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‘Meru Center’ to Accelerate Deployment and Ease Management of Wi-Fi and Open-standards SDN Applications

New software platform and App Store change the way IT departments discover and consume applications

SUNNYVALE, Calif – October 29, 2014 – Meru Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:MERU), a leader in intelligent Wi-Fi networking, today announced Meru Center, a new software platform that gives organizations a central networked application provisioning engine and management dashboard, along with the new Meru App Store. The App Store offers a variety of applications, including Meru-developed and open standards-based software-defined-networking (SDN) applications.

“Businesses today need more flexibility and automation in the selection and deployment of their networks and applications,” said Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for Enterprise Networks and Video at Infonetics. “Meru Center helps ensure that organizations of all types can deploy access networks tuned specifically to their needs, with the native control or third-party management that is best aligned with their business goals and organizational structure.”

“Meru Center and the Meru App Store will help ensure that we always have the most innovative and up-to-date applications to ensure performance and seamless management of our WLAN,” said Bart Allen, assistant general manager and director of operations, Salt Palace Convention Center. “The ability to download and deploy Meru and partner applications and updates greatly increases efficiency by reducing the time and cost associated with application deployment.”

On-premise Application Provisioning with Meru Center
Meru Center is a new software platform that streamlines allocation of storage, memory and infrastructure in virtualized environments greatly reducing the time and cost associated with application deployment. It features single sign-on, seamless backup, application licensing and comprehensive management capabilities for all Meru applications.

Meru App Store
Meru Center includes the Meru App Store, which simplifies the discovery and deployment of network applications. The App Store includes a series of innovative applications including Network Manager for network visibility and control and Meru Connect for device onboarding and guest access. Service Assurance Manager offers predictive troubleshooting, while Spectrum Manager helps with interference detection.

SDN-enabled applications will include Meru Collaborator for Microsoft Lync® and Personal Bonjour®. Meru Collaborator enables end-to-end monitoring and policy implementation to ensure a consistently high quality of experience. Personal Bonjour® lets IT administrators control permissions linking specific users’ devices to Apple® Bonjour-based services across both wired and wireless networks.

“iTunes and Play Store have transformed the mobile application world for consumers and enterprises,” said Manish Rai, vice president of corporate marketing at Meru. “Meru Center and the Meru App Store have the potential to disrupt the enterprise networking market in a similar way by allowing networking IT to easily find, consume and contribute SDN-based networking apps.”

Meru Center will be generally available in Q4. Meru is actively seeking SDN app development partners.  To participate please email sdndev@merunetworks.com. For more information, visit the Meru web site: www.merunetworks.com/merucenter.

About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) is a leader in intelligent 802.11ac Wi-Fi solutions delivering uninterrupted user experience for education, healthcare, hospitality and enterprise. The Meru open-standards-based architecture is designed to enable unified management of wired and wireless networks. Its end-to-end application QoS enables enforceable service-level agreements. Meru provides top performance and high capacity in high-density environments. Visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300 for more information.

©2014 Meru Networks. Meru and Meru Networks are registered trademarks and the Meru logo is a trademark of Meru Networks, Inc. in the United States. Apple and Bonjour are trademarks of Apple Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries. Microsoft and Lync are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

Polycom and Microsoft Lync are changing the way we make phone calls

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by Peter Huboi – Polycom

Would you call your boss if you knew your boss was in the middle of presenting an important webinar presentation? What if you need to talk to someone right away and but they aren’t at their desk? Is it easy to find other ways to reach them from your phone? New features like “Enhanced Presence” and “Contact Cards” on the Polycom VVX Business Media phones are making call scenarios like this very easy to handle correctly.

Polycom is pleased to announce that the latest UCS 5.1.1 firmware on Polycom VVX phones is now Qualified for Lync 2013 as part of Microsoft’s Third Party Interoperability Program (3PIP)New Lync features are supported on VVX phones making users even more productive. Not only are we delivering additional PBX-like features, we are delivering enhanced features specific to Lync deployments that you don’t find on your phone if you are still using phones on a PBX. So let’s take a tour of some of the latest Lync features introduced on Polycom VVX phones.

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Businesses are turning to Beacons, and it’s going to be O.K.

by Molly Wood – NY Times

THE beacons are here. And they might not be all bad.

Beacons, tiny low-powered radio transmitters that send signals to phones just feet away, have quickly become a new front in the advertising industry’s chase to find you whenever, and exactly wherever, you are.

