Future jobs for IT specialists and developers in the railway industry
Long-distance routes, underground railways, industrial plants: the railways form an important basis for sustainable transport. But they’re facing great challenges. Increasing traffic volume requires more modern solutions. Openness to new ideas are called for.
"With the opening of the railway industry to digitalisation, more and more opportunities are arising," says Martin Rosenberger. As CTO of Frauscher Sensor Technology, he is familiar with the industry: "In order to be able to meet increasing demands, we must fully exploit this potential. As a technology leader in axle counting and wheel detection, we do this on a solid basis." The company pursues a comprehensive strategy. "On the one hand, it is a matter of making full use of the possibilities on the product side. New, intelligent sensors and the use of technologies from outside the industry are two current projects. On the other hand, we are also increasingly digitising our working environment and using agile methods such as the Scrum model," explains Rosenberger.
Martin Rosenberger, CTO Frauscher Sensor Technology
The company's experts closely monitor the opportunities arising from other disciplines. "This enables us to continuously improve or develop new products," explains Rosenberger. "Our specialists approach specific requirements with their own ideas. We support them by providing an appropriate infrastructure. For work on embedded software and hardware, we rely on modern development tools such as finite element simulation methods, 3D printing, in-house PCB prototyping and our own SMD assembly line," he describes. Field tests are carried out on a busy test track near the location in Upper Austria, but also in test installations around the globe.
Prototypes for new sensors are produced by Frauscher using 3D printing.
Increasing amounts of data from new solutions also bring new requirements with regard to storage, evaluation and processing. App-based applications and the realisation of server clouds are moving into focus. This is also reflected in the team structure, says Rosenberger: "We also deal with topics and technologies that at first glance have nothing to do with our business. This is why more and more colleagues from areas such as signal processing, physics or computer science - with a focus on distributed computing, big data or artificial intelligence, for example - are joining our workforce."
Experts from different areas work closely together across different departments.
Günther Grill is one of these colleagues. After completing his master's degree in "Information Engineering and Management" at the University of Applied Sciences in Hagenberg, he joined Frauscher. "Train detection, monitoring of track condition and infrastructure: these things are tied to certain criteria. We work closely with our 13 foreign locations and exchange ideas. We make use of an innovative communication infrastructure and we travel to meet face to face. When developing solutions, we work with Kotlin and modern frameworks. We carry out programming in all areas: from low-level-embedded programming to web frontend with Angular and Typescript," he says.
Modern infrastructure and means of communication support the development teams at Frauscher. The in-house IT department is responsible for the maintenance of the networks and equipment at all Frauscher locations.
Rosenberger underlines the importance of the changes that the company is undergoing: "With our solutions, we want to contribute in ensuring that railways will remain an attractive transport provider in the future. To this end, we offer our employees a modern workplace. This is noticeable at all levels and ranges from flexible working hours and health programmes to free meals. We are also planning to open a second Austrian location in Vienna. Therefore enabling and supporting even more international interactions with our global colleagues and partners – and of course offer employees an attractive employment experience".
Tip: Against this background, the company is constantly looking for motivated talents at its location in St. Marienkirchen near Schärding and for a new office in Vienna. Among other things, the team is to be expanded to include hardware and software developers, software testers, but also IT specialists such as system administrators and system administrators. Current vacancies can be found at: www.frauscher.com/en/current-vacancies
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