InnoTrans 2018: Starting point for a new generation of wayside sensors
Wayside sensors that help to reduce components along the track? New systems that decrease complexity when implemented? Sounds contradictory, but it is possible! At InnoTrans 2018, Frauscher demonstrated how this can work. Under the motto "Discover intelligent sensors. Innovations to simplify railway operations" the company presented corresponding solutions at stand 232 in hall 25.
Firstly, a completely new sensor was presented, in the innovative SENSiS system. The Detection Point DP combines proven capabilities of inductive sensors with the possibilities of the Internet of Things - becoming a smart device on track. Secondly, the new possibilities enabled by further developments of the Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS were also displayed. Especially the opportunity to monitor complete infrastructures in real time via an intuitive user interface caused a sensation. The optimised system detects defects in track and train components at a very early stage. This enables condition-based maintenance strategies, which will replace time-based maintenance cycles.
"All in all, it was one of the most successful appearances that we have had in Berlin for 16 years," Christian Pucher, CMO Frauscher Sensor Technology sums up. "We had even more discussions and made more contacts than two years ago - and attracted even more attention. The feedback we received was overwhelming. At the same time, we collected a lot of input about which applications can be implemented with our new solutions and what expectations can be met with them. With regard to the development of infrastructure monitoring, we want to work closely with various operators, system integrators and partners in the future - such as Vossloh and Siemens Mobility, as announced at the trade fair. This InnoTrans marked a clear milestone in our development process, and the beginning of many more things to come."
Impressions and further information about Frauscher’s highlights at the show can be found at innotrans.frauscher.com
Many highlights at the railway industry’s biggest get together
Together with 2955 exhibitors, the Frauscher team will again participate in this major rail event. Our experts will welcome well-known partners as well as new customers from all over the globe at their stand 232 in hall 25.
At InnoTrans we present the following highlight topics:
- Intelligent sensors for more efficient track vacancy detection
- Continuous Monitoring of Assets (ACM)
- Train Tracking: Localisation in real time
- Axle Counting: Superior flexibility and optimal integration
- Wheel Detection: Reliable and precise solutions for various applications
Apart from that, this will again be a great opportunity for our team to talk about trends, visions and new ideas within the railway industry – in order to work on tomorrow’s solutions for various railway application. Just as Frauscher always did. Want to become part of that future? Visit us – we are looking forward to meeting you.
Frauscher at InnoTrans 2018
From 18 to 21 September InnoTrans opens its doors again. “Discover intelligent sensors” with Frauscher Sensor Technology as we present our latest innovations and visionary concepts in hall 25, stand 232.
Are you looking to exploit the potential of digitalization and simplify your operational network? Frauscher combines proven best-in-class technologies with new digital ideas and creates intelligent wayside sensors that deliver accurate data. Consistent developments using the latest technology, have taken track vacancy detection and condition based maintenance to the next level.
Arrange a meeting with a Frauscher expert at InnoTrans. We are looking forward to welcoming you at our stand.
Vital discussions on big data in railway at IRSE China workshop
IRSE China hosted a technical workshop on “Big data based on railway health management and maintenance” in Beijing Jiao Tong University on 29 June. Senior staff from China Railway Corporation, researchers from China Academy of Railway Sciences, and executives from some Chinese railway industry companies also attended the workshop. They discussed on topics like “Maintenance of signaling system”, “PHM key technology of signalling system”, “Digitalization of railway management” and “Intelligent maintenance management”.
The workshop accelerated the development of railway health management and maintenance technology in China. It promoted the cooperation and communication between universities, research institutes and enterprises in the railway industry.
Ma Jin, Managing Director of Frauscher China, also participated in the workshop. “Frauscher has been working intensively on the development of signaling technology and digitalisation of railway. The discussions with railway experts affirmed our business confidence,” he emphasized.
Happy times at Frauscher Summer Festival
Frauscher starts into summer! Last Friday employees and their families celebrated the annual Summer Festival. This year, food trucks serving pulled pork, hamburgers, spare ribs, falafel, crêpes and many other delicacies guaranteed for happy and satisfied guests. Of course, no summer festival is complete without ice cream – a treat that was especially devoured by the little ones. Right on time for the beginning of the Austrian summer holidays the kids could play to their heart’s content on the bouncy castle, go-cart track and children’s make-up station.
Many international colleagues attended this year’s Summer Festival; a great opportunity to get to know each other and socialize outside of the office environment. Frauscher employees from Kazakhstan, India and the USA joined the event. Although it was especially thrilling for our colleagues from Brasil and France as they watched and cheered for their national teams playing against Belgium and Uruguay at the FIFA Football World Cup.
Frauscher at MetroRail Americas Congress 2018
The MetroRail Americas Congress 2018 took place from 26 to 27 June in Philadelphia, US. Frauscher was a sponsor of this event, which brought together transit agencies, government representatives, operators, contractors and vendors. The focus of this year’s event was on three segments: Train Control & Engineering, Planning & Development and Future of Cities. The venue provided a valuable opportunity to network within the rail industry, showcase products and services, and learn via round tables, presentations and overall discussions.
Michael Parzer from Frauscher presented “Axle Counting as a Fallback Method for CBTC Systems: A Case Study From TTC Line 1”, a topic relevant to this conference that was well received.
Frauscher enters the Taiwanese railway market
In June, Frauscher made an important step forward in the Taiwanese railway market. This was marked by a contract signing ceremony with MiTAC Information Technology Corp.
The South-Link line in Taiwan, operated by Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) will be equipped with the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC and Wheel Sensor RSR123. The project comprises over 600 counting heads and 12 stations, for which the system will be integrated by MiTAC Information Technology Corp.
