SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ruckus Wireless™ today kicked off a national promotional "Back-to-School Wi-Fi Makeover" contest that awards more than $150,000 in next generation Wi-Fi products and technology to three deserving K-12 school districts in the United States.
To be eligible, any valid K-12 school district is required to fill out a simple online nomination form at http://www.ruckuswireless.com/back_to_school. This includes providing a short YouTube video along with 500 words or less on why the school district deserves a free wireless LAN.
Winning school districts will be announced at the upcoming ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference in Philadelphia on June 29th.
A panel of four independent industry judges from T.H.E. Journal, the International Society for Technology in Education, Council of the Great City Schools and St. Vrain Valley School District will evaluate all submissions and select the winning school districts.
All nominees are eligible to win one of three wireless LANs to be awarded:
- 50- AP dual-band 802.11n network with WLAN controller, configuration and full installation
- 25-AP dual-band 802.11n with WLAN controller
- 12-AP dual-band 802.11n with WLAN controller
With no cost to enter, the contest runs through June 15, 2011. The three winners will be announced June 29 at the ISTE 2011 conference in Philadelphia.
"School districts across the country want better Wi-Fi and we're literally giving it to them," said David Callisch, vice president of marketing for Ruckus Wireless. "Parents, teachers and students all recognize the profound benefits of using tablet computers, laptops, and other mobile gadgets in the classroom. Yet in order to make effective use of these devices, a reliable, robust Wi-Fi network is critical – and schools' tightening budgets pose significant challenges. We're hoping to make a difference for both kids and teachers."
As school districts deal with the influx of wireless-only devices appearing on campus, the requirement for more pervasive and reliable wireless connectivity is exploding. Based on patented Smart Wi-Fi technology, the Ruckus ZoneFlex Smart Wi-Fi system is quickly becoming the defacto standard for next generation wireless networking at school districts across the country.
Unlike conventional Wi-Fi technology, Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi is based on adaptive antenna array technology that focuses and steers Wi-Fi signals over the best signal path, automatically mitigating interference. This ensures unprecedented Wi-Fi reliability, the highest data rates and consistent performance at longer distances. The Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi equipment has seen increased adoption in the education sector because of its reliable performance and ability to support large-scale mobile device usage that takes place in classrooms.
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About Ruckus Wireless, Inc.
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Ruckus Wireless is supplier of advanced wireless systems for the mobile Internetworking market. The company markets and manufactures a wide range of indoor and outdoor "Smart Wi-Fi" products for mobile operators, broadband service providers and corporate enterprises around the world. Ranked as the top telecom company in the 2009 Inc. Magazine 500 list and named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, Ruckus Wireless has realized dramatic growth. Since 2006, revenue and shipments have grown by over 1000 percent. Ruckus invented, and has patented, innovative state-of-the-art wireless technology that steers signals around obstacles and interference. This unique capability extends signal range and ensures consistent reliable distribution of delay-sensitive multimedia content and services over standard 802.11 Wi-Fi. The company has shipped over 2 million Smart Wi-Fi systems around the world and has raised $51 million in funding from premier investors such as Sequoia Capital, Focus Ventures, Sutter Hill, Motorola, T-Ventures, Telus Ventures and Firelake Capital. The company is led by Ms. Selina Lo, president and chief executive officer. For more information, visit Ruckus Wireless at http://www.ruckuswireless.com.
Nancy MacGregor Hill
SOURCE Ruckus Wireless