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

December 2017
Power over ethernet (PoE) is a critical technology for integrated, IP-connected devices. Development and innovation in PoE continues to increase its capabilities, resulting in new standards, devices and methods to manage the technology for greater efficiency.
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December 2017
What a year it has been for the physical security industry. In the residential market, new entrants applied competitive pressure greater than ever before. Do-it-­yourself and self-install products hit the market from Best Buy/Vivint, Google, SimpliSafe and Ring’s Protect Security Kit, although a recent injunction halted sales of the latter.
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November 2017
Residential and commercial security products are becoming easier to integrate. Big box stores and electronics retailers sell security systems that enable users to check on their home or business from anywhere, with advanced features such as night vision, phone alerts and more.
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October 2017
Outdoor video security is tricky for security specifications because variables, such as topography, weather and lighting, can affect accuracy and catch performance. However, it’s one of the most important starting points for effective intrusion detection and is central to physical security’s strategy to deter, detect, delay and deny. 
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October 2017
There’s major disruption in the electronic access control systems (EACS) market. What was once a proprietary, closed technology sector within security has opened to align with the growing internet of things (IoT), data collection and analytics. READ MORE
September 2017
Electronic access control is one of the most proprietary technologies (beside fire alarms) with the largest installed base of legacy equipment in the physical security industry. READ MORE
August 2017
Attacks on the general public across the globe continue to mount, but they are not solely terrorist based. Low-tech improvised assaults and attacks are increasingly carried out by individuals or small groups. The risks have changed, and, as such, technology isn’t the only component of a successful security plan and specification. 
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August 2017
It’s sometimes intimidating but definitely necessary to learn the intricacies of camera technology. Before specifying surveillance for physical security, focus on the threats and the end-result the customer wants to achieve. READ MORE
July 2017
Mobile applications, an increasingly fluid workforce and improvements in product integration are changing the landscape of mass notification systems (MNSs) and emergency communications. The technology is more responsive and better directed in messaging to the masses.
 Keeping a close eye
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