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Anthony R. Zagami has over thirty-five years of 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 holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and an A.A.S. in Accounting and Finance from Fairleigh-Dickenson University. His early professional development includes classified engineering and design work in the aerospace industry with companies like Lockheed Missiles and Space Corporation, Curtiss-Wright, and Grumman Aircraft.
Highlights of his career include the founding of Fair Security Systems in 1979, which developed and operated the largest radio frequency central alarm monitoring facility in the New York City metropolitan 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 which 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 U.S. and foreign government agencies and industries. AVSCO was subsequently merged into Security Identifications Systems Corporation (SISCO), which Mr. Zagami founded in 1994. SISCO shortly became the premier security and safety provider to the Maritime industry. SISCO pioneered the development of the modern day electronic boarding and mustering system used extensively throughout the Cruise Line industry and has become the de-facto standard that over 176 vessels are currently using.
Mr. Zagami has been published in many security 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 and various radio broadcasts, in numerous periodicals, and is a regular lecturer at the Maritime Security Council and the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS).