SUNNYVALE, Calif. and BELFAST, Ireland, April 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- All schools in Northern Ireland will now have access to wireless services as part of Northgate's $266m (pounds Sterling 170m) Education Network Northern Ireland (EN(ni)) contract. Meru Networks, Inc., (NASDAQ: MERU), a pioneer in 802.11n wireless enterprise networking is partnering with Northgate Managed Services to provide state of the art Wi-Fi connectivity to over 350,000 teachers and pupils in 1,200 schools.
The cloud-based network – the first of its kind in education in Europe – has been designed to create a dynamic, future-proof, flexible service that will give schools increased access to learning resources and enable teachers and pupils to better collaborate and communicate. Schools will have greater flexibility and choice in how wireless is used across the curriculum as the solution allows teachers and students to get access to the network and resources securely via personal devices, such as smartphones, iPad tablets, tablet PCs and laptops. Teachers and students will also be able to use educational resources and toolsets through Northgate's My-School learning portal.
"We are thrilled that Meru's wireless technology is such an integral part of the project," said Bami Bastani, president and Chief Executive Officer from Meru Networks. "Cloud-based WLAN connectivity is a major advancement for learning environments because it offers flexibility and choice to organizations which are struggling with the demand for fast, reliable and robust Wi-Fi to support large numbers of mobile devices being brought onto campuses. Our proven ability to deliver reliable, high-performance Wi-Fi in such dense and diverse Wi-Fi environments makes us a natural choice for schools. Our solutions are designed for simplicity and flexibility and yet they meet the demand for wireless in these fierce conditions."
The Meru wireless network will be built around 10,000 access points located throughout the school buildings, and 38 MC4200 controllers in a central data center. The datacenter will be connected by superfast telecomm connections to the access points on the school campuses.