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

May 2004
Illuminating the premises is a critical component of the complete protection plan It has been a whirlwind ride for the security industry the last several years. Not only is there a newfound awareness of and need for security, but technological innovation and computer-based components have found their way to nearly every facet of manufacturing. READ MORE
May 2004
A standard finds new strength There’s common ground between security end-users and electrical contractors/integrators, and it lies in the Ethernet. READ MORE
April 2004
Physical security and information technology team up Moore’s Law basically states that computer technology doubles in ability every 18 months or so, but why should that be a surprise? Today, almost everything we do is somehow tied to a computer, whether it’s making a simple banking transaction or buying groceries online. READ MORE
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