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Parallel Creates K-12 Security User Group

On June 25th, Parallel Technologies brought together representatives from K-12 organizations from across Minnesota for its inaugural K-12 Security User Group meeting.

At this first event, Charles Reed, Regional Sales Manager for United Technologies’ LenelS2 provided the two dozen attendees with an overview of upcoming S2 improvements as well as insight on how to get the most out of their card access systems.

Following the card access discussion, Mark Bonde, Parallel Technologies’ Director Sales and Marketing – Building Infrastructure, presented on “The Future of Video Surveillance.”  In this discussion, he laid out the direction that surveillance technology is moving and how K-12 organizations can plan accordingly for future installations.… Continue Reading

Trends in Building Automation

Recently, Jay Stark, Parallel Technologies’ Director of Building Automation was interviewed on “Trends in Building Automation” by the Midlands Business Journal. Here are a few excerpts from his responses.

How can automated building controls make buildings more energy efficient? Reduction of energy consumption is one of the main drivers for modern building controls.  A state-of-the-art building control system measures the requirements of the building and operates mechanical and electrical systems to match the need.  Measurement takes the form of occupancy load, indoor and outdoor conditions, CO2 sensing, and other metrics. … Continue Reading

Parallel Technologies Named to Security Business’ Fast 50

At ISC West in April, Security Business magazine unveiled it annual ranking of the top 50 fastest-growing security integrators. In its first year on the list, Parallel was ranked 15th.

According to CEO and President Dale Klein, inclusion on the list is “a reflection of the company’s commitment to creating a team that not only understands the global security landscape and how technology can be used to reduce risk and safeguard organizations but also how to bring more value to each customer engagement.”

To take a closer look at the Fast 50 list as well as the latest trends check out the April issue of Security Business magazine.… Continue Reading

How Did Minneapolis College Improve Campus Security?

Parallel’s expert on physical security Mark Bonde, in tandem with Mark DeRee and Tiffni Deeb from Minneapolis College (formerly Minneapolis Community and Technical College), presented a case study at recent Minnesota State IT Conference. The team shared details on how Minneapolis College dramatically improved campus security for its students and streamlined public safety operations by moving to a fully-unified IP-based system that incorporated video surveillance and access control technology. If you are interested in learning more about the project or how the technology can be implemented in your facility, contact Mark Bonde – mbonde@ptnet.com

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Five Considerations for Defining DAS Requirements

by Matthew Schwartz, Director of Technology and Engineering

Unreliable mobile communications is a growing problem for today’s businesses.  Whether it’s our mobile devices or the IoT devices that gather data and operate the machines that surround us, we are dependent on connectivity.  Dropped calls and no availability to data services including email and other communications platforms results in decreased productivity and lost revenue.  Compounding this issue, new construction practices, including low-e glass and super-insulated structures are making it more difficult for signal to penetrate into buildings.… Continue Reading

Essential Data Center Operation Knowledge Capture and Transfer

by Chris Pinc, Director of Data Center Operations

Technology has empowered us with greater communication tools. It also throws unique data, reports and dashboards at us every day. Yet, all this information lacks any resemblance in the way of knowledge-sharing.

Especially in data centers, where so much of the knowledge is gathered through experience and contextual understanding – from nuances in cabinet design to the circumstances surrounding past mechanical issues. This knowledge shapes incoming data and information streams for purposeful action, goals or plans.… Continue Reading

St. Patrick’s Day Fun!

Employees find the end of the rainbow!

For St. Patrick’s day, Parallel employees enjoyed a day full of mischief and a pinch of luck. A mysterious little green man hid two pots of gold at the end of the rainbow and two of our employees were able to find them! Haley Strange and Justin Woodruff were the two lucky winners of a Target gift card and the prestige of nabbing the Leprechaun’s stash! We also enjoyed a happy hour with green food, green punch and “Pin-the-Shamrock on the Leprechaun.” Hilarity ensued as various Parallel folk either found their way to the Leprechaun or pinned the Shamrock somewhere else entirely!… Continue Reading

DC Business Streamlining: Katie Bensen Promoted to Program Manager

Parallel Technologies’ Data Center (DC) Business  is striding into 2019 with fresh vigor and strategic initiatives. One of the first moves was the promotion of Katie Bensen to Program Manager.

An integral member of the team for more than four years, Bensen excels at managing clients, team members and contractors as well as tackling a variety of responsibilities with an energetic and positive approach. Her willingness to identify areas of growth and focus her efforts in strengthening those areas has placed her in a position to begin refining and streamlining DC business processes.… Continue Reading

Insider’s Report from Data Center World 2019

Following their presentations on “Edge Computing” and “In-House Training” at last month’s Data Center Word conference, Parallel Technologies’ Data Center dynamic duo of Tim Kittila and Chris Pinc spoke with attendees from around the country. [Click here to view Chris Pinc’s presentation,] [or click here to view Tim Kittila’s presentation from the conference.]

According to Tim and Chris, the attendees were talking about how on-premise data center operations aren’t going away and how hybrid data center strategies combining cloud, colo and on-premises are here to stay.… Continue Reading

Parallel Hosts Higher Education Public Safety Network

The Higher Education Public Safety Network (HEPSN) met Tuesday, March 12th at Parallel Technologies’ home office in Eden Prairie, MN.

Public Safety professionals from various colleges and universities came together to learn about successes and discuss challenges they face at their respective institutions.

A special thanks to Tom McCluney, facilities manager from Normandale Community College for presenting on their story and success with Lifecycle Management. This project was a multi-year process involving Facilities Management, IT, Public Safety and their respective executives – all working together to develop a plan for building lifecycle management into their budget each year to ensure ongoing reliability, security, and health of their security devices. … Continue Reading