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RiverWoods Continuing Care Retirement Community Selects Meru Uninterrupted Care Network to Enhance Residents' Experience

RiverWoods Continuing Care Retirement Community Selects Meru Uninterrupted Care 
Network to Enhance Residents' Experience 
Virtualized Wireless LAN Enables Residents at New England Retirement
Community to Stay Active and in Touch With Family and Friends 
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/17/14 --  Meru Networks(R)
(NASDAQ: MERU), a leader in Wi-Fi networking, today announced that
RiverWoods, a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community in
Exeter, N.H., has deployed a Meru Uninterrupted Care Network (UCN) to
enable its residents to remain connected online wherever they are and
to provide its staff with more reliable Internet service. RiverWoods
has three campuses on 200 acres and is home to 620 residents with 430
staff members.  
"We have a lot of tech-savvy residents and they want to use their
tablets and laptops, whether they're having coffee and reading in the
lounge or at the pool," said Lionel Dube, director of IT for
RiverWoods. "Our wireless LAN has to provide an outstanding
experience 100 percent of the time and, with Meru, that is exactly
what it does. Meru is easy to use and easy to manage. With Meru
Virtual Cell technology, our residents and staff have seamless
roaming. They don't have to reconfigure their devices to connect to
the network in another building. The network just works." 
RiverWoods replaced a wireless broadband service that was expensive
and didn't meet residents' need for Wi-Fi access in the independent
living, assisted living, skilled nursing and long-term care units.
With a Meru Uninterrupted Care Network, residents can use tablets,
laptops, smart phones and other mobile devices to access the
Internet, use Skype with friends and family, stream movies and print
wirelessly from anywhere. The Meru wireless LAN supports about 400
mobile devices daily and will support even more tablets and other
mobile devices as RiverWoods rolls out a new electronic medical
records system this spring. RiverWoods plans to deploy 802.11ac
gigabit Wi-Fi in the fall. The RiverWoods network includes more than
100 access points and two Meru MC4200 wireless controllers with Meru
E(z)RF(R) Network Manager enabling central management of the network. 
The Meru 'Uninterrupted Care Network' 
Meru's Uninterrupted Care Network (UCN) 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 healthcare facilities improve 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
    (HCAHPS).
--  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
    satisfaction scores.

  
"The Meru Uninterrupted Care Network empowers retirement communities
and other health care providers to offer Wi-Fi as a utility to
residents," said Sarosh Vesuna, vice president and general manager of
Meru's business units. "With Meru's channel layering technology,
RiverWoods can exceed its residents' expectations for Wi-Fi based
Internet access, and it can leverage the same wireless LAN
infrastructure for its life-critical and mission-critical
applications."  
Additional information about the Meru Uninterrupted Care Network is
available here:
http://www.merunetworks.com/industries/healthcare.html  
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 E(z)RF are registered trademark
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. 
Press Contact
Wilson Craig
Director of Public Relations 
Meru Networks
+1 408 516 6182
wcraig@merunetworks.com 
 
 
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