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Avenues: The World School

Avenues: The World School

Highlights

  • Pre-K through 12 NYC school deploys Meraki to support technology-forward curriculum
  • WPA2-encrypted network for school-owned devices & guest network for personal ones
  • Integrated content filtering for CIPA compliance & Layer-7 traffic shaping

Avenues: The World School, a pre-K through 12th grade school in New York City, is part of a planned international system of 20 future schools in cities around the world over the next decade. Avenues is focused on building an integrated "learning community" with a shared vision, curriculum, and technology.


Original Networking Challenges


  • Needed reliable WiFi to support technology with over 3,000 devices accessing network
  • Lean IT team called for easy to use interface with simple management
  • Required a scalable solution to support Avenues’ global growth plan
  • Content filtering necessary for CIPA compliance; bandwidth preservation for general network


Why Cisco Meraki


  • Centralized cloud management of network with no hardware controller
  • Quick plug-and-play deployment makes it easy to scale to multiple global sites
  • High performance APs to support thousands of streaming devices
  • Built-in stateful policy firewall and native Active Directory integration
  • Cost-effective solution with less hardware and management required; all features included


The Deployment


  • 185 cloud-managed wireless APs
  • MS cloud-managed switches
  • MX cloud-managed security appliances for site-to-site and client VPN, firewall, and content filtering
  • Quick and easy configuration of APs; IT team deployed hardware in minutes
  • A few clicks in dashboard to configure WPA2-encrypted network for students/staff; guest network for others

“Meraki is so easy to use, we can just focus on innovation, integration, and training.” - Dirk DeLo, Chief Technology Officer

Results


  • Effortless management removes need for full-time Network Administrator
  • Integrated content filtering and Layer-7 Traffic Shaping protect bandwidth, resolved BitTorrent issues
  • Visibility into log files allows for a focus on digital citizenship lessons rather than restrictions
  • Deploying educational apps to 1:1 devices via Systems Manager