Frauscher Sensor Technology Wheel Detection, Axle Counting and Tracking Systems
Frauscher Sensor Technology makes it simpler for system integrators and railway operators to obtain the information they need to run, monitor and protect their operational network. Best-in-class wheel detection systems, axle counters and tracking solutions based on inductive sensor technology and distributed acoustic sensing form an essential component of a wide range of applications.
Frauscher experts are on-site in global markets to ensure comprehensive support during the whole customer lifecycle. Additionally customers are able to design, configure, install, adapt and maintain all components and systems by themselves due to individual trainings and support.
Frauscher’s product portfolio includes solutions for:
- Wheel Detection: Wheel Sensors and Wheel Detection Systems
- Axle Counting: FAdC®, FAdCi®, ACS2000
- Tracking: FTS-FAS, FTS-FAS+, FTS-FAdC+
Essential components for various applications
Control trains and systems: Precise detection and tracking of train movements enable an efficient train control management. Frauscher systems provide information required for track vacancy detection (SIL 4), to manage level crossings, for switching point protection or platform announcements, and further applications.
Monitor the condition of trains and infrastructure: Globally proven wheel detection systems provide highly precise information for reliable and safe triggering of trackside monitoring equipment. Furthermore, tracking solutions offer innovative possibilities to directly monitor train as well as infrastructure assets without the need of any on-board equipment.
Protect personnel and infrastructure: The ability of detecting all kinds of activities along a track forms the basis for efficient protection of personnel, vehicles, trespassers or even animals. These capabilities can also be used for securing infrastructure components from cable thefts or vandalism.
Simple access to the information you need
Technologies for a broad range of information: Frauscher provides customers with a broad range of relevant and precise information by developing best-in-class sensors based on inductive sensor technology and on distributed acoustic sensing.
Systems that can be integrated and handled in a simple way: Due to open interfaces Frauscher solutions can be simply integrated into any infrastructure on various levels. Our smart system architecture enables to use wheel detection, axle counting and tracking systems as stand-alone or integrated solution.
Support for complete success in your projects: Our customer proximity and technical know-how on-site in the markets enables answering requirements with tailored solutions. On that basis we are able to guarantee an outstanding support during the whole customer life cycle.
Quality and services for all requirements
Headquartered in Austria, Frauscher has installed more than 160,000 systems in over 80 countries worldwide. The company and its products are accredited to IRIS, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. Frauscher axle counters fully comply with CENELEC and SIL 4 safety standards and offer the highest level of performance and reliability.
With more than 280 staff and our offices in USA, Brazil, UK, Poland, India, China, Australia, Kazakhstan and Malaysia besides our main campus in Austria, we are fully equipped to provide technical as well as commercial solutions based on local requirements.
Frauscher provides solutions for the following markets:
- High-speed lines
- Main lines
- Regional lines
- Short lines
- Freight lines
Urban and mass transit
Industrial and mining
The company’s customer base includes some of the largest and most well-known railway systems around the world.
As an example, in Europe all major railroads use Frauscher axle counters in signalling applications including DB, SNCF, Network Rail (UK), OBB, SSB as well as some of the most advanced metro and transit networks. Global signalling companies, such as Siemens, Alstom, Ansaldo and BT, have faith in the reliability, precision, versatility and highly developed technology that Frauscher offers in its products.
Products and Services
Frauscher axle counters are able to provide higher-level systems with a great deal of information beyond just train detection. At the same time, they can be integrated very effectively into interlocking and signalling systems using state-of-the-art software and hardware interfaces. Connection to a high-performance electronic interlocking system is possible both via a customer-specific interface and the freely available Frauscher Safe Ethernet (FSE) protocol.
Based on the principle of Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS), Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS form a new generation of live tracking. They enable applications for train tracking, asset condition monitoring and security requirements by using only one single solution - on and near the tracks. It is possible to detect passing trains, wheel flats, rail breaks, footsteps on or near the cable, works such as sawing or digging, rock falls, animal herds and more in real-time.
Many years of worldwide experience have enabled Frauscher to develop wheel sensors that are characterised by maximum availability. Even when subjected to extreme temperatures, vibrations and electromagnetic interference, Frauscher wheel sensors generate reliable data for both vital and non-vital applications.
