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 domara@earthlink.net.

Articles by Deborah L. O'Mara

May 2006
Father and son play a board game on the computer—only in this case, one of them is more than 6,000 miles away, stationed in the armed forces in Iraq. In the movie, “Firewall,” a kidnapped sibling is located through a global positioning system in the family car. At the grocery store, a finger-swipe machine logs in a customer. READ MORE
April 2006
Many people want the latest in connectivity ... why shouldn’t they have it? Technologies from the commercial environment are spreading to the home and new standards for residential installations continue to emerge. READ MORE
April 2006
Will unshielded twisted pair (UTP) replace coaxial cable? Probably not, but for those who want to bundle systems and services, it is an extremely viable option. When you find out that twisted wire is actually a good thing, it may counter everything you have learned about connectivity. READ MORE
March 2006
The only means of communication at the sago mine was traditional hardwired telecommunications, stated a Jan. 11, 2006, article in The Chicago Tribune. The story, which described the West Virginia mining tragedy that claimed the lives of 11 miners, suggested that wireless communication devices could have helped with rescue efforts. READ MORE
March 2006
Welcome to 2006, where outsourcing is the buzzword of the year. In actuality, you might equate it more appropriately with an equally familiar word—subcontracting. As companies wrestle with ways to attain and maintain profitability and focus their market, they are using outsourcing as an integral way to keep a competitive edge in electrical contracting. READ MORE
March 2006
There is a natural progression and maturation of technologies as well as continued convergence between a host of information systems and products. Security is in the spotlight, again, and installers know they need to learn more about this discipline in order to be successful. READ MORE
February 2006
A new breed of technician continues to emerge from the electrical contracting ranks with an eye on maintenance and power quality (PQ). Of course, there have always been power quality specialists, but the discipline continues to evolve. READ MORE
January 2006
In case you haven’t noticed, the market for closed-circuit television surveillance (CCTV) is through the roof. In cities and municipalities across the country, local governments are specifying CCTV for security, supervision, recordkeeping and general surveillance. For traffic incidents, transportation departments are deploying cameras at problem intersections and in buses. READ MORE
January 2006
Power and power quality is something we are all acutely aware of. Whether it is because of outages due to natural disasters or unexplained utility blackouts, everyone knows power is something difficult to live without. READ MORE

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