Sep 19, 2013
by Meru Networks
Two-person IT department using Meru to support more than 2,000 devices in 'virtually paperless' learning environment with Apple TV®
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – January 6, 2014 – Meru Networks® (NASDAQ:MERU), a leader in Wi-Fi networking, today announced that Maine School Administrative District 49 has deployed a Meru Education-grade (MEG™) wireless solution to support more than 2,000 Apple® iPads® and MacBooks®, Google® Chromebooks® and other mobile devices issued to teachers and students. The wireless network has helped the district support a number of new student learning programs and increase teacher effectiveness through mobility, enabling a “virtually paperless” learning environment.
“Our high schools’ core curricula are supported through the 1-1 initiative with help from the Meru network, which allows our teachers to be virtually paperless,” said Stephanie Vargas, assistant technology coordinator for the district, which is headquartered in Fairfield, Maine. “The Wi-Fi network supports Pearson and Envision programs in the elementary schools, a Digits-based program in the middle schools and all of our teachers use Google apps, projecting their work for the students using AppleTV. Wi-Fi has truly transformed how students and teachers collaborate across the district.”
The school district serves the communities of Albion, Benton, Clinton and Fairfield and includes about 2,300 students and 180 teachers in eight widely dispersed buildings — one school is 11 miles from the district’s central location. The district selected Meru for its high-density device support and for the ease of deployment and management enabled by the single-channel, Virtual Cell deployment option of the MobileFLEX architecture. This makes it possible for the district’s two full-time and two school-year IT department staff to maintain the network, which consists of four Meru controllers and hundreds of access points spread across the district.
The MEG solution is designed to solve educational institutions’ BYOD issues and support their learning-essential applications. MEG starts with three simple steps:
“District 49 is a shining example of smaller schools’ abilities to implement highly-progressive learning environments with Wi-Fi,” said Sarosh Vesuna, vice president and general manager of the education and healthcare business unit at Meru. “The ease of use enabled by the MEG solution gives both large and small school districts the ability to provide uninterrupted learning, regardless of the size of their IT departments or how far apart their schools are located.”
Additional information about the Meru MEG solution is available here: http://bit.ly/15vW5Oh.
For more information about Meru MobileFLEX, visit the MobileFLEX launch landing page on the Meru web site: http://bit.ly/ZNqPEc.
About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) is a market leader in the development of mobile access and virtualized Wi-Fi solutions. Meru’s MobileFLEX wireless architecture addresses the ever-growing need for higher bandwidth and higher client densities. The Meru Identity Manager solution greatly simplifies secure device on-boarding and the company’s unique Context-aware Application Layers enable dedicated channel assignments for specific applications, devices and usage scenarios. Meru customers include Fortune 500 businesses as well as leaders in education, healthcare and hospitality. Founded in 2002, Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., with operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Japan. Visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300 for more information.