Tuesday, 12 March 2024 22:50

EventsAir delivers for ASEAN-Australia Summit

Some of the EventsAir team Some of the EventsAir team

EventsAir provided the highest level of accreditation and access control to assist streamlining security at this week’s ASEAN-Australia Summit in Melbourne for the 12 Heads of State and the thousands of support staff and participants of the three-day meeting. 


Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s hosting of leaders from Lao PDR, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Timor-Leste required some of the tightest security measures ever required in the country. 


And, while there may have only been a dozen Southeast Asian leaders attending, when you add diplomats, academics, officials, media, police, and on-site staff, that number swelled to over 6500, all of whom had to be accredited before having access to the locked-down Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC).


More than 10 EventsAir team members 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.


EventsAir CEO, Chris Ridd, explains once bona fides were validated attendees were cleared for access to attend.


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


“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.


“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.” 


Mr Ridd said the entire EventsAir team should be congratulated for providing such a valuable service to the Australian Government and delivering this event so seamlessly.


“EventsAir is a very critical part of the security and accreditation infrastructure of an event like the ASEAN-Australia Summit. We were very pleased that everything ran so smoothly and the on-site team, supported by our partner Touchpoint, did a fantastic job.”