Tauranga Airshow flows smoothly with Segway PTs

Four Segway Patrollers staffed by Watchdog Security helped the 2016 Tauranga Airshow flow smoothly on the ground, as classic fighter planes filled the air above on a very hot summers day.


Amongst a crowd of more than 7,000 people, the Segway Personal Transporters (PTs) played key roles in:

  • patrolling fence lines, where the public try to climb over to enter without paying.
  • regularly and securely ferrying cash from the ticketing gate to a distant building where the money safe was located
  • responding rapidly to on-site incidents

Segway’s i2 SE and x2 SE ‘Patroller’ models are specially designed to work hard in security deployments. They stand out in the crowd with hi-viz shields and flashing lights, and feature carefully designed cargo carrying capabilities suited to the needs of security staff. On Segway Patrollers, staff can make their way through crowds more quickly and more safely than by other methods (bicycle, golf cart, etc).

Just four watchdog staff were able to cover the same ground as a dozen or more individuals on foot, due to the ‘force multiplier’ effect that is illustrated in the following diagram:


Segway Patrollers were first used to secure the Tauranga Airshow in 2010, then again in 2012 and 2014. This year, there will be a second airshow in March 2016.

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