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Published on November 14th, 2013 | by Alexis Argent

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Xirrus Further Strengthens Leadership Position in providing Wireless to Top K-12 Schools and Academies

Xirrus, the leader in high-performance wireless networks, today announced that, in the past four months, it has broadened its national and international portfolio of primary and secondary (K-12) schools to include the British School of Paris (Paris), King George V Primary School (England), Middletown Township Public Schools (New Jersey), Paideia School (Georgia), Burkburnett Independent School District (Texas). School administrators cite ease of deployment, simplified management and low total cost of ownership (TCO) as primary reasons for choosing Xirrus.

Around the world, primary and secondary schools are adopting 1:1, 2:1, online testing, and BYOD programs to better engage students. Wireless network investments allow students and teachers to supplement or replace basic textbooks with feature-rich mobile devices; educational software easily accessible by wireless can enhance school curriculums; and in most cases, digital content has made education more accessible and affordable.

At British School of Paris (BPS), a school with international students from more than 50 different countries, Xirrus Wi-Fi allows educators to provide a multimedia-based education to students. The school deployed Xirrus access points  (XR-1000, XR-1000H, XR-2000, XR-4000, XR-500, XR-6000, XT Series, Xirrus Accessories) and Wireless Arrays to deliver high-performance Wi-Fi service to 850 students and 150 teachers. Like many other schools in the Xirrus portfolio, BPS uses the Xirrus Management System (XMS) to provide a stable network that ensures the consistent performance of education applications.

“Xirrus helps us achieve our goals of creating a complete multimedia environment through which students can work on a variety of platforms and software applications across the school grounds,” said Keith Pearey, director of British School of Paris. “We believe that wireless should not be a luxury, but rather a basic service teachers use to advance education in the twenty-first century.”

XR-1220, the XR-2420 and the XR-7220.

Xirrus XR-1220 Wireless Array

XR-1220, the XR-2420 and the XR-7220.

Market Requirement: Deploy Scalable Networks; Form Long-Term, Affordable Partnerships
On limited budgets, IT administrators at primary and secondary institutions choose wireless networks that support current students needs, but will also scale to support future needs with minimal intervention.

“Mobile device usage is increasing on campus and educational and personal applications are competing for limited bandwidth, but for many schools, the budget for IT remains flat,” said Bruce Miller, vice president of product marketing at Xirrus. “Xirrus developed a portfolio of wireless solutions to reduce the amount of equipment necessary for deployment and labor necessary for management.”

Xirrus innovative solutions and simple tools make it easy for schools to integrate technology seamlessly into their curriculum, evaluation methods and parent communications. Xirrus architected its Wireless Arrays, APs and software to scale to support classroom, office, auditorium and outdoor environments.

“The rate of technology development in education requires schools to choose long-term partners that will be there as challenges arise,” said Jason Stutz, director of technology at Burkburnett Independent School District. “Xirrus understands the specific challenges that schools like ours face. As part of its ongoing support, Xirrus has executed a wireless strategy that went far beyond initial hardware, software, installation and integration. We have found an educational partner and ally in Xirrus.”

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