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From 18 to 21 September InnoTrans opens its doors again. “Discover intelligent sensors” with Frauscher Sensor Technology as we present our latest innovations and visionary concepts in hall 25, stand 232.

Are you looking to exploit the potential of digitalization and simplify your operational network? Frauscher combines proven best-in-class technologies with new digital ideas and creates intelligent wayside sensors that deliver accurate data. Consistent developments using the latest technology, have taken track vacancy detection and condition based maintenance to the next level.

Arrange a meeting with a Frauscher expert at InnoTrans. We are looking forward to welcoming you at our stand.

Frauscher at InnoTrans 2018



The MetroRail Americas Congress 2018 took place June 26th to 27th in Philadelphia. Frauscher was a sponsor of this event, which brought together transit agencies, government representatives, operators, contractors and vendors. The focus of this year’s event was on 3 segments: Train Control & Engineering, Planning & Development and Future of Cities. The venue provided a valuable opportunity to network within the rail industry, showcase products and services, and learn via round tables, presentations and overall discussions.

Michael Parzer from Frauscher presented “Axle Counting as a Fallback Method for CBTC Systems: A Case Study From TTC Line 1”, a topic relevant to this conference that was well received.



The RSSI 2018 in Omaha provided Frauscher US with great opportunities to meet new potential customers and deepen relationships with existing ones. The show continues to be a great opportunity to discuss the power and value of Frauscher’s wheel sensors, wheel detection systems and axle counters together with experts from the industry. Before the show, Rob Burkhardt of Innovative Solutions in Signaling presented to a meeting of the IRSE (Institution of Railway Signal Engineers) about the success of the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC for train detection on the Houston METRO LRT. Consequently, Frauscher’s stand was very popular and well visited.



The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) “Connections” conference and exhibition took place April 7-10 in Nashville.

There were approximately 2,000 attendees and over 200 exhibitors, showcasing products as diverse as insurance, railroad publications, safety & sleep disorder clinics, financial services, engineering and of course, signaling technologies.The featured “Railroad U” breakouts focused on many different topics, including engineering, regulatory issues, marketing, operations & safety, and technology.

Frauscher highlighted our Wheel Sensor and Axle Counter products, and welcomed the opportunity to discuss our capabilities with visitors to the booth. New contacts were made, and as always we welcomed the opportunity to connect with current customers & contacts throughout the days of the conference. Our participation in ASLRRA Connections was a success, and we look forward to deepening our relationship with the new contacts that were made.



Constantly strengthening its position in Southeast Asia, Frauscher has increased its product presence in several countries during the last years. One of which is Vietnam, where the company has now a new partner to support local operators and system integrators with sales activities and customer service.

EUROASIATIC VIETNAM is active in Vietnam since 1992 and had its first office opened in October 1995 in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). The company is part of the EUROASIATIC-GROUP, which was established in 1969. From the first days, the railway industry was of high importance for all partners within this group. Their philosophy to transfer machinery, technologies and know-how from Europe to Asia fits perfectly with Frauscher’s strategy to provide tailored service and solutions for railway markets all over the globe.

In that course, Frauscher recently opened three further offices in Toronto (Canada), Haguenau (France) and Dubai (Arabian Emirates). For contact-details visit www.frauscher.com/en/frauscher_global.



In only five years since the market entry in 2013, Frauscher Sensor Technology has achieved strong growth in India. To meet increasing market demands, the staff in Bengaluru recently moved to a new office, where visitors will now be welcome in representative premises for discussions and trainings.

Thereby Frauscher India strengthens its ability to meet the requirements it faces. “The potential that we discovered in India is in fact even greater than we initially thought. Additionally we have established our product presence and in SEA countries, such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Korea”, says Alok Sinha, Managing Director of Frauscher India. “Within only five years, the location grew from two to approximately 100 employees. We established a dedicated R&D team and increased our order backlog to 40 million euros.”

The opening of the new office was celebrated on 15 February 2018. After a meet and greet, which was followed by the official inauguration, all participants gathered at the Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru for an evening event. There Michael Thiel, CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology spoke about the visions of Frauscher. Akhilesh Yadav, COO Frauscher Sensor Technology India Private Limited, gave a speech on the latest innovations in axle counting, partially produced in Frauscher India’s own production plant in Mysuru. Another office in Delhi provides customers in India with additional support.