Mayank Tripathi, Business Development Director at Frauscher Sensor Technology, emphasizes: “This project will see the most modern axle counting solution deployed in the country and will be trend-setting.”
Successful conference taking place in Taipei
Last week, over 300 railway experts from Taiwan and Japan met in Taipei at the “2018 Railways Industries Technology & Railway Signalling System Conference”. They discussed the industry's latest innovations and trends – with digitalization being a major subject of interest. Michael Thiel, CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology, gave a valuable outlook to future sensor technologies and developments based on innovations like the Internet-of-Things (IoT).
Additional presentations from Frauscher on “Modern axle counters” and “The next generation of train tracking” showed innovative solutions with Frauscher products and developments. During the networking breaks, participants had the opportunity to get further information on Frauscher wheel detection and axle counting systems at a small exhibition area, which was received with great interest and led to many interesting conversations.
Representatives from Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA), Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp or the Railway Reconstruction Bureau and many more participated in this successful event. It was organized by the Chinese Institute of Engineers, Alfa Transit Enterprise Corporation and Frauscher Sensor Technology.
IoT gains momentum in railway operations
Internet of Things and Big Data are growing in importance for the railway sector. The conference “The Rise of IoT and Big Data in Rail” took place on 29 May 2018 in Munich and brought this topic into spotlight. Following the conference’s motto of “Identifying and harvesting railway data sets for cost efficient predictive maintenance applications”, Frauscher Sensor Technology and its innovative new solutions sure would not miss this opportunity.
At the conference, Michael Thiel, CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology, presented new maintenance concepts based on collecting real time track condition data along the entire network. In his conclusion he emphasized on the importance of „a whole industry working together in order to turn the railway into the most attractive and sustainable mobility sector in the future.“
All the time during the conference – at the stand or during networking-breaks – many interesting conversations about the topics of IoT, Big Data and the solutions that Frauscher offers occurred.
In the later afternoon, Frauscher participated at a panel discussion with infrastructure managers. The topics discussed ranged from the possibilities of how to turn the mass of generated data into meaningful information, the advantages of a digitalized railway network and first steps for implementing this process.
Frauscher employees run for a good cause at the Wings for Life Run
„Run for those who can’t“– that is the motto for which thousands of people across the globe joined the Wings for Life World Run. 10 of our employees from Frauscher Austria also followed the slogan and put on their running shoes. This year they have taken part in Munich and been on the run – from the Catcher Car representing the moving finish line. That way our team really earned their stripes at the Wings for Life World Run, having run 161.7 km in total.
As always, the good cause is the one and only reason for the Wings for Life World Run, as 100% of the entry fees go to the research to cure spinal cord injury. This is why Frauscher Sensortechnik was happy to provide the full entry fees for our employees.
Frauscher participates as Silver Sponsor at RSA 2018
Including about 2.000 participants, 160 conference delegates and 10 Asian railway operators on 2.500 m², the Rail Solutions Asia 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia represents one of the leading railway shows in Asia.
For the 7th time already Frauscher participated at the Advantage Austria Stand and got the opportunity for many interesting discussions with visitors from South East Asia. From 2-4 May the exhibition always poses a great opportunity for Frauscher to interact with the Asian market, evaluate new possibilities and strengthen the business relationship to this interesting market.
Amongst the great number of participants and visitors Frauscher was especially honored not only to be a Silver Sponsor this year, but also hosted the Signalling & Communications Workshop on Thursday, 3 May. Alok Sinha, Managing Director of Frauscher India led through interesting presentations by HIMA and KL Consult and Akhilesh Yadav, COO Frauscher India.
Frauscher demonstrated the possibilities and advantages of FAdC in Belgrade
Recently Frauscher Sensor Technology participated in an event at the Serbian Railway Infrastructure Company (Infrastruktura Železnice Srbije) in Belgrade. The Infrastructure Company of the Serbian Railways is responsible for operation, regulation and maintenance of the whole railway infrastructure in Serbia. At the event in Belgrade, Frauscher presented its latest and most innovative solutions. The company’s experts took the opportunity to explain the possibilities and advantages of the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC to the interested audience.
Following Frauscher’s claim to “track more with less” the main advantages for Serbian Railway Infrastructure Company were pointed out, e.g. possibility of easy and fast mounting of wheel sensors. Mr. Jevtić, Technical Director of the Serbian Railway Infrastructure Company, commented: “We are positively surprised about the possibilities of the Frauscher Diagnostic System FDS which can reduce maintenance costs as well as the Supervisior Track Section STS and Counting Head Control CHC function and their ability to increase the availability of the system. The innovative strength of Frauscher Sensor Technology is impressive and I am glad to say that we already gained many positive experiences with our existing Frauscher products and systems.” More than 50 highly interested engineers from the Serbian Railway Infrastructure company as well as project planning and system integrator companies from all over Serbia attended this event. Frauscher appreciated this chance to present all the advantages and benefits of its most modern axle counting system.
New partner in Vietnam
Constantly strengthening its position in Southeast Asia, Frauscher has increased its product presence in several countries during the last years. One of which is Vietnam, where the company has now a new partner to support local operators and system integrators with sales activities and customer service.
EUROASIATIC VIETNAM is active in Vietnam since 1992 and had its first office opened in October 1995 in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). The company is part of the EUROASIATIC-GROUP, which was established in 1969. From the first days, the railway industry was of high importance for all partners within this group. Their philosophy to transfer machinery, technologies and know-how from Europe to Asia fits perfectly with Frauscher’s strategy to provide tailored service and solutions for railway markets all over the globe.
