Lightspeed Systems Upgrades Leading Education Web Filter With Powerful New Features

April 4, 2017

Lightspeed Systems Web Filter 3: Longhorn is packed with features to enhance user identification, reporting, student safety and more.

AUSTIN, TX. — Lightspeed Systems has announced the release of Web Filter 3: Longhorn, a new version of the market leader for content filtering in schools. The upgrade offers new features to ease user identification, activity reporting and safe web browsing as well as hundreds of other enhancements.

Lightspeed Systems Web Filter 3: Longhorn dashboard

Lightspeed Systems Web Filter 3: Longhorn dashboard

Lightspeed Systems Web Filter 3: Longhorn was designed specifically for use in K-12 schools. With a reputation for robust filtering without over-blocking, the Lightspeed Systems Web Filter has been the content filter of choice for schools around the world since 1999. Web Filter 3: Longhorn’s new features include:

  • An AI-driven database: Filter users with the most comprehensive and accurate database in the industry, powered by a machine-learning robot army.
  • A dynamic reporting engine: Get comprehensive, drill-down, live and custom web activity reporting with detailed visibility into Google searches and YouTube video activity.
  • Continuous user identification: Identify users across networks — even if they switch devices — for accurate reporting and policy application.
  • Flexible deployment: Host in the cloud, on scalable appliances, or in a private cloud.
  • Customizable safe searching: Decrypt SSL for in-depth visibility into search activity; enforce Bing SafeSearch, Google Safe Search, and Moderate Restricted or Strict Restricted YouTube access.

“As we developed Web Filter 3: Longhorn, we talked to hundreds of leaders in school IT about their biggest filtering challenges right now, incorporating their feedback into the product,” says Lightspeed Systems President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Thomas. “This upgrade offers all the features school districts need to efficiently filter all devices in today’s schools.”

To learn more about Lightspeed Systems Web Filter 3: Longhorn, visit

About Lightspeed Systems

Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 5,500 districts in the United States and 25,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated solutions for smarter K-12 school networks: Web Filter, Mobile Manager, Classroom Orchestrator, Management Bundle for Windows, and Relay for Chrome. To learn more, visit

Lightspeed Systems Announces New Product to Maximize ROI of School Chromebooks

March 24, 2017

Education technology company Lightspeed Systems releases Relay for Chrome, a new software solution that simplifies Chrome OS device security and safety in K-12 education.

AUSTIN, TX. — Today, ed-tech provider Lightspeed Systems announced Lightspeed Systems Relay for Chrome, a comprehensive solution designed exclusively for Chrome OS devices in K-12 education. The all-in-one, cloud-based solution maximizes return on investment of school Chromebooks with simple tools for filtering, protecting, geolocating and reporting on the devices.


Lightspeed Systems Relay for Chrome interface

Lightspeed’s newest product is designed to satisfy the needs of K-12 schools, which are purchasing Chromebooks in record numbers to support mobile device initiatives. Featuring quick, easy setup and a cloud-based interface that can be accessed anywhere, Lightspeed Systems Relay for Chrome is a complete solution that enables school IT departments to:

  • Report on devices with detailed insight into user activity, from an entire district down to individual students
  • Filter access to the internet, including social media and SSL sites, with granular policies for staff and students
  • Protect students from inappropriate content with features to identify high-risk online activity in real time
  • Locate lost or stolen devices with precise geolocation tools, keeping ROI high

“When we speak to school IT departments around the world, we hear an overwhelming need for a powerful, comprehensive solution for Chromebooks,” says Lightspeed Systems President and CEO Brian Thomas. “Lightspeed Systems Relay for Chrome helps schools ensure that their Chromebooks are being used for safe, effective learning, which is essential to making a mobile device initiative worth the investment.”

To learn more about Lightspeed Systems Relay for Chrome, visit

About Lightspeed Systems

Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 5,500 districts in the United States and 25,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated solutions for smarter K-12 school networks: Web Filter, Mobile Manager, Classroom Orchestrator, Management Bundle for Windows, and Relay for Chrome. To learn more, visit

Lightspeed Systems Announces Move to Austin, Texas

June 20, 2016

Education technology company Lightspeed Systems consolidates its operations in Austin, planning to relocate most employees and open larger new headquarters.

