For Frauscher, a “New Era”

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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Frauscher has founded a new, separate company, Sensonic, for its Fiber Optic Sensing (FOS) business, and rebranding itself as two technology companies “ready for the future.”

As a spin-off, Sensonic, led by CEO Christian Pucher, will concentrate on “solutions that will revolutionize the way railways operate their networks to increase efficiency and significantly reduce costs,” Frauscher said. “The company will pursue a completely new business model. Sensonic is the pioneer in FOS for railways and the first to offer complete, area-wide tracking and monitoring solutions based on Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS). Through an open platform, this state-of-the-art technology delivers data for a variety of railway applications. The basis for this is real-time information from continuous train tracking, asset condition monitoring and infrastructure surveillance.

Sensonic’s first railway-specific DAS system was developed in cooperation with Sintela, specialists in customized distributed fiber-optic sensing. “We examined and tested all the technologies and potential providers,” said Pucher. “The Sintela team convinced us. Their basic technology provides the perfect platform for Sensonic to develop rail-specific FOS solutions.”

Frauscher “continues to offer advanced solutions for safe and reliable signaling systems,” the company said. “Our wheel sensors and axle counters make use of all the possibilities offered by the latest technologies. This makes it easier for system integrators and railway operators to access the information they need. The intelligent and highly available systems generate precise data for a wide range of railway applications. Various interfaces and supportive software tools make integration, commissioning, operation and maintenance even easier. On this basis, the company’s customers can fully exploit the potential of digitalization. With a worldwide network of locations and partners, Frauscher guarantees a strong supply chain and optimal customer service around the globe.”

“With these two important milestones, we are definitely on track,” said Frauscher Group CEO Michael Thiel. “Even under the conditions of the need for digitalization, our solutions will continue to set trends. Frauscher is a company that is always in motion, and we have a vision for the global railway market. We provide our customers with tailor-made solutions that reflect the state of the art. We have been doing this for decades, and that is what we will do in the future. By founding Sensonic, we want to ensure that we continue to drive innovation with a clear focus on the needs of our customers. Sensonic will certainly become a game-changer in terms of how operations and maintenance will be planned and executed in the future.”

In the two companies’ new corporate design theme, the color “petrol” remains the supporting element and is extended by individual shades. A new signet accompanies the two logos and forms an “F” for Frauscher. “It represents the basis of the companies and is reminiscent of a simplified track plan,” Frauscher noted. “In the new Frauscher and Sensonic brands, recognition, rail-specific know-how and trusting values meet modern design, fresh approaches and sustainable concepts.” The new corporate motto is “Digitalisation on Track.”

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