To document IntelliZone’s 10th anniversary, Matrix answered 10 questions for Coal Age.
Q: What exactly happened a decade ago?
A: In April 2009, Matrix received the patent for IntelliZone’s proprietary technology, which allowed it to provide ultra-precision tracking and define customized zones around each machine to suit the mining environment rather than having bubble zones, which are less precise.
Q: What was the vision in the beginning?
A: Matrix wanted to develop a system that would help coal operators better protect their miners. The designers envisioned a proximity detection system with configurable zones that would slow or stop personnel who came too close. It began as, and continues to be, a training aid to get personnel to stay out of red zones. Matrix wanted to give the mines a system, designed and manufactured in the USA, that could offer a balance between safety and production.