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

September 2014
It isn’t often that an electrical contractor (EC) literally goes airborne during system testing and commissioning. But that was exactly the case when Lauderdale Electric Inc., East Dundee, Ill., completed two projects for iFLY—an indoor skydiving/vertical wind-tunnel entertainment business based in Austin, Texas—owned by SkyVenture. READ MORE
January 2008
IP and integration fuels the market There’s a bright spot in the economy—security, and the burglar and fire alarm industry continues to grow, fueled by advancements in computing technology and Internet protocol (IP) devices, software, cellular and other systems and services. Funding from the Department of Homeland Security hasn’t hurt either. READ MORE
December 2007
With 40-hour-plus work weeks the norm and no signs of that trend reversing, seeing well in the office at any time of day or night is necessary to get the job done. Illumination in the office can mean a combination of different types of light, artificial and natural. READ MORE
December 2007
Contractoors who set their sights on adding sensors and detectors to their installation base will find it a wise move, one that will serve them well in the future. Occupancy sensors are a perfect example of a product whose time has come. The sensors could include passive infrared (PIR), ultrasonic or, sometimes, combination configurations. READ MORE
November 2007
Grab your global positioning system (GPS) and push-to-talk communication device. Log into the security or life safety system control panel with the laptop. Check system status on a smart phone. READ MORE
October 2007
Many hotel visitors are unaware of the fire and life safety concerns they might face during their stay. The good news is advanced technology options for the end-user make hospitality properties safer for guests. Hoteliers have the choice of conventional or addressable control panels, devices that monitor smoke detectors and other equipment for early warning and detection. READ MORE
October 2007
Novelist E.L. Doctorow wrote, “History is the present. That’s why every generation writes it anew.” Electrical contractors can write their own history every day. READ MORE
October 2007
Reliability of backup power systems, called uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), hinges on proper installation, regular preventative maintenance and well-being checks. Without them, you may as well start working on your resume. READ MORE
September 2007
From national to local news, the country has turned on and tuned into the benefits of closed-circuit television surveillance (CCTV). The advantages are plain to see—the good, the bad and sometimes ugly, caught on camera. You may have seen it on television or the World Wide Web or at least glimpsed at the images before looking away. READ MORE