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NEW UPDATES Asean Affairs    23 January 2015  

Local company eyes deployment of human transporters

Brunei: LOCAL security and electronics company Oregon Systems is seeking to create a market for personal transporters, which have been adopted in other countries, in Brunei as a solution to minimise travel times for jobs that require walking over long distances.

The company plans to deploy the transporters in the country’s airport, hospitals and universities.

Alvin Chong, manager of Oregon Systems, said that the company is keen to offer the product which is best used in applications such as security and patrol.

“The personal transporters are useful because of its size. This comes in handy in places such as hospitals where a vehicle may be too big to fit access points,” he told The Brunei Times in an interview at the company’s office in Gadong.

At the moment, the company is bringing in three Chinese brands namely Airwheel, Freego and Chic-Smart, mainly due to its affordability.

Each brand has its own variation of the personal transporter with prices ranging from about $700 to over $2,000 for the ones used in off-road conditions.

Chong said that the transporters are environmentally-friendly because the machines run on an electric motor and are powered by a rechargeable battery.

“We’ve seen a few people use these for recreation but now we’re bringing them in because we believe that there could be demand for them particularly in airports, hospitals and universities. However, we’re not necessarily limiting our options to just those sectors,” he said.

In terms of product promotion and maintenance, Chong said that the company is looking to open a proper showroom by April.

The showroom will also act as a maintenance centre for customers.

Chong said that the company recognises the importance of making sure that customers are not left behind when it comes to after sales servicing.

He added that the company is in the process of getting a team that handles the maintenance for the personal transporters.

Oregon Systems was established in 1991 initially selling security software for computers before branching out into security systems for homes and businesses.

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