Matrix Design Group LLC announced that its IntelliZone proximity detection system has received IECEx approval in Australia from the Department of Industry’s Mine Safety Technology Centre in Thornton, New South Wales, Australia.

Originally introduced to the American market in 2009, IntelliZone is the leading proximity detection system in the U.S. and South Africa. IntelliZone’s advanced software positioning system provides precise location of personnel around mobile machinery, allowing it to perform successfully in even the most challenging applications and environments.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to introduce our state of the art technology to the Australian market,” said Matrix President David Clardy. “This approval will allow us to immediately proceed with new installations.”

IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) is the leading authority on the global conformity of electrical and electronic technologies, currently with 85 countries as members and another 86 countries participating in the Affiliate Country Program. IECEx is the IEC system for certification to standards relating to equipment for use in explosive (Ex) atmospheres. The IECEx certification facilitates international trade in explosive atmosphere equipment and services.

In efforts to acquire this approval and enter the Australian coal mining market, Matrix has partnered with fellow high-tech developer Northern Lights Technologies (NLT) to manufacture, distribute and service the IntelliZone system.

“NLT has a proven track record of providing leading-edge solutions to the Australian mining industry, creating a natural partnership opportunity for Matrix,” mentioned Clardy. NLT’s Tim Haight, Managing Director continued, “We’re excited about the IECEx approval of the IntelliZone system as we believe continued and expanded application of this technology will help to increase overall safety in both the mining and industrial sectors.”