Meru Networks (News - Alert) has partnered with LanSchool for the provision of Wi-Fi based, uninterrupted learning management solutions for classroom, school, campus or district-wide deployments. LanSchool specializes in classroom management and monitoring software.
In a release Ben Cahoon, president, Stoneware, said, “The combination of LanSchool and Meru takes two best-of-class products and combines them into a robust solution that helps schools deliver wireless access to students on virtually any Wi-Fi device, without losing the ability to monitor, manage and collaborate. In short, an elegant solution to the BYOD issue.”
“Using the solutions from Meru and LanSchool, schools will be empowered to support 1-to-1 and BYOD initiatives. Also IT can manage the network optimally with teachers being able to manage the class easily,” Cahoon added.
Meru, a provider of virtualized 802.11 enterprise wireless networking, will be helping LanSchool deliver support for iPads, laptops, smartphones and other mobile devices in schools. This will allow uninterrupted learning over the Wi-Fi network and students will be able to deliver better assignments too, said officials.
Meru and LanSchool will synergize efforts to overcome barriers that hamper the implementation of a digital classroom, as IT will be able to simplify mobile device connectivity and Wi-Fi network operations leveraging Meru’s single-channel, virtualized network architecture. The digital classroom allows teachers to detect and deter common distractions like Web surfing, games and instant messaging during class time using the real-time monitoring capabilities from LanSchool.
Officials emphasized that student collaboration with peers will improve and they will be able to connect directly with their teachers with screen-sharing, chat and mobility solutions provided by Meru and LanSchool.
Sarosh Vesuna, general manager of the education business unit at Meru Networks, commented, “Schools depend on reliable, ubiquitous connectivity. They want uninterrupted video streaming, even in the largest of classrooms. Meru’s unique virtual cell based architecture is designed to give IT the capacity, performance and control needed to successfully deploy digital classroom applications such as LanSchool.”
Meru Networks, Inc. also announced the results of its 2012 K-12 survey. The results indicated that students are allowed to bring their own devices to school in most cases, which is driving the need for secure, low-cost guest access to Wi-Fi networks. The June 2012 survey, taken by over 160 school district IT representatives nationwide, provides information about K-12 network trends to school administrators and technology coordinators.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman