Essa Academy Deploys Over 2,000 Apple Devices on the Meru Education-Grade (MEG(TM)) Wireless Platform to Deliver Uninterrupted

Essa Academy Deploys Over 2,000 Apple Devices on the Meru Education-Grade 
(MEG(TM)) Wireless Platform to Deliver Uninterrupted
Learning 
With no fixed telephones the Wi-Fi network will also carry all of
academy's VoIP traffic 
BRACKNELL, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwire) -- 01/31/13 -- Meru
Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:MERU), a leader in virtualised wireless LAN
solutions, today announced that Essa Academy - one of the brightest
success stories from the academy school system established 13 years
ago in the UK - has deployed a Meru Wi-Fi network based on the Meru
Education-Grade (MEG) wireless platform to connect more than 2,000
Apple devices issued to teachers and students.  
With its motto 'All Will Succeed', reflected in its innovative use of
technology to inspire creative personalised teaching and learning,
Essa Academy has become the first school in the UK to issue every
student and every teacher with an Apple device, including iPads,
iPods and MacBook Airs all running over a Meru wireless network. 
Echoing the consumerisation of IT trend in the workplace, the academy
has adopted a 1-1 mobile device programme across the school, enabling
students to use mobile devices for both school and homework. One of
the key requirements for the implementation was a reliable, secure,
high perf
ormance wireless network that covered the entire academy -
including both internal and external areas - enabling fast, seamless
Wi-Fi access anytime, anywhere for the thousands of devices
simultaneously.  
"With over 2,000 Apple devices running over a Meru wireless network,
we are enabling creative teaching at Essa Academy that uses
learner-led techniques for uninterrupted learning. We are also
supporting one of the largest deployments of Apple mobile devices in
any sector, let alone in education," according to Mark Howell, area
director, UK & Ireland for Meru Networks. "Supporting over 2,000
devices in a very small area is an extremely difficult thing to
achieve both practically and technically. However, with Meru's
virtualised wireless architecture, the Wi-Fi and the delivery of
classroom content to all of these devices is completely seamless and
hassle free." 
Abdul Chohan, Director at Essa Academy, adds: "The academy's goal is
to ensure every pupil has access to 21st century learning resources
and to move away from buying printed text books. Imagine being in an
environment where a student can use a 'textbook' that's completely
personalised for them, flick digital pages over, watch video, look at
content, listen to audio, interact with it and then capture their own
learning - this is what we are hoping to achieve. Our vision means
that technology will become embedded as the foundation upon which all
teaching and learning takes place."  
Additionally, as there are no fixed telephones, the academy is
running all their voice connectivity over the Meru wireless network.
All voice runs over the wireless network to the Apple devices.  
Through its ambitious plans of using technology, Essa Academy has not
only pioneered the concept of 21st century learning and teaching, but
has also reduced its GBP 80,000 photocopying bill down to just GBP
15,000 a year. 
The Meru wireless network, deployed and managed by partner Northgate
Managed Services, includes AP320i access points and a MC4100 wireless
controller. 
Meru Networks will be at education show, BETT 2013 (30 Jan - 2 Feb
2013), on stand F325 and has a virtualised wireless demonstration
facility at North Gallery Suite 16. The facility will be open on
Thursday 31 January and Friday 1 February, with demonstrations
running every full hour starting from 10:00am through 16:00pm. 
Meru Networks: http://www.merunetworks.com 
Meru Networks and Essa Academy video case study:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LncJ_UfwO2w  
Meru in Education:
http://www.merunetworks.com/industries/education.html  
About Meru Networks 
Meru Networks (NASDAQ:MERU) designs, develops, and distributes
virtualized wireless LAN solutions that provide enterprises with the
performance, reliability, predictability and operational simplicity
of a wired network with the advantages of mobility. Meru Networks
eliminates the deficiencies of multichannel, client-controlled
architectures with its innovative, single-channel, virtualized
network architecture that easily handles device density and
diversity. Meru wireless LAN solutions are deployed in major vertical
industries including Fortune 500 businesses, education, hospitality,
healthcare and retail supply chain. Founded in 2002, Meru is
headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., with operations in North America,
Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Visit www.merunetworks.com
or call (408) 215-5300 for more information.
Contacts:
Press Contacts:
Parallax Public Relations for Meru Networks
Wilson Craig
408 516 6182
wilson@parallaxpr.com
 
 
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