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Lightspeed Systems Releases Admin Roles Feature to Relay and Mobile Manager

November 28, 2018

New feature in Lightspeed’s filtering and MDM solutions allows admins to delegate key responsibilities to staff while maintaining control of major functions and data

AUSTIN, TX.Lightspeed Systems, the leading provider of filtering and MDM solutions for K-12 schools, has released a crucial new feature for its Relay device filtering/monitoring solution and Mobile Manager mobile device management (MDM) solution. Admin Roles allows admins of the software solution to delegate granular management roles to other school staff members, allowing easy division of tasks and keeping sensitive student data secure.

In K-12 school environments, tech directors aren’t the only staff members involved with filter and MDM management. Other tech personnel, principals and even teachers can benefit from the ability to blacklist websites, share reports, and pull device location data. Admin Roles gives admins, aka district owners, the power to delegate specific administrative tasks to other team members without granting them full administrative access — saving admins’ time while ensuring management of devices and data remains centralized.

With Admin Roles in Relay and Mobile Manager, district owners can delegate any or all of the following admin abilities for schools and groups:
• Track location of lost devices
• View solution dashboard and reports
• Share activity reports
• View or modify users/groups
• View or modify student internet access policies: default, video, and after school
• View or modify URL whitelists and blacklists
• View or modify blocked search keywords
• Modify classroom rules
• Modify MDM rules (Mobile Manager only)

The cloud-based Relay eliminates the need for multiple systems to filter, monitor and manage all those devices with features for granular user activity reporting; content filtering, including social media and SSL sites, with flexible policies; real-time suspicious activity alerts; and geolocation for lost and stolen devices. And all these tools are available in a single, streamlined UI.

Also cloud-based, Mobile Manager is a device-agnostic MDM built exclusively for education. With support for 1:1 and BYOD, Mobile Manager was developed for K-12 education with hierarchal policies, allowing IT to easily assign roles and permissions to all levels of school personnel as well as students.

To learn more about Lightspeed Systems Relay, visit www.lightspeedsystems.com/relay. To learn more about Lightspeed Systems Mobile Manager, visit www.lightspeedsystems.com/products/mobile-manager.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 25,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated solutions for smarter K-12 school networks: Relay, Relay Classroom, Web Filter, and Mobile Manager. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.


Lamar County School District Chooses Lightspeed Systems Relay to Filter and Protect Student Chromebooks

November 13, 2018

Lightspeed’s cloud filtering and monitoring solution safeguards the district community from harmful content and alerts school staff of troubling student behavior.

PURVIS, MS. — Mississippi’s Lamar County School District has selected edtech company Lightspeed Systems to provide device filtering and monitoring services for the district’s 19 schools. Lightspeed Systems Relay has been implemented to protect and monitor more than 7,600 student Chromebooks across the district, blocking dangerous web content while also monitoring student activity to help district staff identify suspicious behavior and safety threats.

Lightspeed has filtered K-12 schools for almost 20 years and has provided content filtering services for Lamar County School District’s devices since 2013. By implementing Lightspeed Systems Relay, a multi-OS cloud filtering and monitoring software solution, the district will benefit from features such as:
• Flagged Terms — receive immediate alerts when students enter or browse suspicious and troubling terms/content, allowing staff to intervene or escalate
• Simple SSL filtering — filter SSL sites like Google and YouTube without having to use proxies, PAC files or certificates
• Parent Report Generator — upload a simple CSV file of parent email addresses to automate the delivery of student device activity reports to their parents’ inboxes
• Lockouts — lock students out of internet access if they attempt to access too many blocked sites in succession
• Smart Play — the game-changing YouTube management feature that allows students to access tens of millions of educational videos (and none of the bad stuff)

“Relay is a turning point in the way we protect our students from the dangers of the Internet,” Lamar County School District Director of Technology Ross Randall said. “With the deployment of Relay, I can now allow my students to access useful content that I would have otherwise blocked due to the inability to granularly filter out the bad. I am confident that my students are in a much safer environment, and with the ability to flag terms I feel we can offer data that can be used in behavioral interventions.”

“After working with the district for more than five years, we have seen how devoted Ross and the rest of the staff are to giving students an advanced, 20th-century learning experience,” Lightspeed Systems President and CEO Brian Thomas said. “By implementing Relay, the district is not only safe from inappropriate and malicious online content, it will also be able to help students who need intervention.”

