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FTS

FTS Forest Technology Systems Ltd.

FTS

1065 Henry Eng Pl.
Victoria, British Columbia
V9B 6B2

1065 Henry Eng Pl.
Victoria, British Columbia
V9B 6B2

(250) 478-5561

(800) 905-7004

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FTS

FTS was founded in 1980 to address the demanding weather information requirements of the world’s premier forest fire management agencies. The fire community’s strong requirements for rock-solid dependability and fast, trouble-free operation shaped FTS’s early product development efforts and helped create a corporate culture dedicated to meeting the practical needs of its customers.
Today, our equipment and software are measuring, recording, and analyzing changes in watersheds, national forests, nationwide weather system networks, supply streams for drinking water reservoirs, the waters of fish and wildlife refuges and many other environments. Our monitoring stations reflect three decades of technological advancement focused on our goal of designing and manufacturing the world’s most reliable, simplest to use, and simplest to maintain systems.
Our headquarters, research and design lab, and factory are located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, with a branch office in Blaine, Washington. From here, we supply equipment around the world, including North America, South America, Asia, and Europe. Comprehensive in-the-field service and installation contracts are available throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
FTS automated environmental monitoring stations and FTS communications technology continue to advance the standard for remote site monitoring systems, from single sites to nationwide networks. FTS equipment and software forms the backbone of some of the world’s most sophisticated and demanding water and weather monitoring networks: nationwide networks of GOES weather stations; large regional systems of over 200 radio modem stations; and state, provincial, and municipal networks using combinations of cellular, telephone, satellite, and radio modem communications.
FTS stations have proven themselves under the most demanding conditions, from the most remote northern regions of Canada to the sun beaten, wind-blown salt and sand of the Mexican coast. Our customers include over 50 government agencies in the United States, Canada, and Mexico: customers who demand the highest levels of reliability, accuracy, and operational effectiveness.
Today we are hard at work making constant improvements in our existing products and creating new tools and systems for the world’s meteorological and hydrological monitoring communities.

Company Details

1980

50

Canada

Yes

334512 - Measuring, Medical and Controlling Devices Manufacturing

511210 - Software Publishers
541710 - Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering and Life Sciences

Manufacturer / Processor / Producer

$5,000,000 to $9,999,999

Product / Service / Licensing

Product Name: TRANSMITTER-RECEIVERS, RADIO, NES
Product Name: TELECOMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT, NES
Product Name: POWER SUPPLY, NES
Product Name: MEASURING INST, WIND SPEED & DIRECTION
Product Name: METEOROLOGICAL INSTRUMENTS/APPARATUS NES
Product Name: THERMAL MEASURING/CONTROLLING INST NES
Product Name: MEASURING & MEAS/CONTROLLING INST NES
Product Name: PROBES, ELECTRONIC THERMOMETER
Product Name: MONITORING INSTRUMENTS, GROUNDWATER
Product Name: Fire Fighting Equipment, Products & Services
Product Name: Environmental Products and Services
Product Name: DATALOGGER, DEPLOYABLE
Product Name: METEOROLOGICAL AND HYDROLOGICAL AUTO. MON. STATION
Product Name: SENSORS, MONITORING PRECIPITATION
Product Name: SENSORS, MONITORING, HUMIDITY
Product Name: SENSORS, MONITORING, TEMPERATURE
Product Name: SENSORS, WATERQUALITY & AIRQUALITY
Product Name: SOFTWARE, ENVIRONMENTAL DATA ANALYSIS
Product Name: Fire weather monitoring system.
Using a combination of electronic sensors, communication telemetry and specialized software, fire weather monitoring stations provide complete information on fire hazard in remote locations. Such stations are used by professional foresters to monitor and predict wildfire danger throughout the forests of Canada, the U.S.A., Mexico and New Zealand.

Fire weather monitoring stations permit users to collect data by telephone, radio, cellular, or satellite communications. The FTS Fire Weather stations are equipped with the Axiom data logger and represent a complete, tough, reliable setup of meteorological and fire related sensors (wind speed and direction, rainfall, air temperature, humidity, fuel level) designed for remote deployment operated and serviced by non-technical users to determine fire hazard.

Product Name: SedEvent
SedEvent™ is our unique event-triggered grab sampling system, which provides the most accurate estimate of sediment loads. It incorporates highly accurate and extremely low maintenance DTS-12 turbidity monitor with our Axiom™ datalogger, a powerful computer with the right software for the job, accessed via a built-in, fully waterproof, industrial grade touchscreen.

We combine these technologies with water level sensors, software, telemetry, a wide range of other meteorological sensors, autonomous power systems, custom-designed, heavy-duty enclosures, and mounting platforms. The result is a completely turn-key system designed for seamless integration, installed and supported by a single organization.

Product Name: Fire Weather Stations
Fixed and portable weather stations for collecting meteorological data for assessing fire risk. 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. FTS portable and fixed-site weather stations set the standard for reliability and simplicity of operation, maintenance, and installation.

