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

August 2016
Electrical contractors (ECs) are bearing witness to dramatic changes in the physical security industry. Everything is moving to the network. Customers connect to systems and services with smartphone apps. New methods of delivering security and monitoring continue to emerge, and ECs can seize these opportunities if they are nimble and adjust their business models for a younger demographic. 
  • Evolution in action

July 2016
Much has been said and written about analog video cameras and the move to internet protocol (IP) networked digital surveillance. Some predicted the demise of analog and takeover by IP devices would progress quickly, but clearly that hasn’t happened. READ MORE
  • Photo credit: Leroy Koetz
June 2016
Only time will tell if 2016 will be the year that the Chicago Cubs' 104-year title drought ends. For now, fans are reveling in new improvements to the stadium and the surrounding area.
 The improvements began several years ago and are expected to continue into 2018 or 2019.
June 2016
Biometric technology has been in use for about two decades. It measures a person’s physical and behavioral characteristics, providing details that can be used to make more complete identifications. It can be used for access control, or to specifically identify who or what is trying to gain entrance to a facility or location. READ MORE
  • New options and customer markets

June 2016
At ISC West 2016, the security industry’s largest annual tradeshow, it was evident the winds of change are blowing within the category of physical security.
May 2016
When it comes to systems integration, intrusion detectors and sensors are the ties that bind. They provide the basis for alerting breaches at the protected premises and can be used in other security activities, including triggering camera recording or in conjunction with access control, doors and closers. READ MORE
April 2016
Physical security technology infrastructure is critical to successful specification. While infrastructures have not changed drastically over the years, existing standards have been revised and improved, connectivity and reliability have been bolstered, and the distances a system can cover have lengthened. 
April 2016
What does security’s future hold? How can electrical contractors position their security and low-voltage divisions to embrace current technology, while proactively addressing customers’ future needs? Because so many new and evolving services are coming to the physical security industry, it can be difficult to assess where the real profitability will lie. READ MORE
March 2016
The market for electronic access control continues to grow. It’s a sign of an ongoing upturn in future specifications. A big opportunity resides in one- to 10-door systems because these openings still may have traditional mechanical locks. However, users are migrating to electronic access control as the technology becomes more affordable. READ MORE