Black History Month

Black History Month Honours Marie Van Brittan Brown

Marie Van Brittan Brown was the inventor of CCTV and the Home Security System

Marie Van Brittan Brown was an inventor and nurse who lived in New York City in the mid-20th century. She is best known for her pioneering work in the field of home security, specifically for inventing the first home security system. Her invention was a precursor to today’s modern home security systems and helped to revolutionize the way that people think about safety and security in their homes.

Marie was born in Jamaica, Queens, in 1922 and grew up in a time when crime was rampant in New York City. She and her husband, Albert Brown, both worked long hours and were often concerned about the safety of their home when they were not there. In response to this concern, Marie proposed a home security system that would allow them to monitor their home remotely and alert the police in case of an emergency.

In 1966, Marie filed a patent for her invention, which consisted of a closed circuit television (CCTV) system that was linked to a set of peepholes and a remote control that allowed the user to see and communicate with anyone at the front door. The system also had a button that could be used to alert the police in case of an emergency.

Marie’s invention was ahead of its time and was the first of its kind. It paved the way for the development of modern home security systems that are widely used today. Her innovative spirit and determination helped to change the way that people think about safety and security in their homes, and her legacy continues to inspire new generations of inventors and entrepreneurs.

Marie Van Brittan Brown passed away in 1999, but her impact on the field of home security and her contributions to technology and innovation will always be remembered and celebrated. She was a trailblazer who broke down barriers and paved the way for others to follow in her footsteps. During this Black History Month, it is important to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of African American inventors like Marie Van Brittan Brown who have helped to shape our world and make it a safer and more secure place.

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