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

September 2004
Stop thinking burglar and fire alarms and start thinking computer-based integrated building solutions No matter what you call it—low voltage, voice/data/video or security—it’s a discipline that almost always is coupled with other technologies, facilities management and computer functions in a turnkey solution. And if you’re involved in any part of it, you’re in the right place at the right time. READ MORE
July 2004
End-users can monitor events and plan responses Standard “tools” in current security and low-voltage equipment and peripherals allow installing contractors to more accurately pinpoint events so the end-user can plan an appropriate response. Systems are smarter than ever, and electrical contractors can use the vast array of technology to their advantage and to help the customer with applications. READ MORE
June 2004
Electrical contractors have had their appetites whet. They see promise in a host of voice/data/video and integrated systems and are approaching the market with a newfound sense of excitement regarding turnkey solution contracting. In business and commercial settings, contractors are piggybacking their cabling expertise with video surveillance, access control and other data management functions. READ MORE
May 2004
Illuminating the premises is a critical component of the complete protection plan It has been a whirlwind ride for the security industry the last several years. Not only is there a newfound awareness of and need for security, but technological innovation and computer-based components have found their way to nearly every facet of manufacturing. READ MORE
May 2004
A standard finds new strength There’s common ground between security end-users and electrical contractors/integrators, and it lies in the Ethernet. READ MORE
April 2004
Physical security and information technology team up Moore’s Law basically states that computer technology doubles in ability every 18 months or so, but why should that be a surprise? Today, almost everything we do is somehow tied to a computer, whether it’s making a simple banking transaction or buying groceries online. READ MORE
March 2004
Wireless in 2004 and beyond is defined by innovative applications Wireless has gone beyond the realm of simple remote control. Now, wireless is always a part of the majority of the systems, services and products we use. READ MORE
March 2004
Adding security from the outside in It has been more than two years since the events of Sept. 11, but security continues to dominate the mindset of the Federal government. The 2005 federal budget, if passed, calls for a 10 percent hike in Homeland Security spending, and an additional 7 percent in defense spending. READ MORE
February 2004
It doesn’t always take cutting-edge technology to launch new applications, although that certainly has been the case for the most part in low-voltage in recent years. Security applications, for example, using an existing Ethernet, or the Internet, have fostered emerging transmission options that have end-users coming back for more. READ MORE

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