For contact details visit www.frauscher.com/en/frauscher_global.
New base for increasing requirements
In only five years since the market entry in 2013, Frauscher Sensor Technology has achieved strong growth in India. To meet increasing market demands, the staff in Bengaluru recently moved to a new office, where visitors will now be welcome in representative premises for discussions and trainings.
Thereby Frauscher India strengthens its ability to meet the requirements it faces. “The potential that we discovered in India is in fact even greater than we initially thought. Additionally we have established our product presence and in SEA countries, such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Korea”, says Alok Sinha, Managing Director of Frauscher India. “Within only five years, the location grew from two to approximately 100 employees. We established a dedicated R&D team and increased our order backlog to 40 million euros.”
The opening of the new office was celebrated on 15 February 2018. After a meet and greet, which was followed by the official inauguration, all participants gathered at the Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru for an evening event. There Michael Thiel, CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology spoke about the visions of Frauscher. Akhilesh Yadav, COO Frauscher Sensor Technology India Private Limited, gave a speech on the latest innovations in axle counting, partially produced in Frauscher India’s own production plant in Mysuru. Another office in Delhi provides customers in India with additional support.
Full address of the new office in Bengaluru is:
Frauscher Sensor Technology India Private Limited
Level 5, Prestige Khoday Tower | No. 5, Raj Bhavan Road | Bengaluru 560001 | INDIA
Frauscher wishes you a happy new year 2018!
The turn of the year is a good opportunity to say thank you for collaborating with us in 2017. Contented customers motivate us to not only preserve, but to improve the quality of our services and products. We are very much looking forward to working with you next year to continue developing innovative solutions for the railway industry.
We would be pleased to welcome you personally at one of our stands at one of next year’s international railway events.
Frauscher Season’s Greetings 2018
Save the date: exhibitions and conferences in 2018
▪ Middle East Rail | AE, 12–13 March
▪ ASLRRA | US, 7–10 April
▪ Istanbul Railtech | TR, 11–12 April
▪ Metro and Light Rail | ES, 18–19 April
▪ Secure Rail | US, 25–26 April
▪ CORE | AU, 30 April–2 May
▪ RSA | MY, 2–4 May
▪ RSSI C&S Exhibition | US, 23–24 May
▪ Safe Rail | US, 11–12 June
▪ Africa Rail | ZA, 12–13 June
▪ RailLive | UK, 20–21 June
▪ Metrorail Americas | US, 26–29 June
▪ AREMA | US, 16–19 September
▪ InnoTrans | DE, 18–21 September
▪ Signal und Draht Kongress | DE, 8–9 November
Award ceremony in Vienna: Wheel Detection Forum 2017 wins EVA award
This year the “WEKA Industrie Medien GmbH” presented the EVA B2B-Event-Award for the first time. Among over 100 submissions, the fourth Wheel Detection Forum won the price in the category „best concept“. On 5 December the Frauscher event team travelled to Vienna to receive the award as part of a gala evening at the Gerstner Salons Privés des Palais Todesco.
Christian Pucher, Marketing Director at Frauscher AT, describes the WDF as follows: „The Wheel Detection Forum takes place every two years and is designed as a neutral platform. For the fourth edition in 2017 over 260 participants from 36 countries travelled to Vienna. The WDF should be a place for signaling experts and innovative pioneers from the railway industry to discuss and exchange views in an informal setting. Therefore exciting speeches are combined with a comfortable atmosphere. It is very important to find the right balance between those two, because the networking possibilities are highly appreciated by all participants.
The award ceremony will inspire the event team and help them to generate new ideas for the next WDF. Thus the Wheel Detection Forum 2019 has already the potential to surpass itself once again!
Wheel Detection Forum 2017 has set new benchmarks
The fourth Wheel Detection Forum has set new benchmarks for this now well established industry event. System integrators, operators, manufacturers, representatives from science and other interested associations gathered in Vienna from 4 to 6 October to discuss the latest trends and innovations in train tracking and related technologies. 262 participants from 36 countries experienced more than 20 speeches and presentations, accompanied by special occasions for networking.
The conference has been characterised by a highly topical agenda focussing on new technologies for train tracking. In their presentations the speakers contributed to a subject pool which was perceived as interesting, diverse and future oriented by all participants. As delegates from railway markets all over the globe, they brought in a wide range of ideas on how to create “the future of train tracking” together. As in previous years, the event also provided great opportunities for networking in a relaxed atmosphere. A special highlight was the Wheel Detection TALK, which was framed by the historical but elegant atmosphere of Schönbrunn Orangery.
“The Wheel Detection Forum is an ideal opportunity to connect with each other and to get updated about latest state of the art technologies”, summaries Akimasa Okada, Engineer for signalling systems with East Japan Railway Company. His fellow participant Denis D’Aoust, Co-founder and President of Wayside Inspection Devices Inc., was very impressed by the diversity of the audience: “I am more used to US or Canadian conferences as I come from Canada. Here we have a greater diversity of the speakers, because they come from different countries and different environments – the Wheel Detection Forum was very interesting and I really enjoyed it and hopefully I’ll be able to come to another one.”
The philosophy of the WDF is to drive the development of the railway industry forward by working together, focussing on the future and close cooperation. “The main challenges faced by railway operators, system integrators, suppliers and other contributors to the railways are similar across the globe, but due to specific legal guidelines and standards, solutions have to be developed to solve the individual market requirements. In times of accelerating developments within and all around our industry it is now more important than ever to build global networks and to learn from each other”, concludes Christian Pucher, Marketing Director at Frauscher Sensor Technology.
