Bollards, Barriers or Both?

Currently the Federal and State Governments, along with appropriate City Councils (such as Melbourne and Sydney City Councils) have installed strategically, a series of large concrete bollards throughout each city. As well these same bollards have been installed near vulnerable infrastructure such as Sporting Arenas and Transport Hubs.

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It would appear that the main purpose of the bollards is to present a deterrent to any person attempting to drive through designated Pedestrian precincts. It has also been noted that these bollards, temporary as they are, can be moved up to 40m when impacted by a vehicle, as reported in the Herald Sun and The Age newspapers

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AML Risk Management understands that the authorities are preparing permanent vehicle impediments for such vulnerable positions. An associate of ours managed the outdoor displays featured in the Bourke St Mall for over 8 years. It is without question a sensible strategy. During that period there were 8 metre by 20 meter display units placed at the head of the Mall on Swanston St and Elisabeth St. Similarly there were large potted trees and floral units strategically placed. These units would have certainly restricted the driver who ploughed through the mall, but because of the nature of the mall and its functionality it would not have completely stopped him.

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The tram tracks and its vehicles cause the open central section to remain unprotected so once a vehicle gains access it can still be a menace with low levels of control available. Trucks still do morning deliveries and require access at this stage to the mall.

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AML Risk Management can now offer a solution for major gatherings and vulnerable infrastructure. A full range of effective tested and proven barriers is now available from our supplier; Meridian Rapid Defence Group. The units have been deployed successfully both in similar situations in US cities as well as in areas of conflict such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

For your interest we provide you the link on the Meridian Barrier Kits here. As you can see these units are far better designed with impact ratings, inbuilt portability and a proven track record of protection at the highest levels of alert.

AML is positioned now to deploy these units at short notice where required. The question is not ‘will such an attack happen?’, it’s ‘when will it happen?’. Sadly the proponents of ISIS have already indicated that Australia is a target. From our position at AML, it is better to be prepared, protected and aware. Your personal security is our business and our concern.

 

The Cost of Terrorism

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According to the 2015 Global Terrorism Index, the cost of terrorism to the world was $52.9 billion in 2014, the highest value since 2001, and a tenfold increase on the same value in 2000.

The cost has been proportionately higher in certain economies as the following examples indicate:

  • In Nigeria, terrorism has caused foreign direct investment to drop by $6.1 billion or 30%
  • Since 2005, terrorism has cost Iraq over $159 billion, or 32% of GDP
  • The total economic costs of the 9/11 attacks has been estimated by the New York Times at a staggering $3.3 trillion dollars

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A detailed study on the economic impact of the terror attacks in Paris on Nov 13, 2015 found four distinct economic impacts which are applicable to terrorist attacks in any major Western city

  • The first impact is an immediate and sustained decrease in tourism which typically affects the whole country, not just the area where the incident occurred
  • The second impact is a decline in consumer spending as consumers reduce their exposure to large public spaces in the city such as shops, cafes, restaurants and major sporting events
  • The third impact in the psychological impact on consumers – the threat of terrorism has been shown to have a significant impact on consumer sentiment which results in families delaying major expenditure such as new cars, consumer electronic and holiday
  • The fourth impact is the significant costs and productivity lost through increased security measures including screening and access control to public spaces

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A study conducted by economists in the United States found that the economic effects of the publics change in behaviour are 15 times more costly that the immediate damage in the wake of an incident.  When surveyed 41% of shoppers would still avoid an area where an incident had occurred and employees would require a 45% increase in wages to return to their jobs.  The study also found that increasingly the threat of terrorism (without actual incidents occurring) also had a significant impact on the way people behaved.

In Australia, ASIO has confirmed that security operations have prevented 4 mass casualty attacks since September 2011.  Victorian police have similarly conducted numerous raids aimed at disrupting potential attacks, most recently prior to Christmas.

It is also important to consider the cost of ‘false alarms’ or false positives which occur when a full security response is activated in response to a suspicious object or activity which ultimately turns out to be innocent.

