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 dlocommunications@gmail.com or 773.414.3573.

Articles by Deborah L. O'Mara

September 2015
For electrical contractors with a low-voltage or security division—or for any company involved in physical security and surveillance—keeping pace with new technology is one of the greatest challenges. Contractors fear specifying technology that may have a limited lifespan, but they still want to offer their customers exciting new security products and services. 
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September 2015
When the final camera, intrusion detection, or integrated solution is installed and the security system is commissioned, what comes next? Do you simply collect your final payment and move on to the next project?
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August 2015
Power is everything. Consumers demand connectivity to home, business, people and places 24 hours a day. In this uber-integrated information society, staying in touch through Wi-Fi, Ethernet, cellular and other networks is the expectation.
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August 2015
Contractors and their customers­­ are looking at the specification possibilities for long-range transmission-reading technologies as a standalone solution or piggybacked on proximity (hands-free) and smart card access control.
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July 2015
Global positioning systems (GPS) and radio frequency identification (RFID) are receiving renewed attention for security, operations management and logistical applications, bringing new sources of revenue to installing contractors and additional benefits to their customers.
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June 2015
Don’t blink! If you do, you may miss some of the rapidly developing changes occurring in the technology sector.
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June 2015
In its basic form, commissioning means testing every device, process and procedure in an integrated systems solution to ensure the final specification operates as planned and according to the owner’s design. 
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  • Services beyond security

June 2015
Not a day passes without reference to cloud-based or hosted services. Consumers use cloud services every day with online banking, and now mobile payment is infiltrating retail and hospitality services. Thanks to the cloud, customers can pay for their latte with a smartphone or register as a guest from their connected device.
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May 2015
Across the country, electrical contractors (ECs) are on a mission to increase their installation efficiencies, save labor costs and provide the most robust security to customers even in the toughest environments. A great way to accomplish those goals is by deploying wireless—from sensors and detectors to locks, access control and other security products and services.
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