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Open House 2019

This year’s open house was another great celebration! Showcasing Parallel’s new Innovation Lab, the event was an opportunity for customers, partners and employees to connect, share and learn about some of today’s hottest topics.… Continue Reading

2020: Video Analytics Update

by Mark Bonde, Sales and Marketing Director for Building Infrastructure

Video surveillance cameras are everywhere thanks to the technology advances that have increased resolution and driven down the cost. As the cost for the technology decreases, and the applications and benefits increase, we are seeing cameras in more and more places for a wide variety of use cases.

The surge of surveillance cameras is creating advances in the video analytics market that is helping users to have a better situational awareness in locations being monitored by video cameras.… Continue Reading

New Employee Spotlight: Josh Johnson

Parallel Technologies welcomes it’s newest employee… Josh Johnson! Josh joined the Engineering and Estimation Office this Fall. We got a chance to sit down and do a quick Q & A to get to know him better:

Q: What is your background and areas of expertise?

A: My background is in Physical Security integration and A/V product integration. Before that I worked in a consultative role helping audiologists with hearing aid fittings. My focus over the years has been matching technology solutions with client needs.… Continue Reading

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.” … 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.”… Continue Reading