Find a more detailed review with photos and videos online: www.wheeldetectionforum.com
InnoRail proves Frauscher’s innovative approach to modern railway technology
At InnoRail Budapest, railway engineers from Hungary and all over Europe meet to exchange views and experiences in order to foster the industry’s future development. This year the conference took part from 10 to 12 October – and Frauscher seized this chance to present its most modern products and innovations to the 300 participants from 17 countries.
Michael Parzer, Customer Service Manager at Frauscher, introduced the audience to the many advantages of the company’s versatile axle counters. He also stressed the possibilities of integrating them to a system like Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS. Based on Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS), this new technology provides a great potential for diverse railway applications. The interesting and excited discussion with operators and other participants post to Mr Parzer’s presentation proved Frauscher’s innovative approach to modern railway technology.
Discussing the future of train tracking
Today afternoon, Wheel Detection Forum 2017 will start. More than 260 industry experts from 36 countries will get together in Vienna, Austria to discuss the future of train tracking. The conference will focus on state-of-the-art solutions based on wheel detection, axle counting and Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS), as well as on alternative tracking technologies. The next three days, 27 speakers from all over the globe will share their knowledge and give you insights into latest trends and visions in digitisation, railway signalling, and more – thus making the conference an outstanding industry event.
Discover more about the Wheel Detection Forum and this year’s programme on: www.wheeldetectionforum.com
Frauscher Poland’s participation in TRAKO 2017 was a full success
From 26 to 29 September, Frauscher presented its broad product portfolio at TRAKO 2017 in Gdańsk, Poland. This biennial event is the largest and most prestigious railway exhibition in Poland and an obligatory date for all those involved in Polish transport systems and railway infrastructure.
Frauscher Poland seized this chance to highlight the company’s latest innovations. Apart from modern and flexible axle counting and wheel detection systems, a special focus was on Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS. Based on Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) this product line opens up a wide range of new applications to track trains, monitor asset conditions, secure infrastructure and protect personnel. In the long term this will provide operators with new possibilities to reduce expenses in terms of human and financial resources by contributing to maximise the efficiency of railway operations.
Frauscher presented its complete product portfolio at Railway Interchange 2017
It is one of North America’s railway industry’s events of the year: Railway Interchange 2017 took place from 17 to 20 September in Indianapolis, attended by over 8 000 industry professionals from around the world. The latest products, services and equipment were showcased by approximately 700 exhibitors at the Indiana Convention Center, with Frauscher being one of them.
It has been Frauscher’s second time participating in this event. The company presented its well-known wheel detection and axle counting systems as well its most innovative solutions. Considerable interest was in Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS. Based on Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS), it provides many potential ways to track trains, monitor asset conditions, secure infrastructure and protect personnel. The industry’s overall interest in this exciting technology was highlighted by the well-attended presentation of Martin Rosenberger, Product Management Director at Frauscher. He presented DAS as a base technology for railway applications.
“After two years in the North American market, we are seeing a more in-depth understanding of the application and advantages of high quality and technically advanced axle counters and wheel sensors”, said Vivek Caroli, Managing Director at Frauscher US. “Interest in the reliability, uptime and engineering of our products is gaining traction, especially with proven projects under our belt in North America.”
Read more about Frauscher’s appearance at Railway Interchange on the Frauscher Blog: blog.frauscher.com
Russian railway industry shows interest in Frauscher products
From 30 August to 2 September the sixth edition of the Railway Equipment and Technologies EXPO 1520 took place in Shcherbinka, Moscow. On 20 000 m² more than 26 000 visitors gathered to visit the stands of 247 exhibitors from 29 countries. After 2011, Frauscher participated in this exhibition for the second time this year.
On their stand, the company focused on its most current innovations, such as the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC. With smart functionalities, such as Supervisor Track Section STS and its capability to increase a system’s availability by correcting faults, which have been caused by external factors, in a fully-automatic manner, this axle counter caught the attention of many visitors. Apart from that the most interest for sure was on the company’s latest product line Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS. Based on Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) it opens up a wide range of new applications to track trains, monitor asset conditions, secure infrastructure and protect personnel.
“Frauschers participation in this event as an exhibitor is a strong signal to underline our strength and will to work with the Russian railway industry in future. In several discussions we found that railway experts from all over the country were heavily interested in our products. We are looking forward now to develop a range of projects and solutions together with yet known as well as new customers.”, says Uwe Günther, Managing Director of Frauscher Kazakhstan.
Great emphasis on family-friendliness at Frauscher
For the second time in a row, Frauscher offers an in-house holiday day care for employees’ children from 3 to 12 years at its location in St. Marienkirchen, Austria. This way, the company facilitates the compatibility of family and working life in the summer months. “This day care is very valuable for all of us”, says Frauscher Father Gerald Buchinger and adds: “The children get the chance to play with other kids and they can go to work with mom and dad!” Just like many other parents he is relieved that for four weeks he does not have to figure out who will look after the children while working. Verena Einböck, Human Resources Manager at Frauscher, is happy about all of the positive feedback and notes. “Our company consists of many young employees, therefore the topic of reconciling work and family life is taken into high priority – both by employers and employees.”
The holiday care is part of the 2013 founded Frauscher Family Express – a programme for supporting working parents and for family-friendly work arrangements. Besides many offers for the employees’ children there are also lots of events and talks for the parents: Regular baby breakfasts, trips, family movie evenings and even special first aid courses for parents are only some of a broad variety of topics and interests. The goal is to facilitate the compatibility of family and work life and to support young mothers and fathers as good as possible. The children get to know their parents’ working place by participating in exciting and interesting experiments on special days like the young technicians’ day – this way they get in touch with technology and see their parents work environment.
