The ability to harness the full potential of digitalisation requires the willingness to think outside of the box. New approaches can help to update proven and develop new solutions. Christian Pucher, Chief Marketing Officer at Frauscher Sensor Technology explains how his company has implemented this conviction in its philosophy.
Digitalisation has become a frequently used term. Being responsible for these activities in your company – how would you describe this trend?
As an opportunity, that offers potential – which in turn has to be evaluated in detail. Here at Frauscher we do this on the solid base of expertise and with an open mind set. This combination allows for the identification of new approaches, which could be beneficial for our customers. We have done this ever since the foundation of our company. With the trend of digitalisation, the pace of new possibilities arising increases.
So this process of evaluating new ideas is not new for Frauscher?
Frauscher has always been a provider of very specific products. Our wheel sensors, wheel detection systems and axle counters have become essential components of railway applications all over the globe.
Constantly developing these products further has always been a main pillar of our philosophy. We have already enabled a range of innovative possibilities, for example the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC, which is equipped with an Ethernet interface.
That enables an integration of this axle counter via open networks. In parallel, our own software protocol, the Frauscher Safe Ethernet FSE protocol, has been developed specifically for the transfer of axle counting data. Of course, it also allows for the transmission of other data as well. What is more, updates of axle counters in the field can be done much more quickly and easily – as can the configuration.
These benefits arise from the will to identify and add capabilities to proven products, which are enabled by new technologies.