Rutter’s sigma S6 radar technology is used worldwide for small target surveillance (STS), aboard ships and by port facilities, as part of collision avoidance, search & rescue, and security operations. Add capacity as a ‘bolt-on’ to existing marine radar sensors, sigma S6 STS allows any marine or marine-adjacent industry to easily upgrade their existing system with enhanced capability without the cost of new expensive sensors.
2. Superior Radar Imaging
Rutter sigma S6 Small Target Surveillance offers a range of capabilities that process and enhance the video from a conventional marine radar to find hard-to-detect targets like swimmers in the water, very small craft, and debris on the ocean’s surface that would be undetectable for standard systems.
Mitigating risk of at-sea collisions, sigma S6 Small Target Surveillance detects small hazards in the water that may cause damage to hulls, or entangle in equipment such as seismic streamers. The system leverages your existing marine radar as a sensor, detecting hazards at longer ranges, allowing time to alter course to avoid costly encounters.
4. Collision Avoidance
Busy ports catering to tanker traffic, container ships and small fishing vessels represent a hazard for potential oil spills and collisions. In 2017, an American military vessel was involved in a collision with a fishing vessel. The fishing vessel has no radio and did not respond when hailed by the larger vessel. In an area of waterways shared by vessels from multiple countries, with potential damage to traditional fishing grounds, the need for added surveillance is clear.
5. Search & Rescue
Whether searching for small craft or a single person in water, Rutter sigma S6 Small Target Surveillance solutions allow you to automatically detect targets at longer ranges in harsher conditions than traditional marine radar using the same existing sensor. Also, the system allows real-time remote access, facilitating the coordination of search and rescue from anywhere in the world.
Vessels and land-based operations around the world trust Rutter sigma S6 STS technology to monitor the marine environment for illegal activity such as piracy, smuggling and terrorism. STS allows operators to set zones around critical areas such as port entries, critical infrastructure, and known routes for illegal activity. Alarms when those zones are breached, alerting operators to deploy resources around those areas.
7. ‘Critical Application: A Case Study’ – Anti-Piracy, Smuggling and Terrorism
“Keeping coastlines secure”
Second only to Canada in amount of coastline, Indonesia’s 54,716km of marine border present a challenge for authorities looking to curtail illegal activity. Faced with the need to monitor vessel traffic and enforce laws in a vast coastal marine environment, adoption of the sigma S6 system by The Indonesian Marine Police represents a great improvement in their ability to detect and identify small craft illegally performing trans-shipments from larger vessels when AIS is not present. Long-range cameras, used in concert with the Rutter systems, aid in identification of the objects detected by the Rutter systems.
Rutter’s sigma S6 STS technology is trusted worldwide for collision avoidance, search and rescue missions, managing port traffic and for the monitoring of illegal activity such as piracy, smuggling and terrorism.
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