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Business) Parallel Technologies Recognized by Cisco as a Video Surveillance Authorized Technology Provider in USA MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., April 16, 2009 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Parallel Technologies, Inc. announced today that it has achieved Video Surveillance Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) status from Cisco(R). This designation recognizes Parallel Technologies as having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to design, resell, install and maintain a full range of video surveillance and access-control solutions. Cisco physical-security solutions provide network-centric capabilities to video surveillance, Internet Protocol (IP) cameras, electronic access control and other groundbreaking technologies by converging voice, data and physical security into a single appliance. This enables customers to preserve existing investments in analog-based technology and to use the network as a platform upon which more collaborative and integrated physical-security systems can be built. As customers converge physical-security infrastructures and operations and begin using the network as a platform, they gain rapid access to relevant information and increase interoperability with other IP-centric systems. This enables higher levels of situational awareness in environments where intelligent and timely decision making is crucial. "Cisco's entry into the Physical Security market is the next evolutionary step in moving the entire enterprise to a centrally managed IP solution," said Dale Klein, President of Parallel Technologies. "Parallel Technologies is pleased to add Cisco surveillance and access control to its growing IP networking, wireless, and unified communications practice." "As we move into new markets and emerging technologies, the Cisco Authorized Technology Provider Partners are instrumental in helping our customers turn innovative technology into a competitive advantage," said Steve Benvenuto, director of emerging technologies for worldwide channels at Cisco. "As a Cisco Video Surveillance ATP Partner, Parallel Technologies brings a unique set of skills to potential customers, combining a proven physical-security track record with Cisco expertise." To qualify for the Video Surveillance ATP Program, Parallel had to meet a number of requirements, from having staff who fulfill specific job responsibilities to achieving the Cisco Express Foundation Specialization. Those requirements are designed to help a partner maintain high levels of customer satisfaction. About Cisco ATP The Cisco ATP Program is a key part of Cisco's emerging technology go-tomarket strategy. The program helps define the knowledge, skills and services that channel partners need to successfully sell, deploy and support a subject technology. As markets mature and technologies progress along the adoption curve, some ATP programs may migrate to Cisco specializations. About Parallel Technologies, Inc. Parallel Technologies is a leading Twin Cities area provider of communications, networking, and network infrastructure services and solutions to Global 3000 companies. For over twenty five years, Parallel has helped clients enable integrated communication by providing the right mix of voice, data and video solutions. Parallel features products from Cisco, Microsoft, Ortronics, Berktek, Panduit, Dell, HP and many others. - For additional information contact Eric Jorde (ejorde@ptnet.com) or visit www.ptnet.com. - Cisco Physical Security product home: www.cisco.com/web/solutions/ps/ All trademarks and service marks are the property of the respective parties.

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MEDIA ONLY CONTACT(S): [ contact info below not for publication online or in print ] Eric Jorde of Parallel Technologies, Inc. +1-952-278-0338 ejorde @ ptnet.com //NOTES TO EDITORS: * Print resolution images/logos available on request from the above media contact.

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