Although most consumers are just learning about these devices, tens or even hundreds of thousands of them have been installed across the country: outdoors on buildings, inside stores and even at National Football League and Major League Baseball stadiums.

The point of the devices is to send a specific signal, using low-energy Bluetooth, to phones that come into proximity, as long as those phones are running apps that can respond to the beacon. Those codes then set off an action on the phone, like a coupon, a reminder, a reward or just information. A beacon at the gates of a baseball stadium could open a map to the user’s seat and offer a beer or hot dog coupon.

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Law firm Eversheds deploys Meru 802.11ac Wi-Fi to support voice and video across three continents

Gigabit wireless supports Microsoft Lync for 4,000 mobile workers across Europe, Middle East and Asia

Meru Networks, a leader in intelligent Wi-Fi networking, has announced that corporate law firm Eversheds LLP has deployed a Meru 802.11ac wireless network to support its mobility strategy enabling flexible working and increased collaboration. The network has been deployed across eight countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia to support up to 4,000 staff, clients and guests.

The wireless network will support the firm’s recent deployment of Microsoft Lync, which provides instant online conferencing, including voice, video and shared content, allowing staff to easily and quickly share knowledge, ideas and content with colleagues and clients.

“Eversheds is in the process of moving to a more agile working model and it is important that we have the best wireless network,”’

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Meru is Raising the Bar on Quality

Ajay Malik, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Products at Meru, explains how the company is out-innovating the rest of the industry with the quality of its Wi-Fi solutions.

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Apple randomise MAC addresses with iOS 8 … or did they?

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by Kerry Wright – Purple Wifi

Some big news from Apple recently was the announcement that with iOS 8 they would be randomizing MAC addresses of devices when scanning for WiFi. We were all expecting this change as part of the iOS 8 release.

HOWEVER

Early testing by Purple WiFi and others has revealed that random MAC addresses are only generated for iPad Air, iPad Mini Retina Display, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Other devices are not affected even if they have been updated with iOS 8. The random MAC is never used when the phone’s screen is on i.e. not asleep and when it is associated to an AP.

A pattern of actual MAC and random MAC addresses has already been identified, so at this stage it is potentially still possible to track an individual device, regardless of whether it uses iOS 8.

So how does this affect location analytics companies?

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Wi-Fi Calling with Meru Virtual Cell: Clear Benefits for Users

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Any opportunity to save on mobile device plans is typically welcomed with open arms. The sheer number of subscribers already using Wi-Fi on iOS or Android SIM-enabled devices illustrates just that. With the release of iOS8, comes the highly-anticipated feature of Wi-Fi calling that will impact how individuals use their mobile devices for the better.

Rather than draining voice or data plans, Wi-Fi calling enables users to seamlessly make and receive calls, as well as send messages, through a Wi-Fi connection without relying on device clients or apps. While T-Mobile is currently the only carrier to offer the service on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Sprint added it for certain Android devices earlier this year, and both AT&T and Verizon have expressed their intentions to roll out Wi-Fi calling by mid-2015.

The benefits are evident: you can expect to eat up much less of your voice and data plans throughout the month, resulting in more time to stream movies on the go or listen to music. Users are now able to avoid unnecessary service charges and cut bill costs, while the feature also extends coverage to areas without traditional network coverage, and allows individuals to utilize their regular phone numbers.

We are witnessing significant developments in telecom space, and Wi-Fi calling is another positive step forward for both the industry and Meru customers. Using our “Virtual Cell” solution in conjunction with Wi-Fi calling is a win-win. By leveraging the Meru Networks Wi-Fi Virtual Cell solution, customers experience zero-handoff through an architecture that preserves call quality, particularly for roaming enterprise wireless users. If you are connected to Meru Networks Wi-Fi while using Wi-Fi calling, you will no longer have to worry about dropped calls, because of the seamless roaming Virtual Cell provides.

Meru differentiates itself across the market by providing each user device a single virtualized point of access, enabling your network to target the best available access points and manage those connections. This creates the appearance of a single and seamless layer of coverage, allows your network to make connectivity decisions, and provides users with the flexibility to move freely without experiencing disruptive handoffs – which is essential for Wi-Fi calling.

Up until now, Wi-Fi calling has been reserved for select Android and Windows devices. With the activation of Wi-Fi calling for iOS8, users will benefit from enhanced user experience and improved quality of service. In turn, we expect to witness carrier offload and increase of voice traffic over Wi-Fi, and Meru is well-positioned to meet these new demands by providing reliable, flexible and fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi solutions.

iPhone 6 and the Need for More Wi-Fi

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It may start as a trickle, but it won’t take long before the new iPhone 6 floods our corporate networks. With Apple reporting a record number of iPhone 6’s sold the first week on the market, this will be sooner rather than later. The new iPhone looks to be one of the most popular iPhones ever, and JPMorgan estimates that 235 million iPhones will be sold in the next year.

