Rikei Picks Meru

Rikei Corporation selects Meru Networks to deliver a complete voice-over-wireless LAN solution

September 14, 2004

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Meru Networks, the enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) performance leader, today announced a partnership with Rikei Corporation, a leading Japanese IT solutions distributor, to develop and market a comprehensive enterprise voice over WLAN (VoWLAN) solution comprised of a flip-type Wi-Fi phone already distributed by Rikei and Meru's coordinated WLAN platform.

The collaboration between Rikei and Meru will enable enterprises with minimal RF expertise to realize the tremendous potential of VoWLAN. The Meru Wireless LAN System combines its unique Air Traffic Control technology with standards-compliant mechanisms to deliver:

-- Over-the-Air QoS: Meru has the only WLAN system that supports fine-grained QoS per application, user, and flow, both upstream and downstream between the client and the access points. This enables the same wireless LAN to be used for both data and voice while ensuring optimum performance for every client.

  • Zero-loss Handoff: Meru's unique Virtual AP technology eliminates drop-offs as users roam in and out of the range of various physical access points. With the Virtual AP technology, multiple physical Meru APs collaborate to form one continuous area of coverage on a single channel, creating a highly reliable network that does not suffer from co-channel interference.

  • Higher Scalability: Only Meru manages channel contention across all APs to support unprecedented network scale, featuring five times the number of total active clients and a five-fold increase in voice-carrying capacity over today's wireless LAN systems.

  • Ease of Deployment: The Meru WLAN system takes the hard work out of the WLAN equation by solving the fundamental issue with Wi-Fi networks -- channel contention within and across cells. Rather than obscuring the problem with RF management tools and "brute force fixes" (e.g., manipulating AP power levels to reduce interference), Meru's approach altogether eliminates the need for costly site surveys, recurring AP configurations, and on-going channel allocations -- resulting in optimal network performance at a far lower cost.

"Voice is an exciting new application that enables organizations to fully exploit their investment in a large-scale enterprise WLAN by creating a common wireless infrastructure for both voice and data," said David Willis, vice president at META Group, a leading provider of IT research, advisory services and strategic consulting. "As workers become increasingly mobile, a single integrated wireless infrastructure will be instrumental to streamlining network deployment and maintenance."

"Our customers are looking to us to provide the best in class technologies for enabling VoWLAN," said Katsuei Aoyagi, president and CEO of Rikei Corp. "Having meticulously examined the range of WLAN systems in the enterprise WLAN market, we have concluded that Meru's ATC technology offers the most scalable, mobile, and reliable platform for delivering voice traffic over WLAN. We are confident that our customers will agree."

"The partnership between Meru and Rikei will enable Japanese enterprises to overcome the technical challenges that have impeded the adoption of VoWLAN," said Kamal Anand, vice president of marketing and business development at Meru Networks. "We look forward to working with Rikei to deliver the industry's most reliable and performance-rich VoWLAN platform."

Meru Networks Inc.

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