Meru Education-Grade (MEG(TM)) Wi-Fi Networks Selected by Thousands of Schools
in UK and Ireland in the Past 18 Months
Meru Wi-Fi Helps Educational Institutions Ensure High-Performance
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 09/03/13 -- Meru
Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: MERU), a leader in Wi-Fi networking, has
announced that it has been chosen by more than 2,000 colleges,
universities, primary and secondary schools in the UK and Ireland in
the past 18 months. The institutions are deploying Meru
Education-grade (MEG(TM)) Wi-Fi networks to address sharply rising
device densities, "always-on" students and faculty, and accompanying
increases in network traffic.
Meru, which recently launched its new AP832 access point to support
the next-generation 802.11ac standard, has also seen an increase in
legacy competitive Wi-Fi technology being ripped out of classrooms,
often due to poor network performance or redundant technology, and
replaced by Meru solutions.
"Wireless technology in schools has become integral to creating a
personalised learning environment," said Mark Howell, area director
for UK and Ireland at Meru. "But while this increase in demand for
Wi-Fi to support an ever-growing number of devices is good news, it's
easy to think that a low cost solution can deliver the performance
and scalability required. Mobile technology is only as good as the
network supporting it, and as you add more devices, your network
needs to be able to grow and deliver the same performance today,
tomorrow and in five years' time."
Meru's MEG solution is designed to solve colleges' and universities'
BYOD issues and support their uninterrupted learning applications.
MEG starts with three simple steps:
1. Onboard quickly with BYOD provisioning and secure wireless access
mapped to IT policies.
2. Connect all BYOD devices reliably anywhere
3. Learn by deploying validated learning and teaching
applications over the MEG wireless platform.
Meru counts more than 2,750 primary and secondary schools, colleges
and universities across the UK and Ireland among its customers. These
include Essa Academy in Bolton, Longfield Academy and the Education
Network in Northern Ireland, where Meru and partner Capita are
delivering Wi-Fi to more than 350,000 tea
chers and pupils in more
than 1,200 schools. West Midlands-based Shelfield Community Academy
recently replaced its entire Cisco network with Meru to support more
than 1,000 Android mobile devices. Chiswick School also replaced
Cisco with Meru this year.
Essa Academy, which moved quickly towards personalised learning, has
more than 2,000 mobile devices running over a Meru network. "One of
the key aspects of the hardware was to make sure we had a system that
was robust and that covered the academy completely," said Abdul
Chohan, director at Essa. "We have student mobile devices, portable
devices and iPads being used by teachers in classrooms -- this means
the wireless network has to be robust, accessible and seamless. Meru
allows for a complete 21st century learning experience for all of our
students and staff."
Additional information about the Meru MEG solution is available here:
A video case study on Essa Academy and its work with Meru is
available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LncJ_UfwO2w.
-- A report published by BESA (the British Educational Suppliers
Association) in May 2013, and titled, "Tablets and Apps in Schools
2013," http://www.besa.org.uk/sites/default/files/tab2013_0.pdf, shows
that the number of tablets in England's schools is expected to reach
260,000 by the end of this year, up from 100,000 in 2012, and 600,000
by 2015. Nearly a third of all students will have access to a tablet
by 2020. The report also predicts that 40% of "ICT learning time" will
be covered by educational apps by 2020.
-- According to an IDC research report titled, "Tablets Changing the
Education Sector in the United States, Major Momentum Underway" doc #
241239, May 2013, schools are contributing to the upswing in the sales
of tablet computers, with their numbers in classrooms more than
doubling in the US in the past year.
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 onboarding
and the company's unique Context-aware Application Layers (CALs)
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.
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