Archive for April, 2009
Formosa Golf Course and Luxury Resort offer golfers and guests the use of Segway x2 Golf Personal Transporters. Explore the estate or play 18 holes at what is internationally recognised as one of the finest golf courses in the world.
Formosa is the third golf course in New Zealand to feature the Segway x2 Golf, alongside traditional carts and trundlers. Visit Formosa (East Auckland), Titirangi (West Auckland) or Terrace Downs (Canterbury) to find out just how much fun golfing on a Segway PT can be. And look out for the dozens of private owners of golf-model Segway PTs who can be seen playing on courses all around New Zealand.
Security staff at Bayfair Mall are patrolling up to four times better than before thanks to a Segway PT. When walking, a ’round’ of the mall and expansive, multi-floor car park takes half an hour. On a PT, as little as 7 minutes. That means staff can complete up to eight rounds per hour, instead of just two. Not only are staff more easily seen elevated an extra 20cm they can be seen better too. In the event of an emergency they can arrive at the scene sooner, with energy to spare.
According to the most recent figures, typical New Zealand retailers lose at least 2% of stock per year to theft (“shoplifting”), which can cost a small business up to 20% of profit. Greater, more regular presence of security staff is an effective deterrent, and at about $1 per hour the PT is easily the most cost-effective method of increasing presence without increasing staff.
Worldwide, more than 1,000 shopping malls patrol indoors and out on Segway PTs, including all the national operators in USA such as Simons (155 sites with PTs) and Simons (125 sites with PTs). Mall operators report that car park crime drops markedly from the very first day the PT is on patrol.
In early 2009 tourist attractio Kiwi360 began offering Segway PT rides on location in Te Puke. Visit Segway NZ’s website for a list of all the locations around the country where you can ride PTs.
Tauranga Home Show (22-24 May 2009)
Four the fourth show running, event organiser Graeme Martin will be using a Segway PT during set-up and show days to get around. He calls the PT “an essential tool” for every event organiser. Segway New Zealand will be exhibiting at this show – visit our stand and ride the full range of Segway PT models.
Ask for our ‘Event Management’ case study to be emailed to you.
One of the Kiwifruit industry’s most progressive pack houses is about to start using PTs to move high-value staff around their busy premises.
Ask for our ‘Worksites, Factories and Forestry’ and ‘Maintenance Crews’ case studies to be emailed to you.
Sanitarium have launched a new breakfast cereal range – Cluster Crisps. The television commercial promo currently screening on NZ television features a dog riding a Segway PT zooming by in the background, a scene inspired perhaps by the recent You Tube hit where a chimpanzee is taught to ride a PT in a few minutes (see earlier News item below for details and link).
To create this advert several local production companies approached Segway NZ to provide a PT for this advert so a stunt dog could be trained to ride it, but eventually the client decided to create this scene using digital effects.
You can also see Cluster Crisp posters on buses and in bus shelters nationwide.
Segway and General Motors have demonstrated an advanced urban transporter called P.U.M.A. (includes photos, video and animation of the PUMA in action). Also, you can view the live public launch coverage on the Today Show in New York City in advance of the New York Auto Show. TVNZ/ABC coverage is here. And excellent Fox business news coverage including an interview with Segway CEO Jim Norrod is here.
The University of Canterbury is the Southern Hemisphere’s leading adopter of Segway PTs to deliver safe, efficient zero-emission transportation on campus while simultaneously reducing operating costs and increasing productivity.
They’ve just increased the size of their fleet again, bringing the total PTs in service to six. The latest PT adds to the security fleet, bringing the total being used in this key role to three.
Canterbury’s first two PTs were introduced in 2006 for mail delivery, and have proven spectacularly successful. Each of the three daily delivery rounds have been halved from 60 to 30 minutes, and annual savings of more than $20,000 per year were immediately realised by retiring a large petrol van. In 2007 they introduced two more PTs for security staff, vastly improving the quality of service and safety of students on campus. In 2008 a fifth PT fitted with tool boxes and cargo capacity went into service for the Locksmith (maintenance).
Since 2008 the Waikato Chiefs Super 14 rugby team mascot “Little Chief” has been parading the field on a Segway PT to excite the crowd.
The very first time Segway PTs were seen on a rugby field was at the opening performance of the 3rd test between the All Blacks and the Lions in 2005. Segway NZ provided six PTs for a stunning 7 minute choreographed show on the field supported by a 40 person choir. Three were fitted with lions heads and three with silver ferns, and all were packed with pyrotechnics so they trailed sparks, smoke and launched rockets as they performed a mock battle as a prologue to the sports battle that would begin on the field between the rugby teams soon after.