To learn more about Lightspeed Systems Relay, visit www.lightspeedsystems.com/relay.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 25,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated solutions for smarter K-12 school networks: Relay, Web Filter, Mobile Manager, and Classroom. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

About Lamar County School District
The mission of the Lamar County School’s Technology Department is to support and encourage the integration and successful application of educational technology into the areas of curriculum, instruction, and administration. Located in Lamar County, Mississippi, the district serves more than 10,700 students in 19 elementary, middle, and high schools across Baxterville, Purvis, Hattiesburg, Lumberton, and Sumrall. To learn more, visit https://www.lamarcountyschools.org.


Lightspeed Systems Hosts Webinar on the State of Filtering in K-12

October 2, 2018

The ed-tech company shares insights and challenges gathered from a survey of 500 K-12 IT pros.

AUSTIN, TX. — On Oct. 10, ed-tech solution provider Lightspeed Systems will host a free webinar covering the challenges of digital safety, 1:1 device deployments and content filtering in K-12 schools. K-12 Filtering Today: The Latest Challenges, Data, and Solutions,” (11 AM–noon) will feature insights from a survey of 500 K-12 IT professionals as well as tips, tricks and resources for making 1:1 deployments successful.

Which websites pose the most challenges with filtering? How do schools handle SSL decryption today? Which OSes dominate K-12 device deployments? Lightspeed will cover answers to these questions in the webinar as well as:
• Top K-12 IT priorities and challenges, and how to address them
• Best practices and relatable stories from your peers in filtering
• How schools are solving the toughest challenges with social media, search and YouTube
• Tips and tools for protecting students from bullying, self-harm, and other safety issues
• And more

Lightspeed Systems has been filtering K-12 schools since 1999. Lightspeed’s filtering, mobile device management and classroom management solutions include Relay, a multi-OS cloud filtering solution that offers seamless SSL decryption, powerful reporting, and student safety tools. In addition to valuable tips from the no. 1 provider in school filtering, the webinar will feature a question-and-answer session.

Registration and more information on “K-12 Filtering Today: The Latest Challenges, Data, and Solutions” can be found at http://bit.ly/k12fltr. To learn more about Relay, visit www.lightspeedsystems.com/relay.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 25,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated solutions for smarter K-12 school networks: Relay, Web Filter, Mobile Manager, and Classroom. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.


Lightspeed Systems Releases Classroom Management Solution for Mac OS

September 14, 2018

Lightspeed Systems Classroom, now available for Chrome OS and Mac OS, surpasses modern classroom management technologies by providing insights into student productivity via machine learning; support for Windows is forthcoming.

AUSTIN, TX. — Ed-tech solution provider Lightspeed Systems, the leader in K-12 device filtering for almost 20 years, has released an update of its classroom management solution for Mac OS. Lightspeed Systems Classroom is now available in general release for Chrome and Mac, with support for Windows on the way.

The cloud-based Lightspeed Systems Classroom is a disruption to classroom device monitoring technology. Competing solutions such as GoGuardian for Teachers rely on teachers to continuously monitor classroom device activity as it happens. In theory, live monitoring solutions help teachers pinpoint students who are off-task or falling behind; in practice, teachers struggle to track the activity of 30 students at a time, and monitoring all those screens keeps teachers tied to their desks and devices.

Classroom — which easily integrates with the Lightspeed Systems Relay web filtering solution — leverages machine-learning AI to provide insights into student browsing behavior. Rather than depend on teachers to identify unusual browsing on sight, Classroom alerts teachers when it happens, zeroing in on students who may be distracted or struggling. Although teachers have the capability to live-monitor student device screens with Classroom, the solution’s alerts free them from that responsibility.

Classroom gives teachers the power to:
• Receive status updates from students (“need help,” “working,” or “done”)
• See aggregate views of student browsing activity and status
• Broadcast teacher or student screens to the rest of the class
• View student screens in real time, pull browsing histories, and record device activity
• Send quick messages (e.g., “Are you done?” and “Need help?”) and receive replies from students
• Lock device screens and send content links
• Limit student web access to a website or group of websites for the class period, and release students when they change their status to “done.”

The cloud-based, multi-OS Relay eliminates the need for multiple systems to filter, monitor and manage school devices with features for granular user activity reporting; content filtering, including SSL sites, with flexible policies; real-time suspicious activity alerts; and geolocation for lost and stolen devices.

To learn more about Classroom, visit www.lightspeedsystems.com/classroom. To learn more about Relay, visit www.lightspeedsystems.com/relay.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 25,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated solutions for smarter K-12 school networks: Relay, Web Filter, Mobile Manager, and Classroom. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.


Lightspeed Systems Most Effective Filtering Provider for CIPA Compliance, Student Safety

June 24, 2018

Comparison of Lightspeed Systems’ K-12 web filtering solutions and competing filter reveals shocking results.