Frauscher at Australasian Railway Association’s Industry Networking Dinner
On Monday evening over 360 rail industry representatives joined the Australasian Railway Association’s Industry Networking Dinner in Melbourne. It was an honor for Frauscher Sensor Technology Australia to support and attend this great event as a Gold Sponsor.
ARA Chairman Bob Herbert AM hosted the evening and highlighted the substantial investment in rail in Victoria and elsewhere and the need for a national rail industry plan. The Hon. Jacinta Allan MP, Victorian Minister for Public Transport also joined the event as guest and keynote speaker and discussed the Victorian Government’s rail priorities, including highlighting the Victorian Government’s achievements with the Level Crossing Removal Program and the recently announced Metro Tunnel project that will see the injection of jobs into Victoria’s economy, providing young people with a career path into the rail sector.
Frauscher Sensor Technology Australia fully supports the encouragement of young engineers into the rail industry and included its own Graduate Engineers amongst the attendees of this networking event.
Pictured in photo: Bob Herbert AM, Chair, ARA Board; the Hon. Jacinta Allan MP, Victorian Minister for Public Transport; David Townsend, Managing Director, Frauscher Australia and Danny Broad, CEO, ARA.
Frauscher presented its most modern and innovative axle counter in Sofia
Recently Frauscher Sensor Technology hosted an event at the National Railway Infrastructure Manager Company (NRIC) in Bulgaria. NRIC is the responsible company for the Bulgarian railway infrastructure and its safe operation. At the event in Sofia, Frauscher presented its latest and most innovative solutions. The company’s experts informed the interested audience about the possibilities and advantages that the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC has to offer.
Following Frauscher’s claim to “track more with less” the main advantages for NRIC were pointed out, e.g. that there is no drilling of rails thus enabling easy and fast mounting and that the available Frauscher Diagnostic System can significantly reduce maintenance costs. One of the participants, Mr. Zlatinov, CEO of the Bulgarian company BONETI, commented: “We are especially satisfied with the possibility of easy and fast mounting of the system.” He was one of more than 40 highly interested engineers that attended this event. Frauscher appreciated this opportunity to present all the advantages and benefits of its most modern axle counting system.
See the future of train tracking at Railway Interchange 2017
Since founding its location in the United States in 2015, Frauscher has explored the North American railway market, also by recruiting local experts who are developing market specific solutions based on the company’s global experience. The complete scope of these solutions will be presented at this year’s Railway Interchange, which will take place from 17 to 20 September in Indianapolis. At stand 1801, visitors can learn more about wheel sensors and axle counters, and see the future of train tracking with solutions based on Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) technology.
With its innovative Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS system, Frauscher provides a DAS solution developed specifically for the railway industry, representing a new generation of live tracking. It enables applications such as train tracking, asset condition monitoring, and track side security using a single solution on or near the tracks. It is possible to detect passing trains, footsteps on or near the cable, activities like sawing or digging, rock falls, animal herds and more in real-time. The technology also has the potential to revolutionise maintenance strategies by tracking defects on assets, such as wheel flats or broken rails.
Another highlight presented at Railway Interchange will be the Wheel Sensor RSR110. This sensor is available in two variants: The Single Wheel Sensor RSR110s and the Double Wheel Sensor RSR110d. A fundamental idea in developing these sensors was creating a product that provides operators and system integrators with flexibility. Based on its open interface, the sensors can easily be integrated into existing infrastructures. This offers numerous possibilities to replace existing solutions and increase system availability.
From India to Upper Austria
It has become normal for Frauscher employees to welcome new colleagues almost every week. Because of its continuous international growth, the company is hiring another 80 employees worldwide this year. Now the staff total at Frauscher’s Austrian location has reached a record high of 200 people: Kiran Griffiths has been a part of the R&D team since July and supports them with programming embedded systems.
The global demand for Frauscher products has never been higher. To meet the customers’ growing interests and the markets’ increasing demands, Frauscher is hiring new talents across all qualifications and departments. As a result, the 200th employee at the company’s location in St. Marienkirchen, Austria has just been welcomed: Kiran Griffiths is 25 years old and originally comes from India. After finishing his studies in Germany he was looking for a job that is challenging, attractive, and suitable for his skills. At Frauscher he found what he was looking for.
Read more: Frauscher Blog
Cross-cultural encounters at the Frauscher Summer Festival
The annual Frauscher summer festival is a favoured meeting point for all employees and their families. On that occasion they seize the chance to get to know each other outside of their daily work routine and in a casual atmosphere. Especially the cross-cultural encounters with Frauscher employees from locations all over the world are commonly well experienced. This year, people from Brazil, UK, France, Kazakhstan, USA and India joined their Austrian colleagues in St. Marienkirchen. Together, they enjoyed their time until late night.
This year’s summer festival was even slightly bigger than in the years before. The reason is the large number of new employees that were hired in the last months. “We are very happy to welcome so many new faces. It is really nice to see everybody networking and getting to know each other,” says Ingrid Schwarz, Administration Director at Frauscher. There was also a lot to do and see for the employees’ families, especially for their children: The little ones had a lot of fun with three bouncy castles, face painting – and there was free ice cream for everybody.
During the summer festival the visitors had the opportunity to gain some insights on guided tours through the brand new Frauscher Thermal Motors building. This company was also founded by Josef Frauscher, and was only ready to move into this week. Frauscher Thermal Motors focusses on research and development of an efficient Stirling engine for disposal of problem gas and lean gas in an environmentally responsible way.
