Archive for June, 2009

‘Patroller’ begins rounds at Dominion Breweries

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Today Dominion Breweries became the first manufacturing site in New Zealand to benefit from the improved quality of on-site security delivered by putting staff onto the Segway Personal Transporter (PT).

DB also has the honour of receiving the very first of the new Segway Patroller models to be deployed in the Southern Hemisphere, marking another pioneering ‘first’ for Segway New Zealand and its clients.

FIRST Security Guard Service provides on-site security for DB, and they purchased this Patroller unit for use by their team on this site. The benefits of the Segway PT are well-recognised by FIRST, who already operate a half-dozen PTs at various University and Shopping Mall sites around New Zealand.

DB’s 13 hectare plant at Manukau, Auckland, consists of large buildings housing equipment and finished product, giant tanks, offices, carparks, and a large pond which serves as a water reservoir situated in an otherwise undeveloped paddock where a herd of goats are kept to control pasture.

From the first day with the Patroller hard at work, two benefits were obvious to staff and management. Firstly, the 2.5 kilometer perimeter could be circumnavigated in under 20 minutes, versus an hour on foot. This has enabled the number of patrols per hour to be tripled without increasing staff, and the overall ‘security presence’ has been multiplied many times. Most importantly, it closes the “window of opportunity” for an intruder to enter, steal and make good their escape undetected almost impossibly short.

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About 35 electronic “touch points” (iButtons) are imbedded around the site, to record that all sectors of the site have been visited on every round. Officers can touch these, as well as open and close padlocked gates – all without the rider needing to dismount the Patroller. The terrain around the route varies from concrete and tar seal, grass lawn, rough shingled tracks and muddy paths in the goat paddock – and the Segway PT i2 model has no trouble transversing the lot! At first, the client wondered if the x2 model would be required on this site, but was impressed by the i2’s capability (and greater range-per-charge). Broken glass from dropped bottles is a feature of this site, and the i2’s puncture-resistant tyres with ‘Slime’ added provide good serviceability despite this hazard.

Secondly, the Patroller enables the guard on patrol to respond rapidly when an incident is reported somewhere else on the site.

“I can get from one corner of the site to the other in 2 minutes on the Segway Patroller” says guard Wesley, “compared with up to 8 minutes if I had to run. Then, once I’ve dealt with the incident I can get back to where I was up to on the perimeter patrol just as quickly. In practice, this means a lot because we get call-out incidents occurring many times a day, and they used to create long gaps in our perimeter enforcement. But not anymore. Quite simply, the Segway is a magical device!”

The Patroller’s super-reflective shields and built-in reflectivity make it highly visible at all times, as Dominion Breweries is a 24 hour operation. The flashing amber-white front lights and red rear light are activated at the push of a button to enhance presence when patrolling inside warehouses where forklifts are moving about.

Read more about the Dominion Breweries deployment in the three page feature in the current issue of  Security Today magazine. Contact us for a reprint of this article, and previous articles about the use of Segway PTs around NZ in both Security Today and NZ Security Magazines.

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Patroller unveiled at NZ National Security Conference

Segway NZ today unveiled the new Segway Patroller at the National Security Conference in Auckland.

Exhibiting at this show for the fourth year in a row, Segway NZ displayed the range of Segway PTs tailored for the security, police and emergency response sectors.

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The Robots are coming!

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One of the most innovative uses of the Segway Robot Mobility Platform (RMP) is Marathon Robotic’s ‘Rover’ – a free-ranging robotic targeting system for live-fire training. This system provides challenging, realistic training for anti-terrorism, police and military forces.

Developed in Australia in conjunction with their Department of Defence and built on the RMP 200 platform, this ‘best-in-the-world’ system deploys a fleet of robots that can execute complex scenarios, move in and out of buildings, and go anywhere a human can. The robots are human-like in size, shape and speed, and lean forward when accelerating, back when slowing just like a running person.

Watch a video of the robots in action, find out more and download a spec sheet at Marathon’s website.

Segway, Inc. offer a variety of RMP platforms, including omni-directional crawlers, Segway PT-like self-balancing units, and a powerful four-wheeler. For more information contact Segway New Zealand.

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Segway x2 in new Wii Fit Plus game

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Just launched at the E3 Event in USA is Nintendo’s new Wii Fit Plus game and balance board. One of the challenges is the game is the ‘Segway Circuit’ where the player rides a virtual Segway x2 by standing on the balance board and holding the Wii Controllers (that utilise “gyroscopes” and accelerometers, similar to those found in Segway PTs). From Segway, Inc.’s press release:

“For more than a year now, Segway has been working with Nintendo to develop a module for the recently announced Wii Fit Plus game.  The game is the next iteration of the widely popular initial release; Wii Fit, which comes with the balance board and is used to perform many exercises.  The Segway experience module is one of several balance games that players can enjoy.  It’s fun to play and is sure to bring a new version of that familiar Segway smile to everyone who gives it try.”

Visit The Last Mile blog to see video of the game being played and more screen shots.

Wii Fit Plus will be available in New Zealand later this year.

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New model: Segway Patroller

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Segway NZ announces the new Segway Patroller range, available on i2 and x2 platforms. Developed through careful consultation with police departments and security companies worldwide to deliver exactly the features needed to make the street-proven, rugged and reliable PT an even better patrol vehicle.

  1. Rider-side-access Patroller bag with water bottle holder and key hook
  2. Upper shield for affixing organization insignia
  3. Optic yellow or white 3M™ DiamondGrade™ reflectivity for front bag and upper shield with additional reflective lettering for SECURITY or POLICE
  4. Integrated lighting system (either red/blue or amber/white) with handlebar-mounted control
  5. Comfort mats
  6. Belt clip-on LED taillight
  7. Anodized, height-adjustable LeanSteer™ frame with laser-etched height demarcations
  8. Wireless InfoKey™ controller with wrist strap

Options include lockable side cargo cases, accessory bar, InfoKey protective skins and alternative labels for Emergency Services and St John/Ambulance, and other organisations including Customs, MAF and DoC.

Well over 1,000 Police departments and other organisations have deployed PTs worldwide, with more than 12,000 units on daily patrol.

For more information visit the new Patroller site.

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