Magnus Services’ new IIoT platform technology

18 February 2018

Magnus Services, a start-up oilfield water management and automation company based in North Dakota is making a significant impact in the fracking industry. With the recent release of their H2Know solution, Magnus is efficiently monitoring and controlling the supply of water to the fracking operations of key oil company clients across the U.S. This new solution is made possible thanks to LEC's just-released Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform technology: iQ2™, and Red Lion's IIoT-ready Cellular RTU's.

"We needed a way to remotely control the water supply and monitor water usage, pumps, storage tank levels and overall operational efficiencies of our mobile units that are relocated from site-to-site and customer-to-customer," said JR Ewing, CEO of Magnus Services. "H2Know being built on the backbone of LEC's iQ2 platform and secure cellular connectivity has allowed us to begin doing just that…"

Prior to the implementation of LEC's iQ2 into Magnus operations, two to four additional employees were required to be onsite to physically monitor tank levels, turn pumps on and off, open and close valves, and notify trucking companies when trucks with water were needed.

"This was a ground-up development effort. The entire system, from integration into the automation system, platform development and all related logic had to be engineered to meet the specific needs of Magnus," said LEC's Director of IIoT Strategy Brian Rosema. "We've been able to provide Magnus with an industry-first solution that allows their clients access to near real-time data related to the water control functions at their fracking sites via their H2Know Solution. This is a great example of how iQ2 can be leveraged to quickly and cost-effectively develop OEM IIoT solutions. Additionally, Red Lion's Cellular RTU allows for a highly dependable and fully integrated IIoT Solution."

iQ2 provides Magnus with multi-customer access to data via a web browser from any device, a fully mobile solution and cellular connectivity with the ability to operate in rugged, extreme conditions utilizing the RAM 6900 Series router hardware provided by LEC's strategic partners at Red Lion Controls. 

Photo caption: A hydraulic fracturing site in North Dakota.
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