OPTIMIZE YOUR RAILWAY OPERATIONS
Today's railroad services need to operate efficiently and safely, while maximizing customer experience by assuring excellent quality of service.
Rail Monitoring is becoming increasingly important in today's environment - including the capacity for Train Location, Asset Monitoring, Third Party Interference Monitoring and Fire Detection in Cable Ducts. AP Sensing's Rail Monitoring solution provides various benefits that include increased information, safety, efficiency, capacity and cost savings.
In conjunction with a track-side fiber-optic cable infrastructure, AP Sensing's Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) system is capable of detecting the exact position, speed and direction of moving trains in the network in real time. This allows intelligent automated traffic management with actively controlled and even automated train operation. It also helps to minimize delays and keep customers precisely informed. Capacity is increased by running more trains safely at a higher density with lower distance. Costs are reduced by decreasing signalling infrastructure and utilizing energy more efficiently through minimized break/acceleration cycles. DAS allows preventive and predictive maintenance, minimizing unscheduled service disruptions. Our technology increases safety by assuring train integrity and detecting people or falling objects on the tracks. Intrusion, vandalism and cable theft are detection and precisely located with our DAS.
To address the high safety standards and requirements in the railroad environment, a DAS system can successfully supplement complementary sensor technologies in a Sensor Fusion system. DAS data can be easily integrated into any centralized rail management system.
AP Sensing is the Distributed Fiber-Optic Sensing (DFOS) and Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) solution provider for optimizing your railroad operations. Our railway monitoring solution balances the need for train detection, asset monitoring and optimized safety.
DISTRIBUTED ACOUSTIC & TEMPERATURE SENSING
AP Sensing's Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS), together with our unique SmartVision™ asset visualization and data management software, gives you the ideal solution to optimize and protect your railway infrastructure. Our DAS is based on the unique 2P squared technology. It offers accurate detection and location of moving trains and Third-Party Intrusion (TPI), as well as asset monitoring of both tracks and moving stocks. This helps you operate your railroad service more efficiently, while reducing investments and operational costs.
Our Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) offers continuous temperature monitoring along the entire fiber-optic cable, e.g. along cable ducts. This enables heat/fire detection and location within cable ducts and cable trays, and inside train and metro stations. Systems are completely certified for fire detection (VdS, UL, FM, IECEx, SIL).
AP Sensing's SmartVision™ management suite shows the location, velocity and direction of trains and the condition of your assets at a glance, controlled by an easy-to-use graphical interface. It seamlessly integrates many sensors including DAS, DTS and CCTV into a single platform. Circuit layouts are mapped and color-coded to show the instantaneous changes in acoustic energy. Sections of the infrastructure can be individually defined for flexible alarm levels and types. Defined information is interfaced into higher level train management systems, enabling easy integration.
Our solutions monitor key application areas, including:
- Train location, speed, direction (also underground or in tunnels)
- Train integrity (length), number of train cars, bogies
- Track condition monitoring (cracks, joints)
- Train defect monitoring (flat wheel, brake noise)
- Intrusion detection (vandalism, cable theft)
- Natural hazards detection (rockfall, landslide, tree fall, flooding)
- Objects on track detection (work crews, persons, animals)
- Railroad crossing management (trespassers)
- Overhead contact line/Catenary flash-over detection
- Fire detection in cable ducts
- Cable overload monitoring and detection
Some of the listed features are already proven in extensive field tests, others need to be further developed and tested.
As we develop our products from the research and manufacturing stages to the project commissioning and maintenance, AP Sensing offers a completely integrated, end-to-end solution. Our team works together with you to select the right combination of technologies to fit your requirements. We also provide onsite services, hotline support, maintenance and product training.
OUR KEY FEATURES FOR RAILROAD MONITORING
Why you should choose AP Sensing!
|Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) systems||...continuous and continual acoustic and vibration data along entire track for train detection, asset condition monitoring and protection from TPI.|
|Superior coherent optical time domain reflectometry (COTDR)||...longest range, high sensitivity and high linearity.|
|Comprehensive SmartVision™ management suite||...GIS positioning and easy-to-integrate interfaces for network management systems.|
|Dual integrity detection scheme, utilizing smart algorithms and supervised AI||…best in-class detection and classification capabilities.|
AP Sensing's support team has been a fantastic resource for us over the years. They have helped us with system development and implementation planning, and they are always quick to respond to our technical queries with competent advice and helpful tips.
For me AP Sensing is the forerunner for distributed optical temperature sensing. You can see in their solutions a combination of experience and creativity -- an intuitive design that works just as you'd expect, yet they aren't afraid to think out of the box, or provide a customized solution. They carry on their HP/Agilent heritage and continue to develop and advance, while remaining true to their core values of quality and reliability.
When I think of AP Sensing the first thing I think of is reliability. We completely trust and rely on their performance specifications and I know that their technical support team is dedicated and passionate about solving any problems that might come up.
Knowing the technology and market, it is evident to me that AP Sensing is the forerunner in distributed optical sensing. Their solutions reflect a combination of experience and creativity. Experience comes from their HP/Agilent heritage, the leader in test and measurement equipment, with decades of experience in developing and manufacturing extremely reliable and high quality products. The creativity comes from their passion and commitment to solving real customer problems.
When you do business with AP Sensing you get the feeling that you are working together as partners, because they listen to you and understand the challenges of your day-to-day operations. Communication with AP Sensing is always professional and it's obvious that they have the experience and the technical know-how to answer our queries.
