Archer 1200 Barriers – Safety for Frontline Workers

Just one of the many ways the Archer 1200 can be utilised for safety. Six Archer 1200 barriers can be strategically placed as the first step to separate vehicles from our frontline workers.
AML Risk Management are prepared to deploy anywhere, anytime and tailor configurations to each unique environment. For more information email us at or call 03 9326 2244.



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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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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