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The Glennie School Implement Meru Networks 802.11ac Wireless Solution

The Glennie School, a private K-12 Anglican day and boarding school for girls in Toowoomba, Queensland, has implemented Meru Networks’ 802.11ac wireless solution to provide seamless wireless access to the school’s 250 staff and 850 students.

The school implemented the solution in Term 1 2014, through Wavelink, the Australian distributor for Meru Networks, and Computelec, its reseller and Meru Networks Platinum Partner.

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Purple WiFi turns attention to Asia Pacific market

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Purple Wifi have their eyes on Asia Pacific – Coming to Australia?

By Becki Wood – Purple Wifi

Cloud-based social WiFi provider, Purple WiFi, has embarked on the next stage of its global development with strategic expansion into Asia Pacific. This growth will be delivered by the company’s latest senior hire, Allen Pan, who takes on the new role of VP – Asia Pacific.

Allen Pan joins Purple WiFi from global WiFi network provider, Boingo, where he built the company’s entire Asia Pacific Business Unit and Operations from ground-zero, accounting for over half of Boingo’s overall network footprint. Within this role he secured major carrier partnerships across the region in a number of countries including China, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Japan and Malaysia.

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Meru 802.11ac Wi-Fi Delivers Uninterrupted Service to ISTE 2014 — More Than 13,000 Simultaneous Devices with as Many as 1,200 in a Single Room

Meru and technical partner CCLD ensure high performance of streaming voice and video for thousands of attendees in 3.9 million square foot Georgia World Congress Center

SUNNYVALE, Calif – August 12, 2014 – Meru Networks® (NASDAQ:MERU), a leader in intelligent Wi-Fi networking, today announced that the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) has deployed Meru 802.11ac Wi-Fi to support high densities of mobile devices used by event exhibitors and attendees in its 3.9 million square-foot facility. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) show, held at the GWCC June 27 through July 1, 2014, saw more than 13,000 simultaneous connections at peak times, with as many as 1,200 in a single room.

“Networks like ours have to serve a wide variety of ‘customers,’ from exhibitors to attendees, contractors and our own staff, all of whom expect and require flawless reliability and the highest possible performance,” said Mark Zimmerman, general manager of the GWCC. “Meru 802.11ac helps us ensure that we can handle a practically unlimited number of devices running the highest bandwidth applications, including video and voice, on a consistent basis.”

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Does WiFi make us more – or less – sociable?

Does WiFi make us more or less sociable?

Becki Wood of purple Wi-Fi explores whether Wi-Fi make us more – or less- sociable.

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An interesting social media article by David Murton posed the question – Is WiFi making us less sociable?

David says: “We now live in a culture in which someone on your screen is actually physically closer to you, two dimensionally anyway, than the three dimensional people sitting around you in a packed cafe – a cafe that, apart from the clicks of the fingers on the keyboards, is eerily quiet.”

Phubbing
Phubbing is snubbing someone in favour of using a mobile phone. It is portrayed perfectly in our header image, a picture by Banksy aptly named “Mobile Lovers”. There’s even a whole Facebook page community talking about it, liked by nearly 30,000 people so far. We have all seen people taking out their phones at a restaurant leaving the other diners totally ‘phubbed off’. Some of us even have ‘no phone’ rules when out now to encourage more old fashioned conversation…

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Take your Wi-Fi “Back to School”

By Kevin Coppins

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Key considerations for K-12 schools when choosing a wireless vendor (part 2)

If your Wi-Fi network doesn’t speak “AC”, it’s probably time for some after school tutoring to get it up to standards. In part one of this series, we talked about a few of the things that decision-makers must consider when choosing a wireless vendor from the “device” point of view.  But that’s only half the story. Wi-Fi is hard (not quite teaching fifth grade hard, but difficult nonetheless). You need to make sure your wireless network partner gets that, and has both the technical and the industry chops to support you for the long term.

1. Its about teaching and learning – period
Schools are seasonal, and your chosen wireless partner should be ramping up support and delivering software release to accommodate your busy times. Teachers don’t want to be helpdesks, they want to teach; your Wi-Fi vendor should not only “get” that, but be able to demonstrate it.  School districts also have brand new buildings mixed with the ones their great grandparents attended. That’s an RF nightmare, but you can’t let that prevent a student from getting equal access to learning materials and lessons. Make sure your vendor understands your real-life challenges and expectations, and can meet them.

2. Worry less about the architecture and more about the connection
Vendors love to dazzle with their competitive differentiators and fancy architecture slides and “Doom” worthy GUI interfaces.  But let’s be clear – It’s not about where the controller is located, how “Fat” the AP is or how slick the admin console appears. It’s about how easily your students can connect, how well they stay connected and what their experience is while their connected. Focus your due diligence and your evaluations on that, and leave the marketing “buzz” behind.

3. Be open (source) minded
You will always want choice, so don’t get locked in to a single vendor.  The world changes, you should be able to as well.  Software Defined Networking (SDN) is more than just a fad, it will be a key differentiator in how quickly your network can adapt to the changing mobile landscape. Make sure your chosen vendor not only understands that, but can demonstrate their level of commitment to being open and flexible. Look for OpenFlow certified products and a roadmap that supports them.

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SDN And Wi-Fi: Will They Ever Be Friends?

Can the WLAN industry and its highly proprietary systems play nice with a technology that’s poised to be a poster child for interoperability?

By Lee Badman

Given that we’re in an age where most IP-based technologies converge on networks without borders, it stands to reason that SDN and WLAN — both white-hot topics in the industry today — should buddy up. But the story is a lot more complicated than that.

