Austrian company Frauscher Sensortechnik has expanded its rail detection technologies portfolio with a new distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) technology product range. 

The new Frauscher Tracking Solutions (FTS) line has the ability to implement axle counting function and wheel detection.

FTS director Peter Bradley said: “Some solutions for railway specific applications have already been developed. They are now available and can be provided to the market.

“Due to the overwhelming feedback and results that we collected in several pilot installations and at InnoTrans 2016, we are sure that DAS has the potential to become a base technology for railway operations in the near future.”

The latest technology was presented at this year’s InnoTrans in Berlin, Germany.

Additionally, Frauscher has collaborated with UK-based Fotech Solutions to further develop FTS.

Through the partnership, existing Fotech-DAS-systems will be optimised for their use in FTS.

"We are sure that DAS has the potential to become a base technology for railway operations in the near future."

The companies would also focus on creating integrated solutions with Frauscher axle counters and wheel detection systems.

Fotech Solutions CEO Chris Shannon said:“We decided that to take our technology to the rail market we would need to work with people who not only have experience of rail sensors and the rail market, but the vision to deliver this new technology into the industry.

“In Frauscher this vision has been realised and as we continue to innovate together we are sure that DAS will prove to be an industry game changer.”

To date, Fotech has delivered DAS applications to the pipeline, security, and oil and gas markets.


Image: The new Frauscher Tracking Solutions (FTS) line can implement axle counting function and wheel detection. Photo: courtesy of Frauscher Sensortechnik GmbH.