AUSTIN, TX. — Ed-tech solution provider Lightspeed Systems has announced plans to relocate employees and operations from Bakersfield, California, to Austin, Texas, expanding its corporate headquarters. The company will gradually transition employees from its original offices in downtown Bakersfield to a larger new facility in Austin starting this year.

Since 1999, Lightspeed Systems has built its reputation creating smart solutions for K-12 school networks. Its award-winning web filtering, mobile device management and classroom management products are used in 5,500 school districts in the United States and 25,000 schools globally. The expansion of Lightspeed’s centrally located Austin presence will give the company more opportunities for growth; the transition will be complete sometime in 2017.

Lightspeed Systems’ new location was chosen by the company’s executive team to position the company closer to customers, partners, and other key technology companies. Additionally, concentrating employees in the Central Time Zone will allow the company to better support customers in and out of the country, and work with more agility and speed, says its CEO.

“Right now, Austin is the most innovative and dynamic place in the country for technology,” says Lightspeed Systems President and CEO Brian Thomas. “Bakersfield was an incredible place to found and build our business, and we will always have ties to the community. But we’re excited about our future in Austin so we can continue growing and achieving new goals.”

Lightspeed Systems opened its downtown Austin headquarters in 2013. The thriving start-up scene, culture of innovation and excellent barbecue make Austin an ideal home for Lightspeed Systems’ staff. Lightspeed Systems Founder Rob McCarthy, a Bakersfield native, moved to lead the Austin presence in 2014; the rest of its executive team is in the process of relocating. The majority of employees working in Bakersfield, California, will be transitioned to the Austin offices this year, while some employees will remain in Bakersfield, working remotely.

To learn more about Lightspeed Systems, visit

Lightspeed Systems Releases New Version of K-12 School Web Filter

February 2, 2016

Today, at the TCEA 2016 Convention & Exposition in Austin, Texas, Lightspeed Systems announced the release of version 3 of Rocket Web Filter, the market leader for content filtering in K-12 schools. The release features a sleek new user interface as well as a variety of new features to simplify school network management.

Rocket Web Filter — which is powered by Lightspeed Systems’ proprietary Rocket appliances, either on school networks or in a cloud — was built specifically for schools. With a reputation for robust content filtering without over-blocking, Web Filter quickly became the K-12 market leader for filtering. The new version features improvements to filtering speed, scalability and SSL handling as well as live traffic reports and other tools to make filtering and reporting fast and easy.

wf3-email-body-2 copyWeb Filter 3’s new features and enhancements include:

  • Increased filtering speed and scalability
  • More options for filtering and reporting on SSL sites like Google
  • More powerful reporting, including live traffic reports
  • A clean, intuitive new user interface
  • A redesigned administrator dashboard
  • A Notification Center for instant news on updates or system issues
  • Cloud-based backups
  • And much more

“The needs and challenges of school IT departments have always guided the development of our Web Filter,” says Lightspeed Systems Chief Executive Officer Brian Thomas. “Web Filter 3 is our biggest release ever, incorporating all the new features our K-12 customers need plus even more.”

To learn more about Lightspeed Systems Rocket Web Filter 3, visit

Lightspeed Systems Board Names Brian Thomas Chief Executive Officer

December 23, 2015

Yesterday, the Lightspeed Systems Board of Directors appointed Brian Thomas the company’s chief executive officer. Thomas has been with Lightspeed Systems since 1999 and has served as Lightspeed Systems president since 2012.

Lightspeed Systems develops solutions to help schools around the world easily manage their networks and mobile devices. As CEO, Thomas will continue to lead this effort by guiding the company and its strategic partnerships, including its recent partnership with Microsoft on the Lightspeed Systems Management Bundle for Windows.

Thomas inspires a commitment to excellence that has made Lightspeed Systems a leader in educational technology and a trusted partner to its customers. “I’m honored by the board’s trust in me and I’m excited to lead the company as CEO,” Thomas says.

Thomas replaces former CEO Joel Heinrichs, who will continue to serve as secretary and treasurer of the board. “Brian is an incredibly talented and hardworking leader, as is everyone on our management team,” says Heinrichs. “We are poised for an excellent 2016 and Brian is the right person to take the company forward.”

To learn more about Lightspeed Systems, visit

Why Lightspeed Systems Web Filtering?

December 15, 2015

Matthew Gray and Tom McHenry are Network Managers at Queens College London and needed a way to customise their filtering for younger and older students to ensure they had as much access to valuable material as possible.