Team spirit and supportive fans at the Frauscher Pilz Football Tournament
At this year’s annual Frauscher Pilz Football Tournament in Eggerding, Upper Austria, a new way of determining the winner was established: The organiser introduced a ranking table. So it happened that Frauscher made fifth place, despite winning one game and ending five games in a tie. However, the fans’ moods were not affected and they supported the teams loudly. Together with Indian colleagues they encouraged the players by singing and drumming rhythmically.
Already in their first game, the Frauscher team performed well on the field and the players got many chances to approach the opponent’s goal – but their goalkeeper defended it thoroughly. So it was only fair that he was later voted goalkeeper of the tournament. The next two games also ended in a tie.
Nevertheless the Frauscher team showed real team spirit and was bound together even more. The exchange with the other teams and companies was also beneficial for the participants. After the tournament all teams and fans enjoyed the sunny day together on the terrace of the Eggerding football court.
Experiencing future technologies at first hand
After having moved to its new office in Farnborough some weeks ago, Frauscher UK now hosted its first Technology Day with focus on “Future Technologies”. Besides discussing new trends and solutions regarding wheel detection, axle counting and tracking technologies in an exclusive atmosphere, the participants also had the chance to experience the company’s latest product line Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS at first hand.
The Technology Day started with a meet and greet, followed by a networking lunch. In the afternoon, new ideas and approaches to current and future technologies were discussed. Oliver Marshall and Andrew Hall from Frauscher UK introduced the participants to the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC and its innovative features as well as to Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS. By combining Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) with well-proven railway technologies, such as axle counters or wheel detection systems, this product line enables a range of new applications.
The Technology Day participants seized the chance to deepen their knowledge and understanding of axle counting and tracking technology during the live demonstrations and to discuss individual requirements and ideas with the Frauscher staff. Furthermore the event was a great networking opportunity that everybody clearly enjoyed.
Developing the future of tracking together
Last year Frauscher underlined its innovative strength once again with the launch of a new product line based on Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS): Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS. Martin Rosenberger, Product Management Director at Frauscher Sensor Technology, indicates the strong importance of this step: “Being the first to combine this new approach with proven wheel detection systems and axle counters opens up a variety of new opportunities and possibilities – and it enables us to provide our customers with single solutions for a wide range of applications.”
In fact FTS was seen as one of the most interesting and promising innovations at InnoTrans 2016 in Berlin, as Rosenberger reports. “Several operators, system integrators and research institutes are highly interested in using and developing this technology further together with us.” Currently, Frauscher has already conducted more than ten installations, with more scheduled for the near future.
Frauscher at Railtex 2017 in Birmingham
Railtex is the largest rail exhibition in the UK. This year it took place in Birmingham from 9 to 11 May. With more than 10 000 visitors and 470 exhibitors as well as a broad side programme full of technical presentations and discussions it truly lived up to its motto “more than an exhibition”.
Frauscher participated in Railtex for the second time. The company presented its complete product portfolio – with the most current innovations as well as with proven technologies: The Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC with its optionally configurable procedure Supervisor Track Section STS for example can increase a system’s availability by correcting faults, which have been caused by external factors, in a fully-automatic manner. Apart from that the most interest for sure was on the company’s latest product line Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS. Based on Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) it opens up a wide range of new applications to track trains, monitor asset conditions, secure infrastructure and protect personnel.
The strong interest in this new technology became apparent during the exciting discussions with the Frauscher team at Railtex. The next chance to get first-hand experience with FTS and its potential for the railway industry will be at a Technology Day in the recently opened Frauscher UK office in Farnborough.
„To foster mutual understanding“
The De Sales Music Academy in Bengaluru, India is a music school modelled on Austrian pattern. Seven years after its opening it will be expanded by a language school. Frauscher is supporting this project with 15,000 euros – about one million Indian rupees.
To provide the students of the De Sales Music Academy with more than a profound musical education, an own language school is being established on the campus, where English language and culture shall be taught. Michael Thiel, CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology, was very positive on that idea: “Projects like this are highly valuable to intensify cultural exchange and to foster mutual understanding.” Additionally, a good command of English facilitates the access to employment in local as well as in global markets. Together with Schärding’s district commissioner Rudolf Greiner, who personally supports the project and already visited Bengaluru in 2010, Thiel handed over a cheque in the amount of 15,000 euros to Santhosh Kumar, the founder and director of the De Sales Music Academy.
The idea for establishing an Indian music school modelled on Austrian pattern first came up during Kumar’s stay in Brunnenthal in the district of Schärding in 2004, when he got to know the concept of Upper Austrian state music schools. Kumar, a reverend of the Missionaries of St. Francis De Sales and himself a passionate musician, at once was enthusiastic about this educational system. He wanted to provide the children in Bengaluru as well as his seminary’s students a similar musical education. With ideational and financial support from Austria, Kumar conducted provisional music classes until he was able to finally open his music school in 2010.
Since then there is a steady contact between Brunnenthal and Bengaluru with Kumar returning to Austria every year. But also Frauscher in particular has a good and close relationship with Bengaluru, as the company’s second largest location with more than 50 employees and a huge market potential is situated there.
Frauscher growth exceeds expectations
Ever since its foundation, Frauscher has followed an intensive strategy of global growth. Throughout the years, this approach has been implemented in a very sustainable way. In 2016, several milestones were achieved showing that Frauscher is on the right track to grow and remain as the market leader in a very competitive environment.
