Pleckgate High School Supporting 1,200 iPad minis(R) With Meru(R) Education-Grade (MEG) Wireless Solution and Meru(R) Bonjour(R

Pleckgate High School Supporting 1,200 iPad minis(R) With Meru(R) Education-Grade (MEG) Wireless Solution and Meru(R) Bonjour(R)
Gateway 
High-Density Capabilities of Meru Wireless Network Ensure Success of
First Mobile Launch 
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 01/20/14 --  BETT SHOW
2014 -- Meru Networks, Inc.(R) (NASDAQ: MERU) today announced that
Blackburn-based Pleckgate High School is supporting the deployment of
1,200 iPad minis(R) distributed to pupils in the school on day one
with a Meru Education-grade (MEG(TM)) wireless solution. The planned
mobile launch -- a first for the school -- coincided with the first
day of the new autumn term, and was chosen in favour of a phased
rollout due to the Meru solution's proven high-density handling
capabilities.  
"At my previous school, we rolled out iPod touches, but found that
the Cisco wireless network was simply unable to cope with a high
number of devices connecting at the same time. We switched to Meru
with great success," said Lewis Hall, e-learning manager at Pleckgate
High School. "When I moved to Pleckgate, we expanded the existing
Meru network, which has been able to cope with everything we threw at
it and more. People said we were crazy to deploy 1,200 devices in one
day, but, using Meru, it went even better then we imagined." 
One of the government's Building Schools for the Future (BSF)
successes, Pleckgate became one of the first schools to trial a free
iPad mini program last year. Such a large-scale mobile device "switch
on" was deemed a worthwhile risk, with Pleckgate's having already
deployed Meru's Wi-Fi technology throughout the school and with
management's prior experience with Meru's ability to support high
numbers of users and devices simultaneously. 
Each member of the Pleckgate staff also has an iPad mini or an
iPad2(R), as well as a MacBook Air(R), while every classroom and
learning space is equipped with Apple TV(R), with use enabled by the
Meru Bonjour(R) Gateway -- all deployed within the space of the last
12 months. The school will eventually move to an all-mobile
environment, phasing out desktops PCs and laptops in classrooms to
improve student-teacher interaction and accelerate independent
learning. 
Pleckgate makes extensive use of AppleTV units powered by the Apple
AirPlay service. Meru's Bonjour gateway support, integrated into the
Meru MobileFLEX architecture, helps ensure that transmitting devices
and the displays connected to AppleTV units are appropriately
coordinated on a per-classroom basis, to avoid interference and
confusion. Meru's access points and controllers manage the service
dynamically. 
"iPads and mobile devices are not a quick fix, we know that, but are
an enabler to delivering better learning and teaching," said Hall. "I
knew from previous experience that this approach could work. At my
previous school we doubled our GCSE results within two years of
deploying mobile devices and teaching and learning went from 60
percent 'inadequate' to 70 percent 'good' OFSTED results. A mobile
device strategy can be effective, as long as the right infrastructure
is in place to support it." 
Meru's Education-grade (MEG) wireless solution is designed to solve
educational institutions' BYOD (Bring your own device) issues and
support their learning-essential applications. MEG starts with three
simple steps: 
1. On-board quickly with BYOD provisioning and secure wireless access
mapped to IT policies. 
 2. Connect all BYOD devices reliably
anywhere on campus. 
 3. Learn by deploying validated learning and
teaching applications on BYOD devices over the MEG wireless solution. 
"Pleckgate School took a calculated risk in deploying thousands of
mobile devices in a single day, knowing that its wireless network
would be able to stand up to the challenge," Sarosh Vesuna, vice
president and general manager of education at Meru Networks.
"Increasingly, schools and other educational establishments need to
know that their Wi-Fi can deliver each time every time, and cope with
the rigorous demands of large numbers of users and devices." 
Pleckgate joins more than 3,000 schools in UK and Ireland who are
currently using MEG solutions. Additional information about the Meru
MEG solution is available here: http://bit.ly/15vW5Oh.  
About Pleckgate High School
 Pleckgate School is a multi cultural
community of pupils, staff, parents and carers. T he primary purpose
of the school is learning and all members are entitled to experience
success. We value their efforts and celebrate diversity. The school
comprises 1300 pupils and 200 staff (teaching and non-teaching)
situated on the northern outskirts of Blackburn with Darwen. It
serves the communities on the northern edge of the town. 
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. 
Copyright2014 Meru Networks. Meru and Meru Networks are registered
trademarks and the Meru logo is a trademark of Meru Networks, Inc. in
the United States. All other trademarks mentioned in this document
are the property of their respective owners. Apple, Apple TV, iPad
mini, iPad2 and MacBook Air are trademarks of Apple Inc. registered
in the U.S. and other countries.  
UK Press Contact 
Amanda Hassall
Cobra Public Relations
Amanda.hassall@cobrapr.co.uk 
+44 (0)1628 822741/+44 (0)7855 359889
@mandyhassall  
US Press Contact
Wilson Craig
Meru Networks
Director of Public Relations 
wcraig@merunetworks.com 
+1 408 516 6182 
 
 
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