OptaSense appoints rail sector veteran to Advisory Board

December 15th, 2015

Hansjorg HessMr Hansjorg Hess formerly Executive Board Director of DB Netze joins OptaSense Advisory Board 

OptaSense, a QinetiQ company and the global leader in Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) has appointed Mr Hansjorg Hess to its Advisory Board to help develop a global rail operation. The appointment comes on the back of a successful 18-month programme with German rail operator Deutche Bahn.

Mr Hess was formerly an Executive Director of Deutsche Bahn Netze and was responsible for the daily operation of over 33,000km of railway in Germany. Prior to this Mr Hess was also Head of Siemens Rail Automation and was responsible for the design, development and delivery of rail signalling systems globally.

Commenting on his appointment Mr Hess said: “As a rail operator I saw the potential for OptaSense DAS technology to significantly reduce operational costs and am delighted to be joining to help realise these savings for operators globally. Over the past few years fibre sensing has proven its technical capabilities and I look forward to helping OptaSense to deliver on the commercial implementation with rail operators.” 

Steve Wadey, QinetiQ Group CEO, said: “I am pleased Mr Hess has agreed to join to the advisory Board of OptaSense to help us on our journey to develop a fibre sensing solution for the Rail sector.  Mr Hess’s experience as both a rail infrastructure owner and a signalling systems supplier will provide OptaSense with a unique insight into the technical and commercial needs of its current and future customers.”

Results of the OptaSense collaboration with DB were recently presented at the Wheel Detection Forum in Vienna (www.wheeldetectionforum.com).

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