Sep 19, 2013
by Meru Networks
Meru replaces Cisco to ensure seamless roaming and secure mobile device on-boarding across 44 schools
SUNNYVALE, Calif., December 9, 2013 – Meru Networks® (NASDAQ: MERU), a leader in Wi-Fi networking, today announced that St. Lucie School District in Florida has deployed a Meru Education-grade (MEG™) wireless solution with Meru Identity Manager. A Cisco user since 2000, the school began deploying Wi-Fi in 2005 and switched to Meru in 2011 to enable BYOD for students, teachers and guests across 44 schools.
“We chose Meru because of their ease of management and the way that they make it easier for users to move seamlessly from point to point,” said David Jasa, IT program manager for St. Lucie School District. “Our key requirement was simple – the network had to work consistently and well. It provides Internet and online application access to students, who use it daily within the classroom, and also to vendors, guests, speakers and parents, many of whom need to roam among facilities in the 44-school system.”
St. Lucie County School District is located on the east coast of Florida and serves the cities of Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie Village and Lakewood Park. The district has approximately 40,850 students and is the largest employer in the county, with approximately 4,800 employees including 2,790 teachers. 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. The network was designed and installed by Meru authorized partner Electronaca.
The school also deployed Meru’s Identity Manager software to simplify secure BYOD provisioning, dramatically reduce IT workload and ensure a trouble-free wireless user experience. Identity Manager Smart Connect is optimized for both administrators and end users, enabling one-click self-provisioning of client devices for secure 802.1X connectivity. Identity Manager Guest Connect improves guest management by authorizing internal sponsors to create guest accounts and enabling guests to securely self-register. Both solutions work over existing network infrastructure with support for access points, controllers and wired switches from any vendor.
“We are saving lots of money with Meru Identity Manager,” said Terence O'Leary, assistant superintendent of instruction for the district. “It keeps our IT staff from having to travel throughout the district to help people get access to the network and allows teachers to focus on teaching instead of providing IT support services. Thanks to Meru, our technicians receive very few calls regarding individuals having trouble accessing the wireless infrastructure.”
The MEG solution is designed to solve educational institutions’ BYOD issues and support their learning-essential applications. MEG starts with three simple steps:
“St. Lucie school district is committed to enabling uninterrupted learning through technology, and to making that technology easy-to-use for students, faculty and guests,” said Sarosh Vesuna, vice president and general manager of the education and healthcare business units at Meru. “We are extremely pleased that the district selected Meru to enable its BYOD initiative.”
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.