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 2006
Keep your eyes on the residential market READ MORE
October 2006
  If you catch yourself thinking more about convergence of low-voltage electrical systems with computer and information technology (IT), you’re in good company. The rest of the industry is, too. READ MORE
September 2006
Ask any electrical contractor—fire alarm installations are on the upswing. Much of the need in the marketplace is driven by codes or the need to update an aging building infrastructure with new fire protection technologies. Your goal, of course, is the all important certificate of occupancy. READ MORE
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
August 2006
Change, they say, is good for the soul. That sentiment, however, was nowhere in sight when changes to the 40-year-old 16-division structure of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) MasterFormat were first undertaken several years ago. 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