AP Sensing's DTS is simply the best fit. We apply it together with ConveySafe in our coal power plants to protect our conveyors. The systems are rugged and completely reliable, need very little power, and can be seamlessly integrated into customer SCADA environments. Best of all, you don't just buy a box from them and that's it -- their post-sales support is outstanding.
The SIL-2 (Safety Integrity Level) rating that AP Sensing has achieved on its DTS gives us the confidence that their solution is going to work as planned, day in and day out, in high-risk environments. Our LNG terminal operators sleep better at night knowing that our assets are protected and security standards are met.
My AP Sensing regional customer support is fantastic: competent, thorough and quick to get back to me. They have been a key player in our complex pipeline projects over the years, and they truly offer through-life product support, from installation and commissioning to training.
AP SENSING SUCCESS STORIES
We have hundreds of satisfied customers worldwide!
Underground Power Monitoring Skanste Riga Aug 2018
An AP Sensing fiber-optic DTS (Distributed Temperature Sensing) solution was selected to monitor power cables on two underground circuits in Latvia. This successful installation involved one DTS N4425A device with six channels, as well as SmartVision and RTTR (real time thermal rating).
Press Release Fiber Optic Sensing Association NOV 2017
The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA) today released details on more than 1,300 installations of distributed fiber optic sensing (DFOS) around the world, the largest representative sample ever published. AP Sensing is proud of our global contributions for pipeline leak detection, high voltage power cable monitoring and fire detection.
Offshore Windpark DTS and DAS Monitoring SEPT 2017
The operators of an offshore wind farm located off the west coast of Denmark wanted a monitoring solution to locate cable faults immediately after they occur. They chose AP Sensing for our unique combination of DTS (Distributed Temperature Sensing) and DAS (Distributed Acoustic Sensing) capabilities.
Subsea Power Cable Monitoring with SmartVision and RTTR FEB 2017
The oil platform operator Engie needed a monitoring solution for their medium voltage (35kV) subsea power cable, which provides the power for the platform operations. AP Sensing was selected not only because of our ruggedness, reliability and superior support services, but also for our SmartVision™ and RTTR capabilities.
Subsea Power Transmission Link Sicily Calabria July 2016
The extra high voltage power links run between power stations in Sicily and Calabria, crossing the Messina straits. To monitor and protect the overland sections of this important link, AP Sensing’s fiber-optic based DTS (Distributed Temperature Sensing) solution was selected.
Olympic Park Brazil June 2016
The Olympic Park is the main center of competition for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Covering over 1 million square meters and including 9 different sports facilities, a new power substation was constructed to handle the enormous power demand in the park. AP Sensing’s fiber-optic based DTS (Distributed Temperature Sensing) solution was selected to monitor this valuable infrastructure.
220 KV Power Circuit with Temperature Map Feb 2016
A new 220KV underground power circuit traverses many different types of soil conditions along its 25 km length. AP Sensing’s fiber optic based DTS (Distributed Temperature Sensing) solution was selected by the network operator RTE (Réseaux de transport d'éléctricité), based on its reliability and ruggedness, as well as the innovative asset visualization capabilities.
Transmission and Distribution Network Jan 2013
A leading Australian network operator wanted to gain monitoring insight into his distribution network: to monitor the medium-voltage power cable’s condition, identify hotspots and bottlenecks, and to minimize risks and costs for maintenance and in emergency situations. The operator can now operate his network at the highest possible safe ampacity level.
Taiwan Mass Rapid Transit June 2012
AP Sensing was selected to monitor the power cable in a new metro tunnel. This is the first power cable temperature monitoring system to be used in the Taipei MRT. The Linear Power Series solution continually monitors the temperature of high-voltage power cables. The DTS (Distributed Temperature Sensing) solution ensures a stable, safe and efficient power transmission and distribution.
380 KV Power Circuit Monitoring March 2011
In 2010 a new 380KV power circuit was put into operation as part of a nationwide power grid improvement. Near Florence the high voltage circuit has buried sections in close proximity to a very populated valley and a historic church. The primary route was completed in trenches filled with thermal sand. The project also included challenging road crossings that used horizontal drilling to complete the construction.
Wind Park Subsea Power Cable Monitoring Shanghai Oct 2010
The Donghai Bridge Wind Farm in Shanghai is the second largest bridge in the world. The wind farm is the first commercial offshore wind park, and was completed prior to the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. AP Sensing was selected to monitor the subsea power cable with an approximate length of 15km.
High Power Underground Cable Monitoring March 2010
Underground utilities are “the power” beneath large cities. They feed the cities with electric power, gas and water. Failures in this sensitive infrastructure are costly and therefore USI Power selected AP Sensing’s outdoor DTS instrument to permanently monitor the temperature along a 220kV power circuit connecting Manhattan and Queens.
Power Cable Tunnel Monitoring Shanghai Mar 2010
The World Exposition 2010 Shanghai China (Shanghai Expo) was held at the waterfront area on both sides of Huangpu River in Shanghai from May to October, 2010. AP Sensing provided its leading Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) system, the “Linear Power Series”, to monitor and secure the first 500kV power cables in Shanghai installed in a power cable tunnel over a distance of 20km.
Power Circuit Monitoring Czech Republic Jan 2010
In 2009 Brugg Cables installed a new 110 KV power circuit within the city limits of Prague. To protect valuable assets with Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) technology the end customer chose to equip the new circuit with a fiber optical sensor cable and permanently monitor the temperature profile with an AP Sensing Linear Heat Series instrument.
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