President, SISCO Corporation
Anthony R. Zagami has over 35 years experience founding and managing companies that develop sophisticated electronic security systems and software solutions. He has a unique and extensive engineering and business management background in both domestic and international security. Mr. Zagami has pioneered into specialized maritime security systems, Identity Management for the general public and airport TSA compliance ID check solutions.
Highlights of his career include his creation in 1979 of Fair Security Systems, which developed and operated the largest radio frequency central alarm monitoring facilities in the New York area. In 1985 he was appointed Vice President of the Man Barrier Corporation and successfully developed a patented electronic detection system still used in the corrections industry. In 1990 he founded AVS Engineering Corporation, a security engineering consulting firm that successfully designed, integrated and assisted in the installation of high security access controls and weapons detection systems in large military sites. AVS Engineering pioneered large site security system integration by incorporating CCTV, perimeter detection, and access controls for a diverse roster of clients, including Rikers Island Correctional Institution, Bacardi Rum Headquarters, the New York State Department of Corrections, and Timex Corporation.
Mr. Zagami then founded AVSCO Corporation, which developed high-end security systems relating to perimeter security, CCTV surveillance, biometrics access control portals, and specialized weapons and explosive detection devices for correctional and government agencies. AVSCO also provided security consulting services to many US and foreign government agencies and industries. AVSCO was subsequently merged into Security Identifications Systems Corporation (SISCO), which Mr. Zagami founded in 1994.
Mr. Zagami has been published in many trade publications and has lectured on the subject of electronic security systems and their application in combating terrorism around the world. He has been featured on CBS and NBC News, numerous periodicals and radio broadcasts, and is a regular lecturer at the Maritime Security Council and at conferences of the American Society for Industrial Security.
Mr. Zagami holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from Fairleigh-Dickenson University along with an AAS in Accounting and Finance. His early professional development includes classified engineering and design work in the aerospace industry with companies like Lockheed, Curtiss-Wright, and Grumman.