Advanced Vehicle Access meets Mitigation

One of the most complex considerations taken into account when designing any hostile vehicle mitigation equipment is the ability to filter and allow authorized vehicle access. Such access may be required by event vehicles, deliveries or emergency vehicles.

When designing a product that accommodates for this type of access, the engineer must be mindful of the time it takes for access to be granted, the space allowed for the vehicle to pass through and the strength of the technology securing the access point.

Much of the portable technology available is widely used and suited for temporary events and mass gatherings, many of which require road closures. These road closures restrict access to the site which is likely to be heavily occupied by pedestrians. It is not uncommon for gatherings of this nature to call upon emergency services for reasons including fire and medical emergencies. Whatever the cause for urgent response by emergency services may be, it is imperative that they be allowed rapid access to and egress from the site to ensure that the appropriate action is taken with minimal interference.

Meridian Rapid Defence Group has carefully considered the necessity of vehicle access through the Archer 1200 portable barrier system. A 3 metre Arrestor Cable has successfully been used at previous events to allow authorised vehicle access without hindering the integrity of the secured area.

Other portable barrier systems may require a vehicle to be used as a gate, as they do not have the ability to allow vehicles access. Any vehicles used as a gate require constant monitoring so access can be granted as needed. While this may seem like a seamless solution, vehicles as gates are accompanied by complications, including the lack of insurance available for vehicles used for mitigation.

Where frequent access is required at a high traffic entrance-way or perimeter, Meridian has considered every angle of mitigation versus access and created the Archer Beam Gate. Made of UV and abrasion resistant webbing, this item is rated at 21,000 lb load bearing weight. Unlike other beam gates and access control technology, the Archer Beam Gate does not require hydraulics or electricity. The counterweight balanced beam is simply lifted to allow access for vehicles.

Held in place by two connected Archer 1200 barriers on either side, the strength simplicity of the Archer Beam Gate is unmatched by its competitors. Almost as impressive as its stopping power is its ability to be installed by just two people.

Upon impact by dangerous vehicle, the beam will crumple allowing the netting to draw in the attached barriers and stop the vehicle within 20 ft. This technology has been utilised by the U.S Military and energy hotel industries.

AML Risk Management were chosen as the Australian provider of Archer products. While the Archer Beam Gate has not yet made its way to Australia, 40 Archer 1200 barriers are frequently servicing locations around Victoria.

As event season rapidly approaches contact 03 9326 2244 or email to secure your dates for the Archer 1200 portable barrier system, or enquire about the Archer Beam Gate. More information on the Archer 1200 can be found at

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Archer 1200’s visit Sydney Security Expo

AML Risk Management have this week proudly put six Archer 1200 barriers on show at the 2019 Sydney Security Exhibition and Conference. In 2018, AML Risk Management introduced Australia to the Archer 1200. To date, this advanced anti-vehicle technology has secured events in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth with more deployments expected to take place across Australia.


A deployment of six Archer barriers is enough to secure a two-lane road, which is often required for outdoor events. Such deployment was seen at the 2019 Torquay ANZAC day march, which saw an estimated crowd of 10,000 attend the early morning service to pay their respects. The six Archer barriers stood tall, protecting the lives of those within.

With a significant background in security and emergency management, the Archer 1200 barriers have proven to be an asset to AML’s extensive list of capabilities. Along with security, AML Risk Management provide services including emergency management, trace detection and a highly skilled Asset Protection Unit (APU).


The six barriers will remain on display at the exhibition until Friday 26th of July with registration to attend the event still available. For more information on the Archer 1200 or to discuss you mitigation needs contact barrier coordinator Emerald Forrest on 03 9326 2244 or email To find out more about the Archer 1200 and AML Risk Managements other services visit

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Hostile Vehicle Mitigation has never been so simple

Hostile Vehicle Mitigation measures are being implemented across Australia, with deployment of vehicle security technology becoming a necessity. Events, festivals, markets and other attractions alike are factoring anti-vehicle equipment into the early days of planning. The deployment and installation of such technology can be a life-saving investment. While using vehicles as weapons is not a new technique, it has become more prevalent in recent years and a response to these events is needed.