AUSTIN, TX. — An analysis comparing popular K-12 school web filtering solutions by Lightspeed Systems and GoGuardian revealed that GoGuardian’s product blocked only 40 percent of pornographic websites.

Of 2,000 unambiguously pornographic websites randomly selected from the Lightspeed Systems database, 60 percent were not blocked by the GoGuardian Admin filter, an astonishing statistic considering the filter has been marketed as CIPA compliant.

Lightspeed Systems has published the detailed results of its study at lightspeedsystems.com/cipa. Lightspeed also invites schools to call its sales department at 877.447.6244 to obtain a list of explicit sites to add to their custom block lists. (Because there are so many new sites added to the web each day, Lightspeed cannot guarantee complete or ongoing safety with any filtering solution except its own.)

Lightspeed Systems has been in the business of filtering schools since 1999. It is the provider of two web filtering solutions used by 25,000 schools around the world: Web Filter and Relay. Lightspeed Systems’ filtering products are powered by its proprietary adaptive AI database, which combines advanced AI with a comprehensive database of more than 72 million websites and 100 million YouTube videos.

“At Lightspeed Systems, our top concerns are protecting students and delivering the solutions our customers need,” says Lightspeed Systems President and CEO Brian Thomas. “As a filtering provider, blocking explicit content is core to our mission. It’s disappointing to see another filter, like GoGuardian Admin, allowing these sites, which research shows are damaging to children.”

The cloud-based Relay, released last year, eliminates the need for multiple systems to filter, monitor and manage all those devices with features for granular user activity reporting; content filtering, including social media and SSL sites, with flexible policies; real-time suspicious activity alerts; and geolocation for lost and stolen devices. And all of these tools are available in a single, streamlined UI.

Relay’s innovative design gives the ability to filter and monitor any device OS by deploying Lightspeed Systems Smart Agents. Relay also includes such features as:
• Simple SSL filtering — filter SSL sites like Google and YouTube without having to use proxies, PAC files or trust certificates
• Parent Report Generator — upload a simple CSV file of parent email addresses to automate the delivery of student device activity reports to their parents’ inboxes
• Lockouts — lock students out of internet access if they attempt to access too many blocked sites in succession
• Smart Play — the game-changing YouTube management feature that allows students to access nearly 100 million educational videos (and none of the bad stuff)

To learn more about how Lightspeed Systems filtering solutions stack up to the competition’s, visit lightspeedsystems.com/cipa.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 25,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated solutions for smarter K-12 school networks: Relay, Web Filter, Mobile Manager, and Classroom. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.


Lightspeed Systems’ K-12 Filtering/Monitoring Solution Relay Released for Mac OS, iOS and Windows

June 18, 2018

Education technology company Lightspeed Systems announces the availability of its patent-pending Smart Agents for all operating systems, including Chrome OS.

AUSTIN, TX. — Today, Lightspeed Systems announced the general release of its Smart Agents for Mac OS, iOS and Windows, bringing multi-OS support to its K-12 school filtering/monitoring solution, Relay. These revolutionary, patent-pending agents — which provide seamless SSL decryption and mobile filtering to student devices, and have previously supported just Chrome OS — are available to Relay customers now.

K-12 schools are implementing one-to-one programs in record numbers, and school IT departments are responsible for the daunting tasks of filtering students’ internet access on these devices as well as identifying suspicious online activity, locating lost devices and more. Complicating matters is the wide array of devices in individual schools and districts: tablets, laptops, desktops and smartphones, often on a variety of operating systems.

The cloud-based Relay eliminates the need for multiple systems to filter, monitor and manage all those devices with features for granular user activity reporting; content filtering, including social media and SSL sites, with flexible policies; real-time suspicious activity alerts; and geolocation for lost and stolen devices. And all these tools are available in a single, streamlined UI.

Relay’s innovative design gives the ability to filter and monitor any device OS by deploying Lightspeed Systems Smart Agents. Relay also includes such features as:
• Classroom — Relay’s AI-powered classroom management solution, Classroom, is included free when customers license Relay.
• Built-in SSL decryption — filter SSL sites like Google and YouTube without having to use proxies, PAC files or trust certificates
• Parent Report Generator — upload a simple CSV file of parent email addresses to automate the delivery of student device activity reports to their parents’ inboxes
• Lockouts — lock students out of internet access if they attempt to access too many blocked sites in succession
• Smart Play — the game-changing YouTube management feature that allows students to access nearly 100 million educational videos (and none of the bad stuff)

“Relay has been a game-changer for schools with Chromebooks, giving IT maximum visibility into those devices and making the Web safer for students,” says Lightspeed Systems President and CEO Brian Thomas. “We’re excited that schools can now enjoy these benefits on every operating system.”

