SOURCE: Meru Networks, Inc.

Meru Networks, Inc.

June 25, 2014 08:00 ET

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Forge Ahead With 1-to-1 Computing, Powered by Meru Education Grade (MEG) Wi-Fi With Identity Manager

The Fourth Largest School District in the U.S. Rolls Out Windows 8® Devices and Digital Learning With High Confidence in Secure, Reliable and Speedy Wi-Fi

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 25, 2014) - Meru Networks® (NASDAQ: MERU), a leader in intelligent Wi-Fi networking, today announced that Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) has expanded its Meru Education-Grade (MEG™) Wi-Fi solution and rolled out Meru Identity Manager to automate student access as part of their 1:1 mobile device program. During this second wave of its 1:1 computing program, M-DCPS is giving every student in elementary, seventh and ninth grades Microsoft® Windows 8® devices. The Meru Wi-Fi currently supports about 150,000 students and their mobile devices. When the rollout is complete, it will connect all 345,000 students and 40,000 teachers in 392 schools.

"Our 1:1 initiative is really what we call a 'digital conversion.' We're taking instruction from the traditional teacher lecturing the class to a personalized, collaborative and differentiated learning program," said Debbie Karcher, CIO of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. "The Meru Wi-Fi network has worked extremely well to support our 1:1 learning objectives and it continues to scale and meet our requirements. Meru is rock-solid, and we have not found another product that can compete at the same scale and price point."

To ensure success for its 1:1 program, M-DCPS expanded its Wi-Fi to better support rich-media content and online assessments in its high-density environment. The ability to do so is vital to implementing Common Core State Standards (CCSS). M-DCPS uses a variety of academic and administrative applications over the Meru wireless network. Educational applications on the network include e-textbooks, Lightspeed, Edmodo, Discovery Education, IMath and Scantron. Administrators and staff also access student information systems and financial applications over the Wi-Fi, in addition to systems that support food services, transportation and facilities.

M-DCPS' use of Meru E(z)RF® Network Manager helped speed deployment of tens of thousands of Meru access points across hundreds of schools. E(z)RF is a centralized network management software application for Meru wireless LANs. It provides network-wide monitoring, end-to-end visibility and powerful control of wireless deployments. Its intuitive, web-based interface delivers superior ease-of-use and offers instant access to real-time and historical performance metrics on each managed controller, access point and client. E(z)RF can be deployed on a Meru Services Appliance or on a VMware-based virtual appliance.

Meru Identity Manager automates network access for district-owned and guest devices, while reducing the burden on IT staff with self-service functionality. Identity Manager Smart Connect is optimized for both administrators and end users, enabling one-click self-provisioning of client devices for secure wireless connectivity. Identity Manager Guest Connect improves guest management by authorizing internal sponsors to create guest accounts and enabling guests to securely self-register.

The MEG wireless solution is designed to solve schools' 1:1 and BYOD challenges and support their learning-essential applications. MEG starts with three simple steps:

  • On-board quickly with 1:1 and BYOD provisioning and secure wireless access mapped to IT policies.
  • Connect all 1:1 and BYOD devices reliably anywhere on campus.
  • Learn by deploying validated learning and teaching applications on 1:1 and BYOD devices over the MEG wireless solution.

"Miami-Dade is providing students from very diverse backgrounds equal access to state-of-the-art technology for learning. The district has prepared itself for success by deploying the Meru Education-Grade solution to deliver high-performance, along with reliable and secure access to educational resources so that students can gain the knowledge and skills they need for future success," said Sarosh Vesuna, vice president and general manager of Meru's business units. "The performance and simplicity of the MEG solution enables school districts to deliver seamless connectivity for secure 1:1 learning programs."

Additional information about the Meru MEG solution is available here: http://bit.ly/MGBWiU.

About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) is a leader in intelligent 802.11ac Wi-Fi solutions, delivering uninterrupted user experience for education, healthcare, hospitality and enterprise. The Meru MobileFLEX architecture is designed to enable seamless roaming with traffic separation for critical applications, providing top performance and high capacity in high-density environments. Visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300 for more information.

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