The iPhone 6 supports 802.11ac for up to 3x faster Wi-Fi, according to Apple. In addition, the iPhone has built-in Wi-Fi calling, and is able to hand calls off from Wi-Fi to the cellular network and back while the call is active. That means you can start a call on your iPhone over the office Wi-Fi, and then walk out the door and into your car without an interruption in the conversation. No more: “I have to get in my car. I’ll call you back in 5 minutes.” It’s a huge convenience, and no doubt your wireless LAN will be supporting many more voice calls than it does today. Carriers also see the benefits of Wi-Fi calling as a way to expand their footprint indoors, where LTE signals weaken. Now, whether the caller is indoors at home, at a coffee shop, an airport, or a hotel, calls can be made over Wi-Fi by simply switching a toggle setting to “Allow Wi-Fi Calls.”

The first people to buy the sleek new phones will also be the ones with the highest expectations that their network experience will be similarly speedy. Of course, iPhone 6 and other 802.11ac-enabled devices work on existing 802.11 networks, but using an 802.11ac wireless LAN will deliver the best user experience. With gigabit speeds per radio, 802.11ac delivers a near-wired experience for mobile users. Plus, 802.11ac is designed for dense mobile environments, which is especially important as mobility becomes the new norm. In addition, with 802.11ac, the link between the access point and the client is more reliable, which is essential for applications such as voice and video.

When considering your migration to 802.11ac, consider that Meru makes the fastest 802.11ac access points in the world. According to recent tests by the independent Tolly Group, Meru’s 802.11ac Wi-Fi is 40 percent faster than Cisco and 100 percent faster than Aruba. Meru was also the first to achieve Microsoft Lync qualification, which means you can rely on your Meru network to deliver on the stringent quality-of-service requirements to support unified communications and that new iPhone 6.

Spectralink grows with demand for enterprise-grade Voice over Wi-Fi devices

Growth in customer demand for purpose-built Android devices for the workplace helps increase market share 

October 3, 2014 — Spectralink Corporation (“Spectralink”), a global leader in wireless solutions for the workplace, has seen an increase in market share within the company’s Wi-Fi sales of 10 percentage points over the last three quarters, according to a new report by market research firm, Infonetics.

This success follows the launch of PIVOT™ by Spectralink earlier this year. PIVOT is the first purpose-built mobile handset to combine the usability of consumer smartphone-like features with the quality, durability and reliability essential for in-building mobile employees to improve workplace communication.

Since launching PIVOT in February this year, Spectralink is working with partners on more than 80 deployments across the world. As the specialist in mobile communications solutions for the workplace, Spectralink has established itself as a leading provider of mobile devices for the healthcare, retail and manufacturing sectors. It now counts 33 partners, and growing, in its exclusive AIMS (Application Integration and Management Solvers) partner network, and continues to dominate the sector with its innovative and industry-leading WorkSmart solutions.

PIVOT’s success since its launch is further evidence that the BYOD trend is not appropriate in many industries. Consumer devices, unlike purpose-built devices, cannot meet the various needs of security, durability, reliability and total cost of ownership in specific sectors.

“We have spent the past seven months building on the success of PIVOT and improving its features following customer feedback, and are now on version 3.0 of our principal product,” said Sten Dyrmose, CEO of Spectralink. “The feedback we’ve received, along with our vigorous testing in real-life situations, has resulted in a more mature product. PIVOT provides a stable platform to support the fundamental requirements of mobile employees in environments such as healthcare, retail and manufacturing.”

Dyrmose added, “Our focus is solely on purpose-built devices. We are specialists in this field and we are leaders because of this. We work with our ecosystem of partners to ensure that our devices combine the best-in-breed solutions from across the market for true interoperability and unrivalled performance.”

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Technology and the next generation

Technology and the next generation

by Becki Wood – Purple Wifi

Like it or not, technology is a massive part of most youngsters day-to-day lives. In fact, most toddlers seem to know how to swipe a screen on a smartphone and most young children know how to access the answer to a question by completing a Google search on it instead of asking their parents.

This may add to the age old problem that parents have that their children think they ‘don’t know anything’, especially as the younger generation are getting more and more tech savvy.

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