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

June 2002
Call it a sign of the timeS; there’s much more closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance activity. An electrical contractor based in the southeast called to ask me more about this market, and it wouldn’t be the first time a contractor queried me about this niche. CCTV installation is a smart move for any electrical contractor, especially when you consider where this market is headed. READ MORE
May 2002
In this day and age, the term “single-door access control” is nearly a misnomer. Most products have advanced to the point where they are easily integrated or interfaced with additional controllers, expanding in a network configuration. Still, you’ll sometimes want one compact but powerful package for your customer, and that’s when you’ll want stand-alone access control. READ MORE
April 2002
A hostage situation can occur almost anywhere, anytime. But communication systems alert a building’s occupants to evacuate or take other appropriate action. Effective security requires a multi-faceted approach and considers the environment and vulnerabilities inside and out, including those for staff and visitors who use the facility. READ MORE
March 2002
Most burglaries occur during the day through unlocked doors or windows, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reports. A locking device is one of the most effective products in preventing entry. READ MORE
February 2002
It is a fact of life that we need to secure our homes and places of business. But security cannot rest on its laurels alone. For security to truly fit the end-users’ needs, it has to incorporate many facets of supervision and control. A security system has to be able to work with the telephone, computer, and even cellular and satellite products—for state-of-the-art voice, data, and imaging. READ MORE
February 2002
Intrusion detection sensors remain steadfast as the first line defense in providing perimeter outdoor and interior security to what’s known in the business as the protected premises. These products have risen several notches in reliability, while their cost has dropped, making them the perfect segue for the electrical contractor into low voltage. READ MORE