Meridian Rapid Defense Group has been developing anti-vehicle barriers for over a decade. Meridian first began producing barriers mainly for military purposes and has since met the consumer demand for a mobile option. When it comes to providing a portable solution, time is everything. As many plans require road closures, it is imperative that a deployment can be done quickly with minimal interference to authorised traffic and event vehicles bumping-in and out. Closed roads, if not re-opened within given time frames, can result in fines for organisers. The Archer 1200 allows the organiser peace of mind as access to any areas sealed by the Archer 1200 can be re-gained with just a moment’s notice.

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Despite its impressive weight of 400kg, the Archer 1200 can be deployed in just minutes by 1-2 people. Not only is the Archer system PAS 68 certified, but has also received the official designation of Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology under the United States’ Safety Act.

“Introducing the Archers to Australia was a win for any and all proceedings drawing large crowds” says Managing Director Andrew Duffy.
“Organisers have told us how satisfied they are to have a certified solution readily available. The old un-certified technology just isn’t enough anymore”.

One of the many features attracting organisers is the Archers modular design which allows for diverse configurations. Not only can the barriers be configured to suit the environment, but also to suit varied threat levels. At any given time during a deployment, the barriers may be re-configured to suit changing situations.

To receive a free no-obligation quote and assessment call 03 9326 2244 or email For more information on the Archer 1200 and other services visit

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Torquay ANZAC Service Took Every Step Towards Safety

War memorials and landmarks could still be seen surrounded by flowers and other tributes days after ANZAC Day dawn services took place across Australia. People of all ages gathered in the early hours of the morning to pay their respects to those who fought and lost their lives.

In 2018 AML Risk Management deployed 6 Archer 1200 portable anti-vehicle barriers in order to secure and protect attendees and marchers at the event. This hostile vehicle mitigation technology was once again deployed at the event in 2019. With global threats to public safety remaining prevalent, organisers of the Torquay service were adamant that ANZAC Day commemorations should be risk free and every angle of safety was considered.

The 6 Archer barriers were placed at the March entrance point on The Esplanade in Torquay. All participating personnel and vehicles entered through the Archer 1200 barriers via a 3 metre access point designed to allow authorised access as desired. Once the access point was no longer required, the gap was then sealed by purpose-built accessories. Pedestrians are then able to freely flow between all other barriers as they are placed closer together and do not allow any vehicle access.


Andrew Duffy, Managing Director of AML Risk Management oversaw the deployment for the second year in a row. “It is essential and our absolute priority that people are protected” says Andrew Duffy.
“Doing that [protecting the public] without hindering schedules or vehicle movement is vital to any event at any capacity”.


AML Risk Management became the Australian provider of the world’s most effective portable barrier in early 2018. Since then the team have continued to work closely with Meridian Rapid Defence Groups Global CEO Mr Peter Whitford to provide high quality hostile vehicle mitigation solutions.

The Archer 1200 portable barrier is a great asset to the safety of any location. For more information visit To enquire and discuss your mitigation needs please email or telephone 03 9326 2244 and ask for Coordinator Emerald Forrest.

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Sydney Show Finished Safe and Sound

Over the past 16 months, AML Risk Management have made their number one priority ensuring public safety through the use of one of the most advanced pieces of Portable Hostile Vehicle Mitigation equipment. Engineered and manufactured by Meridian Rapid Defence Group in the United States, the Archer 1200 is the world’s strongest and most effective portable vehicle barrier.


Initially Meridian began creating fixed solutions mainly for military use, however a need for a portable solution became ever-present and thus the Archer 1200 was born. Through the evident changes to global threat levels and the prevalence of vehicle attacks on the rise in recent years, a significant number of stakeholders are seeking a rapid solution which suits the smaller time frame of annual events. The Archer 1200 portable anti-vehicle barrier has a wide diversity of deployment options making it suitable to different environments and threat levels.

