Five countries in four weeks

With our new product line Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS, we’re breaking new grounds in railway signalling. Because the fibre optic technology used in FTS is little-known in railways so far, we were on the go all around the world to introduce the industry to Distributed Acoustic Sensing and its many advantages. The last four weeks alone we travelled to five different countries – this is a brief review.

>The open and welcoming design of the Frauscher stand attracted many visitors at the NT Expo 2017The open and welcoming design of the Frauscher stand attracted many visitors at the NT Expo 2017.

In parallel to our existing products, which are induction-based, we’re investigating the application possibilities of fibre optic technologies within the railway industry for several years. The so-called Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) has proved itself as the most promising among these technologies and therefore serves as a base for our recent product line Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS. The principle of DAS is based on the ability of detecting changes in intensity of light reflections caused by sound waves radiating against a single-mode fibre optic cable.

>Distributed Acoustic Sensing is based on changes in intensity of light reflectionsDistributed Acoustic Sensing is based on changes in intensity of light reflections.

Since the FTS world premiere at InnoTrans in Berlin in September 2016, we presented the principle of DAS all around the world and promoted the many new possibilities and opportunities to increase safety and reliability in railway operations when using this approach. The last four weeks alone, our colleagues participated in exhibitions and conferences in not less than five countries: in Australia, Brazil, Japan, Singapore, and Vietnam.

>Our exhibition stand at AusRAIL PLUS 2017 impressed with its plain and modern appearanceOur exhibition stand at AusRAIL PLUS 2017 impressed with its plain and modern appearance.

It began with NT Expo 2017 in São Paulo, Brazil from 7 to 9 November. It is the main event in South America for the metro-railroad industry and we presented our complete product portfolio there. Afterwards we headed for Australia’s biggest railway event: This year’s AusRAIL PLUS in Brisbane attracted more than 4 500 participants and 370 exhibitors and we were able to make some valuable new contacts there.

From 28 November onwards, the 9th ASPECT Conference of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) took place in Singapore. We participated as a gold sponsor and were able to connect with a lot of international industry experts and to debate the future of signalling. Our Product Management Director Martin Rosenberger summarised this event very positively: “At the ASPECT Conference, all IRSE members have the chance to regularly connect with each other, to share their expertise and to discuss current challenges. The conference therefore enables a very beneficial view beyond one’s own nose – on new approaches and solutions.” Rosenberger himself gave two lectures to share his knowledge: The first one was about “Infrastructure Health: A new approach and a real-time network view” within the conference’s Asset Management stream, later on he joined the stream of Train Detection Methods for CBTC with a presentation on “Modern train control through Axle Counters and Distributed Acoustic Sensing”. With both lectures he drew the interesting of many signalling engineers to the Frauscher stand, where they were able to get a more profound view of these topics. Even IRSE president Peter Symons came on by to get an idea of our recent developments and innovations.

>At ASPECT 2017 our colleagues met IRSE president Peter Symons (second from right)At ASPECT 2017 our colleagues met IRSE president Peter Symons (second from right).

We also participated in the GMS Rail Expansion Summit 2017 in Hanoi, Vietnam. This event aims to strengthen the development and connectivity of rail operations in the countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), including Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. We joined this summit as an “exhibition sponsor” and seized the chance to deepen our business relations within the region.

In parallel, this year’s Mass-Trans Innovation Japan took place in Tokyo. There we were represented on a joint stand together with Advantage Austria. In accordance with their slogan “Surprisingly Ingenious”, we really inspired the exhibition visitors with our versatile product portfolio – which gains even more in variety since launching FTS.

>The Frauscher colleagues Christian Pucher and Mayank Tripathi at Mass-Trans Innovation Japan 2017The Frauscher colleagues Christian Pucher and Mayank Tripathi at Mass-Trans Innovation Japan 2017.

Stefan Daller

Stefan Daller

05.12.2017

Markets

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