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Florida District Deploys Wireless Solution To Support BYOD
School District in Florida has implemented a wireless solution
designed for education to support its bring-your-own-device (BYOD)
initiative for students, teachers and guests at all 44 of its schools.
The district selected an "education-grade" wireless solution from Meru Networks
with Meru Identity Manager "because of their ease of
management and the way that they make it easier for users to move
seamlessly from point to point," said David Jasa, IT program manager
for the district, in a prepared statement. According to the company,
the district also selected the Meru Networks solution for its
high-density device support, ease of deployment, and Meru's MobileFLEX architecture.
According to information on the company's site, MobileFLEX is a unified
wireless network architecture for BYOD. It's designed to make it easier
for IT staff to secure the network and manage capacity and bandwidth
when large numbers of users are connecting with personal mobile devices.
The district also implemented Meru's Identity Manager software, which
is designed to simplify secure BYOD provisioning, reduce IT workload,
and improve the user experience, according to information from the
company. Its Smart Connect module enables self-provisioning of
client devices with a single click, and its Guest Connect module lets internal "sponsors"
create guest accounts or lets guests securely self-register.
According to Terence O'Leary, assistant superintendent of instruction
for the district, Meru Identity Manager "keeps our IT staff from having
to travel throughout the district to help people get access to the
network and allows teachers to focus on teaching instead of providing
IT support services.
St. Lucie School District is located on the east coast of Florida. The
district serves more than 40,000 students and employs nearly 2,800
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