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Xirrus Partners With Stoneware to Bring Control to the ClassroomPartnership Brings a New Dimension to BYOD in Education, Enabling Teachers to Manage Data Access by Individual Mobile Devices Using LanSchool Best-in-Class Solution (April 25, 2012)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/25/12 -- Xirrus, the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks, today announced a partnership with Stoneware, the leading provider of web-based IT delivery solutions, to deliver best-in-class education management and monitoring solutions. Educators no longer need to guess what is on students' screens. By deploying Xirrus high-performance Wireless Arrays and Stoneware's award-winning LanSchool product, teachers can have direct access and control of student devices -- better improving the effectiveness of 1:1 and BYOD initiatives.
Empower Teachers While Integrating Tools Students Use Today
With the rapid deployment of smart devices into the learning curriculum of schools, there is a critical need for teachers to have control of computing devices while in the classrooms. LanSchool is the first network-based classroom management solution that enables teachers to utilize and control the access to data by mobile devices used by students in the classroom. It equips teachers to manage individual devices within the classroom, and, as students access log-in portals, it enables teachers to view and control student devices from a master computer. The partnership between Xirrus and Stoneware allows for optimum levels of classroom management beyond those of traditional wireless offerings.
- Wireless Foundation - Xirrus delivers the capacity and bandwidth needed to ensure reliable access for dozens of mobile devices teachers and students bring into the classroom.
- Classroom Management - LanSchool allows teachers to manage individual devices within their classrooms.
- Monitoring and Control - Capabilities include monitoring student devices, remotely blanking student screens, enabling screen-sharing, and remotely powering-down individual devices.
- Point-to-Point Communication - Teachers and students can engage in two-way device communication within the classroom.
"With our aggressive 1:1 initiative plans and BYOD policies, we needed a wireless network capable of supporting the devices that inundate our infrastructure," said Karl Buchanan, technology director of Wasatch County School District. "After extensive research, we selected Xirrus Wireless Arrays and the Stoneware LanSchool platform as the most effective solution for seamlessly supporting our bandwidth demands and classroom management needs. Since deployment, we've successfully managed all classrooms throughout our school districts with substantially less equipment than would be required with other providers."
With students increasingly using their own laptops, tablets and smartphones in the classroom, LanSchool software allows teachers to authenticate users and monitor their data access. The integrated captive portal supports the direct access and control from a Xirrus Array to Stoneware for automated LanSchool student downloads.
"After a comprehensive implementation, Xirrus' equipment and the LanSchool software operated as anticipated and promised," continued Buchanan. "Not only are we thoroughly covered with our wireless access, but the entire school district can now push forward with its focus on 1:1 initiatives for all students, which will enhance learning for all involved. We're very pleased with our decision to select Xirrus and Stoneware."
"This partnership exemplifies Xirrus' continued efforts to deliver industry-leading wireless solutions for K-12 and higher education campuses internationally. We're extremely pleased to be working together with Stoneware to provide a truly differentiated solution that can make a difference for students and teachers alike," said Perry Correll, director of Product Marketing of Xirrus.
Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Indianapolis, privately held Stoneware Corporation created the first web-based IT delivery platform. Stoneware enables IT to create a Unified Cloud, delivering secure, browser-based access to files, applications and services residing in the public cloud, private cloud or on any device. In 2011, Stoneware acquired LanSchool Technologies, the premier provider of classroom management and monitoring software since 1986. LanSchool's award-winning technology is known worldwide for being reliable, simple and easy-to-use. LanSchool has enabled tens of thousands of teachers, professors and trainers to improve the learning in their classrooms. Visit www.stone-ware.com to learn more.
About Xirrus, Inc.
Xirrus is the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks. Xirrus' Array-based solutions perform under the most demanding circumstances with wired-like reliability and superior security. The Xirrus wireless solutions provide a vital strategic business and IT infrastructure advantage to the education, healthcare, government and enterprise industries that depend on wireless to operate business-critical applications. Headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA, Xirrus is a privately held company that designs and manufactures its products and solutions in the USA. For more information please visit: www.xirrus.com and follow us on Twitter: @Xirrus.
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