Full address of the new office in Bengaluru is:
Frauscher Sensor Technology India Private Limited
Level 5, Prestige Khoday Tower | No. 5, Raj Bhavan Road | Bengaluru 560001 | INDIA



We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Happy Holiday Season, and a healthy, prosperous 2018! We greatly appreciate the time you have taken to interact with us over the past year, and we look forward to further communication with you in the near future.

Below we have listed numerous opportunities for you to meet with us during the coming year, and we know there are many interesting conversations and discussions to come. However, we also encourage you to reach out to us at any time, as we are always available to assist you.

Frauscher Season’s Greetings 2018

Save the date: exhibitions and conferences in 2018

▪ Middle East Rail | AE, March 12–13
▪ ASLRRA | US, April 7–10
▪ Istanbul Railtech | TR, April 11–12
▪ Metro and Light Rail | ES, April 18–19
▪ CORE | AU, April 30–May 2
▪ RSA | MY, May 2–4
▪ RSSI C&S Exhibition | US, May 21–24
▪ Safe Rail | US, June 11–12
▪ Africa Rail | ZA, June 12–13
▪ RailLive | UK, June 20–21
▪ Metrorail Americas | US, June 26–29
▪ AREMA | US, September 16–19
▪ InnoTrans | DE, September 18–21
▪ Signal und Draht Kongress | DE, November 8–9



The fourth Wheel Detection Forum has set new benchmarks for this now well established industry event. System integrators, operators, manufacturers, representatives from science and other interested associations gathered in Vienna, Austria from October, 4 to 6 to discuss the latest trends and innovations in train tracking and related technologies. 262 participants from 36 countries experienced more than 20 speeches and presentations, accompanied by special occasions for networking.

The conference has been characterized by a highly topical agenda focusing on new technologies for train tracking. In their presentations the speakers contributed to a subject pool which was perceived as interesting, diverse and future oriented by all participants. As delegates from railway markets all over the globe, they brought in a wide range of ideas on how to create “the future of train tracking” together. As in previous years, the event also provided great opportunities for networking in a relaxed atmosphere. A special highlight was the Wheel Detection TALK, which was framed by the historical but elegant atmosphere of Schönbrunn Orangery.

“The Wheel Detection Forum is an ideal opportunity to connect with each other and to get updated about latest state of the art technologies”, summaries Akimasa Okada, Engineer for signaling systems with East Japan Railway Company. His fellow participant Denis D’Aoust, Co-founder and President of Wayside Inspection Devices Inc., was very impressed by the diversity of the audience: “I am more used to US or Canadian conferences as I come from Canada. Here we have a greater diversity of the speakers, because they come from different countries and different environments – the Wheel Detection Forum was very interesting and I really enjoyed it and hopefully I’ll be able to come to another one.”

The philosophy of the WDF is to drive the development of the railway industry forward by working together, focusing on the future and close cooperation. “The main challenges faced by railway operators, system integrators, suppliers and other contributors to the railways are similar across the globe, but due to specific legal guidelines and standards, solutions have to be developed to solve the individual market requirements. In times of accelerating developments within and all around our industry it is now more important than ever to build global networks and to learn from each other”, concludes Christian Pucher, Marketing Director at Frauscher Sensor Technology.

Find a more detailed review with photos and videos online: www.wheeldetectionforum.com



Today afternoon, Wheel Detection Forum 2017 will start. More than 260 industry experts from 36 countries will get together in Vienna, Austria to discuss the future of train tracking. The conference will focus on state-of-the-art solutions based on wheel detection, axle counting and Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS), as well as on alternative tracking technologies. The next three days, 27 speakers from all over the globe will share their knowledge and give you insights into latest trends and visions in digitisation, railway signalling, and more – thus making the conference an outstanding industry event.

Discover more about the Wheel Detection Forum and this year’s programme on: www.wheeldetectionforum.com

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The North American railway industry’s biggest event, Railway Interchange 2017, took place from September 17 to 20 in Indianapolis, attended by over 8 000 industry professionals from around the world. The industry’s latest products, services and equipment were showcased by approximately 700 exhibitors, including Frauscher, at the Indiana Convention Center.

