Archive for June, 2014

Showtime for the SE-3 Patroller: watch new video here

It’s the newest tool for community policing from the company that brought you the Segway PT – and it’s got it all. The SE-3 can pass through doors, maneuver in reverse, is weather resistant, features hot swappable batteries and can be charged at any electrical outlet. The public safety community will appreciate how it improves mobility, maneuverability, visibility, interaction and responsiveness.

Watch this new 3 minute video here then contact Segway New Zealand on 0800 2 SEGWAY to arrange an on-site demonstration for July and August 2014. We’re taking the a SE-3 Patroller on tour around New Zealand to Universities, Shopping Malls, security companies and Councils, together with the new i2 SE and x2 SE Patrollers.

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Top Kiwi entrepreneurs and their Segway PTs

While it is not for us to be so bold as to suggest causation, there is certainly a high correlation between being recognised as one of New Zealand’s top entrepreneurs and owning your own Segway Personal Transporter (PT).

Lets consider three leading examples: Rod Drury (Xero, Trade-Me, Aftermail), Seeby Woodhouse (Orcon, Green Carbon, Voyager Internet) and Bill Buckley (Buckley Systems).

Yes, of course they all own Segway PTs, and….

Also, Xero and Buckley Systems were two of the three finalists in the 2013 NZ Hi-Tech Awards.

So there it is folks. The statistics are on your side….

….buy a Segway PT and the data suggests the odds are good that you’ll become a top entrepreneur!

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New documentary about Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway PT

Watch the first 5 minutes here of a fascinating new documentary about the life and inventions of Dean Kamen.

Dean’s inventions include the Segway Personal Transporter (PT), the Slingshot water purifier and an advanced Stirling Cycle engine.

 

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Golf: US Open patrolled by police on Segway PTs

Police in the town of Pinehurst, North Carolina are patrolling the crowds at the US Open this year on Segway Personal Transporters (PTs). Segway PTs have become an essential management tool for public safety applications, where they carry first responders and their equipment quickly and quietly around events.

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According to the Fay Observer, police have set aside their bicycles and adopted three Segway PTs to patrol the village and the course at the historic Pinehurst Resort where the US Open is being held:

PINEHURST – Lawson Thomas can weave through the crowded sidewalks of the U.S. Open with ease thanks to a new set of wheels.

The Pinehurst police officer has been making his rounds in style this week from atop a Segway [PT].

 “If there’s a call nearby, I can get to it quickly,” Thomas said. “I can actually move around easier than golf carts.”

So far, things have gone smoothly during the Open. Thomas said he’s assisted with a few minor calls. Thomas also has been the go-to guy when someone needs help finding a friend or family member.

“Being on the Segway puts you at least a foot higher, so you kind of have a bird’s eye view,” Thomas said. “I was able to spot the person they were looking for quickly.”

Throughout the week, Thomas said people have been approaching him to comment on his ride.

“Everyone thinks it’s neat,” he said. “It’s really been a good thing from a community policing standpoint because people are stopping to get to know us.”

The Segway i2 SE Patroller and Segway x2 SE Patroller are the models spec’d for the needs of public safety, and are widely used at events around New Zealand. The ability to move more rapidly through crowds on a Segway Patroller than in a golf cart is just one of the many benefits. And for roles that require a larger vehicle, the new three-wheeled Segway SE-3 Patroller.

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Rugby: Segway was the winner on the day*

Segway Personal Transporters (PTs) have a long association with the game of rugby in New Zealand.

Segway PTs packed with fireworks and emblazoned with silver ferns and lions heads were the performance centrepiece of the 2005 Rugby World Cup match at Eden Park (Auckland). A Segway PT played a key role supporting the SpiderCam at the 2011 World Cup throughout New Zealand, and since 2012 Segway PTs with custom hands-free controls carrying Steadicam operators have been seen gliding up and down the sidelines at hundreds of rugby and other sports games around the country.

Last Saturday night the mighty All Blacks (the name of the national NZ rugby team) played the English team at Eden Park in the first of three test matches. The Segway PT played a key role in filming an exciting match that ended with a Kiwi victory (20 to 15). Immediately after the match there was great broadcast footage of the Segway PT resting out on the field, surrounded by the players.

