Cisco Meraki Expands IoT and WAN Portfolio
June 10, 2021
Meraki expanded IoT and WAN portfolios with new technologies to support
hybrid workforces around the globe with smarter and safer workspace
environments. As businesses continue to evolve toward a digital-first
model for their operations, it is critical that users, employees, and
customers have exceptional experiences. With expanded technologies,
these experiences can easily be delivered by converging best-in-class
networking, security, and IoT. From hybrid workforces to smarter
workspaces, organizations can seamlessly optimize network performance
across any environment.
“The importance of high-quality experiences for customers and end users
is increasingly becoming table stakes for businesses driving digital
transformation and intuitive technology models,” said Lawrence Huang,
Vice President of Product Management, Cisco Meraki. “With the
convergence of cloud, IoT, and networking technologies, our expanded
portfolio helps customers connect and secure remote and hybrid
workforces, while creating safer environments, both now and in the
Safe environments and smart spaces
As organizations start to bring employees back to the workplace, IT
leaders are reevaluating their approach to security and broadening their
scope to address the new needs and risks being faced today. From
education institutions to healthcare providers, offering experiences
that leverage insights and intelligence to make smarter decisions at
scale is critical.
Bay State College needed to find a way to help students and faculty
return safely to in-person learning. By developing an automated contact
tracing app with Cisco Meraki’s unified cloud platform, the college was
able to leverage data and analytics to provide real-time alerts to
“Like many higher-learning institutions, Bay State College’s top
priority is ensuring that our students can safely attend their classes
on campus, while meeting public health regulations for social distancing
and contact tracing,” said Jeffrey Myers, CIO for Ambow Education USA.
“Leveraging Cisco Meraki’s ecosystem and advanced IoT technologies have
allowed us to automate contact tracing and enable location-based
monitoring and alerts in real time, helping us create safer environments
for our students and staff.”
Addressing security needs with IoT and WAN innovation
New additions to the IoT portfolio create an easier experience for
businesses to address existing and future physical security needs with
confidence. Data and analytics help customers protect their physical
environments and focus on growing their business without having to worry
about unexpected costs associated with equipment failure.
New additions include:
Smarter analytics for small businesses: The new MV2 flex camera
improves business outcomes and assuredness by providing intelligent
insights into movement and activity. Simple to use and quick to deploy,
this smart camera brings enterprise-grade physical security to small-
and medium-sized businesses, enabling a safe return to on-site work.
Real-time insights into environmental conditions: The new MT11
temperature probe sensor monitors business-critical refrigerated assets
to prevent spoilage and ensure compliance along the entire cold chain.
These environmental sensors provide insight where visibility is
traditionally lacking. With real-time alerts, users are better able to
prevent refrigeration equipment issues that can lead to wasted
inventory, the spread of food-borne illness, and costly downtime.
With Cisco Meraki’s agile cloud-based platform, businesses can combine
video and environmental analytics from smart cameras and sensors to keep
people and critical inventory safe—wherever they are.
The expanded WAN portfolio now includes new gigabit MX security and
SD-WAN appliances, as well as MG cellular gateways, that allow customers
to provide consistent connectivity and network security for their
employees, whether they are at the office or a remote location. This
also includes optimized connectivity to cloud security and private cloud
environments for workers to safely and easily move between offices and
remote workspaces freely.
Hybrid and remote workforces
the last decade, organizations have shifted workloads and apps from data
centers to multi-cloud environments while transitioning to a highly
distributed hybrid or remote workforce model. As a result, this
transformation requires secure, connected experiences for employees with
enhanced performance and support, regardless of location.
With six locations across Virginia and Maryland, RRMM Architects needed
to construct an “in-office” experience for employees that was accessible
from anywhere. With Cisco Meraki, RRMM was able to ensure secure,
reliable connectivity for new offices and remote employees, all while
strengthening the business during a period of significant growth.
“For RRMM, providing our employees with seamless digital experiences at
scale, whether they are in the office or not, is critical,” said Aaron
Sturniolo, Director of IT, RRMM Architects. “With Cisco Meraki’s
cloud-first platform, we were not only able to ensure a consistent and
secure network experience, but also increased employee efficiencies and
drove cost savings.”