Through its international efforts, the company raised its sales and profit to the highest in its history: In 2016, Frauscher Sensor Technology significantly increased its order intake by almost 80% from 43.4 million euros to 77.0 million euros. On a global level, Frauscher cooperates with a range of sales partners and is represented by ten locations all over the world, two of which, Frauscher India and Frauscher Brazil, were able to more than triple their turnover in 2016. To meet increasing demands in services and products, the new Frauscher Innovation Centre was opened in Austria and the sensor production site has been extended. Additionally this year, more talent has been hired than ever before – some of whom have joined the company’s recently established locations in Australia and the USA, where some major projects have just been realised.
“Looking back on our company’s achievements in 2016 I am sure, that we are on the right track. As this trend will continue, we are aiming to hire another 80 employees over all our locations and open an additional office in France this year”, Michael Thiel, CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology, concludes.
Frauscher will supply INEO UTS at the Casablanca Tramway
Frauscher has been awarded a contract by the French system integrator ENGIE INEO, through its subsidiary INEO Urban Transportation Solutions, for supplying the new T2 line as well as the T1 line extension of the Casablanca Tramway in Morocco. ENGIE INEO will develop the railway signalling system for both lines, while Frauscher will supply them with its most modern axle counter.
In order to enable optimum implementation, five engineers and managers of ENGIE INEO’s project team passed an extensive system training on the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC at Frauscher Austria two weeks ago. Apart from that, the Frauscher R&D department developed a customer-specific type of the grooved rail claw, which is adapted to the special track construction and environment in Morocco. All in all the very good cooperation between both companies’ teams over the last few months prefigures a promising future partnership.
The Casablanca Tramway is Morocco’s longest tram system. Opened to public in December 2012, it currently consists of almost 50 stations at a length of around 30 km. Its first tram line T1 will be extended by 1.8 km within the next months; line T2 will be commissioned in late 2018 and will have 33 stations at a length of 22.5 km.
Industry leaders launch Fiber Optic Sensing Association
During the last few years it has become clear that fibre optic sensing technologies will shape the future of the global railway industry. In order to provide greater awareness of the benefits and applications of these technologies, the Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA) has been launched in Washington, D. C. today. Frauscher is one of its founding members.
FOSA is the first US trade association dedicated to fibre optic sensing. Its focus will be on educating industry, government and the public on the benefits of this cutting-edge technology which uses deviations of light in fibre optic cables to remotely measure acoustics, temperature and strain. When used on railways, this enables a variety of different applications, e.g. to track trains, monitor asset conditions, secure infrastructure or protect personnel in real-time.
“Fibre optic sensing has the potential to dramatically improve the lives of many millions of Americans, enhance business operations, and create jobs”, said Thomas Cohen, FOSA’s Executive Director. “This new organization will educate key players in all sectors and promote awareness of fibre sensing technology to help accelerate the use of this critical technology.”
Apart from Frauscher, FOSA’s initial membership includes AFL, Corning Incorporated, Ditch Witch, Dura-Line Corporation, Fotech Solutions, Integrated Roadways, OFS, Omnisens, OptaSense, Oz Optics, and Prysmian. The new organization will hold its inaugural meeting in Washington, D. C. in May 2017.
For more information about FOSA and its mission, please visit: www.fiberopticsensing.org
Frauscher strengthens its activities in France
With its participation in SIFER 2017 in Lille two weeks ago, Frauscher clearly pointed out the strong significance of the French market for the company’s future activities in Europe. Previously Frauscher already strengthened its business development in France by appointing a French account executive.
SIFER offered a platform for 430 exhibitors from 22 countries and attracted about 5 000 visitors. This makes it by far the leading railway exhibition in France and a major meeting point for suppliers to present their latest products and technologies to the most relevant railway operators and system integrators in the European market. Frauscher participated in SIFER for the first time and already gained very good experiences this time: The company’s exhibition appearance was very well received and the Frauscher team on-site was able to get in touch with quite a few interesting contacts. All in all, SIFER was a perfect opportunity for socializing and networking.
At the exhibition Frauscher was represented by Mayank Tripathi, who has been appointed as account executive for the French market at Frauscher last April. Before joining Frauscher he worked as Engineer, Sales Manager and lately as Sales and Marketing Director for a railway company in France. He has a total of 15 years of experience in the railway signalling industry. During the last twelve months he already brought Frauscher’s activities in France on track successfully and was able to open up a couple of promising contacts and projects. Frauscher will continue these efforts within the next months in order to enable the French railway industry to “track more with less”.
Eurasia Rail 2017 indicated Frauscher’s good market standing
Almost 12 000 visitors from 25 countries made this year’s Eurasia Rail in Istanbul, Turkey a full success. So was Frauscher’s exhibition appearance: the products and solutions of the Austrian technology leader were very well received and met with great interest on the visitors’ side. Especially the company’s latest innovation, called Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS, attracted much attention. This Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) based product line opens up a wide range of new applications to track trains, monitor asset conditions, secure infrastructure and protect personnel.
Apart from existing and potential customers, a lot of students and professors from near universities visited the Eurasia Rail. This enabled the Frauscher staff to socialise to local young and senior academics. Some of them are taking part in a railway focused degree programme, where they already got in touch with wheel sensors. One of their professors used the displayed Frauscher wheel sensors to practically demonstrate his students the inductive sensing principle and the sensors’ mode of operation. Overall Eurasia Rail clearly indicated the good standing that Frauscher has in the region.