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In Melbourne these types of incidents have become increasingly common:

  • Aug 30, 2014 – Closure of the Bourke Street mall and surrounding streets following a hoax bomb threat
  • 23 January 2015 – Elizabeth Street in Melbourne’s CBD was evacuated after a bomb threat
  • Nov 17 2015 – Several streets in the Melbourne CBD were closed and buildings evacuated after a suspicious shoebox was abandoned in Collins Street near Southern cross station
  • January 10, 2015 – Closure of Terminal four at Tullamarine airport after a hoax bomb threat
  • November 20 2015- Evacuation and lockdown of Station Pier after the reporting of a suspicious package
  • January 12, 2017 – Evacuation of the Moorabbin justice complex after a bomb threat

In all of these incidents the locations were subject to lengthy lockdowns and / or evacuations.

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Determining the short term economic impact for these is at one level relatively simple – lost productivity from workers forced to evacuate or locked down and lost retail turnover both during the incident and in subsequent weeks.  Whilst this understates the true cost of these ‘false positives’ it provides ample evidence that these events are extremely costly and this cost could have been prevented if a cheaper and quicker way could have been utilised to determine the true risk.

As an example, using our modelling methodology, the 2014 closure of the Bourke Street Mall resulted in retail losses in excess of $200,000 on that day alone.  The evacuation of buildings surrounding Southern Cross station in 2015 as the result of the suspicious shoebox resulted in potential productivity losses in excess of $1 million.

Evolv – a better solution.

AML can now provide the Evolv Body scanning equipment for fast processing of large crowds. Each unit has throughput of 700 people per hour.

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Guidelines to protect Australians from terrorist attacks in stadiums, shopping malls and public transport hubs

NEW guidelines to protect Australians from terrorist bomb attacks in sporting stadiums, shopping malls and public transport hubs have been released.

The Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee has released the guidelines to help governments and businesses prepare for a possible improvised explosive device in places of mass gathering.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter Terrorism, Michael Keenan, said the guidelines were to guard against the threat of IEDs and were not in response to any specific threat.

“We want to ensure places of mass gatherings are equipped to contribute to the collective national effort to manage any IED threat,’’ Mr Keenan told the Herald Sun.

“Sadly as we have seen overseas in recent months, crowded places, such as public transport hubs, shopping malls and entertainment precincts, can be vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

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“While Australia’s threat level remains at probable – which means credible intelligence, assessed by our security agencies indicates that individuals or groups have developed both the intent and capability to conduct a terrorist attack in Australia – the incidents overseas highlight the need to be prepared.’’

Crowded places such as public transport hubs are vulnerable to attacks. Pictures: Tony Gough

According to the guidelines, violent extremists and “disgruntled individuals’’ have specifically identified mass gathering places as attractive targets both in Australia and overseas.

They warn that terrorist attacks against targets in Western countries with similar security environments to Australia typically involve the use of small portable devices, devices hidden in vehicles, or mixed-mode attacks where terrorists use explosive devices and other weapons, usually firearms.

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“A terrorist attack in Australia using IEDs is likely to be low cost, involve minimal training, and make use of precursors that are widely available (eg from hardware stores, chemists and agricultural supply stores) and can be bought without raising suspicion,’’ the guidelines warn.

“An IED target is often chosen for its high symbolic or economic value, its potential to generate casualties and public anxiety, or its ability to gain media attention.”

The guidelines give details of how buildings can be made more resilient to IED attack, including by creating “stand-off’’ space to stop vehicles getting too close to buildings.

“Strategically placed objects such as spheres, planter boxes, seats or bollards on the pavement at entrances to (places of mass gathering) can provide extra protection from unauthorised vehicle intrusion as well as increasing stand-off distance,’’ the guidelines say.

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They further give advice on how to identify suspicious behaviour but warn it is not an exact science and nervous behaviour might be “typical for other settings, such as attending a job interview”.

