Train tracking: Localisation in real time
Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS will be a full train tracking system that enables applications beyond all expectations and brings forward new ideas for train control and traffic management.
With the development of FAS, we have successfully adopted the DAS principle. Already the system can be used as a stand-alone solution for train tracking in non-vital applications as well as on singleway tracks. Nevertheless, as experts in track vacancy detection with many years of signalling experience, Frauscher has its focus set on vital applications in accordance with CENELEC.
Technology for highest safety: Frauscher has its focus set on tracking trains on a SIL 4 level
When used as a stand-alone train tracking solution, FAS provides information on a train’s position, speed, acceleration, direction, length and more. The data generated can serve as a basis for optimising schedule management, train announcements, exact train positioning and for improving the speed profile. For train tracking to Safety Integrity Level 4 (SIL 4), FAS can be combined with well-proven technologies. This is possible due to the smart system architecture of all Frauscher products: an axle counter takes care for track vacancy detection, while FAS generates additional information. In most cases such a design needs only minimum investments in infrastructure, because usually the required fibre cable is already running along the tracks.
Combined knowledge for efficient train tracking in new markets
The coherent integration of both systems in FAdC+ enables new possibilities for train tracking and track monitoring. For instance, when providing track vacancy detection on long and remote block sections in areas with challenging environmental conditions: in such a scenario, the axle counters within the FAdC+ system guarantee fail-safe track vacancy detection, while FAS detects rail breaks and other events. This illustrates the combined solution’s outstanding potential for markets where axle counters aren’t approved exclusively because of their inability to detect rail breaks.
Efficient train localisation
In contrast to other approaches like ETCS, GNSS or 5G solutions, FTS require no on-board components. This makes it possible to detect all rail vehicles with a minimum of components, which significantly improves efficiency and interoperability. At the same time, the system’s operation costs and complexity will decrease.
The future of train tracking
FTS will become a complete system for train tracking, which meets all requirements for quality, availability and security. It will open up new applications and ideas in train control and traffic management – beyond all expectations.
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