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

August 2015
Contractors and their customers­­ are looking at the specification possibilities for long-range transmission-reading technologies as a standalone solution or piggybacked on proximity (hands-free) and smart card access control.
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July 2015
Global positioning systems (GPS) and radio frequency identification (RFID) are receiving renewed attention for security, operations management and logistical applications, bringing new sources of revenue to installing contractors and additional benefits to their customers.
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June 2015
Don’t blink! If you do, you may miss some of the rapidly developing changes occurring in the technology sector.
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June 2015
In its basic form, commissioning means testing every device, process and procedure in an integrated systems solution to ensure the final specification operates as planned and according to the owner’s design. 
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  • Services beyond security

June 2015
Not a day passes without reference to cloud-based or hosted services. Consumers use cloud services every day with online banking, and now mobile payment is infiltrating retail and hospitality services. Thanks to the cloud, customers can pay for their latte with a smartphone or register as a guest from their connected device.
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May 2015
Across the country, electrical contractors (ECs) are on a mission to increase their installation efficiencies, save labor costs and provide the most robust security to customers even in the toughest environments. A great way to accomplish those goals is by deploying wireless—from sensors and detectors to locks, access control and other security products and services.
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April 2015
For electrical contractors installing video surveillance and networked Internet protocol (IP) cameras, now is a great time to think outside of the proverbial box and look beyond the typical security applications of viewing and recording images of people, places and things. READ MORE
April 2015
For security and life safety systems, reliable, high-quality power solutions are critical. Intrusion detection, access control, video surveillance, mass notification and fire systems count on superior uptime and 24/7 availability, which means consistent, dependable power.
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March 2015
Do you have a customer that requires additional access control at specific locations within their facility but no budget for a total rip and replace? Maybe they are concerned with hacking or data compromise. For electrical contractors (ECs) who know about on-card biometrics, this is an opportunity, not a problem. READ MORE

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