This device, called a SECODER, mechanically decodes the pulse stream from the conventional telephone dial. This unit was originally used for selective calling in mobile radio applications for the railroad. I can't remember how it was that Rick happened to have one. website
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"AboutUs CTO, Ward Cunningham and his college roommate Rick Wartzok, had better than average audio/visual and beverage capability in their dorm room, at least for 1968. While happy to share with fellow residents, they then faced a dilemma. What about keys? They wanted some kind of combination lock that had a shared code that could be selectively enabled, and a longer, master code for private use. The solution was Dial-a-Door. Now its 2008, forty years later, Ward has located the mechanical technology that decoded the combination, restored it to working order, and prepared a display which he will present at the bi-weekly DorkbotPDX at the Lucky Lab in Northwest Portland." Courtesy of Mark Dilley.