“Consider these behavioural signals: continuous scanning of an area, unusual perspiration, heavy breathing, fidgeting, rubbing hands, pacing, clock watching, exaggerated yawning, avoiding security/uniformed officers,’’ it suggests.

The guidelines follow similar documents on terrorism in public places and active shooter guidelines.

Source: Herald Sun

Streets of the future: Anti-terror bollards rolled out in Australian cities

UNSIGHTLY concrete blocks that line city streets and hot spots are fast becoming a familiar sight in major Australian cities as part of a move to stop terrorists from ploughing vehicles into pedestrians.

Concrete barricades are currently being installed in Sydney’s Martin Place, where the deadly Lindt Cafe siege took place, to prevent a London or Nice inspired terror attack.

A City of Sydney spokesman told news.com.au the council was currently installing concrete barricades in Martin Place, between Phillip and Elizabeth Streets, as part of ongoing work “to review and strengthen security in public places”.

“The City of Sydney takes advice from NSW Police and state emergency services on issues of public safety, including the installation of bollards and barricades to block vehicle access in response to security concerns,” the spokesman said.

Concrete bollards like these will be installed in Sydney’s Martin Place and other key location to stop London Bridge style terror attacks. Hamish Blair

Concrete bollards like these will be installed in Sydney’s Martin Place and other key location to stop London Bridge style terror attacks.

The introduction of the bollards is not response to any specific threat, according to the council.

“Barricades or bollards will be rolled out to other stages in Martin Place over the coming weeks after further consultation with NSW Police and emergency services,” the spokesperson said.

“The City is continuing to work with NSW Police on reviewing public places of mass gathering, on City of Sydney land, to determine if additional bollards or barricades are required.”

Anti-terror attack bollards are being placed in Martin Place, Sydney, where the Lindt Cafe siege took place in 2014. Picture: Justin Lloyd

Anti-terror attack bollards are being placed in Martin Place, Sydney, where the Lindt Cafe siege took place in 2014

There are currently over 2,500 bollards on City of Sydney controlled land but not all were introduced as anti terror measures. The cost for the supply and installation of a bollard can vary depending on the use between $1,000 and $5,000, according to the council.

A Property NSW spokesman told news.com.au it has also introduced anti-terror security measures “to restrict vehicle access at Darling Harbour and The Rocks, including enhanced security measures at three access points at Iron Wharf Place, Moriarty Walk and Zollner Circuit”.

“Under the NSW Counter Terrorism Plan, police support the owners and operators of critical infrastructure, providing guidance on appropriate risk based security measures to counter threats from terrorism,” the spokesman said.

“All security arrangements are made in consultation with NSW Police.”

It comes after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called for bollards to be placed in busy pedestrian areas nationwide following the deadly Bourke Street rampage in Melbourne earlier this year.

Some international security agencies and counter-terrorism experts have also recommended improving security following terror attacks by erecting concrete bollards.

It appears several state governments have heeded the advice as they rollout anti-terror measures designed to prevent a terror attack similar to those in London or Nice.

In England, armed soldiers now stand guard on the streets of London for the first time since 2003, guarding Buckingham Palace, Downing Street and Westminster. While there are no plans for armed guards to patrol city streets in Australia, one local who spoke to news.com.au, said it seemed like the “natural next step”.

A security expert told news.com.au that “bollards alone” will never been enough to prevent opportunistic terror attacks. But supporters of the initiatives say bollards, despite being visually unappealing, do offer tighter security in densely populated public areas.

Other Australian cities on their way to becoming what some critics have described as “fortresses” include Melbourne, Adelaide and the Gold Coast. And there are plans for many more to come.

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Concrete Bollards have gone in overnight at Southern Cross station, Spencer street, Melbourne. Picture: Nicole Garmston

Concrete Bollards have gone in overnight at Southern Cross station, Spencer street, Melbourne.

