DAS in the railroad industry: Executing a mission

Distributed Acoustic Sensing has the potential to bring railroad operations to the next level. Recently our colleagues Vivek Caroli and Martin Rosenberger provided insights into existing and potential uses for this exciting technology in the railroad industry, in a well-received webinar hosted by the Fiber Optic Sensing Association.

Vivek Caroli, Managing Director of our US location, and Martin Rosenberger, Product Management Director, presented an intriguing and fact filled webinar via the Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA) on October 25th, 2017. This webinar highlighted the various challenges faced in the railroad industry in the areas of train tracking, safety and security. It discussed the reasons why we chose to pursue development of DAS, its exciting potential, and the wide range of benefits this technology offers.

Applications enabled by Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS)Applications enabled by Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS).

Simplifying complicated monitoring efforts

The purpose of the webinar was to explore the vastness of the North American railroad system and the challenges faced in monitoring it, as well as to introduce FTS and highlight ways in which it can simplify this complicated monitoring effort. Over 140 people signed up for the webinar, and the number of questions received was more than FOSA can remember receiving for any webinar they’ve sponsored. Following the webinar, additional questions continued to be received via e-mail. The interest in FTS is clear, and for good reason. It provides operators and system integrators with the ability to continuously track trains, utilizing fewer operations, resources and maintenance. In addition to train tracking, FTS can be utilized for asset condition monitoring, and safety and security applications.

The webinar’s venue was very appropriate, as Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS is based on Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) technology, the reason FOSA came into existence. Frauscher is a founding member of FOSA, supporting the relevancy of fiber optic technology for the future, and its increasing potential for railroad applications.

Positive attendee feedback

The webinar received glowing reviews, including: “very, very sharp presentation – the quality of slides and information was world class”, “extremely well-organized presentation” and “a complicated subject was presented in an extremely clear and understandable manner”, to quote just a few of the attendees.

We are pleased that the webinar was so well received, and that it was able to clearly convey our message as to the exciting future of FTS and fiber optic based technology. You may view the webinar in its entirety at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fx6X8yY7ZXc


Martin Rosenberger Vivek Caroli
Martin Rosenberger, Product Management Director Vivek Caroli, Managing Director of Frauscher US

About our experts

Mr. Caroli has 20 years of experience in the railroad industry, developing businesses for US and European companies. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, and has headed Frauscher’s US operations since its inception in 2015. Mr. Rosenberger has 18 years of experience in railway and signaling technologies, holding degrees in Mechatronics and Business and Plant Construction. He joined Frauscher in 1998, and assumed his current role in 2011 focusing on development and innovations in axle counters, inductive sensors and DAS at Frauscher Austria.

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