It was Frauscher’s second time participating in this event. The company presented its well-known wheel detection and axle counting systems, as well its newer and innovative products, Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS. Based on Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS), FTS provides many potential ways to track trains, monitor asset conditions, secure infrastructure and protect personnel. There was considerable interest in this technology at the Frauscher booth. The industry’s overall excitement about the technology was highlighted by the well-attended presentation of Martin Rosenberger, Product Management Director at Frauscher. He presented DAS as a base technology for railway applications.

“After two years in the North American market, we are seeing a more in-depth understanding of the application and advantages of high quality and technically advanced axle counters and wheel sensors”, said Vivek Caroli, Managing Director at Frauscher US. “Interest in the reliability, uptime and engineering of our products is gaining traction, especially with proven projects under our belt in North America.”

Read more about Frauscher’s appearance at Railway Interchange on the Frauscher Blog: blog.frauscher.com



Since founding its location in the United States in 2015, Frauscher has explored the North American railroad market, also by recruiting local experts who are developing market specific solutions based on the company’s global experience. The complete scope of these solutions will be presented at this year’s Railway Interchange, which will take place September 17–20 in Indianapolis. At stand 1801, visitors can learn more about wheel sensors and axle counters, and see the future of train tracking with solutions based on Fiber Optic Acoustic Detection (FOAD) technology.

With its innovative Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS system, Frauscher provides a FOAD solution developed specifically for the railroad industry, representing a new generation of live tracking. It 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 has the potential to revolutionize maintenance strategies by tracking defects on assets, such as wheel flats or broken rails.

Another highlight presented at Railway Interchange will be the Wheel Sensor RSR110. This sensor is available in two variants: The Single Wheel Sensor RSR110s and the Double Wheel Sensor RSR110d. A fundamental idea in developing these sensors was creating a product that provides operators and system integrators with flexibility. Based on its open interface, the sensors can easily be integrated into existing infrastructures. This offers numerous possibilities to replace existing solutions and increase system availability.



After having moved to its new office in Farnborough some weeks ago, Frauscher UK now hosted its first Technology Day with focus on “Future Technologies”. Besides discussing new trends and solutions regarding wheel detection, axle counting and tracking technologies in an exclusive atmosphere, the participants also had the chance to experience the company’s latest product line Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS at first hand.

The Technology Day started with a meet and greet, followed by a networking lunch. In the afternoon, new ideas and approaches to current and future technologies were discussed. Oliver Marshall and Andrew Hall from Frauscher UK introduced the participants to the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC and its innovative features as well as to Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS. By combining Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) with well-proven railway technologies, such as axle counters or wheel detection systems, this product line enables a range of new applications.

The Technology Day participants seized the chance to deepen their knowledge and understanding of axle counting and tracking technology during the live demonstrations and to discuss individual requirements and ideas with the Frauscher staff. Furthermore the event was a great networking opportunity that everybody clearly enjoyed.



Last year Frauscher underlined its innovative strength once again with the launch of a new product line based on Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS): Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS. Martin Rosenberger, Product Management Director at Frauscher Sensor Technology, indicates the strong importance of this step: “Being the first to combine this new approach with proven wheel detection systems and axle counters opens up a variety of new opportunities and possibilities – and it enables us to provide our customers with single solutions for a wide range of applications.”

In fact FTS was seen as one of the most interesting and promising innovations at InnoTrans 2016 in Berlin, as Rosenberger reports. “Several operators, system integrators and research institutes are highly interested in using and developing this technology further together with us.” Currently, Frauscher has already conducted more than ten installations, with more scheduled for the near future.



The De Sales Music Academy in Bengaluru, India is a music school modelled on Austrian pattern. Seven years after its opening it will be expanded by a language school. Frauscher is supporting this project with 15,000 euros – about one million Indian rupees.

To provide the students of the De Sales Music Academy with more than a profound musical education, an own language school is being established on the campus, where English language and culture shall be taught. Michael Thiel, CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology, was very positive on that idea: “Projects like this are highly valuable to intensify cultural exchange and to foster mutual understanding.” Additionally, a good command of English facilitates the access to employment in local as well as in global markets. Together with Schärding’s district commissioner Rudolf Greiner, who personally supports the project and already visited Bengaluru in 2010, Thiel handed over a cheque in the amount of 15,000 euros to Santhosh Kumar, the founder and director of the De Sales Music Academy.

