Railway Measurement – Monitoring Infrastructure and Trains

Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM

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Railway Measurement

Fraunhofer IPM develops optical measuring systems to monitor the condition of rail networks and moving trains. The measuring systems are equipped with laser scanners or fast image processing systems and record measurement data at speeds of 100 kilometers per hour and more. They measure the wear and position of contact wires as well as clearance profiles and detect the position of poles – swiftly, precisely and reliably. Installed on measuring portals, the systems record the geometry of the rolling stock before critical sites such as tunnels. In this way they enable accidents to be avoided such as those caused by load slippage.