Fotech’s Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) technology converts thousands of kilometres of optical fibres already in place in our cities into millions of acoustic and vibration sensors. DAS converts cables into a network of state-of-the-art sensors. This allows cities to send and receive information and simultaneously monitor city infrastructure, in real-time, at a much more detailed level, all while providing anonymity to its citizens.
Fotech’s DAS technology recognises and detects the acoustic and seismic signatures of footsteps, vehicles, trams, and trains so that mobility can be improved by shorting journey times and reducing emissions, leading to a better environment.
With Fotech's intelligent transport solutions authorities can:
Cities all over the world are looking for smart technology solutions to problems such as:
Many smart solutions are already in place – most of these are discrete, point sensors, often providing a partial view of the asset and usually not working together.
Fotech’s DAS technology can provide continuous sensing of events along a full asset and integrate with these point sensors to complete the picture, all using fibre assets already in place, to provide the real-time insights cities need to become truly smart.
DAS technology provides several benefits to transport networks and can provide value for money by fulfilling more than one purpose, aiding your decision making in-situ and in planning.
With a DAS solution, look retrospectively at your network over time to track changes caused by weather, special events, time of day, etc. This can not only aid in planning the development of your own network but can also inform city planning decisions on the potential impact of works or diversions.
Make fast and well-informed decisions with confidence. DAS technology monitors your network in real time, allowing you to respond to situations as they happen. Advanced AI works to filter out background noise, alerting you to the changes that require a response, so that you can take appropriate action, e.g. changing signal timings or speed limits in the event of an accident.
Monitor Road Traffic and Public Transport Infrastructure. Be alerted to any problems in your infrastructure – such as potholes or broken rails – to fix immediately or plan repair.
Gain real-time visibility into the integrity and efficiency of your entire network. Fotech’s powerful software enables you to confidently track events and activities along the entire length of a road or track to within metres. As a rail operator this gives you the potential to increase your capacity, because there is no gap in sensors. Monitor trains and traffic where others cannot – in tunnels and in areas subject to urban canyoning which affects GPS.
Harness DAS technology in a smart city to work alongside other technology, such as GPS, WIFI, cameras and other sensors, to track autonomous vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrian traffic.