Cisco – Meraki – Mobile Device Management

Meraki was a company that was started by two MIT Phd students in 2006 and was later acquired by Cisco in 2012. Meraki System Manager is a free cloud based service which allows schools to remotely manage iOS, android, mac, pc, and chrome devices. Meraki provides the administrator the ability to add and remove iOS apps, mac applications, wifi configurations, and exchange email settings to some or all devices. By setting up tags for individual devices you can easily target who will receive which app or application.

For small schools or anybody on tight budget this service is a great way to manage and keep track of devices. It would also be helpful in implementing a one to one. I am currently testing it out with my family’s devices. We have 4 iPhones, 3 iPads, 3 Macs, and a Chromebook. I am able to keep track of all the devices on one simple control panel. There is also a built in google map showing the location of each device. I can see this being a useful tool if one of my kids loses an iPhone and we need to track it down. From the control panel you can wipe the device or lock it.  Sign up for a free Meraki account and try it out.

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