Concrete Bollards have gone in overnight at Southern Cross station, Spencer street, Melbourne. Picture: Nicole Garmston

Concrete Bollards have gone in overnight at Southern Cross station, Spencer street, Melbourne.

Melburnians woke up to more than 100 new bollards lined outside public areas including Southern Cross station, Southbank Boulevard and other key locations this morning.

“At the request of the State Government and Victoria Police, the City of Melbourne has placed additional protective blocks at key pedestrian locations in the city,” a statement from a City of Melbourne spokesman read.

“Around 140 temporary concrete protective blocks have been placed at eight locations.

“The concrete barriers will provide greater security to people visiting and gathering in the city.”

But critics have labelled the measures “ugly” and expressed concern over potential impacts on livability quality and tourism.

Concrete Bollards have gone in overnight at Southern Cross station, Spencer street, Melbourne. Picture: Nicole Garmston

Concrete Bollards have gone in overnight at Southern Cross station, Spencer street, Melbourne.

One Melbourne resident, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, described the blocks as “eyesores”.

“It’s only one step away from armed guards with machine guns and night curfews for residents,” he told news.com.au.

“Safety is important but so is keeping the place attractive for locals and tourists to want to live and visit. There’s got to be a better way to do it.”

Concrete bollards on Flinders Street during the Anzac Day March in Melbourne, April 25, 2017. Picture: Mark Stewart

Concrete bollards on Flinders Street during the Anzac Day March in Melbourne, April 25, 2017.

Concrete Bollards have gone in overnight at Boathouse drive under Princes bridge Southbank, Melbourne. Picture: Nicole Garmston

Concrete Bollards have gone in overnight at Boathouse drive under Princes bridge Southbank, Melbourne.

The newest bollards at eight key Melbourne locations are in addition to 66 already installed on June 10 in the Bourke St Mall and at Federation Square.

The first ones were installed after the fatal Bourke Street rampage in which a car mowed through crowds in the mall, killing six people, including a 10-year-old girl, in January this year.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the terror attacks in Nice and France had inspired work around making Melbourne safer.

“There is a balance to be struck here in keeping the city functional and doing everything we can to make attacks, events, crimes, evil like what we saw (on Bourke St) much harder (to commit),” he said when announcing the initiative earlier this month.

“There’s no time to be wasted here. The threat of terror ‒ the threat of hostile vehicle attacks, the threats to public safety ‒ are all too real.

“We weren’t going to wait around for six months or 12 months while planter boxes are built so they look better.”

A pram is seen on the corner of Bourke and William Street after a man went on a rampage in a car through Bourke St mall, Melbourne, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Picture: AAP /Julian Smith.

A pram is seen on the corner of Bourke and William Street after a man went on a rampage in a car through Bourke St mall, Melbourne, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

Police Minister Lisa Neville said the government had to act quickly and the current concrete blocks were only temporary.

“These are temporary, these are not what people will have to put up with forever,” she told radio station 3AW.

“This has been in response to international incidents and we just thought ‘we can’t wait’.

“It would be great if we didn’t need to have this, it does change the nature of our city a little bit.

Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has previously said bollards have the potential to make a city look like a fortress.

“It’s not my preference to have ‘fortress Melbourne’,” Mr Doyle said last month.

Concrete Bollards Bourke street Mall Melbourne. Picture: Nicole Garmston

Concrete Bollards Bourke street Mall Melbourne.

Concrete Bollards have gone in overnight at Boathouse drive under Princes bridge Southbank, Melbourne. Picture: Nicole Garmston

Concrete Bollards have gone in overnight at Boathouse drive under Princes bridge Southbank, Melbourne.

Mr Doyle today told news.com.au that council was “moving towards permanent measures” after responding to requests from police with temporary protective blocks.

“We’ll look first at street furniture, planter boxes and rubbish bins, which can be reinforced and turned into unobtrusive but effective safety measures,” he said.

“Then we’ll look at versions of the green “heritage” style bollards that you can see near Flinders Street Station and towards Princes Bridge.

