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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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Bob Dolph's Latest Opinion Posts

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: False Alarms Will Happen … and That’s OK

False Alarms Will Happen … and That’s OK

The truth is that the authorities really do not care about your false alarms. However, they do care if they are not handled properly and escalate to a false alarm dispatch of their personnel.

Read: 5 Phases to Any Project That Every Professional Should Follow

5 Phases to Any Project That Every Professional Should Follow

Tech expert Bob Dolph explains why everyone is a project manager, regardless of job title, and offers a handful of project management software suggestions.

Read: Field Chemistry 101: How Well Do You Know Your Lubricants & Cleaners?

Field Chemistry 101: How Well Do You Know Your Lubricants & Cleaners?

Using the wrong type of solution on a camera dome can damage the plastic. Tech expert Bob Dolph breaks down everything you need to know about commonly used chemicals.

Read: Magnetic Installation Tools You Won’t Want to Get Caught Without

Magnetic Installation Tools You Won’t Want to Get Caught Without

Tech expert Bob Dolph drills down on alarm contacts as well as other magnet-related applications that can improve integrators’ lives.

Read: Innovative Tech Solutions to Fight COVID-19

Innovative Tech Solutions to Fight COVID-19

Electronic security professionals can make a big and positive impact in fighting COVID-19. These high-tech solutions will give patrons the confidence they need to return to their favorite businesses.

Read: Adapting to New Customer Habits in the Age of the Pandemic

Adapting to New Customer Habits in the Age of the Pandemic

In times like these it is imperative to have a customer-focused culture. Here’s how to make sure employees have an obsession with great service.

Read: The Security Integrator’s Guide to Sentrol Sensor Alternatives

The Security Integrator’s Guide to Sentrol Sensor Alternatives

Tech expert Bob Dolph shares some alternative sources for many of the Sentrol sensors that will no longer be available, as well as application resources.

Read: System Power 101: Tips, Resources & More

System Power 101: Tips, Resources & More

Technical expert Bob Dolph takes a look at some of the ins and outs of system power and provides helpful tools and resources for integrators on the job.

Read: Have Your Techs Mastered These Critical Math Skills?

Have Your Techs Mastered These Critical Math Skills?

Do you have a formal training program or just offer by-the-seat-of-your-pants on the job training? Make sure your techs know these math fundamentals.

Read: Make Sure Prospective Customers Know the Dangers of DIY Security

Make Sure Prospective Customers Know the Dangers of DIY Security

Technical expert Bob Dolph says the industry has reached a pivotal point where we either educate the public on the institution of traditional security, or give up and retire.

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