Most recently the Archer 1200’s have been seen at the 2019 Sydney Royal Easter Show. Securing the site entry was a necessity for the 2019 event and was complete by strategically deploying 20 Archer barriers. The barriers could be seen at two critical entry points of the show, with emergency access cables put into play. Over the 12 day event patrons noticed the barriers and were left feeling a sense of security.


AML Risk Management have supplied portable barriers to Melbourne, Sydney and Perth and intend on continuing the provision hostile vehicle solutions. “Breach by hostile vehicle is a threat that shouldn’t be taken lightly” says Managing Director Andrew Duffy who over-saw the recent deployment at the Sydney Show.

Deployment configurations are determined and explained in a free no-obligation assessment. Deployment times, environment, threat levels and access are all factors considered during the process of assessing an event or location in order to deploy the barriers in the most beneficial way. To enquire or discuss your mitigation needs telephone 03 9326 2244 or email To learn more about the Archer 1200 visit

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Sydney Royal Easter Show Introduces NSW to the Worlds Strongest Portable Vehicle Barrier

An exciting new addition has been made to the safety and security planning of the 2019 Sydney Royal Easter Show. This year, over the 12 days of the event, 20 Archer 1200 barriers will be securing two areas around the site to safeguard the public from breach by dangerous vehicles. This is the first appearance the barriers have made in New South Wales after 12 months of securing events in Melbourne. The barriers are expected to continue securing sites in Sydney as the 20 barriers will remain in New South Wales upon conclusion of the Royal Easter Show.

In March 2018 AML Risk Management proudly introduced the Archer 1200 portable hostile vehicle mitigation barriers into the list of Melbourne’s available safety and security resources. While a range of products are readily available to secure events the Archer 1200 remains the only portable barrier to hold Certification of the United States’ Safety Act. Since their debut deployment in Australia at the 2018 South Melbourne Market Mussel & Jazz festival, the Archer 1200 has secured events across Melbourne and Perth. The unique engineering of the Archer 1200 allows organisers a simple, fast and effective solution to risk of vehicle intrusion.


Events and festivities across Australia are no strangers to the ever-changing conditions of the outdoors. From markets to music events and everything in between, attendees are rarely deterred by varied temperatures and weather settings. With the public displaying a dedicated and enthusiastic attitude towards outdoor events in public spaces, organisers must remain vigilant when it comes to providing a safe and secured environment both externally and internally.

Reflecting on changing global circumstances over recent years, the prevalence of incidents involving individuals or groups intent on causing harm and inducing fear has increased. While fatalities and injuries inflicted by such occurrences have caused deep sadness across nations, reactions have been that of unity to show strength and resilience during these times. Implementing mitigation strategies such as the Archer 1200 anti-vehicle system is one of the many ways organisers are responding to ensure public safety.

Melbourne and Sydney now have immediate access to the Archer 1200 system. With its modular and versatile design, this system is not limited in its ability to protect. Each event or location may present specific requirements and varied threat levels, both of which can be factored into any deployment configuration put into place. For a free quote or assessment call 03 9326 2244 and ask for barrier coordinator, Emerald Forrest, or email AML Risk Management are able to provide a no-obligation comprehensive plan and deployment configuration based on the unique needs of each client. Further information can be found at

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Back to Where We Began – Archer 1200 Marks One Year Anniversary

22 Archer 1200 Anti-Vehicle barriers have once again been strategically placed along the borders of the South Melbourne Markets Mussel and Jazz Festival. Over the Labour Day weekend, the barriers secured the event which saw an array of chefs and jazz artists assembled on Cecil Street, providing two days of entertainment and seafood with no shortage of variety.

In 2018 the initial fleet of 18 Archer 1200 barriers reached Australian shores. Within 48 hours of arriving in Australia the barriers were deployed for the first time at the South Melbourne Markets 2018 Mussel and Jazz festival. The deployment of the barriers at the 2019 event marks the one year anniversary of their arrival.


Over the past 12 months the number of barriers available in Australia has grown from just 18 to 40 with preparations underway to continue this increase. Organisers and stakeholders spend months creating in-depth plans for the safety of their respective event or location which now factor in the risk of a vehicle breach, causing a demand for an increase of the portable vehicle barriers. With changing circumstances world-wide, securing the safety of patrons, staff and vendors through the use of anti-vehicle barriers has rapidly become a high priority.