“After that, we’ll look at fixed bollards and retractable bollards. We’ll take advice from the police on their placement.

“I recently travelled to Chicago where they’ve used flower beds along the footpaths, surrounded by bluestone, as a form of bollard.

“What looks like a very attractive street treatment is in fact an effective safety measure. We’re looking at this approach.”

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The bollards which will be installed in Surfers Paradise. Photo: Supplied

The bollards which will be installed in Surfers Paradise.

Sixteen anti-terrorist pop-up bollards on the Esplanade in Surfers Paradise will be all that stands in between an out-of-control vehicle and pedestrians.

The Gold Coast City Council is spending $500,000 to install the bollards across the Esplanade to help protect pedestrians from terrorists who use trucks and large vehicles to plough into pedestrians, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the bollards were so strong they could stop a high speed truck and still retract and pop-up for the next event.

The retractable heavy-duty pillars will be put up during major events in Surfers Paradise and in emergency situations.

Police and council workers will control when the bollards are in use.

The bollards will be placed on the Esplanade by the end of the year.

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Adelaide’s Rundle Mall has had permanent bollards in place to increase security since early this year.

“Places need to be safe and they also need to be seen to be safe. There’s a perception and reality thing we need to manage,” Lord Mayor Martin Haese told ABC radio in January.

Mr Haese said Rundle Mall is the city’s main retail area and a key public space.

The bollards are placed at either end of the mall and were designed to allow traders access in vehicles at different times.

Mr Haese said the council was continuing to work with the state government to ensure the safety of public events across the city.

“We recognise, quite unfortunately, that we’re probably operating in a somewhat different environment than what we were a few years ago,” he said.

“That’s a little bit sad in itself but it might be a reality.”

Source: News.com.au

Provide real protection against vehicular assault – Crash Barriers

AML Risk Management have recently investigated and tested a range of Crash Barriers specifically designed to foil both deliberate quasi terror attacks such as in Marseilles and Berlin whereby trucks were driven into large crowds of pedestrians, the London Bridge Van Attacks or as was the case in Melbourne earlier this year where a deranged individual drove through lunchtime crowds of pedestrians, killing 6 and injuring many more when he veered down through the Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne and careened on up Bourke Street until crashing. Crash Barriers can provide significant protection from such actions.

There are a range of rapid deploy modular security barriers available. Archer Barriers (pictured) provide flexible set-up fixed in place barriers at entry points, roadways and on perimeters. The set up is what is known as a ‘Rapid Gate’. This is often used by the military, energy and hotel industry sectors. It is non-electric, non-hydraulic and maintenance free. Drop and Stop barriers, the third option are made from ballistic rated steel and are capable of stopping a truck travelling at over 30mph weighing over 6 tonnes. The equipment in each case is fully mobile, non-electric, ballistics rated and fully modular.

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There are a wide range of applications including Sports Areas, Public Malls and Shopping Centres, large outdoor events, Transit Hubs and many other potential risk areas.

In the US such equipment has been utilised at the Grammy Awards ceremony, the New Orleans Mardi Gras and at the Ports of Long Beach and San Diego. In combat zones, the equipment has been used in Afghanistan at Kandahar Airfield. It has been used around Shell Oil Refineries where quick deployment can be required in response to terror warnings and threats.

Archer Barriers

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The Archer Barriers come in 3 size applications – Archer 750, Archer 1000 and Archer 1200 (pictured).

All barriers can be deployed rapidly with 1-2 men, used singularly, staggered or in formation. The units can be bolted together or anchored into the ground. All fulfil the highest US Government Safety and Ballistics Ratings. All are fully re-usable after impact. Suitable safety signage and decals can be applied.

Archer Active Gate

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  • A rapidly deployable gate designed for light traffic entranceways and built to prevent entrance pointbreaches by trucks and light vehicles.
  • Two-point connection interfaces allow the protective netting to be released from the right or left side, or be removed temporarily to allow vehicle access to a facility.

