It was a Saturday evening and it was about to get dark when as a 7 year old boy I arrived a home but this time it was different, I was coming from the Boy Scouts and this time I walked back home alone, since my parents had taken my brother and little sister with them because of a visit to the doctor. I didn’t want to miss the fun at Boy Scouts so I negotiated to walk back home if they would give me the main keys. I was a full grown up, the keys secured in one of my pockets and having all the fun a 7 year old can have when rolling on the dirt and running all over the place. I arrived home just when it was getting dark and nobody was home, so I opened the front door and as soon as I closed the door behind me I stood there in panic, I heard noises and clearly there was someone else in the house. Can you picture yourself in a similar situation? I closed my fists as ready to fight when clear heavy steps approached from the other side of the wall.
Back in 1966 in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, New York lived a very smart lady called Marie Van Brittan Brown, who struggled to make a living as a nurse and to bring home food for her two little kids. She worked on the night shift while her husband, Albert Brown, worked as an electronics technician. Life was tough for the Brown family, struggling for food and for their family safety. New York City was going through a “strike fever” and many public services collapsed or where going on and off, so was the Police, overwhelmed and struggling without enough financial support to operate. Marie couldn’t control her environment and all the violence in the city that engulfed her family, so out of need she visualized a system where she could see on a TV screen what was happening outside her front door, she shared this idea with her husband and together they built and patented the first CCTV (Closed Circuit Television).
CCTV has been around for many years and though the video quality and storage capacity of systems have evolved into our modern CCTV, they still have a dependency on that person -originally Marie- to stare at the screen and identify what is happening outside her property, this is time consuming and I can only imagine how staring at a screen all day, every single day of the many years that make up life is anything but a way to steal the joy out of life. With the final objective of bringing joy and safety to human life we are commited in developing tools that are ethical and simple, the name of our Journey is called Braingine, we love what we do and will be happy to share you how Braingine helps you improve Operational Efficiency.
And going back to that night in the 80s when I closed my fists and was ready to face the stranger on the other side of the wall inside my house … well, I dropped to the floor in agony and cried as I snuggled in a corner, hoping that the smuggler would somehow vanish in the air and paying attention to all the noises in the dark while my imagination would create the most formidable threats. My parent finally arrived and my dad took me on a tour through the house, explaining me the reasons why we hear noises in the night and providing me with another important life lesson, face the threats and control the monsters that our creative minds conjure!