Group policies in a single SSID prioritize levels of access to county-owned devices
Cloud dashboard allows centralized management & visibility into all network hardware
The Rowan County Information Systems team supports 22 major departments throughout Rowan County, North Carolina, including Health, Social Services, the Sheriff’s Office, Tax, Planning, Emergency Services, Parks, and Libraries. Cisco Meraki access points, switches, and security appliances are deployed throughout the 22 county departments to support networking demands.
Original Networking Challenges
Lack of dedicated network staff called for easy to manage and scalable solution
Needed to replace wireless controllers and end-of-life equipment
Required a secure, reliable connection for internal wireless traffic
Why Cisco Meraki
Reliable solution that is simple to manage and configure
Instant visibility into network status at distributed sites
Flexibility to bring new devices online or perform network troubleshooting in dispersed buildings remotely
Easy to scale and add more devices as county’s technology needs increase
Various levels of administration privileges for those on the technical staff
Once we saw the backend interface and the tie-ins of switches, security appliances, access points and systems management under a single pane of glass, we wanted to consolidate from our other platforms.
Systems and Network Manager
Indoor access points located in government buildings, clinics, and various physical outposts in the area
Z1 teleworker gateway appliances deployed in police cars, ambulances, and book mobiles provide remote wireless access.
Security appliances and access points placed in libraries and airports
Switches distributed in administrative buildings and remote sites for easy port-level visibility and control
General access to the network for employees and public
One county SSID for ease of management, with group policies to prioritize levels of access
County-owned devices grouped for higher priority usage
Centralized management and visibility into all network switches, ports, applications, users, and devices
Meraki MX devices provide site-to-site VPN for split traffic for quick, direct access to the Internet, while only tunneling voice and video back to the core