Archer Beam Gate

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  • A rapidly deployable beam gate designed for heavy traffic entranceways and built to prevent entrance point breaches by trucks and light vehicles.
  • The beam gate offers a protective woven net and a counterweight balanced beam that are easily lifted to allow vehicle access.

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Archer 1200 Barriers can be placed in front of the Archer Rapid Beam Gate to force approaching vehicles to slow down.

The Barriers can be transported, deployed and removed by AML Risk Management with minimal disruption.

Please contact AML Risk Management for further details, costing and availability. Where real prevention and response ensure real protection for the public and your clients.

Technology, Training and Professional Application

Since last week we have seen several more traumatic and tragic episodes attributed to ‘terrorism’.

Firstly there was the London attack – again on London Bridge. As previously a vehicle was used to ram pedestrians, but this time the multiple assailants – 3 individuals – leapt out of the van after its initial trajectory into the crowds and commenced to stab and wound innocent random victims. The London Metropolitan police responded within minutes and the three attackers were shot dead. Unfortunately in that chilling estimated 8 minutes two young Australians were senselessly killed.

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From a security preparation and prevention perspective, such attacks are difficult to deal with. Vehicle barriers designed to stop such attacks can be deployed but it is not possible to cover all areas. In these cases constant intel and monitoring of persons of interest is simply mandatory.

The incident in Brighton, in Melbourne’s plush suburban belt is a similar situation. The individual who staged the siege was well known to Police having served jail time and having an extensive petty criminal past. He was actually on parole and as such subject to mandatory reporting. Unfortunately the Parole Board and those in ASIO monitoring him were not in contact.

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In essence the incidents to date in Australia have, with the exception of the Hallam Police Station attack, all been carried by individuals with both mental health issues, drug issues and criminal pasts.

The real concern is to be prepared for a preplanned military scale terrorist attack on a major sporting venue, shopping centre, music event or transport hub.

There are positive, genuine, practical steps using purpose designed equipment and trained Emergency Response Personnel that can be instituted by the management of such facilities and relevant Government Authorities.

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AML Risk Management are well positioned to plan, implement and deploy a range of technology with the ability to detect, contain and secure venues from such attacks. With a combination of state of the art equipment like the Evolv walk through scanner and the portable Detectachem units, combined with well structured, well practiced Emergency Response procedures, AML Risk Management provides real protection and real security for events and high traffic locations.

Call now on 03 9326 2244 for further information. Be safe, be sure. Call AML Risk Management now.

Next Generation Threat Detection

The Manchester Tragedy has opened the eyes of any people as to the real vulnerability of large public gatherings to ‘Lone Wolf’ terror style attacks.

These are much harder to detect using traditional intel methods. It simply comes down to identifying those either armed or carrying explosives prior to entry into crowded ares.

AML Risk Management have invested heavily in ensuring effective Detection, Prevention and protection for people attending Major Events as well as the public entering Transport Hubs, Shopping Centres and Airport Buildings.

The latest equipment currently being tested by AML Risk Management is the new Evolv Edge detection units. With through traffic of 700 people per hour per unit these are incredibly efficient and a major advance on previous technology such as Metal Detectors.

Here’s a description from Fox Business News. Make sure to watch the accompanying video, link below.

For further information please contact AML Risk Management on 03 9326 2244 or visit our website

New Tech to Fight Terror

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Stadium scanner aims to foil mass casualty threats at soft targets

The terrorist attack in Manchester has exposed the vulnerabilities of soft targets like big arenas, but one company might have a solution.

Evolv has created a new security scanner that can be used to detect explosives and firearms, but unlike airport checkpoints, which are primarily used to detect threats to aircrafts, this is designed to address a different set of concerns.

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“If you’re worried about train stations, stadiums, places where you’re concerned about the crowd, then those are the things that security professionals are most concerned about,” said CEO Michael Ellenbogen in an interview with the FOX Business Network.

