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Home Security Innovator: Marie Brown

Marie Van Brittan Brown (October 30, 1922 – February 2, 1999) was an American inventor who is credited, along with her husband Albert Brown, with inventing the first electronic audio/video home
security system in 1966.

Brown was inspired to find a solution to home security because of the high crime rate in her neighborhood and the fact that she was often home alone.

Her original invention was comprised of peepholes, a camera, monitors, and a two-way microphone. The final element was an alarm button that could be pressed to contact the police immediately.

Brown’s invention laid the foundation for today’s high-tech security solutions like Arlo video doorbells and wireless security cameras.

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