Schools choose Meru for wireless
- By John Moore
- Sep 19, 2006
Meru Networks has landed wireless deals with more than 70 educational institutions in recent months, including a deployment in Philadelphia's School of the Future project.
The company, which provides wireless local-area network infrastructure solutions, has delivered its technology to 42 universities and colleges and 28 K-12 school districts, according to Meru. The schools use WLANs for Internet access, educational applications and instructional tools.
Recently announced deployments include the School of the Future project, a partnership between Philadelphia's school district and Microsoft; Cedarville University in Ohio; Hilton Central School District in New York; Mona Shores Public School District in Michigan; and Rush-Henrietta Central School District in New York.
Ihab Abu-Hakima, Meru's president and chief executive officer, said deployments in the past 12 months span about 500 schools and 1 million students. The school installations represent a second wave of wireless adoption, he added.
'What we have noticed in the last year is a steadily increasing number of educational institutions that have made a decision'to deploy wireless so it is almost a pervasive utility,' Abu-Hakima said.
He said that is a significant change compared with first-generation deployments in which coverage was limited to particular buildings.
Abu-Hakima cited 'an intensive focus on re-engineering the educational process' as one driver behind the expanded wireless push. 'As part of this re-engineering, there is an expectation that mobility will be central to being able to implement these new processes.'
John Moore is a freelance writer based in Syracuse, N.Y.