Ellenbogen says the scanner uses a combination of technologies to pinpoint firearms and explosives–without significantly slowing down audiences entering arenas and stadiums.

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“[It is] designed to look for mass casualty threats. The kind of thing we just saw in Manchester—suicide bombs, firearms, but very high through-put unlike the systems we’ve become used to at the court houses and airports, [it] will do 700 plus people per hour… completely automated—red light, green light. Most people that come through you leave all the things that you normally carry in your pockets, in your pockets. No more dog bowls to have to put all your stuff in. Walk through just at a normal pace and the system will automatically be screening you for these threats,” he said.

Even though Evolv is a new company, the core team has been working with detection technology for more than 20 years according to Ellenbogen.

“What we can’t afford to do is create another bottleneck… We started Evolv to completely rethink security and to eliminate the need for more and more bottlenecks that create larger crowds, larger wait times and quit honestly new targets.”

The system is currently in entertainment venues and stadiums around the world, Ellenbogen said.

Source: Fox Business News

Time for Action – Protection for Major Events

With an audience capacity of 21,000 people, the Manchester Arena bombing outcome could well have been far more devastating. Mass panic seized the audience after the sound of the explosion resonated through the venue. Most audience members were young pre-teen girls, teenage girls, young women and their mothers. It was an appalling target with ISIS now claiming responsibility for the incident and the resultant 22 deaths and 59 seriously injured concert patrons.

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The question on everyone’s lips is “What can we do to prevent such mindless acts?”. In truth there is a lot we can do. First base is most certainly intel via the Australian Federal Police, ASIO and other Federal Government Agencies and through the various State Police Forces.

But this presupposes organisation, planning and identifiable links with known terrorist organisations such as ISIS, Al Queda, Chechen separatists, etc.

The reality is that to a great extent the ISIS type movement is attractive to ‘lone wolves’; People like Man Haron Monis of the Lindt Cafe Siege in Sydney, the Tunisian truck hijacker in Marseilles, the gay nightclub shooter in Florida and many more.

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These are unbalanced psychopathic types who use internet propaganda to justify totally sociopathic acts. They gain bomb recipes and perform copy-cat acts such as the German Truck Killer.

This type of perpetrator is far more difficult to detect and protect against.

The AML Risk Management team believe that actual protection at Major Event Venues, Transport Hubs, Shopping Centres, Schools and Universities is possible with the use of both intel then technology. Intel provides significant risk assessment information. Upon recognising and determining that indeed there is risk just what can be done?

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Events at major sporting events, music concerts, music festivals all have controlled entrances. Transport Hubs such as Railway Stations, Bus Stations and Airports also have controlled entrances – to a greater or lesser degree.

Trained staff can monitor such entrances and when necessary, with the use of explosives detection units and soon to be released ‘walk thru’ scanning devices, it is possible to ensure a relatively secure environment is maintained for the public attending. The designated search teams (known as APUs) can detect the full range of commonly used explosives with simple bag scans. Such a scanning operation can be added comfortably to existing bag-search or wanding operations (eg. the MCG) or simply be deployed strategically to operate upon observation of suspicious behaviour or unusual behaviour (eg. Large Bags to Sporting Events).

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The APU team not only have significant Emergency Protocols that will diffuse and contain such a situation, it also has the equipment and deployment capability to absorb up to 90% of any blast or explosion (The APU team are trained professionals from Defence Force, Police and Fire Brigade backgrounds).

The victims in Manchester were ordinary people out to enjoy a night of fun – family members, children, mothers. It is imperative that we devise strategies that ensure this never happens again if it can possibly be prevented. The tragedy in itself gives Venues both the right and perhaps the obligation to impose some rigorous checking on anyone entering the venue. It’s time for action. Such tragedies can be minimised with forward thinking and planning. The detection of explosives is technically well advanced.

For further information please call AML Risk Management on 03 9326 2244.

