FTS History

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 hydrological and meteorological applications. What all of our systems have in common is the need for accurate data delivered reliably.

Corporate Timeline


FTS is founded by Bill Cave, a Canadian Forest Service research technician.


Bill harnesses the power of microprocessors and develops the first datalogger—the WR61. This D-cell powered “weather data recorder” for the first time automated the collection of weather data, and would be a prototype for future generations. First commercial product, the TS4000 (403.100 MHz Metband modem) is sold.


First dataloggers for the Canadian market, the WR-61 and WR-62, are sold. After testing FTS technology for a couple years, the BC Ministry of Forestry purchases several dataloggers to automate weather data collection—which was, up until that point, an entirely manual process.


FTS develops the RM4000, the first radio modem to integrate a customer’s radio handset inside a ruggedized case.


FTS enters the US market with the FWS-11 Datalogger, which is fully compliant with the United States’ NFDRS (National Fire Danger Rating System) standards.


The FWS-12 Datalogger is released, the first with a digital SDI-12 port.


FTS enters the hydrology market, bringing its experience in remote communications and rugged monitoring technology.


FTS develops the FWS-12S Datalogger, our most successful product to date (hundreds are still in operation).


FTS is the first to integrate GPS technology into GOES communications, resulting in dramatically increased reliability of scheduled data transmission. FTS achieves full ISO 9001 certification.


FTS develops the first generation portable Quick Deploy fire weather station, offering a complete RAWS (Remote Automated Weather Station) that can be set up 15 minutes with no tools and no training.


FTS debuts the innovative, and now legendary DTS-12 digital turbidity sensor, arguably still the world’s best 14 years later.


FTS develops the G4 GOES Transmitter, the first in the market to offer high data rate (HDR) transmission speeds. FTS releases the RMX radio modem, the third generation of short-range VHF/UHF radio telemetry.


FTS develops the G5 GOES Transmitter, the first to eliminate problems with clock drift. Its technology is still in active use today (and now integrated into the Axiom Datalogger).


After 4 years of extensive research and design involving customers including the USFS and BLM, FTS releases the Axiom F6 Datalogger, our most important product to date. It is the first (and still only) fire weather datalogger to feature an integrated touchscreen and easy data input and output via a standard USB port. The third generation portable RAWS, the QD3 is released, featuring the only omnidrectional GOES Antenna, a new tripod suitable for any terrain and the new Axiom Datalogger. Like its predecessors, it sets up by one person in 15 minutes (with no GOES Antenna alignment) without tools.


FTS launches DigiTemp, an SDI-12 Submersible Temperature Sensor. DigiTemp is a simple but effective digital temperature sensor for use in water or soil, and it’s use of SDI-12 interface eliminates the complexity with analog temperature sensors.


The Axiom Datalogger receives a major upgrade with the inclusion of AirTalk radio voice communication technology, allowing the datalogger to respond to requests through a standard DTMF-capable radio with digitized voice response relaying current weather conditions. FTS becomes the second company in the world to develop and release a CS2-capable GOES Transmitter, as the G5 GOES Transmitter is upgraded to support the new CS2 standard (as well as maintain full compatibility with the older CS1 standard).


Responding to the groundwater market’s desire for a dead-simple, low-cost way to add telemetry to non-logging monitoring stations, FTS packages the G5 GOES Transmitter along with other components to create GOES.hopper, a turn-key system to enable remote collection of data. FTS breaks new ground with our most innovative product ever.


The DTS-12 Turbidity Sensor receives a major upgrade with all stainless-steel metal components, making the sensor now compatible with saltwater environments. Given our position as a worldwide leader in GOES communication, we are wondering why it took us so long to design our own GOES Antenna and solve the problems present with Yagi’s (not durable, must be aimed), omnidirectionals (low gain, cannot be aimed) and ice-rated antennas (poor build quality). Finally we did it. The EON2 GOES Antenna is designed specifically for CS2 stations, and offers the extreme ruggedness that FTS is known for, with a design that allows for reliable transmissions without aiming.


FTS launches its next generation CS2-capable GOES Transmitter, the G6. Backward compatible with our existing G5, the G6 is an easy transition for our customers to maintain the reliability in data transmission they’ve come to expect from FTS.

Building on the EON2, FTS launches the EON2 with integrated GPS increasing reliability by lowering failure points within the system.

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