* the title of this post is a play on the oft-repeated phrase used by local TV sports commentators talking about a game after a match: “Rugby was the winner on the day.” Both in its original form and in countless variations, it has gone on to become a well-known Kiwi idiomatic expression.

Segway x2 with Hands Free kit for Steadicam use on the ruby field at Eden Park, Auckland (England vz NZ 7 June 2013)

Segway x2 with custom knee-steer hands-free kit for Steadicam use on the ruby field at Eden Park, Auckland (first test match England vs All Blacks on 7 June 2013)

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On the farm with a new Segway x2 SE

The first Segway x2 SE has been delivered to a farmer in rural Auckland.

The owner uses it to get about on her large property, where she farms dairy cows and horses.

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Segway Personal Transporters (PT) are a safer alternative to quad bikes for personal transport around farms and rural lifestyle blocks.

With little risk of rollover injury, the agile and capable Segway x2 SE can carry a rider plus cargo across typical New Zealand rural property. Cargo options include a front case on the handlebar and twin pannier cargo cases.

While nothing beats a quad bike when you need to carry a bale of hay, some fence posts and the cattle dog, if all you need to do is move yourself (and perhaps a dozen kilograms or two of gear) from here to there then the Segway x2 is a great option. Almost silent as it moves, and able to turn on the spot as it transverses grass, mud, and snow with ease, the Segway x2 can climb hills as steep as Baldwin Street (the world’s steepest street).

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More spec’s on the Segway SE-3 Patroller

The new Segway SE-3 Patroller is a natural extension of Segway’s Patroller product line. Because it is somewhat different to our well-known, self-balancing, two-wheeled i2 SE and x2 SE Patrollers, here are some common Question & Answers about the new SE-3:

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Q: What are some reasons New Zealand security, Police, emergency response and public safety services may choose the three-wheel SE-3 Patroller over the traditional Personal Transporter (PT)?

A: Compared to the i2 SE and x2 SE Patrollers, the SE-3 Patroller is meant for those missions specifically requiring a larger vehicle, a more obvious security presence without a rider aboard, or where an officer must frequently mount and dismount the vehicle.

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Q: What is the maximum speed, and can it be limited like the Segway PT?

A: The default maximum speed is 24 km/h. It can also be limited to 12, 16, or 20 kn/h. Extensive interviews with public safety officers confirmed there is no reason to travel faster than 24 km/h on the SE-3 Patroller — and most would want to set it lower.

Q: Is the speed intelligently throttled going up/down slopes like the Segway PT, and is there regenerative braking?

A: No, speed is not governed on inclines. Unlike on the Segway PT the brushless DC motors do not contribute to braking, so there is no regenerative braking.

Q: Is there a turning radius change at higher speeds or is it mechanical turning?

A: The SE-3 Patroller features mechanical turning, however, there is anti-rollover technology that reduces motor torque when the vehicle is turning quickly.

Q: Is there any suspension?

A: There is no traditional suspension, but the SE-3 Patroller has a large, low-pressure front tire and a cushioned comfort mat on the riding platform.

Q: If a rider gets off the unit, does it automatically turn off?

A: No, but the throttle is disabled if no rider is present.

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Q: What is the battery range of the SE-3 Patroller, and what impact will accessories have on the batteries?

Range is dependent on many factors including terrain, riding style, payload and tyre pressure. With both hot-swappable batteries and “charge anywhere” technology that allows you to top-off at any standard outlet, range can be extended indefinitely. While many accessories may be powered through the 12V power outlet by the SE-3’s batteries, the effect on range depends upon the accessory and how it is used.

Q: What’s the process to swap out the battery module and how long does it take?

To change the battery module, simply flip 2 latches and slide it out. Slide in a fully charged battery module and secure the latches. The whole process takes less than a minute. The SE-3 Patroller uses one battery module which consists of two 24V Lithium battery packs (unlike the Segway PT, which uses two separate 72V Lithium battery packs).

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Q: What type of key does the SE-3 use?

A: Unlike the Segway PT and its InfoKey, the SE-3 Patroller uses a standard metal key.

Q: Is there a yelp or siren sound?

A: Yes, there is a chirp and siren.

Q: Does the SE-3 have a driving light?

A: Yes, there is a high intensity forward-facing LED light.

Q: Any plans for a consumer version?

A: At this time, there are no plans for a consumer version of the SE-3 Patroller.

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