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

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
August 2007
The hottest thing out there this summer is not the weather but the highly anticipated iPhone from Apple Inc. At a starting cost of $500 and another $60 to $100 per month in service from AT&T (the iPhone’s exclusive provider), it’s not cheap. It has a built-in audience: those who know and love Apple-brand products. But how is the iPhone different from a typical mobile communicator? READ MORE
August 2007
Any place with a large concentration of people can be hard to secure. For police officers who respond to a 100-unit townhome public housing complex in Joliet, Ill., a blue-collar city southwest of Chicago, relief comes in a box. That box is an enclosure with a custom-tailored surveillance solution that lets authorities see and analyze an area before physically setting foot there. READ MORE
July 2007
No one will argue AGAINST the effectiveness of locks as a security product. They keep intruders out and prevent thieves from stealing valuables. Of course, no security is impenetrable, including locks. Still, they represent an oft-overlooked opportunity for a contractor to keep the bad guys out or deter criminals while authorities have a chance to respond to the protected premises. READ MORE
July 2007
The network has become the do-all method of connectivity that provides a host of systems and services on its infrastructure. Interoperability, connectivity and convergence are the buzzwords of both the security market and the information technology (IT) industries, and the network continues to be the backbone to get the job done. READ MORE
June 2007
Life safety industry prepares for UL864 READ MORE