Public safety roles for Segway PTs: Beach Hop, Balloons Over Waikato

This week Segway Personal Transporters (PTs) are being deployed in public safety roles at two large events in the upper-North Island. With Segway, Inc.’s release of new models earlier this week interest in how Segway PTs can be used in this role and across a wide variety of other applications is on the rise in New Zealand.

Balloons over the Waikato River flowing through Hamilton city.
Balloons over the Waikato River flowing through Hamilton city.

Balloons Over Waikato are using two Segway i2 Patroller models for event management, traffic control, security and rapid response at this five-day event based in and around Hamilton. 2014 is the fifth year that Segway New Zealand has supplied Segway PTs for use at this colourful event (see coverage of previous years here). The Segway Patrollers feature customised front shields displaying SECURITY, TRAFFIC, MANAGER and ASK ME signage – depending on the time and place they are being used.


Waikato Security Services are using their Segway i2 Patroller at the annual Whangamata Beach Hop – a celebration of 50’s and 60’s Americana, Rock’n’Roll, Hot Rods, Classic Cars and motorcycles.

The Beach Hop was first held in 2001, and rapidly grew to attract between 50,000 and 70,000 people every year. Sponsored by Sony, this year’s music highlight is Bill Hayley Jnr in concert.


The new Segway i2 SE Patroller and x2 SE Patroller models feature new and improved features including a redesigned LeanSteer Frame and centre console, integrated LED gliding lights, and a new range of SegCessories. The new SE range retains the wide, stable and comfortable platform as well as the proven reliability of previous i2 and x2 models.


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