Industry White Paper

Simplify Railway Field Maintenance with R&S®Scope Rider RTH User Apps

September 25, 2020 by Rohde & Schwarz

Whitepaper Overview

Railway engineers often need to verify the quality of electric communications signals (e.g., determining the position of a train on its track). This is usually done by dividing the track into sections of rail with alternating frequencies, typically 95 Hz and 105 Hz. When a train is located within a specific section, the wheels short circuit the signal, indicating the position of the train to the receiver. If the isolation between sections or other electrical systems is not sufficient, unwanted noise signals can interfere and potentially make train detection unreliable. Verifying the isolation of a track at various frequencies, therefore, is a necessary maintenance task in railway service operations.

Oscilloscopes are basic everyday instruments for many engineers and electricians. Maintenance tasks, however, sometimes require very specific measurements that are not available as standard functionality or are difficult to set up manually. With the R&S®RTH-K38 user scripting option, engineers can now design their own measurement function and a simple user interface.

In this whitepaper from Rohde & Schwarz, learn how to use this unique feature for railway maintenance work.

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