The idea for establishing an Indian music school modelled on Austrian pattern first came up during Kumar’s stay in Brunnenthal in the district of Schärding in 2004, when he got to know the concept of Upper Austrian state music schools. Kumar, a reverend of the Missionaries of St. Francis De Sales and himself a passionate musician, at once was enthusiastic about this educational system. He wanted to provide the children in Bengaluru as well as his seminary’s students a similar musical education. With ideational and financial support from Austria, Kumar conducted provisional music classes until he was able to finally open his music school in 2010.

Since then there is a steady contact between Brunnenthal and Bengaluru with Kumar returning to Austria every year. But also Frauscher in particular has a good and close relationship with Bengaluru, as the company’s second largest location with more than 50 employees and a huge market potential is situated there.



Ever since its foundation, Frauscher has followed an intensive strategy of global growth. Throughout the years, this approach has been implemented in a very sustainable way. In 2016, several milestones were achieved showing that Frauscher is on the right track to grow and remain as the market leader in a very competitive environment.

Through its international efforts, the company raised its sales and profit to the highest in its history: In 2016, Frauscher Sensor Technology significantly increased its order intake by almost 80% from 43.4 million euros to 77.0 million euros. On a global level, Frauscher cooperates with a range of sales partners and is represented by ten locations all over the world, two of which, Frauscher India and Frauscher Brazil, were able to more than triple their turnover in 2016. To meet increasing demands in services and products, the new Frauscher Innovation Centre was opened in Austria and the sensor production site has been extended. Additionally this year, more talent has been hired than ever before – some of whom have joined the company’s recently established locations in Australia and the USA, where some major projects have just been realized.

“Looking back on our company’s achievements in 2016 I am sure, that we are on the right track. As this trend will continue, we are aiming to hire another 80 employees over all our locations and open an additional office in France this year”, Michael Thiel, CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology, concludes.



Frauscher has been awarded a contract by the French system integrator ENGIE INEO, through its subsidiary INEO Urban Transportation Solutions, for supplying the new T2 line as well as the T1 line extension of the Casablanca Tramway in Morocco. ENGIE INEO will develop the railway signalling system for both lines, while Frauscher will supply them with its most modern axle counter.

In order to enable optimum implementation, five engineers and managers of ENGIE INEO’s project team passed an extensive system training on the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC at Frauscher Austria two weeks ago. Apart from that, the Frauscher R&D department developed a customer-specific type of the grooved rail claw, which is adapted to the special track construction and environment in Morocco. All in all the very good cooperation between both companies’ teams over the last few months prefigures a promising future partnership.

The Casablanca Tramway is Morocco’s longest tram system. Opened to public in December 2012, it currently consists of almost 50 stations at a length of around 30 km. Its first tram line T1 will be extended by 1.8 km within the next months; line T2 will be commissioned in late 2018 and will have 33 stations at a length of 22.5 km.



During the last few years it has become clear that fiber optic sensing technologies will shape the future of the global railway industry. In order to provide greater awareness of the benefits and applications of these technologies, the Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA) has been launched in Washington, D. C. today. Frauscher is one of its founding members.

FOSA is the first US trade association dedicated to fiber optic sensing. Its focus will be on educating industry, government and the public on the benefits of this cutting-edge technology which uses deviations of light in fiber optic cables to remotely measure acoustics, temperature and strain. When used on railways, this enables a variety of different applications, e.g. to track trains, monitor asset conditions, secure infrastructure or protect personnel in real-time.

“Fiber optic sensing has the potential to dramatically improve the lives of many millions of Americans, enhance business operations, and create jobs”, said Thomas Cohen, FOSA’s Executive Director. “This new organization will educate key players in all sectors and promote awareness of fiber sensing technology to help accelerate the use of this critical technology.”

Apart from Frauscher, FOSA’s initial membership includes AFL, Corning Incorporated, Ditch Witch, Dura-Line Corporation, Fotech Solutions, Integrated Roadways, OFS, Omnisens, OptaSense, Oz Optics, and Prysmian. The new organization will hold its inaugural meeting in Washington, D. C. in May 2017.

