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

May 2003
Known as a city of high winds and equally blustery politicians, Chicago and its surrounding suburbs are also hailed as a nucleus of distinguished healthcare institutions. At Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) in downtown Chicago, the teamwork approach by contractors resulted in an access-control based installation that raised the bar of integrated security to its highest levels ever. READ MORE
April 2003
Covert “007” techniques are possible James Bond, watch out! Now, many of the techniques employed by the action adventure hero turned cultural icon are possible—especially when it comes to closed-circuit television surveillance (CCTV). CCTV is one of the fastest growing product segments in the industry. Even in this sluggish economy, CCTV offers promise. READ MORE
March 2003
Networking and digitization continues to revolutionize closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance. Systems can be scaled to the application and integrated with other voice-data products to satisfy a host of needs that range from security and video management to identification and accountability. We can thank, in part, the ever-voracious consumer appetite for propelling this niche. READ MORE
March 2003
Technology convergence means practical solutions A fiber optic system guards Naval operations on the Atlantic coastline. A corporate executive shoots video and transmits the live images instantly, across the country. A camera scans an image, records the time, and permits the user access to another layer of security. That is just a sample of emerging low-voltage applications. READ MORE
March 2003
Sharlen Electric Company in Chicago didn’t balk at the scope of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) project; it set course for a superior integrated-systems installation. The old adage, “Too many cooks spoil the broth,” just wasn’t true when it came to a massive electrical overhaul at the Jones College Preparatory High School in Chicago. READ MORE
February 2003
Access control once deployed keys and keypads with codes. All that changed when the magnetic-stripe card hit the streets and it’s been up and away ever since. Now, access control is making the move to proximity, often referred to as hands-free, but is more appropriately called touchless access control. The traditional magnetic-stripe card has changed. READ MORE
January 2003
In no other market has technology advanced as quickly as in digital video and closed circuit television video (CCTV) surveillance. Digital signal processing is state-of-the-art and beyond, and cameras are nearly end-to-end digital. Recording is most often tied to computer technology, with storage limited only by hard-drive space, which continues to increase. READ MORE
November 2002
Effective physical security protection starts on the outside and perimeter of a facility and is part of an integrated solution. Here, gates and gate-control operators are definitely a deterrent and can be used to limit who and what comes and goes into the protected premises. Gates come in a variety of styles and are used in a host of applications. READ MORE
October 2002
In access control, the innovation never stops. In the cards themselves and the readers, technology has stepped up to provide the highest levels of security ever. From standalone, self-contained systems for a single door to large, networked platforms, access control can meet the needs of the smaller customer and the large corporate account as well. READ MORE