Since AML Risk Management began deploying anti-vehicle barriers in 2018, Archer 1200’s have secured festivals and commemorative days in Melbourne and Perth. Along with the Mussel festival, the barriers have successfully secured Torquay’s ANZAC Day Dawn Service, Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight, the Melbourne Marathon, Police Remembrance Day March, Midsumma Pride March, the South Melbourne Markets Summer Night Market and more.

The unique and modular design of the Archer 1200 barriers gives them the ability to stop a vehicle in its tracks. Unlike other vehicle mitigating technology, Archer 1200’s are able to be rapidly deployed and removed without the use of electricity, hydraulics or heavy machinery. Configurations can be designed to suit the environment, or increase the hardening of the perimeter in the event of changing threat levels. Along with its many features, the Archer 1200’s have also now received the designation of Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology under the United States’ Safety Act by the Department of Homeland Security.

For more information on the designation of the Safety Act, or to request and free no-obligation quote or assessment please call 03 9326 2244 and ask for coordinator Emerald Forrest or email

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Summer Market – Planned to Protect

Summer is well and truly here and has brought with it a stimulating variety of festivals, markets and concerts. Australians are embracing the heat by staying outdoors in the warm evenings with the events on offer providing entertainment and the perfect place to unwind. This event season has seen concerts with sounds from across the decades such as electronic music, rock and classical meaning anyone and everyone can find something to suit their taste. There is no shortage of food either with the extraordinarily diverse range on offer thanks to weekend and evening markets supplying authentic cuisines from around the globe.

The South Melbourne Market has this year, once again, hosted its annual Night Market. Entertainment is available for all ages, with a smorgasbord of food on offer. As the market draws to a close with its final night taking place on the 28th of February, crowds have noticed the new safety feature lining the perimeter of the event site.


22 Archer 1200 portable anti-vehicle barriers have secured the 2019 night market since this year’s first event. The portable barriers are designed to stand against modern-day threats to public safety and are the strongest and most effective portable barrier in the world. Meridian Rapid Defence Group in the US began creating portable barriers in the defence sector over a decade ago with the first design, an anchored barrier system, intended for use at military facilities. Changing circumstances world-wide meant that there became a global need for access to a more mobile solution and thus the Archer 1200 was born.

In early 2018 the Archer 1200’s made their debut appearance in Melbourne at the South Melbourne Markets Mussel and Jazz festival. Since then the barriers have been used at events such as the Police Remembrance march, Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight and the ANZAC Day Dawn Service held in Torquay.

The archer 1200 is modular by design with configurations able to adapt based on the environment and changing threat levels. Any movements of the barriers weighing an impressive 400kg, can be accomplished and complete within minutes by just 1-2 people through the use of purpose-built equipment. Organisers everywhere are opting for the Archer 1200 due to its rapid deployment times and user-friendly installation. Other vehicle mitigating solutions which have been used previously and are not as effective as the Archer 1200, have proven to be costly with time-consuming and complicated deployment processes. Meridian Rapid Defence Group have engineered and manufactured the Archer 1200 with a clear understanding that when preparing for an event, time is of the essence.

AML Risk Management understand that each event and location are unique with specific requirements. By completing a consultation and site assessments a tailor-made plan and quote can be provided to anyone considering hostile vehicle mitigation. For more information please visit To book your no obligation consultation call 03 9326 2244 and ask for Barrier Coordinator, Emerald Forrest or email us at

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Proudly Protecting Pride – Anti-Vehicle Barriers Secure Midsumma March

Sweltering temperatures failed to deter participants and spectators from attending the 2019 Midsumma Pride March on Sunday 3rd of February 2019. Thousands lined the streets to show their support to the LGBTQIAP+ community. The Parade commenced with a thrilling display from the Dykes on Bikes group. With their roaring engines marking the first wave of marchers, spectators edged as close as possible to the parade and cheered as the colourful bike procession made its way down Fitzroy Street towards Catani Gardens.

