If you have a DSC (Digital Security Controls) home security system, with wireless sensors such as door / window contacts, glass break detectors, smoke, CO2, heat, and water detectors, you can now monitor them with rtl_433. The code is now in the mainline Merbanan github repo.
Only the 433 Mhz security sensors/contacts devices are currently supported. I will be working on other devices soon. I have almost all of the status bits worked out. I will be submitting a pull request soon.
DSC alarm systems are also sold under other brands such as ADT Pulse, and a number of cable/telephone company's home automation systems, such as Time Warner Intelligent Home. DSC is a division of Tyco, so you will also see DSC products listed as Tyco Security, though Tyco has a whole list of security brands.
These are fairly inexpensive wireless devices that can also be useful for a variety of home automation projects.
The DSC WS4945 - Wireless Door and Window contact can be used as a magnetic contact or used with any sort of sensor that provides a normally closed output. If you are using it for home automation without a security system, it doesn't matter if it is normally closed or normally open. It will transmit at any state change. The device also sends a heartbeat with the current state every 64 minutes.
The Vanishing door/window contact, EV-DW4975 is quite thin and small if you don't need the screw terminals for wiring up some other type of sensor. It will barely be noticed on most doors and windows.
If you are interested in decoding DSC's wireless protocols, or have any information to share, please contact me, I could certainly use someone to collaborate with.