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Network analysis of district heating pipes via LoRaWAN®

The PipeSens is LANCIER Monitoring's district heating pipe monitoring system that uses LoRaWAN® ­communication for fast and effective data transmission. It can be easily integrated into existing LoRaWAN® networks.

As a LoRa node, the PipeSens sensor measures the insulation and loop resistance of surveillance pairs in the insulation layer of district heating pipes on a daily basis, both in the Nordic, hierarchical and NiCr system, thus ensuring monitoring according to EN 14419.

The rapid detection of damage enables immediate reaction and thus prevents major damage and costs.

The PipeSens plus additionally records contact conditions, e.g. for access control or float switches, as well as ambient or pipe temperature.

The battery-powered PipeSens is independent of external power sources. It transmits measured values and device status information via LoRaWAN® to the control room. Here a meaningful route assessment and visualisation can be carried out.

The range of data transmission in the LoRaWAN® is up to 2 km in urban areas and up to 15 km in rural, less built-up areas, depending on the local structural conditions. Data transmission is also possible through manhole covers, building walls and even out of cellars.

The PipeSens can also be used as a replacement for manual measuring point control. This saves the complex coordination of appointments with operators or residents as well as the time-consuming entry into manholes etc.

The PipeSens is particularly suitable for:

  • NiCr, Nordic (EMS) system and the hierarchical system.
  • Small and large route sections.
  • All routes whose previous monitoring system did not trigger a central alarm.
  • Any operator of heating networks.

Ordering Data

LoRaWAN® radio sensor for mobile measurement data readouts
Order-no. 076262.000
LoRaWAN® radio sensor for mobile measurement data readouts
equipped with 2 contact inputs and temperature sensor
Order-no. 076262.100

Spare parts

Battery for PipeLog
Lithium, 3,6 V with connection cable

Order-no. 075828.000
Buffer Batterie Lithium, 3V, CR 2032

Order-no. 035220.000

Technical Data

Supply voltageExchangeable lithium battery, 3.6 V
Battery lifetime> 5 years at daily measurement
Measurement channels for pipes2 (e. g. for flow and return line of a district heat pipe)
Measurement range insulation0 .. 10.0 MΩ
fault:  ±3 % of measured value
±10 kΩ absolute
Measurement range loop0 .. 5 kΩ
fault:  ±3 % of measured value
±0,05 kΩ absolute
Pipe lengthNiCr <= 750 m,
HDW / Cu (Nordic System): max. 2,500 m
Measuring voltage<= 12 V DC
Contacts2 access ports for dry contacts, line length 10 m max., permanently monitored (PipeSens plus)
Measuring range temperature-20 °C .. +140 °C (PipeSens plus)
Data transferLoRaWAN® standard
On-site display5 LED: 3 x Status, 1 x USB-Power, 1 x USB-Detect
On-site operation1 button for real-time measurement
InterfaceUSB 2.0 interface for configuration of device
Operating temperature-20 .. +60 °C
Degree of protection by enclosureIP 66/67
Dimensions130 x 100 x 180 mm  (W x D x H)

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