Maple Knoll Village Retirement Community Selects Meru Uninterrupted Care
Network to Enhance the Care, Safety and Satisfaction of Seniors
Virtualized Wireless LAN Serves the Needs of Life-Critical Systems,
Mission-Critical Applications and Resident Entertainment Without
Missing a Beat
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/28/14 -- Meru Networks(R)
(NASDAQ: MERU), a leader in Wi-Fi networking, today announced that
Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. has deployed a Meru Uninterrupted Care
Network to support more than 1,000 residents at its continuing care
retirement communities, including Maple Knoll Village, in the greater
Cincinnati, Ohio area. With a highly reliable, pervasive Wi-Fi
network that spans the 54-acre campus, Maple Knoll Village has
enhanced the care and safety of its residents, improved staff
productivity and increased resident satisfaction.
"Our care giving staff has so much more mobility now," said Andrew
Craig, IT director at Maple Knoll Village. "Staff can use their
laptops or tablets at the patients' bedsides, in the skilled nursing
care facility, in residents' homes or in the independent living and
assisted living communities. They can also do follow-up visits with
residents who were recently ill. With Meru Wi-Fi, our staff has
access to medical information and resources they need to care for our
residents and patients - wherever and whenever they need it."
The Meru Wi-Fi network blankets Maple Knoll's campus, which includes
independent living villas and apartments, assisted living facilities,
a skilled nursing facility, a wellness center, a rehabilitation
center, a Montessori childcare center and a hospice center. The
wireless LAN supports Maple Knoll's electronic medical records and
nurse call systems, patient location tracking system, IP phone
systems and business operations. Wi-Fi is a valued amenity for the
residents, too. Residents can use their tablets and laptops anywhere
from the gardens to their living rooms to stay in touch with friends
and family, check social media sites, watch movies and stay informed.
The Meru 'Uninterrupted Care Network'
Meru's Uninterrupted Care Network (UCN(TM)) enables IT departments to
create separate Wi-Fi channel layers. This allows hospitals to offer
the benefits of mobility for Wi-Fi enabled "Life Critical" devices
such as telemetry and to help ensure reliable connectivity for those
devices on their own dedicated wireless channel layers.
Three Layers of UCN
-- Life Critical: One set of wireless channels can be dedicated for life
critical applications and devices like smart infusion pumps and Wi-Fi
enabled telemetry devices and for carrying wireless traffic only
associated with these applications. Centralized monitoring conducted
by Wi-Fi enabled devices is not only designed to improve clinician
productivity, but may also help hospital in improving patient safety.
-- Mission Critical: A second channel layer can be dedicated for "Mission
Critical" applications and devices to provide reliable connectivity
and QoS for mobile enterprise applications such as EMR, VoIP, Citrix
based CPOE and barcode medicine administration. This is designed to
improve clinician productivity and increase patient satisfaction
-- Consumer Critical: UCN can also provide a "Consumer-Critical" layer,
to enable patients to connect with friends and family using the
Internet. Such family interaction has been shown to positively impact
patient mood and treatment outcome, thus improving patient
"The Meru Uninterrupted Care Network empowers healthcare providers to
improve patient safety, increase staff productivity, and ensure
resident satisfaction," said Sarosh Vesuna, vice president and
general manager of Meru's business units. "With Meru's channel
layering technology, Maple Knoll has been able to create separate,
dedicated channels for life-critical, mission-critical and
consumer-critical applications and ensure optimal performance for all
Additional information about the Meru Uninterrupted Care Network is
For more information, see the Meru case study on Maple Knoll:
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.
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