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8/20/2017



Frauscher Sensor Technology USA: Wheel detection, axle counting and fiber optic acoustic detection technologies

Based on Fiber Optic Acoustic Detection (FOAD), the Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS enable real-time monitoring of tracks and trains using a single solution.
Photo Credit — Frauscher Sensor Technology USA Inc.

Since its 2015 founding, Frauscher Sensor Technology USA Inc. has explored the North American railroad market, in part by recruiting local experts who are developing specific solutions for North American railroads based on the Frauscher’s global experience. The "complete scope of these solutions," the company says, will be presented at Railway Interchange 2017, which will be held Sept. 17–20 in Indianapolis. Visit Frauscher at Booth 1801.

Among the technology Frauscher plans to present includes the Wheel Sensor RSR110, which is available in two variants: The Single Wheel Sensor RSR110s and the Double Wheel Sensor RSR110d. When a digital signal is required, Frauscher offers the Wheel Sensor Signal Converter WSC that transforms the signal.

The company also offers the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC, which represents the latest generation of Frauscher axle counters. It provides higher-level systems with a wealth of information beyond just train detection, the company says. The FAdC can meet a broad range of infrastructure requirements by using either hardware interfaces, such as relays or optocouplers, or via software interfaces. For safe transmission of axle counter information and other data, the company developed the Frauscher Safe Ethernet FSE protocol. This open protocol is freely available to customers and is easy to configure. Frauscher also has developed solutions that support customer-specific protocols.

And: Based on the principle of Fiber Optic Acoustic Detection (FOAD), Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS 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 can track defects on assets, such as wheel flats or broken rails.