To learn more about Lightspeed Systems Relay, visit www.lightspeedsystems.com/relay.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 25,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated solutions for smarter K-12 school networks: Relay, Web Filter, Mobile Manager, and Classroom. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.


Lightspeed Systems Relay Prevents Student Harm in Nye County School District

May 31, 2018

New case study reveals how Lightspeed’s device filtering/monitoring solution helped Nevada school district identify students at risk of suicide.

AUSTIN, TX.Nye County School District in Nye County, Nevada, used Lightspeed Systems’ device filtering/monitoring solution, Relay, to identify two students considering suicide. Nye County School District Director of Technology Robert Williams shared this anecdote and other details in a new case study, “Lightspeed Systems Relay Keeps Nye School District Safe and Secure.”

There are more devices in K-12 schools today than ever before, but IT departments need to maintain control of those devices to keep students safe and focused on learning. The cloud-based, multi-OS Relay eliminates the need for multiple systems to filter, monitor and manage school devices with features for granular user activity reporting; content filtering, including SSL sites, with flexible policies; real-time suspicious activity alerts; and geolocation for lost and stolen devices. And all these tools are available in a single, streamlined UI.

Shortly after implementing Relay, Nye County School District Director of Technology Robert Williams used the software to pinpoint students in trouble. “Within the first week, we identified two students in one of the schools that were researching a suicide hotline,” Williams said. Using information surfaced by Relay’s Flagged Terms feature, Williams passed the news along to the school’s principal, who intervened to help both students, potentially saving their lives.

Relay made headlines last February when Lightspeed announced the release of Threat Check, a Relay feature that provides schools with information that can help identify high-risk behaviors and prevent school violence, self-harm, bullying, and more. School personnel can flag high-risk students and input offline activity such as violence, threatening speech, or bringing a weapon to school. This synthesized insight gives schools a more holistic picture of potential threats, as well as indicators of when high-risk students are escalating toward violence.

“Time and time again, we hear from school IT departments that have used our software to identify student safety threats, allowing them to intervene and prevent crises,” Lightspeed Systems President and CEO Brian Thomas said. “It’s stories like Nye County’s that show how powerful Relay is — not simply as a content filter, but also as a tool to make schools and students safer.”

To learn more about Lightspeed Systems Relay, visit www.lightspeedsystems.com/relay. To read the case study, visit https://bit.ly/2L5hyYm.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 25,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated solutions for smarter K-12 school networks: Relay, Web Filter, Mobile Manager, and Classroom. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.


Lightspeed Systems Provides Software Solutions to Area Schools as REMC SAVE Awarded Vendor

May 31, 2018

The ed-tech company offers its full product line through REMC SAVE, giving K-12 schools the opportunity to purchase device filtering, monitoring and management solutions at affordable prices.

AUSTIN, TX. — Ed-tech solution provider Lightspeed Systems is an awarded vendor through REMC SAVE, making its device filtering, monitoring and management solutions available to K-12 schools across the state of Michigan.

REMC SAVE works with top technology providers to procure large-volume bid prices on a variety of educational resources. Through REMC SAVE, Michigan schools now have the opportunity to purchase all Lightspeed Systems solutions at special pricing.

Founded in 1999, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated and multi-OS software solutions — device filtering, monitoring, and management — that are developed especially for K-12 education.

As a REMC SAVE awarded vendor, Lightspeed can offer Michigan schools:
Lightspeed Systems Relay, an all-in-one filtering and monitoring system
Lightspeed Systems Web Filter, the market-leading content filter for K-12 with three deployment options
Lightspeed Systems Mobile Manager, an MDM with tiered administration and flexible device policies
• And more

To learn more about Lightspeed Systems solutions, visit www.lightspeedsystems.com.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems works with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 25,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated solutions for smarter K-12 school networks: Relay, Web Filter, Mobile Manager and Classroom. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

About the REMC Association of Michigan
REMC SAVE is provided as a service of the REMC Association of Michigan for all Michigan schools. The project provides large volume contracts for a variety of educational resources. By using REMC SAVE contracts, Michigan schools have saved more than $729 million since 1990. Every dollar saved through REMC SAVE today is one more dollar to invest in instruction tomorrow.


Lightspeed Systems’ K-12 Filtering/Monitoring Solution Relay Released for Mac OS and Windows

May 16, 2018

Education technology company Lightspeed Systems announces the availability of its patent-pending Smart Agents for Mac and Windows, with iOS support on the way.