Each year Midsumma Pride March has attracted crowds from all across Victoria, with a remarkable number of businesses and organisations participating in the event. Victoria Police had a more than 150 officers taking part in the march, escorted by the distinctive sounds of the Victoria Police Pipe Band. Life Saving Victoria also had significant involvement in the event with representatives distributing refreshing ice tea as an aid to the extreme heat.

Midsumma Pride March had a dedicated team coordinating the logistics of the parade. With such a large number of participants all hands were on deck to ensure the event operations ran without a hitch and all were pleased with the celebration.


Since beginning portable hostile vehicle barrier deployments in 2018, the Midsumma Pride March required the largest deployment of Archer 1200 anti-vehicle barriers completed by AML Risk Management. 40 of the resilient barriers were placed at the beginning and end of the Fitzroy Street parade route, with a few of them aiding other mitigating technology discreetly on side streets.

In January 2019, 18 Archer 1200 barriers were added to the 22 units based in Melbourne. The increase comes after a rise in demand for hostile vehicle mitigation barriers required to secure events. In 2018 the first fleet of 18 Archer barriers made their debut appearance in Melbourne at the South Melbourne Markets 2018 Mussel and Jazz Festival. Since this first deployment the barriers have begun to appear across Melbourne and were also a part of Australia Day celebrations in South Perth.


“Hostile vehicle intrusion is an ongoing threat that shouldn’t be ignored” says AML Risk Managements Managing Director Andrew Duffy. “The duty of care to patrons at any event should involve considering and adapting to the possibility of breach by hostile vehicle”.

AML Risk Management Pty Ltd are able to complete a detailed assessment for any location or event considering implementing hostile vehicle barriers. For more information on the Archer 1200 anti-vehicle barriers please visit If you would like to discuss a free no-obligation quote or assessment please contact barrier coordinator Emerald Forrest on 03 9326 2244 or email

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Archer Barriers Make Perth Debut

Australians everywhere have embraced the true spirit of Australia Day over the long weekend. Whether attending a barbeque with friends and family or joining the festivities each major city had to offer, there was no shortage of celebrations. With most major cities concluding the day with a fireworks display, the City of South Perth put on a particularly stirring demonstration at the Skyshow along the South Perth foreshore.

The Skyshow came in conclusion to the family friendly Celebration Day which began at 1:30pm with the peak attendance at approximately 7:00pm. A crowd of over 300,000 was expected to attend the Skyshow making it one of the largest Australia day events. Families, couples and people of all ages attended and watched in awe of the spectacular show and were not disappointed by the extensive display. Both sides of the Swan River were lined with people settling in to get the best possible view for the night.

With crowds at this capacity the logistics behind the event require detailed planning and assessments to ensure safety for all, over the duration of the day. Security guards were placed over the site to assist patrons and police could be found all around to maintain public order. Many road closures and traffic diversions were put into place throughout the day in preparation for the large expected attendance.

Implemented along with traffic management equipment, the Archer 1200 portable barrier system was positioned at the entrance to the carpark next to the foreshore. Soft technologies such as traffic cones and street closure signs were placed as the initial vehicle diversion. Strategically located a few metres behind, was a secure line of 6 Archer 1200 barriers. Each barrier was connected to the next, in order to stop any potential breach by dangerous vehicles.


In 2018 the Archer 1200 barrier, engineered and manufactured by Meridian Rapid Defence Group, was introduce to Melbourne Australia. AML Risk Management Pty Ltd was chosen as the Australia provider for barrier rentals. Since the barriers arrival, the Archer 1200’s have been used to secure events throughout Melbourne including the 2018 Police Remembrance March and Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight. Making their debut appearance in Perth at the City of South Perth’s Celebration Day, the Archer 1200 system can be expected to be seen more frequently in Western Australia.


AML Risk Management Pty Ltd are able to provide a detailed assessment and quote for any event or location in need of hostile vehicle mitigation barriers. For imformation please visit our website. To discuss you mitigation needs please contact 03 9326 2244 and ask for Coordinator Emerald Forrest, or email