Anthony Zagami, CEO
Anthony R. Zagami has over 30 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 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.
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.
SISCO pioneered specialized maritime security systems and
was awarded a fleet contract by Princess Cruises to supply an access control boarding
system that would photograph and identify all crew, passengers, vendors and visitors
boarding their vessels. Since then all major cruise lines have contracted with SISCO
for the installation of their (A-PASS®)
access control system. SISCO is recognized as the preeminent supplier of Identity
Management (IM) systems. FAST-PASS® is used
to credential hundreds of thousands of people daily in hospitals, schools, commercial
buildings, and many other facilities since it was first introduced in 2000. Mr.
Zagami pioneered the development of a customized version of FAST-PASS®
that was credited in playing a key roll in Accenture winning the contract (US-Visit)
for the protection of all U.S. Borders. Both products have U.S. patents and have
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.