ASC GmbH is a founding member of the new Digital Railway Solutions Alliance (DRS). The alliance of leading European rail technology enterprises is committed to using innovative digital technology to improve the efficiency, safety, and capacity of the worldwide railway network. ASC will support the cooperation with its entire product portfolio in analogue, digital, and smart form.

The goal of the Digital Railway Solutions Alliance is to push the digitisation of railway infrastructure in order to develop sustainable, efficient solutions for the rail network operators and transport companies in Europe. The idea for the alliance originated in October 2021 during a workshop and has been continuously refined and developed since then.

“From the very start, our focus will be on developing end-to-end solutions for the critical railway infrastructure in Europe,” says DRS Alliance technical director Jan Mys, about the founding of the initiative. The members of the alliance will contribute their particular expertise for jointly developing custom-tailored digital rail technology systems.

ASC GmbH will assume an important role within the DRS Alliance by contributing the company’s AiSys sensor systems, which will serve as an ideal basis for the digitisation of railway infrastructure. ASC AiSys sensor systems not only process huge data quantities, but also perform pre-processing functions such as A/D conversion and filtering, and are capable of analysing and evaluating pre-processed data and features. This allows real-time monitoring of trains and tracks.

The capabilities of ASC AiSys smart sensor systems go even further, however, as they can also use self-learning algorithms for predicting future material fatigue. Since the sensor systems can easily be integrated in networks or clouds, they are ideal for numerous condition monitoring and predictive maintenance applications in the railway sector. ASC AiSys smart sensor systems are also valuable in artificial intelligence applications; by converting raw data into information, they provide the basis for creating digital twins, for example.