For more information about FOSA and its mission, please visit: www.fiberopticsensing.org



Frauscher and Alstom deepen their relationship in a long-term leading supplier agreement. Frauscher has joined the Alstom Alliance, the strategic partnership program of Alstom. The charter was signed by Olivier Baril, CPO Alstom, and Michael Thiel, CEO Frauscher Sensor Technology. Alstom Alliance acknowledges approx. 30 companies who work closely with Alstom in terms of business development, industrial excellence as well as products and innovations.

“It is a key objective of Alstom to fulfil customer’s expectations of quality, excellence, innovation and costs. Therefore we are sure that it is more important than ever today to attract and develop jointly rewarding, long-term partnerships with suppliers who have proven ability in the increasingly competitive global railway market. Companies who are known to deliver the highest quality, most innovative and cost-efficient products to market in a reliable, ethical and timely fashion are acknowledged and supported through Alstom Alliance. Frauscher fits perfectly with these requirements and we are looking forward to a close cooperation”, said Olivier Baril.

Michael Thiel agrees and emphasizes Frauscher’s view on the most important corner stones of the agreement: “We think that sharing strategic information and business intelligence implies great value for Frauscher and Alstom as suppliers, as well as for our customers. In the end it is them who benefit from improved operational performance due to useful capacity adjustments, continuous value chain optimization and even greater innovative strength based on an open exchange of requirements and approaches of global players.”



Since 2011 the Wheel Detection Forum has become firmly established in the railway signaling industry. This year once again more than 200 leading experts are awaited to join its fourth edition, which will take place from 4 to 6 October in Vienna, Austria.

This great interest has been confirmed by the call for papers, which was announced for the first time this year in order to facilitate the selection of speakers and to lift the event’s standards on a new level. Additionally the format of the WDF has been adapted and extended to fit its continuous growth and practiced internationality.

Under the motto “The future of train tracking”, this year’s program will include six instead of four panels. For this reason there will also be lectures on Friday morning. They will outline future challenges, latest research results and improvements in RAMS management. Thereby the focus on use cases and best practices will be even stronger than it was the last years.

During the next few months a first program draft will be compiled. Make sure not to miss the latest news and sign in for regular updates on www.wheeldetectionforum.com.



The first exhibition that Frauscher will attend this year will be Exporail 2017 in Mexico City. On 15 and 16 February the company will present its latest products and developments there together with its Mexican sales partner CIBA Group. It will also be the first major rail event that Frauscher will attend in Mexico at all.

Exporail has gained regional relevance the last years and attracted about 800 attendees from 17 different countries in 2016. For Frauscher it is a good opportunity to get in touch with its Latin American customers and to pave the way for new projects. The company’s expert team on-site is looking forward to your visit at stand 404 and 406.

More information on Exporail 2017 can be found on their website: www.exporail.mx.



The turn of the year is a good opportunity to thank you for the trust you have placed in us and the valued cooperation. We are looking forward to new projects in 2017 – and to personally welcoming you at our 4th Wheel Detection Forum next October in Vienna.

 

Frauscher season’s greetings from all around the world

 

Save the date: exhibitions and conferences in 2017

In 2017, Frauscher Sensor Technology will be represented at a range of international exhibitions and conferences. We are looking forward to welcoming you at one of these occasions.

• Eurasia Rail, 2–4 March, Istanbul, TR
• Global Rail Infrastructure Management Summit, 9–10 March, Frankfurt, DE
• SIFER, 21–23 March, Lille, FR
• Secure Rail, 5–6 April, Orlando, US
• Safe Rail, 11–12 April, Washington, US
• ASLRRA, 22–25 April, Grapevine, US
• Wayside Train Monitoring Systems, 26–27 April, Berlin, DE
• Railtex, 9–11 May, Birmingham, UK
• Rail Solutions Asia, 24–26 May, Kuala Lumpur, MY
• Africa Rail, 13–14 June, Johannesburg, ZA
• RailLog Korea, 14–17 June, Busan, KR
• IHHA, 2–6 September, Cape Town, ZA
• Railway Interchange, 17–20 September, Indianapolis, US
• TRAKO, 26–29 September, Gdansk, PL
Wheel Detection Forum, 4–6 October, Vienna, AT
• NT Expo, 7–9 November, São Paulo, BR
• AusRail PLUS, 21–23 November, Brisbane, AU
• IRSE Aspect, 28–29 November, Singapore, SG