Customs Breach Puts Community At Risk

Four Corners on ABC Television this week highlighted the ease with which a group of Sydney criminals imported a large cache (140) of restricted weapons into Australia over a period of about 6 months. The syndicate imported 140 Glock pistols – state of the art handguns – from Germany, with a high number having a larger automatic magazine fitted, converting what is a very effective handgun into a machine pistol.

You can watch the full 4 Corners story here

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The syndicate treated the risks posed to their enterprise by Australian Customs and the Australian Federal Police with disdain. Eventually, based on a ballistics analysis undertaken by the NSW Police with regard to an outrageous shooting into a public park and the discovery of multiple usage of the same weaponry in up to 11 armed robberies being investigated, it then became obvious that some very new and very serious weapons had been imported into this country illegally.

The program went on to suggest that this shipment in all likelihood is but the ’tip of the iceberg’. With clever tactics disguising materials sent by mail, with container ports shipping thousands of containers each day, complete surveillance is virtually impossible.

So in terms of the security requirements of Shopping Centres, Events, Transport Hubs and major Hotel and Conference Centres, what does this mean? Quite simply the assumption that those presenting a threat will not be well-armed or in possession of military hardware or explosives is probably fanciful. In all likelihood those that would choose to do harm can certainly without too much trouble apparently gain access to the weapons and the materials they require.

It is a very strong argument to remain vigilant. Prevention and early detection remain real imperatives.

AML Risk Management provide very precise technical responses to these challenges. With the use and application of both hand-held and walk through devices, hidden weapons, explosives and drugs can all be detected quickly. Trained operatives are positioned to engage would be perpetrators, contain any threat both with the use of equipment and process, and provide a full emergency procedure until secure hand-over of both perpetrators and weapons or materials to relevant authorities is possible.

Don’t be complacent – the threat is real, whether it’s from persons with a significant political agenda, lone ‘nutters’ or professional criminals such as Biker Gangs – be alert – be prepared. Contact AML Risk Management and ensure that you are fully and comprehensively covered in dealing with any and all such eventualities. Contact us on 03 9326 2244 or visit our website.

Remember 20/20 hindsight is just too late. Prepare, Prevent, Protect.

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Be Secure, Prepared and Protected

AML Risk Management are industry leaders in providing both the latest technical innovations and the appropriate teams, strategies and know how in deploying such technology and devices to ensure minimal risk, disruption or malicious attack in public and private locations.

The DetectaChem Trace Detection Unit is a state of the art unit and a good example of the innovative practices of AML Risk Management. The unit is most effective in identifying both explosives via chemical detection and illicit substances at control points. The AML Emergency Response teams are skilled in the operation and tactical use of this equipment, having provided such services at major sporting events and at the Melbourne Showgrounds.

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Not only are the APU (Asset Protection Unit) teams proficient in the detection of illicit, illegal and often dangerous substances, but they are trained and equipped in providing an emergency response, particularly where there is a risk of explosive devices. AML Risk Management provide a complete end to end emergency service including official handover to emergency services such as Police, Ambulance and Fire Brigade as well as providing all information and a continuing local presence as is required.

AML has access to a full range of first rate, up to the minute equipment suitable for use in public venues where high risk is predicted.

This includes equipment from ‘evolv technology’ designed to achieve the detection of person borne Mass Casualty threats. These units are particularly applicable in use for softer targets traditionally ignored by Terrorists, such as special event locations (conventions, expo’s, speaker events), office buildings, hotels, shopping malls and retail precincts, places of worship, transportation hubs (Railway stations, bus depots) and sports stadiums.

‘Walk thru’ devices quickly identify potential threats, with traffic enabling up to 600 people per hour. The devices detect potential threats that traditional metal detection units do not. These units are small, portable and enable random temporary screenings and random protocols.

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Please visit the AML Risk Management website for more detail on AML Risk Management’s services. We will continue with more information on these innovative and effective units next week as well as discussing crash barrier devices and technology for public spaces requiring real protection for pedestrians and the public spaces they traverse.