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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: Glass-Break Do’s and Don’ts

Glass-Break Do’s and Don’ts

Tech expert Bob Dolph shares best practices for professional acoustical glass-break detector application, installation and maintenance.

Read: How to Establish a Best Practices Baseline as a Security Technician

How to Establish a Best Practices Baseline as a Security Technician

Tech expert Bob Dolph explains why UL Standards and NFPA 731 are good learning grounds for pros looking to develop their own performance baseline.

Read: Being a Pro at Video: Important Concepts, Resources & Latest Tech

Being a Pro at Video: Important Concepts, Resources & Latest Tech

Tech expert Bob Dolph shares some of his favorite resources to help professional video specialists test equipment performance.

Read: Systems Supervision Techniques: Fact vs. Myth

Systems Supervision Techniques: Fact vs. Myth

When planning or proposing a system, always think supervision. System supervision is designed to counter most types of illicit compromises, or simply put, keep a good eye on things.

Read: 2020 Holiday Gift Guide: 13 Ideas for Techs and Staff

2020 Holiday Gift Guide: 13 Ideas for Techs and Staff

Bob Dolph’s 2020 holiday gift guide has something for all security professionals, from useful tools to cool gadgets and more.

Read: 5G: Should You Believe the Hype? Here’s What to Realistically Expect

5G: Should You Believe the Hype? Here’s What to Realistically Expect

5G shows plenty of promise. However, it is important to recognize where the technology currently stands and how it works.

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.

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