470-Year Old Berkhamsted School Supports More Than 1,400 Mobile Devices With
Meru(R) Education-Grade (MEG) Wireless Solution With
Meru Wi-Fi Enabling 21st Century Learning Initiative, Providing the
"Glue" for Education Technology Across Multiple Historical and Modern
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 03/10/14 -- Meru
Networks, Inc.(R) (NASDAQ: MERU) today announced that Berkhamsted
School, one of Britain's premier independent schools, has deployed a
Meru Education-grade (MEG(TM)) wireless solution with Meru Identity
Manager to support upwards of 1200 staff and students using 800
school-owned and around 600 student-owned mobile devices. The Meru
network also supports voice-over-IP (VoIP), in addition to climate
control systems, CCTV and sound and lighting systems in its theatre
"Dealing with our unusual locations would be demanding for any
technology vendor, let alone a Wi-Fi provider. Yet the Wi-Fi delivers
the first time, every time," said David Pacey, director of IT at
Berkhamsted School, which features some buildings dating back to the
1500s with walls eight feet thick and other, more modern sites, with
large amounts of reflective materials. "Meru's channel layering
technology also allows us to load balance automatically, ensuring we
make the best use of all available capacity on the network and
maximise coverage across our various sites."
Berkhamsted School, which recently merged with two other schools in
the Hertfordshire area, regards its wireless network as the "glue" in
delivery of its education technology and a key component of its
four-year technology plan. The network is deployed throughout its
historical campus and buildings -- some dating back over 470 years --
forming the backbone of the school's investment in 21st century
teaching and learning technology. The school selected Meru for its
high-density device support and for the ease of deployment and
management enabled by the MobileFLEX architecture.
The school's deployment of Meru's Identity Manager software
simplifies secure BYOD provisioning for as many as 600 Students,
contractors and other guests visiting the school every week,
dramatically reducing IT workload and helping ensure an excellent
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.
"The big revolution in education is mobile -- mobile devices are
transforming the way we learn and the way we teach," said Mark Steed,
principal at Berkhamsted School. "That functionality and portability
between school and home is a true enabler today. We used to
collaborate by talking on the train or bus home, now we collaborate
all the time using mobile devices. The principles are the same, but
the technology is different."
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
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.
"Berkhamsted has become one of the first independent schools in
Britain to adopt campus-wide Wi-Fi," said Mark Howell, area director
for UK and Ireland at Meru Networks. "It needed the reliability and
performance of a wireless network that could deliver even in
hard-to-reach locations where the signal is traditionally poor. The
nature of the school and its 400-year old history presents its own
unique challenges, but this hasn't stopped it from delivering 21st
century learning and teaching in an historical setting."
Berkhamsted joins more than 2,000 schools in UK and Ireland who are
currently using Meru MEG solutions. Additional information about the
Meru MEG solution is available here: http://bit.ly/15vW5Oh.
About Berkhamsted School
Berkhamsted School is one of Britain's
leading independent schools, with over 470 years of history and
tradition. It is a Day and Boarding school offering both single sex
(from age 11 - 16) and co-educational teaching for boys and girls
aged 3 - 18. The School is based on five sites situated in the
historic town of Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire and one site in
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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