AUSTIN, TX. — Today, Lightspeed Systems announced the release of its Smart Agents for Mac OS and Windows, bringing multi-OS support to its K-12 school filtering/monitoring solution, Relay. These revolutionary, patent-pending agents — which provide seamless mobile and SSL filtering to student devices — are available in beta to Relay customers and will be released for iOS in subsequent weeks.

K-12 schools are implementing one-to-one programs in record numbers, and school IT departments are responsible for the daunting tasks of filtering students’ internet access on these devices as well as identifying suspicious online activity, locating lost devices and more. Complicating matters is the wide array of devices in individual schools and districts: tablets, laptops, desktops and smartphones, often on a variety of operating systems.

The cloud-based Relay eliminates the need for multiple systems to filter, monitor and manage all those devices with features for granular user activity reporting; content filtering, including social media and SSL sites, with flexible policies; real-time suspicious activity alerts; and geolocation for lost and stolen devices. And all of these tools are available in a single, streamlined UI.

Relay’s innovative design gives the ability to filter and monitor any device OS by deploying Lightspeed Systems Smart Agents. Relay also includes such features as:
• Simple SSL filtering — filter SSL sites like Google and YouTube without having to use proxies, PAC files or trust certificates
• Parent Report Generator — upload a simple CSV file of parent email addresses to automate the delivery of student device activity reports to their parents’ inboxes
• Lockouts — lock students out of internet access if they attempt to access too many blocked sites in succession
• Smart Play — the game-changing YouTube management feature that allows students to access nearly 100 million educational videos (and none of the bad stuff)

To learn more about Lightspeed Systems Relay, visit www.lightspeedsystems.com/relay.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 25,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated solutions for smarter K-12 school networks: Relay, Web Filter, Mobile Manager, and Classroom. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.


Lightspeed Systems Filtering Database Hits 65 Million Websites and 90 Million YouTube Videos

May 4, 2018

Lightspeed has honed its proprietary database — the core of its web filtering products, Relay and Web Filter, designed for K-12 education — over almost 20 years.

AUSTIN, TX. — Ed-tech solution provider Lightspeed Systems, the market leader in K-12 device filtering, achieved a new milestone today as its URL database hit 65 million websites. Lightspeed Systems’ proprietary database of sites categorized for K-12 education powers Lightspeed Systems Relay, a cloud-based device filtering/monitoring solution for every operating system, and the Lightspeed Systems Web Filter, a multi-OS device filtering solution with multiple deployment options.

The strength of any content filter is dependent on the strength of its database: how large it is, and how well-categorized its URLs are. This is particularly true in K-12 education filtering because, due in part to the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), schools have a mandate to protect children from inappropriate and explicit content.

Lightspeed Systems has carefully cultivated its database since the company began filtering school networks in 1999. Lightspeed’s database uses a combination of artificial intelligence and real-time analysis to categorize websites, but AI alone can’t accurately read images, videos and foreign languages. Thus, its database also leverages a combination of human and robot teams to categorize the web in order to ensure schools using its filters are giving safe, appropriate access to students. Its 65 million websites are organized based on what is suitable for children and for educational environments. Relay and Web Filter can also block new, unknown URLs until they are categorized, giving Lightspeed another edge on competing products.

Additionally, Lightspeed has categorized approximately 90 million YouTube videos to give students safe access to streaming video and block bad content; this feature, called Smart Play, can be enabled in the Relay or Web Filter with the click of a button.

“We know that other K-12 filter databases, like GoGuardian’s, categorize a couple thousand websites each day,” says Lightspeed Systems President and CEO Brian Thomas. “Lightspeed’s database categorizes 2 million websites each day, representing hundreds of millions of URLs. Our products save IT departments from having to recategorize what other products miss and they keep students safer as a result. No other K-12 filters are this powerful.”

The cloud-based, multi-OS Relay eliminates the need for multiple systems to filter, monitor and manage school devices with features for granular user activity reporting; content filtering, including SSL sites, with flexible policies; real-time suspicious activity alerts; and geolocation for lost and stolen devices.

Relay gives the ability to filter any device OS by deploying Lightspeed Systems Smart Agents. It also features Classroom, a classroom management solution that leverages machine-learning AI to provide insights into student browsing behavior; simple SSL filtering; a Parent Report Generator; and the aforementioned Smart Play, a YouTube management feature.

To learn more about Relay, visit www.lightspeedsystems.com/relay2.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 25,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated solutions for smarter K-12 school networks: Relay, Web Filter, Mobile Manager, and Classroom. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.