ASEAN-Australia Summit in Melbourne required the highest security protocols seen in years

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PM Anthony Albanese and the leaders from 10 ASEAN countries met in Melbourne.

This week’s ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Melbourne required some of the tightest security measures ever seen in the country, with 10 Southeast Asian leaders and thousands of support staff and participants attending the three-day meeting.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese hosted leaders from Singapore, Lao PDR, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Timor-Leste, with EventsAir providing the highest level of accreditation and access control to assist streamlining security.

In total, over 6,500 participants had to be accredited before having access to the locked-down Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC).

More than 10 EventsAir team members have worked alongside the ASEAN Task Force since July 2023 to check, review and process every approved attendee and then issue secure credentials to provide streamlined access to the MCEC, whilst maintaining the high security perimeter.

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Some of the EventsAir team on-site at the ASEAN-Australia Summit at MCEC.

“The ASEAN-Australia Summit was Australia’s largest meeting of world leaders held in Australia in the past five years and it was a privilege to be able to support the ASEAN Task Force and provide our deep major event expertise to ensure that the registration, data processing, and venue access control ran smoothly. And, from a technical standpoint it was flawless,” said EventsAir CEO Chris Ridd.

“On-site we provided photo ID security passes to all attendees which had a radio-frequency identification mechanism embedded in them, allowing us to be able to rapidly validate attendees as they entered the MCEC and accessed restricted areas.

“Prior to entering the building, ASEAN attendees walked through RFID gates or were scanned by mobile RFID readers and their bona fides were instantly confirmed. This was all managed through the EventsAir platform.

“We were very pleased that everything ran so smoothly and the on-site team, supported by our partner Touchpoint, did a fantastic job.”