Deborah L. O'Mara

Freelance Writer

Deborah L. O’Mara is a journalist with more than two decades experience writing about security, life safety and systems integration, and she is the managing director of DLO Communications in Chicago. She can be reached at dlocommunications@gmail.com or 773.414.3573.

Articles by Deborah L. O'Mara

November 2016
Moving to upstart revenue streams and mobile, remote systems management is the way smart, low-voltage electrical contractors are doing something about the changing security and integrated systems market. They continue to adapt to new business models and profit centers, deriving a healthy chunk of revenue from service and maintenance and customer-care agreements.
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October 2016
The outdoor or perimeter physical security-detection market is strong and on the upswing. With continued emphasis on protecting critical infrastructure, utilities, water treatment plants and other potential targets, there is tangible opportunity for integrated systems contractors to provide security products and technologies.
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October 2016
Integrated systems contracts are low-voltage specifications created to meet the owner’s current and future needs. A bid specification can take weeks, months or longer to assemble. Winning the bid is a feat in and of itself, considering the market’s competitive nature. READ MORE
September 2016
Rampant technology refinement and innovation are redefining security. More technologies help ensure mobile accessibility. The realm of physical security continues to expand with a focus on intelligent solutions, data and cloud-based access control, integrating audio, video and detection technologies.
 Sounding off on audio
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August 2016
Electrical contractors (ECs) are bearing witness to dramatic changes in the physical security industry. Everything is moving to the network. Customers connect to systems and services with smartphone apps. New methods of delivering security and monitoring continue to emerge, and ECs can seize these opportunities if they are nimble and adjust their business models for a younger demographic. 
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  • Evolution in action

July 2016
Much has been said and written about analog video cameras and the move to internet protocol (IP) networked digital surveillance. Some predicted the demise of analog and takeover by IP devices would progress quickly, but clearly that hasn’t happened. READ MORE
  • Photo credit: Leroy Koetz
June 2016
Only time will tell if 2016 will be the year that the Chicago Cubs' 104-year title drought ends. For now, fans are reveling in new improvements to the stadium and the surrounding area.
 The improvements began several years ago and are expected to continue into 2018 or 2019.
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June 2016
Biometric technology has been in use for about two decades. It measures a person’s physical and behavioral characteristics, providing details that can be used to make more complete identifications. It can be used for access control, or to specifically identify who or what is trying to gain entrance to a facility or location. READ MORE
  • New options and customer markets

June 2016
At ISC West 2016, the security industry’s largest annual tradeshow, it was evident the winds of change are blowing within the category of physical security.
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