Meridian Helping Bring Businesses Back

Business owners are able to let out a sigh of relief as Meridian Rapid Defense Group continues to secure vehicle-free restaurant zones in the U.S. and Canada.
Its business as usual now as a popular Niagara Falls dining area has implemented outdoor dining, allowing local restaurants to re-open their doors.

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Vehicle Safety for Outdoor Dining

AML Risk Management have received Outdoor Dining Protocols (below) from our counterpart in the U.S.
Meridian Rapid Defense Group have not long ago begun deploying Archer 1200 barriers in outdoor dining settings.
The unprecedented move to provide Archer 1200 barriers for diners came into effect as restaurants began to expand their footprints to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions.

Outdoor Dining Protocol

AML Taps Military and Civilian Security Expert to Facilitate Hostile Vehicle Mitigation Planning Across Australia

Operations Specialist brings expertise in emergency planning as well as first line response.

Security firm AML Risk Management announces the addition of Glenn Brown as an in-house resource in emergency response management. Mr. Brown brings more than 20 years of experience in both military and civilian safety systems including incident investigations, procedures, risk analysis and management training. AML looks to expand its professional portfolio as it ramps up resources to address hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) needs across the country.

With a National Terrorism Threat Advisory level currently listed as “probable,” Australian terrorist experts warn against complacency toward vehicles being used as weapons of terror. Earlier this year, counter-terrorism lecturer and former Australian Federal Police officer Mark Briskey told The Australian replacing old technology needed to be a top priority as it was a “reasonable assumption” that Australia would see more vehicular attacks. He went on to add, “If people don’t move on with their security from this and look at best practice and how other people have done it, whether it’s in London or Israel, there are going to be big problems.”IMG_5084

Mr. Brown, a sergeant in the Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SASR), brings exactly the in-field expertise to deal with today’s modern threats. As the team leader for the Control Risk Group (CRG) in Afghanistan, he led the Australian Ambassador’s security detail which entailed direct safety of the Australian Ambassador and associated personal of the Australian Diplomatic mission to Afghanistan as well as route planning management, venue reconnaissance and assessments, training of local nationals employed by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) and training expatriates on the Personal Security Teams (PST) teams in order to maintain high skill levels and remain abreast of the security situations in Kabul, Afghanistan and the Middle Eastern region.

Mr. Brown’s credentials also include important domestic capabilities including work with Australian regulatory bodies like Safe Work, Department of Mines and Petroleum and the Gold Stealing Detection Unit (GSDU). His work has included the monitoring and enhancement of mines rescue plans for each UG, surface operation and first-line response to all emergency activities on site.

“Glenn provides a vital understanding of how to assess situations and plan for the best possible protection from modern-day threats,” said AML Risk Management Managing Director Andrew Duffy. “This knowledge and planning needs to be available across all of Australia.”

That sentiment is shared by Dr. Briskey, who has said that suburbs of major Australian cities and regional cities and towns could become more attractive targets. “A large regional centre — be it somewhere from Tamworth, to Wollongong, to Geelong — they’ll seek other centres outside of capital cities,” he recently said to ABC News. “Large shopping malls, weekend sporting events, weekend markets — all of these, unfortunately, can become alternative targets.”

AML Risk Management has prepared to meet these needs with the recent expansion of its vehicle barrier fleet to 450 units. The security company utilized the Archer® 1200 barriers designed and manufactured by MERIDIAN® Rapid Defense Group. Along with the PAS 68 certification, the Archer® barriers are designated as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology (QATT) under the United States’ SAFETY Act by the Department of Homeland Security. The designation of the SAFETY Act protects users around the world in the event of terror incident resulting in litigation. More information on the Safety Act can be found at

“We are excited to have Glenn join the partnership with AML and Meridian,” said MERIDIAN® CEO Peter Whitford. “Our company origins started in the defense industry and his background is a perfect match as we begin to set and establish new HVM standards in the Australian marketplace.”

Mr. Brown will serve primarily as the Manager for activities in Perth and Western Australia. His expertise will also guide on HVM strategic planning across the rest of Australia and New Zealand.

AML Risk Management have been providing security services for over a decade. With extensive capabilities from the highly-skilled and trained Asset Protection Unit (APU) and Emergency Management Teams, the Archer® 1200 barriers are a welcomed addition to the security services available at AML Risk Management. Managing Director Andrew Duffy and barrier coordinator Emerald Forrest have worked closely with Global CEO of MERIDIAN® Rapid Defence Group Mr. Peter Whitford, in order to provide precise assessments to clients for the Archer® 1200 barriers.