Frauscher will participate in French’s leading railway exhibition
More than 430 exhibitors and almost 5 000 visitors make SIFER a fixture in the French railway market’s event calendar. This year Frauscher will participate in this exhibition for the first time: From 21 to 23 March the company will present its wide product portfolio in Lille.
The focus won’t only be on proven solutions like wheel detection and axle counting, with whom Frauscher has already made a name for itself in France, but also on the Austrian company’s latest innovation: Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS. Based on Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS), this product line opens up a wide range of new applications – especially regarding train tracking, monitoring asset conditions, securing infrastructure or protecting personnel.
The Frauscher experts on site are looking forward to your visit at stand 1/250.
More information on SIFER 2017 can be found here: www.sifer2017.com
Frauscher becomes a member of Alstom Alliance
Frauscher and Alstom deepen their relationship in a long-term leading supplier agreement. Frauscher has joined the Alstom Alliance, the strategic partnership program of Alstom. The charter was signed by Olivier Baril, CPO Alstom, and Michael Thiel, CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology. Alstom Alliance acknowledges approx. 30 companies who work closely with Alstom in terms of business development, industrial excellence as well as products and innovations.
“It is a key objective of Alstom to fulfil customer’s expectations of quality, excellence, innovation and costs. Therefore we are sure that it is more important than ever today to attract and develop jointly rewarding, long-term partnerships with suppliers who have proven ability in the increasingly competitive global railway market. Companies who are known to deliver the highest quality, most innovative and cost-efficient products to market in a reliable, ethical and timely fashion are acknowledged and supported through Alstom Alliance. Frauscher fits perfectly with these requirements and we are looking forward to a close cooperation”, said Olivier Baril.
Michael Thiel agrees and emphasizes Frauscher’s view on the most important corner stones of the agreement: “We think that sharing strategic information and business intelligence implies great value for Frauscher and Alstom as suppliers, as well as for our customers. In the end it is them who benefit from improved operational performance due to useful capacity adjustments, continuous value chain optimization and even greater innovative strength based on an open exchange of requirements and approaches of global players.”
Wheel Detection Forum 2017 with adapted and extended format
Since 2011 the Wheel Detection Forum has become firmly established in the railway signalling industry. This year once again more than 200 leading experts are awaited to join its fourth edition, which will take place from 4 to 6 October in Vienna, Austria.
This great interest has been confirmed by the call for papers, which was announced for the first time this year in order to facilitate the selection of speakers and to lift the event’s standards on a new level. Additionally the format of the WDF has been adapted and extended to fit its continuous growth and practiced internationality.
Under the motto “The future of train tracking”, this year’s programme will include six instead of four panels. For this reason there will also be lectures on Friday morning. They will outline future challenges, latest research results and improvements in RAMS management. Thereby the focus on use cases and best practices will be even stronger than it was the last years.
During the next few months a first programme draft will be compiled. Make sure not to miss the latest news and sign in for regular updates on www.wheeldetectionforum.com.
Frauscher will start off the new exhibition year at Exporail 2017
The first exhibition that Frauscher will attend this year will be Exporail 2017 in Mexico City. On 15 and 16 February the company will present its latest products and developments there together with its Mexican sales partner CIBA Group. It will also be the first major rail event that Frauscher will attend in Mexico at all.
Exporail has gained regional relevance the last years and attracted about 800 attendees from 17 different countries in 2016. For Frauscher it is a good opportunity to get in touch with its Latin American customers and to pave the way for new projects. The company’s expert team on-site is looking forward to your visit at stand 404 and 406.
More information on Exporail 2017 can be found on their website: www.exporail.mx.
Frauscher UK moved into a new office in Farnborough
Founded in 2011, Frauscher UK has rapidly grown stronger during the last years. To meet the continuously increasing market interest and to handle the tasks that came with developing the new product line Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS, the company moved from Camberley to a larger and more modern office in Farnborough lately. The new office address is:
Frauscher UK Ltd.
Abbey House, 282 Farnborough Road
The team of Frauscher UK is looking forward to welcoming you at its new office. For any business, project or product related requests, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frauscher wishes you a happy new year 2017!
The turn of the year is a good opportunity to thank you for the trust you have placed in us and the valued cooperation. We are looking forward to new projects in 2017 – and to personally welcoming you at our 4th Wheel Detection Forum next October in Vienna.
Frauscher season’s greetings from all around the world
Save the date: exhibitions and conferences in 2017
In 2017, Frauscher Sensor Technology will be represented at a range of international exhibitions and conferences. We are looking forward to welcoming you at one of these occasions.
• Eurasia Rail, 2–4 March, Istanbul, TR
• Global Rail Infrastructure Management Summit, 9–10 March, Frankfurt, DE
• SIFER, 21–23 March, Lille, FR
• Secure Rail, 5–6 April, Orlando, US
• Safe Rail, 11–12 April, Washington, US
• ASLRRA, 22–25 April, Grapevine, US
• Wayside Train Monitoring Systems, 26–27 April, Berlin, DE
• Railtex, 9–11 May, Birmingham, UK
• Rail Solutions Asia, 24–26 May, Kuala Lumpur, MY
• Africa Rail, 13–14 June, Johannesburg, ZA
• RailLog Korea, 14–17 June, Busan, KR
• IHHA, 2–6 September, Cape Town, ZA
• Railway Interchange, 17–20 September, Indianapolis, US
• TRAKO, 26–29 September, Gdansk, PL
• Wheel Detection Forum, 4–6 October, Vienna, AT
• NT Expo, 7–9 November, São Paulo, BR
• AusRail PLUS, 21–23 November, Brisbane, AU
• IRSE Aspect, 28–29 November, Singapore, SG