State-of-the-Art in Wheel Detection
Frauscher Sensortechnik understands the challenge of developing inductive wheel sensors that can guarantee fail-safe, reliable wheel detection. However, while wheel detection systems are in use worldwide, the technology could still be improved.
Modern Wheel Detection and Axle Counting
Growing conurbations, increasing car park prices and not least rising fuel prices are pushing trams and underground railways increasingly to the forefront of urban and suburban rail transportation infrastructures.
State of the Art in Axle Counting
Axle counting systems are used in many countries around the world as a replacement for track vacancy detection systems. They are also used in signalling equipment systems to build a more complete picture of what is happening on a particular stretch of track. For Frauscher Sensortechnik, the challenge is to improve the quality of the technology, without increasing the cost.
Track Circuits Versus Wheel Detection
Wheel detection and axle counting systems provide the basic information for track vacancy detection, for controlling level crossing systems and a range of switching tasks or trigger functions. This technology is established throughout the world for standard gauge railways and is increasingly replacing track circuits.
High Availability of Modern Train Detection Systems using Intelligent Functions
Research and development in the field of signalling is faced with the challenge of providing cost-effective solutions for high availability of safety-relevant systems.
Under the motto 'The future of train tracking', the fourth edition of the Wheel Detection Forum will be packed with presentations, discussions and reports on proven as well as future technology. About 250 leading experts are awaited to join the forum in Vienna. Thereby this will also be the perfect possibility for networking with senior decision makers from all over the globe.Read more
Frauscher and Alstom deepen their relationship in a long-term leading supplier agreement. Frauscher has joined the Alstom Alliance, the strategic partnership programme of Alstom. The charter was signed by Olivier Baril, CPO Alstom, and Michael Thiel, CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology. Alstom Alliance acknowledges approximately 30 companies who work closely with Alstom in terms of business development, industrial excellence as well as products and innovations.Read more
Founded in 2011, Frauscher UK has rapidly grown stronger during the last years. To meet the increasing market interest in our solutions and to handle the tasks that came with developing the new product line Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS, we moved into a new and larger office lately.Read more
In 2015, the Josef Frauscher Private Foundation and Michael Thiel, CEO of Frauscher Sensor Technology, agreed on a management buyout (MBO) of the whole Frauscher Sensor Technology Group. Consequently the business group was, in association with the current management, acquired by Greenbriar Equity Group by 1 October 2016.Read more
At this year's InnoTrans in Berlin, Frauscher Sensor Technology launched a world premiere: its new product line Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS, which has the potential to revolutionise the way of train operations. From the first minute of the exhibition it gained immense attention from all visitors who came to the Frauscher stand in large numbers.Read more
After only 18 months of construction time, the Frauscher Innovation Centre has been opened at the company's head office in St. Marienkirchen, Austria on 24 June 2016. The opening ceremony was attended by numerous representatives from politics and media, as well as by employees and guests.Read more
Under the motto "Visions and Trends in Train Detection", participants at the WDF 2015 can expect three days in Vienna packed with technical presentations, panel discussions and reports on proven and future technology focused on wheel detection and axle counting.Read more
The Frauscher Group is investing eight million euros into the extension of the wheel sensor production and the construction of a new building at their headquarters in St Marienkirchen. With the expansion, the production capacity of sensors can be doubled.Read more
Frauscher axle counters and wheel detection systems have successfully operated throughout Australia for more than ten years.Read more
Since the last time that the InnoTrans was held, Frauscher has successfully developed a range of customer specific products that have led to the creation of a broad choice of new applications and enhanced functionality.Read more
"Global markets, customised solutions" - under this motto, Frauscher presented its state-of-the-art wheel detection and axle counting systems at InnoTrans 2012 in Berlin.Read more
"Global markets, customised solutions" - under this motto, Frauscher will be presenting its state-of-the-art wheel detection and axle counting systems at InnoTrans in Berlin from 18 to 21 September 2012.Read more
Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC), a state-run project company controlled by Indian Railways, awards the largest contract for axle counting systems in recent years to a consortium under the technical leadership of Frauscher Sensortechnik. The contract encompasses system design, deRead more
Over the past few months, the Frauscher magnetic noise receiver (MNR) has been undergoing field tests under practice conditions, in collaboration with the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB). The overall impression of the mobile measuring system for the analysis of vehicle magnetic fields has coRead more
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