Deborah L. O'Mara

Freelance Writer

Deborah O'Mara is the president of DLO Communications in Park Ridge, Ill., specializing in low-voltage. She also is the former editor of Security + Life Safety Systems. She can be reached at 847.384.1916 or

Articles by Deborah L. O'Mara

March 2004
Wireless in 2004 and beyond is defined by innovative applications Wireless has gone beyond the realm of simple remote control. Now, wireless is always a part of the majority of the systems, services and products we use. READ MORE
March 2004
Adding security from the outside in It has been more than two years since the events of Sept. 11, but security continues to dominate the mindset of the Federal government. The 2005 federal budget, if passed, calls for a 10 percent hike in Homeland Security spending, and an additional 7 percent in defense spending. READ MORE
February 2004
It doesn’t always take cutting-edge technology to launch new applications, although that certainly has been the case for the most part in low-voltage in recent years. Security applications, for example, using an existing Ethernet, or the Internet, have fostered emerging transmission options that have end-users coming back for more. READ MORE
January 2004
Critical surveillance calls for a variety of detectors and sensors, and there are some heavy hitters to get the job done. Protecting the infrastructure of the United States remains a top priority, and that means electrical contractors may be called upon to provide surveillance and detection at airports, utilities, water treatment facilities, rail yards and more. READ MORE
December 2003
Biometrics has gone beyond the realm of space-age applications. Now, and in the future, biometrics is a perfect fit with nearly every user in every market. READ MORE
November 2003
It’s nonsense that electrical contractors, traditionally a cable-and-wire bound profession, can do without wireless. It is a solution that has become reliable and super-flexible, and is an excellent way to put systems and services in those facilities where running wire, conduit or cabling is impossible. READ MORE
September 2003
If you are an electrical contractor who offers voice/data/video, fire or other low-voltage systems and services, you’ve probably been getting more inquiries from end-users who want to retrofit their aging security systems. Place your bets on the fact that they want to know about closed-circuit television surveillance (CCTV). CCTV is more than just installing cameras. READ MORE
August 2003
Variety and innovation mean installation flexibility when it comes to lenses for closed-circuit television surveillance (CCTV). That’s just what the end-user needs: a camera and lens that can satisfy whatever the surveillance application dictates. READ MORE
July 2003
Security system upkeep is important to ensure the integrity of the system in the event of an actual breach or break in. It’s then that the significance of a reliable intrusion detection system comes to light. One way to ensure the integrity of the system is to perform regular service and maintenance. READ MORE