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Parallel Holds 14th Annual Chili Cookoff

The results are in!

Parallel Technologies held their 14th Annual Chili Cook-off and the competition really heated up this year. Eight teams researched, planned, cooked and executed the best chili that they could.

Each batch was judged based on the E.A.T. method: Execution, Appearance and Taste. In the end “The Nine Irons” took the title with “Above the Line Chili” which was also above all the other competition. The meat-heavy concoction won the judges over, which included chunks of a 12 hour smoked brisket.… Continue Reading

Adding License Plate Recognition to your Physical Security Strategy

Managing and monitoring access to a facility is an ongoing challenge. Beyond access cards and visitor management, security teams are using license plate recognition (or automatic number-plate recognition) as a tool to manage and reduce risk. From controlling parking ramp access to managing parking passes, corporate, government and educational institutions are embracing license plate recognition.

We asked Mark Bonde, Parallel Technologies’ expert on physical security to provide an overview of what is license plate recognition and where/how the technology can be applied to support an organization’s physical security strategy.… Continue Reading

Parallel between Edge Data Centers and Production Data Center Lifecycles… what we can learn

By Nate Clyde, Director Data Center Design at Parallel Technologies

As a 20-year plus consultant in the data center industry, I have had many opportunities to see my clients work their way through a typical growth profile in their relationship to their information technology systems.

In the early stages of business, in the “start-up” mode of the life of the business, technology and data are tactical and close to the leadership of the company.  As the business matures there is a need to hand-off the technology component to specialists in the field, either internal or external.… Continue Reading

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