A contingent from Segway’s robotics and marketing teams recently visited a Milton Cat (authorized dealer of Caterpillar products, including heavy equipment, heavy trucks and stand-by generators) construction site in New Hampshire for a photo shoot of a new robotics platform prototype, designed for R&D use in the field of autonomous material handling and transport systems.
Segway’s latest prototype is a heavy duty variant of our RMP 440, a rugged, all-terrain, four-wheel drive, skid steer mobility platform. This RMP 440 “HD” features twice the torque, as well as a wider footprint for improved performance and stability for up 600 lbs. of payload and a top speed of 9 mph. Prior to heading to out, the engineering team had established clear specs for this prototype’s speed and payload and completed some preliminary field performance testing. However, the opportunity to thoroughly test this beast in a rugged outdoor environment while demonstrating a product concept for the construction market was invaluable.
If you’d like to learn more about this new prototype or any of our other commercial mobility platforms for robotics research and development, please contact us. To stay connected with Segway Robotics, visit our website to sign up for our newsletter and RSS feed or follow us on Twitter.
He’s a jack of all trades, master of many – he’s Jason Hauntsman, Segway’s Facility Maintenance Manager Extraordinaire!
Jason joined Segway Inc. in 2002 working for the Quality Assurance team. Not long after, he transitioned to a Gearbox Assembly role. Several years later, after management realized he could quite literally do it all, Jason transitioned to the Facilities Maintenance Department. He’ll celebrate a lucky 13 years of dedicated service in June!
Jason comments, “I’ve been with Segway for so long for three reasons — I genuinely love the Segway PT. Even after all these years, I’ve never lost interest in how it can improve a person’s everyday life. I enjoy my co-workers. We are a close-knit, funny, bright, hardworking bunch and we’re incredibly proud of our ‘Made in the USA’ product. Finally, I really do learn something new every day – and I’m not just saying that!”
On any given day Jason can be found tinkering on the production line, ensuring it’s running smoothly and that Segway PTs are being built efficiently. However, he’s responsible for a whole lot more than that. Maintaining Segway’s World Headquarters requires him to have expertise in a variety of areas. Jason oversees the facilities’ HVAC and electrical systems, its waste and extensive recycling programs, manages outside building and property service vendors and he’s always quick to share his sarcastic sense of humor with co-workers.
“When it comes to the facility and the surrounding property, I’m a resource for every employee and department. Although some departments – particularly the motley crew in marketing – do take advantage of me from time to time,” says Jason. “Seriously, I have the opportunity to use a lot of different skill sets and contribute in many different ways. My days are never boring and I really like that.”
Recently, the Edmonton Police Services (EPS) deployed 12 Segway Patrollers to be used as an additional resource for its operational and community policing team. Superintendent Tony Harder said, “The idea was to provide our officers with a higher level of access to people, events and downtown areas – and to improve our patrol presence.”
Once EPS officers were trained to ride and they began using the Patroller in the field, its benefits became even clearer. Sergeant Maurice Brodeur said, “The Patroller is an extension of me. It improves my mobility and it’s maneuverable. I cover about 50 kilometers per week and I’m even more approachable than a beat man. I travel on roadways, sidewalks, through parkways, on the green belt and through the river valley trails. I also take the Patroller into office buildings and elevators. It doesn’t have limitations. There’s no better way to patrol congested areas.”
Patrollers are used throughout the capital city by officers and liaison constables who work in a variety of proactive community programs. “The reaction from the public is consistently positive. The Patroller is an ice breaker, it opens the door to engaging with the people in a way that a patrol car just can’t. Patrollers can change the way the public perceives police officers,” said Sergeant Brodeur.
Click here to visit our website where you can learn more, download spec sheets, view videos, review case studies and more. To get connected with the Segway Patroller team and schedule a Patroller product demonstration, contact us PatrollerSales@Segway.com.
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