Frauscher’s track vacancy detection project for DFC

Frauscher is a well-known brand in the global railway industry and has completed projects in more than 100 countries across the globe. Frauscher Sensor Technology India Private Limited, more commonly known as Frauscher India, is a pioneer in the field of axle counting and wheel detection. Frauscher India, established in the year 2013, has made a significant mark in the Indian railway market. The company aims to provide its customers with maximum added value through cost-effective technology and a highly motivated, skilled team of employees. The main objective is to achieve rapid and sustainable growth to provide best-in-class technology for the Indian subcontinent. Dedicated freight corridors (DFCs) separate freight and passenger traffic to increase the speed of freight movement. Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited is an Indian state-owned company tasked with creating a modern railway infrastructure for efficient freight transportation on important routes such as Delhi-Kolkata and Delhi-Mumbai. An eastern dedicated freight corridor between New Khurja and New Bhaupur (351 km of new electrified double-track railway) has been commissioned with Frauscher Axle Counting System FAdC.

This is the very first project in India that uses a software interface between the interlocking system and the axle counting system, eliminating the relay interface that has been used for interfacing interlocking systems in IR’s and Indian metro projects so far. The use of the software interface also eliminated multiple I/O boards on both sides (interlocking and axle counter), thus reducing the need for space and power for the components. The reset interface through VDU (for interlocking), and separate reset boxes in the operators’ room have been eliminated.

The entire project is based on a combination of Frauscher wheel sensor RSR180, advanced evaluation board AEB as well as communication board COM-FSFB. The use of the Frauscher Axle Counting System FAdC provides maximum reliability, availability and maintainability for the important dedicated freight networks.