SDN initiatives are gathering steam on many fronts. Taking both the Grand Award and SDN category award in this year’s Best of Interop product competition, the Open Daylight Project’s Hydrogen shows that even though software-defined networking is in its infancy, it’s also on many people’s minds as the obvious evolution of highly interoperable networking. And this is where we start feeling a bit of tension when contemplating how SDN and wireless networking might hook up.

Read full article at NetworkComputing.com

Opinion: Why the Bring Your Own Device trend isn’t right for Retail

Retail staff should not bring their own technology to help customers says Simon Watson of Spectralink

The ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) trend has exploded over the past few years and has infiltrated every business sector, with retailers being no exception. Whether retailers have been happy to adopt the trend or not, they will have found their staff using the functionality of their personal smartphones to help aid their roles as front line sales staff.

As tablets, online shopping and ‘self-service’ begin to monopolise the retail experience, ‘Bricks and mortar’ retailers have not had an easy ride. Physical retail stores need to ensure they are offering an experience and high level of customer service that online simply cannot match.

In turn, front line sales staff need to be equipped with the tools to deal with all customer enquiries and have inventory information at their fingertips. This is where BYOD comes into play, and if employees are not equipped with appropriate tools, they will take matters into their own hands.

However, with the use of personal devices come many issues around durability, security and productivity, which can subsequently affect customer service. Although BYOD is a very hot trend, and on first glance may appear to provide efficiency gains, it is not right for all business sectors. Retailing is one sector where this trend is not appropriate.

For retailers willing to let employees select or bring their own devices, the IT department has to deal with a range of systems, products and platforms. While sales staff may find increased satisfaction, IT teams may find maintaining and integrating these devices is a complicated, if not impossible, task.

Read full article at RetailDesignWorld.com

Students forced to use own phones to go online in class because of slow or non-existent internet

STUDENTS are resorting to their mobile phones to go online in class because of inadequate internet services in schools, putting them at risk of big bills for their parents to pay.

The SA Secondary Principals Association says thousands of students are being robbed of a modern education because one in four schools has a slow internet connection or it cannot handle many users at once without crashing.

And teachers are avoiding doing online work until after hours because students need all the available bandwidth. As demand for data usage by students and teachers grows, schools are blaming a lack of infrastructure caused by the slow rollout of the National Broadband Network.

The state Education Department says only Willunga Primary and Willunga High schools are properly connected to the NBN, with 11 other schools using an “interim” NBN satellite service.

Secondary Principals Association president Jan Paterson said country schools were the worst affected but there were internet “blackout spots” in the city too.

“In some schools they can have only five people online at once. Any more and it stops,” she said.

Ms Paterson said in the worst cases in country towns, residents had asked if students could avoid using the internet because businesses could not go online at the same time.

An IT worker at one of SA’s biggest country high schools said students often gave up using school computers in frustration.

Visit Adelaide Now to read full article

What’s in Johnny’s backpack this year?

By Kevin Coppins

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Key considerations for K-12 schools when choosing a wireless vendor (part 1)

If you’re like most K-12 schools, your students will be toting more technology in their Star Wars backpacks than your entire district had in its computer labs 10 years ago. To add to that, you received grants for your “One-to-One” program, and shiny new Chromebooks and iPads now “share the air” with your laptop carts, smart boards and “BYOT” devices.  All that wireless “Stuff” will be connecting to your network – or at least trying to.  That means your Wi-Fi had better be ready for just about anything. Many schools are looking to upgrade/forklift their wireless networks to keep up with “little Johnny.” To help, we’ve compiled a “Top 12 for K-12” list of topics to consider:

1. The need for speed – pick with future needs in mind

While current user demands will need to be met immediately, it will be more beneficial for schools to choose a solution based on their possible future needs. This way, both aspects can be addressed while leaving room for growth. It’s likely that high-definition videos and other bandwidth-intensive activities will be increasingly accessed through wireless connections, especially for interactive lessons. Make sure that your chosen vendor can take full advantage of the new 802.11ac spec, and not be limited by legacy architectures. This will ensure that the infrastructure will easily support future traffic and demanding workloads.

2. Expect consumer grade devices on your enterprise network

The use of computers and laptops in schools has evolved into the increasing utilization of smartphones and tablets for similar purposes. Wireless infrastructure must not only be ready for these devices, but for any other consumer hardware that will appear in the near future. The consumerization of IT is leading users to expect to use their equipment in both their personal and professional activities – this trend is leaking into the education environment as well. With wearables and the Internet of Things expected to be the next big developments, it will be important for vendors to be able to support these demands and provide opportunities for innovation.

3. Plan for capacity over basic coverage

While coverage of wireless infrastructure is important, if the solution doesn’t have the capacity to handle your user traffic, it’s pointless. Schools should plan for more capacity than they currently require because it’s likely that they will see significant spikes in traffic in the near future. If there isn’t enough capacity to handle these demands, users will see a substantial drop in available connectivity. Vendors must be able to support these capacity provisions and give direction to ensure that educators continue to have the best solutions.

In part two, we’ll explore more of the technical qualifications that schools should look for in their wireless providers.

For the complete list of important considerations when selecting your K-12 wireless vendor, download the free whitepaper below.

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Digium Winner of the 2014 Partner Programs

A big congratulations to Digium who scored an awesome 5-star Partner Programs rating with CRN and ultimately ended up the winner of the CRN Partner Programs for 2014.
With so many fantastic benefits, great products and great support there’s never been a better time to be part of the team!

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