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The ATS Story

We've been a part of wildlife radio telemetry for over 35 years.

Our mission is to provide researchers and managers in ecology and biology with animal tracking and monitoring products of the highest quality and reliability.

Our commitment to fish and wildlife biotelemetry dates back to 1963, when researchers at the University of Minnesota, Cedar Creek Bioelectronics Laboratory, first began exploring electronic methods of tracking animals in the wild.

This commitment continued with the founding of Advanced Telemetry Systems in 1981 by a core group of engineers and biologists from Cedar Creek. These men and women had been instrumental in fielding the first successful automated animal tracking system.

We are a privately held corporation located in Isanti, Minn., a rural community about forty-five minutes north of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Our facility has grown rapidly over the years to keep pace with an expanding global demand for our innovative and cost-effective radio telemetry solutions.

Our most recent expansion, completed in 2004, more than doubled the size of our facility. Today, our building includes space for over fifty ATS employees, and houses our research and development, sales and customer service, and manufacturing operations.

To learn more about the history of radio telemetry, we suggest reading Animal Tracking Signals, a book by Carolyn Kuechle, published in 2009. Carolyn is the wife of Larry Kuechle, ATS’s Engineering Manager and former President. The book is available by e-mailing ckuechle@msn.com.