"Bringing in the Meru solution was the first step in our implementing a BYOD policy at the school," said
The school selected Meru due to the effectiveness and simplicity of the Meru MobileFLEX architecture. Its optional single-channel, virtual cell implementation helps ensure that mobility is maintained between access points, with none of the "sticky client" or "call-dropping" issues that traditional multi-channel implementations can impose. The simplicity and efficiency of the MobileFLEX architecture also made it very easy for the school's small IT staff to install and manage the network, enabling full coverage at both its lower- and upper-school campuses.
Meru's MEG solution is designed to solve educational institutions' BYOD issues and support their learning-essential applications. MEG starts with three simple steps:
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.
Meru Identity Manager for BYOD Provisioning
The Wi-Fi deployment came alongside the school's decision to implement a comprehensive BYOD program, through which students purchase and bring a wide variety of mobile devices to class for use in their daily coursework. In addition to dual Meru MC1500 wireless controllers and multiple Meru AP320i access points deployed at each campus, the school's IT department deployed Meru's Identity Manager BYOD and guest-access solution, greatly simplifying on-boarding of the student-owned mobile devices. These devices include smartphones, laptops, tablets and notebook computers from all of the major manufacturers; securely on-boarding these devices manually would be impossible for the school's very small IT team, and fast connectivity means maximizing classroom instruction time.
"Identity Manager was a big selling point," said Mashburn. "It basically kept me from having to touch client machines. Most critically, all of our non-technical personnel and even the students themselves can walk through the setup and have a device securely provisioned on the network in just a matter of minutes."
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