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Nighttime Security with Segway at Kansai Airport - Patrols at Station and Elsewhere Starting April 1st

Nighttime Security with Segway at Kansai Airport - Patrols at Station and Elsewhere Starting April 1st

Three Segways to be used for nighttime secutiry at Kansai International Airport. Photo: Kansai International Airport

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Starting April 1, Kansai International Airport in Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture began using the two-wheeled Segway Personal Transporter (PT), an American-made electric vehicle ridden standing up, for nighttime security patrols.

The Segway PT was developed by U.S.-based Segway Inc. in 2001. It is an electrically powered, two-wheeled transport device that uses sensors and gyroscopes to maintain balance. Over 60,000 have been sold worldwide, mainly for use by police, private security companies, warehouses, convention centers, airports and other facilities.

Kansai Airport will begin using three of the vehicles between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. to patrol the multi-story parking garages (P1 and P2) and the airport station concourse. The Segway PT is propelled by a lithium-ion battery at speeds of up to 20 km/h and has a maximum range of 39 km with a full charge. It has been praised for allowing the rider outstanding mobility and visibility from a high vantage point. An airport official said, “We’ll hope to make the airport safer by improving both security and efficiency.”

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