North Canton City Schools Graduates to AI-Driven Wireless from Mist

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Mist Learning WLAN Boosts Learning Experience with Predictable and Reliable Wi-Fi for Students and Teachers, Paving the Way for Interactive Location Services with vBLE

CUPERTINO, Calif., July 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mist, the pioneer in self-learning networks powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI), announced today that North Canton City Schools (NCCS) has deployed the Mist Learning WLAN as an upgrade to its previous Wi-Fi network. With the Mist platform in place, NCCS has facilitated access to online learning materials and applications (e.g. Schoology LMS, eSchoolPLUS SIS and LanSchool), enabled students to communicate more easily while on the move, provided a reliable platform for online testing and improved the performance and reliability of the “Mobile Storyteller”, a production studio on wheels used throughout the district.   

Recently, the number of connected devices across the school district began to grow exponentially thanks to a 1-to-1 computing initiative that required the deployment of over 5000 Chromebooks, coupled with a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy that allowed high school students to bring their own computers, tablets and smartphones. Unfortunately, NCCS’ existing wireless network from Cisco Meraki could not keep up with these mobile learning initiatives. Like many school districts, NCCS had a challenge supporting a high density of devices in a consistent and reliable manner, and they had limited IT staff to spend time troubleshooting issues as they arose.

“Students were dissatisfied they couldn’t use personal devices and faculty were frustrated with poor Wi-Fi,” said John Fano, system administrator at NCCS. “The IT team was annoyed because we could not troubleshoot problems quickly and cost effectively. It was clear that we outgrew our WLAN and were in need of an upgrade.”

The NCCS IT staff, in conjunction with their trusted partner Technology Engineering Group (TEG), explored alternative WLAN options. Ultimately, they chose the Mist Learning WLAN as it is the only platform with integrated AI that simplifies Wi-Fi operations and troubleshooting through automation and insight, and leverages patented virtual Bluetooth® LE for scalable location services, such as student engagement and asset visibility. 

“The Mist platform is easy to deploy and operate as a cloud service, with unprecedented visibility into the user experience,” said Jon Strong, co-founder and managing partner at TEG. “We are leveraging Mist’s AI engine to automate mundane tasks, troubleshoot problems quickly and gain new levels of insight into the wireless domain. This is the future of wireless, and the ideal platform for any MSP looking to deploy innovative and scalable WLAN services.”

For more information on the NCCS deployment, download the full case study.

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About Mist
Mist built the first AI-driven wireless platform with the world’s first virtual IT assistant. The Mist Learning Wireless LAN makes Wi-Fi predictable, reliable and measurable by providing unprecedented visibility into the user experience and by replacing time consuming manual IT tasks with proactive automation. In addition, Mist is the first vendor to bring enterprise-grade Wi-Fi, BLE and IoT together to deliver personalized, location-based wireless services without requiring battery-powered beacons. All operations are managed via Mist’s modern cloud architecture for maximum scalability, agility and performance.

The Mist team consists of leading experts in wireless, data science and cloud, who are responsible for building the largest and most advanced networks in the world. Founded in 2014, the company is based in Cupertino, CA and funded by top investors, including Lightspeed Venture Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, GV (formerly Google Ventures), and Kleiner Perkins. For more information, visit www.mist.com

About North Canton City Schools
North Canton City School District is a comprehensive K-12 public school district in Stark County. We are located in the city of North Canton, Ohio, serving over 4,400 students. We have a tradition of excellence, both in and out of the classroom. At North Canton City Schools, we pride ourselves on our academic program, as well as the opportunities we provide students to help them grow. Our mission is to “inspire students; impact our community; change the world,” and we realize that academic success is the key to reaching these goals. To meet our vision of “being recognized as a trusted, leading organization for learning, ” we must work diligently every day to assure the student success that will make this recognition a reality. For more information, visit www.northcantonschools.org.

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