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September 2014


September 1, 2014

  • The modern digital camera that we know and use today has actually been around for almost 40 years! In 1975, Eastman Kodak engineer Steven Sasson invented and built the first electronic camera using a charge-coupled device image sensor. Although rudimentary by today’s standards, his 8-pound, .01-megapixel, B&W camera marked the ground-breaking birth of what we know and use today in our digital surveillance cameras and even the cameras on your phones. (9/26/14)
  • On June 21, 1853, the world’s first electro-magnetic alarm system was patented by Augustus Russell Pope, an inventor in the Boston, MA, area. Those lucky enough to have one installed no longer needed to rely solely on guard dogs or the sounds of agitated livestock as warning of intruders on their property. (9/19/14)
  • Today’s widely used Electronic Access Control (EAC) devices can trace their history back to January 23, 1973, when Mario Cardullo patented a device that evolved into modern RFID (radio-frequency identification). His device was passive and consisted of a transponder with a 16-bit memory that used RF, sound and light as transmission media. A forward-thinker in the mid-1960s, Cardullo had already envisioned a wide range of uses for his device, from automated toll systems to security (id, automated gates, etc.) – many of which we commonly use today. (9/12/14)
  • In the U.S., the first commercial closed-circuit television system became available in 1949, called Vericon. Very little is known about Vericon except it was advertised as not requiring a government permit. (9/5/14)

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