The History of DSC Alarm Systems

By: JoannC
You heard about DSC as the forefront of security and monitoring technology but what you might not know is the humble origins of DSC as a Telegraph Messenger Service.

If you heard about DSC as the forefront of security and monitoring technology for over 125 years, then you should know as well that their security systems are highly sophisticated, and that DSC offer unparalleled service and their superior DSC alarm systems are what youve come to expect.

But what you might not know is the humble origins of DSC as a Telegraph Messenger Service. So how would an DSC alarm system fit in the picture? Read on and follow the path the DSC alarm system took in history

Though the American District Telegraph (ADT) is formed through the affiliation of 57 district telegraph delivery companies in around 1874, it is with the advent of advanced Call Boxes and multisignal electric protection system in the early 1890s that DSC became a preeminent security protection company. Before, DSC function much as their name implies, telegraph service. These call boxes (electric signal devices) allow interactive communication between customers and ADT. And as an outcrop of the business and to further the development of the call boxes innovation, DSC started providing security and protection services to a varied clientele. Therefore, you can safely assume that the parent of DSC alarm system would be the call boxes.

These multisignal Call Boxes allowed watchmen at businesses to do more than just signal for police or fire department assistance, they also allow watchmen to send a specific signal to the DSC office, at designated times, to let the monitoring office know that all was well. And if a district office didnt receive its scheduled signal, DSC protocol was always to assume something is amiss, and help was promptly dispatched.

It was in 1910 to 1930, under the leadership of AT&T that DSC began to really shed its telegraph messenger service roots to concentrate fully on signal, security and protection service. In a very short time, DSC became synonymous with emergency call systems. It was also this time when the respected line of DSC alarm systems went out of production.

When war broke out, the resulting domestic manpower shortage drove the demand for better DSC alarm systems that would not only detect problems, but signal an alarm automatically. In essence, a cry for an automated DSC alarm system was made. Because DSC provided a unique integration of systems and services, it was a logical step for the company to create these automatic systems. As a result, automated DSC alarm systems such ass the Teletherm automatic fire detections system, the Telewave automatic intrusion system surfaced.

The following decades DSC continued the technological breakthroughs of the century, introducing a whole slew DSC alarm systems such as the wireless Safewatch systems, including the Plus RF and the Custom RF models; the stateoftheart integrated Focus system line, and a variety of access control and closed circuit television (CCTV) products.
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