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

August 2006
Fifteen million users couldn’t be wrong. That’s how many surveillance cameras were sold in 2005, according to a leading security industry report. As security concerns rise, closed-circuit television surveillance (CCTV) continues to come to the rescue. It’s getting noticed by electrical contractors, partly because of the end-user’s intense interest in video. READ MORE
July 2006
Relax. Fire alarm panels are intuitive, multifunctional labor saving devices that allow custom programming and the ability to tailor the equipment to the facility. Electrical contractors can just hit the button with the advanced options fire alarm controls offer. READ MORE
July 2006
Low-voltage systems integration specialist and National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) member Commercial Electronic Systems Inc., (CES) Joliet, Ill., recently completed an installation at a groundbreaking multiuse community YMCA facility in Plainfield, Ill., designed to handle the extraordinary growth around Chicago. READ MORE
July 2006
It’s the information transport systems or cabling that makes data, voice and video come to life. Throw it in and go is not an option. Everything must be planned and tailored to the application and that goes for the type of wire and cable deployed. READ MORE
June 2006
The residential connectivity explosion continues, and we are on the cusp of the adoption curve of technology—good news for electrical contractors. Whether you work with a builder or venture out on your own, it is a “gotta have it” type of world. That is what many of your customers are saying about home controls and automation. READ MORE
June 2006
Thermal or infrared imaging, also referred to as thermography, is a given for high-tech surveillance where low light, darkness and weather conditions are a factor. In addition, this workhorse of perimeter facility detection and protection addresses a number of other emerging markets that extend the range of its applicability. READ MORE
May 2006
Beyond the thumping speakers and other state-of-the-art products devoted to audio and visual, the concept of integration emerged strongly, once again. Sight and sound directly from the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) Systems Expo 2006 in Las Vegas confirmed that it is not audio-only, but a host of other hardware, software, systems and services that continue to merge and converge. READ MORE
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

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