Frauscher Sensor Technology

Wheel Detection, Axle Counting and Tracking Systems


Frauscher Sensor Technology makes it simpler for system integrators and railway operators to obtain the information they need to run, monitor and protect their operational network. Best-in-class wheel detection systems, axle counters and tracking solutions based on inductive sensor technology and distributed acoustic sensing form an essential component of a wide range of applications.

Frauscher experts are on-site in global markets to ensure comprehensive support during the whole customer lifecycle. Additionally customers are able to design, configure, install, adapt and maintain all components and systems by themselves due to individual trainings and support.

Frauscher's product portfolio includes solutions for:

  • Wheel Detection: Wheel Sensors and Wheel Detection Systems
  • Axle Counting: FAdC®, FAdCi®, ACS2000
  • Tracking: FTS-FAS, FTS-FAS+, FTS-FAdC+

Essential components for various applications

Control trains and systems: Precise detection and tracking of train movements enable an efficient train control management. Frauscher systems provide information required for track vacancy detection (SIL 4), to manage level crossings, for switching point protection or platform announcements, and further applications.

Monitor the condition of trains and infrastructure: Globally proven wheel detection systems provide highly precise information for reliable and safe triggering of trackside monitoring equipment. Furthermore, tracking solutions offer innovative possibilities to directly monitor train as well as infrastructure assets without the need of any on-board equipment.

Protect personnel and infrastructure: The ability of detecting all kinds of activities along a track forms the basis for efficient protection of personnel, vehicles, trespassers or even animals. These capabilities can also be used for securing infrastructure components from cable thefts or vandalism.

Simple access to the information you need

Technologies for a broad range of information: Frauscher provides customers with a broad range of relevant and precise information by developing best-in-class sensors based on inductive sensor technology and on distributed acoustic sensing.

Systems that can be integrated and handled in a simple way: Due to open interfaces Frauscher solutions can be simply integrated into any infrastructure on various levels. Our smart system architecture enables to use wheel detection, axle counting and tracking systems as stand-alone or integrated solution.

Support for complete success in your projects: Our customer proximity and technical know-how on-site in the markets enables answering requirements with tailored solutions. On that basis we are able to guarantee an outstanding support during the whole customer life cycle.

Quality and services for all requirements

Headquartered in Austria, Frauscher has installed more than 160,000 systems in over 80 countries worldwide. The company and its products are accredited to IRIS, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. Frauscher axle counters fully comply with CENELEC and SIL 4 safety standards and offer the highest level of performance and reliability.

With more than 280 staff and our offices in USA, Brazil, UK, Poland, India, China, Australia, Kazakhstan and Malaysia besides our main campus in Austria, we are fully equipped to provide technical as well as commercial solutions based on local requirements.

Frauscher provides solutions for the following markets:

Main lines

  • High-speed lines
  • Main lines
  • Regional lines
  • Short lines
  • Freight lines

Urban and mass transit

  • Metros
  • Trams
  • Suburban

Industrial and mining

  • Mining
  • Plants

The company's customer base includes some of the largest and most well-known railway systems around the world.

As an example, in Europe all major railroads use Frauscher axle counters in signalling applications including DB, SNCF, Network Rail (UK), OBB, SSB as well as some of the most advanced metro and transit networks. Global signalling companies, such as Siemens, Alstom, Ansaldo and BT, have faith in the reliability, precision, versatility and highly developed technology that Frauscher offers in its products.

Contact Details

Frauscher Sensortechnik GmbH
Gewerbestrasse 1
4774 St. Marienkirchen
+43 7711 2920 0
+43 7711 2920 25

Available White Papers


Modern Wheel Detection and Axle Counting 02 November 2017 Growing conurbations, increasing car park prices and not least rising fuel prices are pushing trams and underground railways increasingly to the forefront of urban and suburban rail transportation infrastructures.


State-of-the-Art in Axle Counting 26 October 2017 Axle counting systems are used in many countries around the world as a replacement for track vacancy detection systems.


Track Circuits Versus Wheel Detection 19 October 2017 Wheel detection and axle counting systems provide the basic information for track vacancy detection, for controlling level crossing systems and a range of switching tasks or trigger functions. This technology is established throughout the world for standard gauge railways and is increasingly replacing track circuits.


High Availability of Modern Train Detection Systems using Intelligent Functions 13 October 2017 Research and development in the field of signalling is faced with the challenge of providing cost-effective solutions for high availability of safety-relevant systems.


State of the Art in Wheel Detection 10 August 2017 Frauscher Sensortechnik understands the challenge of developing inductive wheel sensors that can guarantee fail-safe, reliable wheel detection. However, while wheel detection systems are in use worldwide, the technology could still be improved.

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