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 or 773.414.3573.

Articles by Deborah L. O'Mara

April 2006
Many people want the latest in connectivity ... why shouldn’t they have it? Technologies from the commercial environment are spreading to the home and new standards for residential installations continue to emerge. READ MORE
April 2006
Will unshielded twisted pair (UTP) replace coaxial cable? Probably not, but for those who want to bundle systems and services, it is an extremely viable option. When you find out that twisted wire is actually a good thing, it may counter everything you have learned about connectivity. READ MORE
March 2006
The only means of communication at the sago mine was traditional hardwired telecommunications, stated a Jan. 11, 2006, article in The Chicago Tribune. The story, which described the West Virginia mining tragedy that claimed the lives of 11 miners, suggested that wireless communication devices could have helped with rescue efforts. READ MORE
March 2006
Welcome to 2006, where outsourcing is the buzzword of the year. In actuality, you might equate it more appropriately with an equally familiar word—subcontracting. As companies wrestle with ways to attain and maintain profitability and focus their market, they are using outsourcing as an integral way to keep a competitive edge in electrical contracting. READ MORE
March 2006
There is a natural progression and maturation of technologies as well as continued convergence between a host of information systems and products. Security is in the spotlight, again, and installers know they need to learn more about this discipline in order to be successful. READ MORE
February 2006
A new breed of technician continues to emerge from the electrical contracting ranks with an eye on maintenance and power quality (PQ). Of course, there have always been power quality specialists, but the discipline continues to evolve. READ MORE
January 2006
In case you haven’t noticed, the market for closed-circuit television surveillance (CCTV) is through the roof. In cities and municipalities across the country, local governments are specifying CCTV for security, supervision, recordkeeping and general surveillance. For traffic incidents, transportation departments are deploying cameras at problem intersections and in buses. READ MORE
January 2006
Power and power quality is something we are all acutely aware of. Whether it is because of outages due to natural disasters or unexplained utility blackouts, everyone knows power is something difficult to live without. READ MORE
December 2005
When wireless sensors and detectors came on the market decades ago, the devices were known more for missing signals than capturing alarm activity. They were used in a “patch” type of approach, applied when hard-wired devices were impossible. After all, no one wanted to drill holes in five-foot-thick concrete. READ MORE