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Deciding on the right safety equipment can be a time consuming and worrying task for many stakeholders looking to maintain the safety of their people and the public.


We are excited to announce that the Department of Homeland Security have chosen to advance the Archer 1200 from a Designated item to its highest level of Certification under the United States’ Safety Act. Taking the stress out of the decision, organizers can now choose and rest assured that the Archer 1200 will separate vehicles from people and continue to make people, places and communities safe.

For more information please contact our office on 03 9326 2244 or email


January Marked Milestones for AML

January marked a milestone for AML Risk Management, as Australia’s largest deployment of the Archer 1200 barriers took place. 250 barriers were used to protect crowds at the Australia Day Skyworks show for the City of Perth. This was the first time that Perth had secured this event with Archer 1200 barriers for HVM perimeter protection at what is the largest fire work event nationally on Australia Day. They had around 200,000 people attending from the City of Perth and South Perth.

Meridian Rapid Defence Groups Global CEO Mr. Peter Whitford was in the Command centre which incorporated representatives from Main Roads, Police, Rangers, Emergency Services, All Traffic Management companies and City Officials. They were so impressed with the speed and security we delivered with the Archer 1200 product. As one after another of the old technologies failed on the night we filled the gaps with the Archer 1200 barriers.

Water barriers and other old technology kept failing with patrons using their cars to push them out of the way. As the police said when our barriers are in place there is nothing left to do other than wait for the event to finish. When the event was over last year it took nearly 3 hours to open up the roads with an uncertified solution, once the green light was given, the Archer 1200 barriers opened up the roads within one hour. This has never happened before.  What this means is the Police can now wait for all patrons to leave so there is no one on the streets, which ensures total safety for everyone. The city and buses were back in operation earning revenue and transporting people home in a timely manner.

Upon conclusion of the event, the team at AML made their way back to Melbourne in preparation for the second largest deployment to take place in Australia. 106 Archer 1200 barriers were deployed along Fitzroy Street in St Kilda to secure another successful event. Over 10,000 march participants were protected by the barriers. At the same time the team remaining in W.A. deployed another 50 Archer 1200 barriers at the Chinese New Year Fair held in the City of Perth.

With all three events concluding without incident, organizers of each event and other stakeholders are eager to see future deployments take place.

Archer Barriers Protecting Frontline Workers

As important as it was to get people tested for the COVID-19 virus, it was equally important that the health workers carrying out those tests were protected in every possible way. For that reason, Meridian Rapid Defense Group created a ring of steel, using Meridian’s Archer 1200 barriers, around the drive-thru testing station at the Rose Bowl.


Protection is Priority when it comes to Events.

With Victorians expected to experience an intense cold front over the coming days, many are highly anticipating the warmer season that is just around the corner. It is at this time that organisers are deep in the planning stages for their events which will provide the public with festivities and other outlets to make the most of the summer season.

Changing circumstances worldwide means that not only are organisers considering the general planning of events, but also the implementation of hostile vehicle mitigation equipment. Many available resources have become outdated and a portion of the available market includes uncertified technology. When the initial need for vehicle mitigation became apparent, the resources available were scares and left little options for stakeholders when securing event perimeters. Since this time, these resources have grown and organisers are choosing reliable and certified options to protect their people.

The Archer 1200 was introduced to the Australian market in 2018 as a certified product, purpose-built for the deterrence and prevention of dangerous vehicle intrusions. Unlike other portable barriers, the Archer 1200 system has received the designation of Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology (QATT) under the United States’ Safety Act by the Department of Homeland Security.


Meridian Rapid Defence Group, creators of the Archer 1200 system, chose AML Risk Management as their Australian provider at the beginning of 2018. Meridians Global CEO Mr Peter Whitford has worked directly with AML’s Managing Director and staff to ensure their clients receive the best possible service from the barriers.

AML Risk Management are able to provide a detailed and comprehensive assessment of any sites hostile vehicle mitigation requirements. This includes high risk areas, emergency access requirements and other factors involved in a deployment. To receive your free no-obligation quote or assessment contact barrier coordinator Emerald Forrest on 03 9326 2244 or email

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