Canterbury University upgrades Locksmith’s Segway PT

Canterbury University has more Segway Personal Transporters (PTs) deployed than any other institution in New Zealand. For example, since 2008 their Locksmith and ‘maintenance man’ Ian Steele has been finishing twice the number of jobs per day on his trusty Segway i180 model, compared with when he walked and was pulling around a tool-box on wheels.

Ian built custom tool-box and parts-case holders for his original Segway PT, and along with mail delivery staff and security staff who also use a fleet of Segway PTs, he has been contributing to improved efficiency of essential staff on campus.

After half a dozen years of daily use, this week the university upgraded the Locksmith PT to a new Segway i2 model. Because of forward-compatibility designed into every Segway PT by its engineers, it will be just a 10 minute job to transfer Ian’s custom parts across onto his new Segway i2.

(left to right) The old i180; the new i2 with optic white Patroller shields; Graeme Gordon training Ian Steele; Ian immediately feeling at home on his new lean-steer Segway PT.

(left to right) The old i180; the new i2 with optic white Patroller shields; Graeme Gordon training Ian Steele; Ian immediately feeling at home on his new lean-steer Segway PT.

Graeme Gordon from Urban Wheels (Christchurch) delivered the new i2 and trained Ian about the new features, such as the wireless InfoKey with a remote controlled disabling and alarm feature. Segway New Zealand donated a ‘Patroller’ style LeanSteer Frame with optic white shields and had it emblazoned with LOCKSMITH lettering. Not only does the Patroller version of the LeanSteer Frame offer a large, rider-facing bag but Ian will be clearly differentiated from security staff on their three Segway x2 Patrollers with yellow shields.

Wayne Rigggall, Campus Services Manager, who overseas all of the departments that use Segway PTs says he has identified other applications where he’d like to deploy PTs. “Another department that I am responsible for is the University’s printing services. A Segway PT would be really useful for urgent deliveries around campus, especially now that there is so much construction going on around here. This has caused some of the usual routes to be blocked or narrowed, meaning longer journey times on foot. However, we’re not in a position to add to the fleet at present because all of our available resources are going into repairing and rebuilding the campus after the earthquake. While we have no intention to reduce the number of Segway PTs we use, increasing the number of machines in the fleet is going to have to wait until further down the track.”

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