Product Name: DTS-12 Turbidity Sensor
The DTS-12 is the first sensor to make instream turbidity monitoring practical. The value of continuously monitoring turbidity has long been recognized, but it’s always been difficult, inaccurate, expensive, labor-intensive, and therefore often dismissed as too impractical. The DTS-12 is different—we state with confidence that it’s the “world’s best” because its unique design delivers extremely low maintenance (just clean and re-calibrate once a year) and extremely high accuracy over the full measureable range of 0-1,600NTU. Unlike multisondes, the DTS-12 does one task, but does it exceptionally well (it’s also less expensive and simpler to deploy).

Product Name: Axiom Datalogger / DCP
The Axiom was the first to offer an integrated touchscreen to provide a simple, graphical interface to all lagged data, scripts, configurations, sensors, and diagnosis tools. With over three levels of lightning protection and completely watertight cast aluminum housing, is is engineered for long-term reliability in the harshest environments. The Axiom can gain new functions, install new programs, software, and firmware, and the large internal memory capacity can store upwards of 10 years of data.

With our fifth-generation G5 GOES transmitter as an option integrated into the Axiom datalogger, near real-time data transmission and communication is possible through the GOES satellite network from virtually anywhere in North America.

Service Name: COMPUTER SOFTWARE AND SERVICES - ENVIRONMENTAL
Service Name: MONITORING, WATER
Service Name: MONITORING, WEATHER
FSC Code: 2090-Miscellaneous Ship and Marine Equipment
6640-Laboratory Equipment and Supplies
6660-Meteorological Instruments and Apparatus
6685-Pressure, Temperature, and Humidity Measuring and Controlling Instruments
7030-ADP Software
B100-Air Quality Analyses
B103-Water Quality Studies

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Sector Information

Key / Major Clients:
• United States Geological Survey
• US Forest Service
• Us National Park Service
• US Fish and Wildlife Service
• Washington State Department of Ecology
• Wayerhauser Company
• University of Idaho
• US Department of Agriculture
• Pacific Lumber Company
• Bureau of Indian Affairs
• Bureau of Land Management
• US Army
• Parks Canada
• Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
• British Columbia Ministry of Environment
• Desert Research institute
• Manitoba Hydro
• Environment Canada
• La Comision Nacional del Agua (Mexico)

Testimonial:
"For me the decision to go with FTS was based on whether buying the integrated SedEvent system was worth the extra cost. It was."
- William Ehinger Ph.D., Washington State Dept. of Ecology

"We have found FTS' products to be vastly superior in every aspect of data collection and equipment maintenance. I know that I can count on FTS to support their product. Whenever anyone asks me for advice on what to purchase, I recommend FTS in no uncertain terms."
- Karen Sullivan Ph.D., Pacific Lumber Company

"We have been using DTS-12s for several years now and in general have had great experience with them. We have deployed them in everything from Coastal Redwood streams with heavy debris to large mainstream rivers. They have been very reliable for us and can take a beating."
- Cort Pryor, Hydrologist, Graham Matthews and Associates

"I have dealt with FTS for the past 12 years and have always been impressed by the customer service provided after the purchase. I would not hesitate to recommend FTS to anyone."
- Via anonymous customer satisfaction survey

"We have no drift, no expensive instrument calibration and no changing of instruments with the DTS-12. We estimate that this step alone saves us about $2,000 per instrument, per year in maintenance costs."
- Rish Rossen, Pacific Lumber Company

"It's always a pleasure to deal with FTS. I don't make that comment about many other suppliers."
- Via anonymous customer satisfaction survey

"We purchased the SedEvent turbidity threshold sampling system over 4 years ago and have had nearly flawless performance. The equipment is reliable, rugged, and designed with the end user in mind. This is literally a "turn-key" system that allows my field staff to concentrate on the field work, rather than troubleshooting the electronics."
- William Ehinger Ph.D., Washington State Dept. of Ecology

"I find the DTS-12 to be superior for measuring turbidity. We have been able to reduce the number of technicians needed significantly."
- Chuck Schager, Pacific Lumber Company

"For years of monitoring construction site storm water run off, the equipment has been highly reliable."
- Scott Stoneman, OTAK

Contact Information


David Illing
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Area of Responsibility: Management Executive
Telephone: (250) 478-5561
Fax: (250) 478-8579

Brian Millward
Title: Director
Area of Responsibility: Finance/Accounting
Telephone: (250) 478-5561
Fax: (250) 478-8579

Eric Embacher
Title: Director
Area of Responsibility: Domestic Sales & Marketing
Telephone: (250) 478-5561
Fax: (250) 478-8579

Chris Barteaux
Title: Director
Area of Responsibility: Export Sales & Marketing
Telephone: (250) 478-5561
Fax: (250) 478-8579

Sheldon Foisy
Title: Business Development Executive
Area of Responsibility: Domestic Sales & Marketing
Telephone: (250) 478-5561
Fax: (250) 478-8579