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Bob Dolph, SSI Contributor

Bob is currently a Security Sales & Integration "Tech Talk" columnist and a contributing technical writer. Bob installed his first DIY home intercom system at the age of 13, and formally started his technology career as a Navy communication electronics technician during the Vietnam War. He then attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering and went on to complete a Security Management program at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Since 1976, Bob has served in a variety of technical, training and project management positions with organizations such ADT, Rollins, National Guardian, Lockheed Martin, American Alarm Supply, Sonitrol and Ingersoll Rand. Early in his career, Bob started and operated his own alarm dealership. He has also served as treasurer of the Wisconsin Burglar and Fire Alarm Association and on Security Industry Association (SIA) standards committees. Bob also provides media and training consulting to the security industry.

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Read: These Adhesives Deserve a Spot in Every Technician’s Truck

These Adhesives Deserve a Spot in Every Technician’s Truck

How hot glue, double-stick mounting tape and other adhesives can save you in sticky situations.

Read: Travel Safety Tips Security Technicians Should Take Heed

Travel Safety Tips Security Technicians Should Take Heed

Don’t let your vehicle be burglarized or high-value items get stolen. Here are some safe travel tips with specifics to working in the security trade.

Read: How Lasers, Drones Are Propelling Next-Gen Perimeter Protection

How Lasers, Drones Are Propelling Next-Gen Perimeter Protection

Bob Dolph dishes on the latest advances in intrusion tech to help give you that extra professional advantage in the ever-competitive DIY/MIY security marketplace.

Read: The 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Your Installation Tech

The 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Your Installation Tech

From punny shirts to useful tools, tech expert Bob Dolph shares his gadget picks in his 2017 holiday gift guide for techs.

Read: How UL is Fighting Cybersecurity Threats

How UL is Fighting Cybersecurity Threats

UL’s new Cybersecurity Assurance Program assess software vulnerabilities and weaknesses, minimizes exploitation and more.

Bob Dolph's Latest Posts

Read: Need-to-Know Liability Pitfalls of Installing and Servicing Alarm Systems

Need-to-Know Liability Pitfalls of Installing and Servicing Alarm Systems

Installing often lifesaving alarm equipment and services involves extra liabilities and responsibilities. Tech expert Bob Dolph explains why you must always think like a lawyer.

Read: Clearing Up Smoke Detector Misconceptions

Clearing Up Smoke Detector Misconceptions

Smoke detector installation seems to be a simple application. However, organizations such as the NFPA and UL have taken considerable time and money to document the important rules for fire-safety and protection. You must do the same. 

Read: The Latest Technologies for Active Shooter Situations

The Latest Technologies for Active Shooter Situations

The increased rate of active shooter incidents is tragically turning into a “new normal.” However, security integrators can offer technologies to help minimize the frequency and damage of these events.

Read: Tech Training Revisited: Valuable Resources and Tips

Tech Training Revisited: Valuable Resources and Tips

Tech expert Bob Dolph selects a listing of valuable tech training resources to help get interested future low-voltage technicians on the right track, as well as help integrator veterans.

Read: HUA Help: Holdup Alarm Best Practices

HUA Help: Holdup Alarm Best Practices

When it comes to HUA devices, what you propose and install could someday save a person’s life. Here are some installation tips and resources.

Read: Are You Serious About Your Work as a Security Professional?

Are You Serious About Your Work as a Security Professional?

Tech expert Bob Dolph is concerned over a comment thread in an online discussion about an installation. What would you do?

Read: Be a Good Terminator: Cable Termination Best Practices

Be a Good Terminator: Cable Termination Best Practices

Did you know that the biggest cause of problems in system installations is proper electrical termination, or the connecting of cables to equipment or other cables?

Read: Making Sure You Have a True Understanding of the Application of Relay Devices

Making Sure You Have a True Understanding of the Application of Relay Devices

It never hurts to review the importance of sound basic skills and practices, especially when many experienced techs are responsible for training newbies.

Read: Celebrating 20 Years of Tech Talk

Celebrating 20 Years of Tech Talk

SSI’s resident tech expert Bob Dolph recounts his professional career, the evolution of electronic security and the beginnings of Tech Talk.

Read: 2021 Holiday Gift Guide: 9 Ideas to Show Staff Appreciation

2021 Holiday Gift Guide: 9 Ideas to Show Staff Appreciation

Bob Dolph’s 2021 holiday gift guide has something for all security professionals, from helpful tools to nifty gadgets and more.

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