of key features. Rutter’s superior data capture, real-time remote monitoring and bolt-on capability with existing radar make it the choice for ice breakers, offshore oil and gas installations, shipping and supply companies, ports and coast guards around the world.

Rutter prides itself on always being ahead of the curve in its radar innovations. Our sigma S6 technology is at the heart of data collection by polar researchers in the Arctic and Antarctic, including the British Antarctic Survey. Our most recent innovation, Wave Prediction Radar, is changing the face of wave and surface current monitoring with a technological leap that actually allows marine-related business and researchers to predict wave action up to two minutes into the future. In the spirit of continued innovation, our belief in the possibility of radar technology continues to drive to the next challenge.

Whatever your marine-related industry, it’s my great pleasure to invite you to explore all of Rutter’s product lines and find the radar solution that can improve on your company’s current radar data capture while mitigating the safety, environmental and security risks of your day-to-day operations.


-Fraser Edison

Papers and Publications

As an innovative technology company with a focus on the cutting-edge potential of radar applications, Rutter is committed to ongoing research and development both in-house and in partnership with academic institutions and government partners.

Below is a selection of Rutter-generated papers and publications prepared for industry and academic conferences, trade papers and academic journals. This collection is updated quarterly.

Ice Age Classification Using Cross-Polarization Measurement with X-Band Radar

The ability of X-band radar to differentiate young ice from second stage thin first-year ice (SST-FYI) is investigated.

Great Lakes Oil-In-Ice Demonstration 3 Final Report

The United States Coast Guard (USCG), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), local states, and the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) routinely respond to oil spills during the winter months in the Great Lakes areas. Increasing vessel and barge traffic raises the risk for additional accidental discharges.

Radar Data Collection Trial Analysis Report

Data collection comparison of a Consilium transceiver with a horizontal polarized antenna and a Sperry transceiver with the A1 vertical polarized antenna in low sea states.

Observations of Predictive Skill for Real-Time Deterministic Sea Waves from the WaMoS II

OceanWaveS GmbH has been developing a prototype system, based on standard non-coherent X-band navigational radars, capable of predicting future sea surface elevations

Comparison of Vertically and Horizontally Polarized Radar Antennas for Target Detection in Sea Clutter – An Experimental Study

An experimental study of small target detection in sea clutter using vertically and horizontally polarized radar antennas is presented.

sigma S6 Oil Spill Detection (OSD) System

In depth look at the technology behind Rutters Oil Spill Detection Radar System

Surface Roughness Observation of Arctic Ice Using Low Grazing Angle Radar

The surface roughness of Arctic ice is observed by calculating the correlation coefficient between the co-polarized and cross-polarized radar returns.

Fast Moving Target Detection in Sea Clutter Using Non-Coherent X-Band Radar

The effect of antenna rotation speed on detecting a fast moving target in sea clutter using a non-coherent X-band radar is studied. The scan-to scan integration is applied using the sigma S6 radar processor.

High Antenna Rotation Speed for Detecting Fast Targets in Sea Clutter Using X-Band Radar

The performance of the Sigma S6 radar processor is experimentally evaluated for detection of a fast moving target in sea clutter.