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

February 2017
Connected people, places and things. The number of integrated systems solutions is rapidly expanding, bringing data and gathering analytics from more points than ever. Smart and safe cities will continue to achieve operational and business process improvement from connected devices, including sensors, surveillance and other technologies. READ MORE
February 2017
Integrated systems solutions aren’t reserved solely for surveillance, intrusion detection and fire-signaling technology. Audio is the bright star on the horizon, especially as it begins to be leveraged more fully on the network. READ MORE
January 2017
The new year is upon us. For electrical contractors that continue to add low-voltage security to their operations, there is a light shining brightly on what can really boost the overall future stability and profitability of a company, and that’s the category of video surveillance.
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December 2016
There is no doubt that video surveillance cameras are a critical, indispensable part of security at the customer’s protected premises. They can provide general security and assist with human resources functions when integrated with access control. The mere presence of cameras provides a high level of crime prevention, and they can be used for safety, liability and business process improvement. 
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December 2016
When you examine an end-user’s needs, do you really know what they expect from their security solution? They want plug-and-play, like popular consumer platforms based on the highly convenient and adaptable iOS and Android operating systems.
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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.
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