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

Articles by Deborah L. O'Mara

June 2005
Whether mandated by new codes or facilitated by a keen interest in life safety as a result of recent news events, fire alarms continue to rise to the occasion with intelligence and advanced capabilities. Addressable or intelligent systems can be tied to specific zones, sensors or areas of the premises. READ MORE
May 2005
What is the role of the electrical contractor in providing contract monitoring services to the end-user? It can be significant if approached properly. National monitoring services help the electrical contractor and electrical engineer extend their service and maintenance by adding supervision and a host of other capabilities to the package they have already sold. READ MORE
April 2005
The swift pace of integration is nowhere more profound than in the communications and information technology (IT) sectors. Access-control systems talk to closed-circuit television surveillance and door hardware for instant egress. Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) are closely tied to occupancy sensors, energy and lighting management systems. READ MORE
March 2005
It's really happening. Integration is starting to take hold in every vertical market and business operation. It has been a long, tough road. In the early 1980s, when security really began to take off and become popular and more than just a fad, manufacturers made certain that their products were unique. In fact, many of the products couldn't “talk” to each other, so their role was limited. READ MORE
February 2005
You've heard it before: Your customer wants structured wiring and networking, and they also want a sound system. Is it over your head? Not if you take the time to learn some simple steps to increase your business and get started in this growing area. Best of all, you can use your existing customers to test the waters. Education, of course, is the place to start. READ MORE
January 2005
FOR SECURITY, COMMUNICATIONS, CONTROLS and other information technology functions, wireless is one of the fastest-emerging growth markets. In the business environment, wireless networking has to be safe and secure because sensitive data, personnel records and other information are at stake. Here, encryption has become more a necessity than a luxury. READ MORE
January 2005
If you blink, you may miss something. That's how fast the closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance market is moving these days. But capturing surveillance activities is something CCTV cameras won't miss. READ MORE
January 2005
Watch out world, it's finally here. The state of integration is progressing at a furious pace. There are many reasons, but first and foremost is Moore's Law of computer technology, smaller and smarter microprocessors and electronics, and a host of digital and communications systems that can talk to each other. READ MORE
December 2004
Manufacturers of standby power generators aren't sitting back and waiting for someone else to reinvent the market-they're doing it themselves. Don't think of backup power generators as noisy, chugging units that struggle into operation. They're microprocessor-controlled touch-screen products that move seamlessly into startup. They are easier to maintain, super efficient and fully supervised. READ MORE