SOURCE: Meru Networks, Inc.

Meru Networks, Inc.

March 17, 2014 08:00 ET

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 - Mar 17, 2014) - Meru Networks® (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® 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.

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