FTS is a leading manufacturer of remote environmental monitoring systems, instrumentation and communications technology. We focus on hydrology, fire weather and specialized meteorological applications. Our equipment forms the backbone of some of the world's most sophisticated and demanding environment monitoring networks. For over 30 years, FTS weather and water monitoring stations have proven themselves under the most demanding conditions... from the most remote northern regions of arctic Canada to the sun-beaten, wind-blown salt and sand of the Mexican coast. FTS technology is engineered rugged and is unparalleled in ease-of-use.

Company Overview

FTS at a glance

  • Founded in 1980. 
  • Our focus is environmental monitoring and remote data collection in Fire Weather, Hydrology, and general Meterology segments. 
  • Our expertise is equipment that is rugged, self-sustaining, low maintenance, simple to deploy and operate, with proven reliability. 
  • Almost 35% of our revenues are invested in research and development. 

simple.

We put tremendous amount of effort into every product's design, paying attention to the smallest details, and customers are heavily involved This translates into operational simplicity - systems that provide ease-of-use where it counts most: in the field.

reliable.

We know the value of reliability when it comes to remote monitoring in extreme environments. Our products deliver extreme ruggendess and ultra low power consumption. We strive for dead-simple installation and maintenance without requiring training, so deployment can't be messed up. Because that's what over 32-years of experience has thaught us. 

Our customers, which include 100% of the top 50 forest management agencies, count on FTS. We supply the equipment for the single largest fire weather network in the world. Our equipment is used by customers at every level of government, in multiple countries around the world. 

Hydrology

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FTS systems are used by government agencies and private corporations for various water quantity and water quality applications. Regardless of the application, the fully integrated design of our systems provides a simple, turn-key solution for those who appreciate the chance to focus on their field work rather than troubleshoot and configure electronics. Components used in our systems excel in reducing maintenance requirements, so no matter how complex the system needed for your application, it saves money over time, resulting in a low total cost of ownership.

The Water Survey of Canada: Hydrometric Gauging Across Canada
The Water Survey of Canada (WSC) is a scientific branch of Canada's Department of the Environment that is responsible for monitoring the nation's freshwater resources. The WSC maintains Canada's hydrometric network of over 2,500 active hydrometric gauges that measure and record lake and river water levels and river and stream flows. Read more >

Metro Vancouver: Real-time Early Warning Water Quality Monitoring
With almost 50 environmental monitoring stations combined within the three watersheds, Metro Vancouver delivers safe drinking water for over 2.1 million people in 22 municipalities. The backbone of this network is a real-time RMX VHF radio telemetry link developed and installed by FTS that provides routine access to critical data from a variety of alpine and valley sites. Read more >

Capital Region District and City of Cranbrook: Hydromet and Water Quality Monitoring
Both municipalities in British Columbia, Canada, have similar FTS watershed monitoring networks using RMX radio for data communications. Recent RMX upgrades from older cellular telemetry systems provided superior performance and lower operating costs. Read more >

Manitoba Hydro, Burntwood River: Early Warning Suspended Sediment Load Monitoring
Manitoba Hydro has been using RMX radio, dataloggers and turbidity sensors for a number of years as part of an early warning suspended sediment load monitoring system. 
Turbidity arrays were deployed from 6 rafts both upstream and downstream of the Burntwood River dam construction site. With virtual real-time data telemetry and analysis, turbidity data is converted to suspended sediment concentrations (SSC) using established sediment rating curves (NTU SSC ratings) developed over several years of monitoring. Read more >

Fire Weather

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FTS is the world leader in environmental monitoring solutions for fire weather. FTS stations are in use by every one of the top 50 government forest management agencies in every corner of the United States and Canada. No one else dedicates as much of its research and development efforts to the needs of fire weather professionals. FTS portable and fixed-site weather stations set the standard for reliability and simplicity of operation, maintenance, and installation.
FTS supplies the equipment for the single largest fire weather network in the world.
In the past 30 years, FTS has become an effective and trusted supplier to the wildland fire community. In this time we have worked closely with our customers to continuously improve and shape our technology to meet the needs of fire professionals. Our fire weather stations are in use in virtually every province, state and territory of United States, Canada and Mexico. Our systems are fast and simple to deploy. They're tough, 'bomb-proof' and designed for reliable operation in harsh, remote environments. They meet US NFDRS standards and Canadian Fire Weather Index requirements.

FEATURED PRODUCTS

QD3 Quick Deploy Portable RAWS

The FTS Quick Deploy portable weather station is the fire community’s most widely used weather station for prescribed burns and temporary monitoring applications. It offers the same scientific-grade accuracy and reliability as our full fixed RAWS in a portable form which can be setup in 15 minutes by one person, with no tools and no technical training. Its portability means that several can be placed at the fire line and rapidly relocated as needed. It ...

Autosampler Interface Controller

The unique FTS autosampler interface controller is a custom-designed interface used to communicate between the Axiom datalogger / DCP and ISCO automatic water samplers. The interface converts SDI-12 commands sent from the datalogger to an appropriate signal format to control the water sampler. It's a key component in our SedEvent event-triggered automated sampling system.

FEATURED APPLICATIONS

Weather monitoring for public sector - Government

FTS began in 1980 with a focus on the fire weather meteorological niche. Since then we have expanded both our knowledge and product offerings to design and build many systems and networks for a variety of different meteorological applications....

FEATURED SERVICES

Service and Support

Reliability of equipment is critical in remote fire weather deployments—there's little to argue about there. However, 30 years ago FTS was founded on a single guiding principle that permeates every facet of the company: to make our customers successful we have to provide truly legendary service and support. We can't just claim it, we have to mean it. The market is just too small and close knit for us to just strive for it—we have to ...

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Company details

Business Type:
Technology - Manufacturer

Industry Type:
Monitoring and Testing

Market Focus:
Internationally (various countries)

Year Founded:
1980

Employees:
11-100

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