Roger Pearson, the Senior Technician at Northumberland Church of England Academy needed a scalable filter that could work across multiple campuses spread throughout the county.

Chris Butler is the Head of IT Delivery at the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership and needed a simple but sophisticated way to report on students behaviour online and pass the information on to senior members of staff.

These features as well as a number of other education-focused tools for IT and teaching staff are what make Lightspeed Systems Web Filter the perfect fit for their schools and thousands of other schools around the world. See their experience in their own words by watching this video.

Lightspeed Systems Partners With Kentucky Department of Education to Provide Content Filtering for K-12 Public Schools Statewide

December 2, 2015

Lightspeed Systems has partnered with the Kentucky Department of Education to provide Internet content filtering for all of Kentucky’s public schools. After a competitive process and vigorous review of available solutions, Lightspeed Systems was selected by the department to install and implement its Rocket Web Filter in 173 K-12 school districts statewide.

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Lightspeed Systems Rocket Web Filter

After delivering on its promise to bring enhanced Internet speed to every K-12 student in the state, the Kentucky Department of Education enlisted Lightspeed Systems to maximize its investment and protect students online. The Lightspeed Systems Rocket Web Filter is now providing on- and off-campus content filtering for 1,233 Kentucky schools.

The Lightspeed Systems Rocket Web Filter is the K-12 market leader in content filtering and designed specifically for the education environment. It offers robust, scalable filtering for any devices, anywhere, with customizable policies and drill-down reporting to keep students safe.

Chuck Austin, Product Manager for the Kentucky Department of Education, says, “All shareholders within public education understand the importance of Internet safety. We share in the responsibility to not only emphasize digital citizenship, but also to ensure that we have the right technology solutions which allow for safe, efficient, and secure access to the valuable resource that is the Internet. The Lightspeed Systems solution allows each of Kentucky’s school districts to customize its own experience regarding Internet content management, and also provides the granularity and reporting capability district and state leaders require for future online capacity planning.”

“The Kentucky Department of Education’s efforts to bring technology into schools have made Kentucky a model for 21st-century learning,” says Lightspeed Systems President Brian Thomas. “We are proud to be part of their successful mission to make safe online access available to every K-12 student.”

To learn more about the Lightspeed Systems Rocket Web Filter, visit


Lightspeed Systems Revolutionises Device Management With New Management Bundle for Windows

November 10, 2015

Today, school network solution innovator Lightspeed Systems announced the launch of the Lightspeed Systems Management Bundle for Windows, a complete solution for the management of Windows and other devices in education. The bundle offers mobile device management, classroom management and web filtering to simplify the day-to-day management of devices with a single, complete solution.


With mobile devices coming into schools in increasing numbers, administrators need smart solutions to simplify management. The requirements of schools differ from those of enterprises and, like all Lightspeed Systems solutions, the Management Bundle was designed specifically to meet those unique needs. The bundle provides powerful controls to set device features, view student screens, set secure testing policies, and more — all from an easy-to-use central interface that gives administrators centralised control while providing easy and secure options for delegation of key classroom functions.

“Windows devices offer great quality and affordability with a familiar interface and powerful productivity tools, which is why so many schools have chosen them for their mobile learning programs,” says Lightspeed Systems President Brian Thomas. “Our bundle offers everything IT departments and teachers need to make Windows devices easily-managed learning tools.”

Lightspeed Systems has worked closely with Microsoft to ensure powerful integration and seamless inter-operation with Windows, Office 365, and other Microsoft education solutions.

“Whether teachers and students are purchasing new devices or upgrading existing devices to Windows 10, the package of Lightspeed device management and professional services is a cost-effective way to simplify device management and classroom management, enabling them to achieve more,” said Tony Prophet, Corporate Vice President, Education Marketing, Microsoft.

Early reaction to the bundle from school technology directors is reflective of the need this new solution fills for administrators seeking solutions to help them more easily manage devices across their districts, schools, and classrooms:

“A one-stop shop for Windows control.”
“A wonderful tool to help administrators and teachers effectively manage mobile devices and users.”
“A dynamic system for today’s learning environment.”
“A complete management solution.”
“Just what schools need.”

To learn more about the Lightspeed Systems Management Bundle for Windows, visit

British Government Introduce New Act

November 5, 2015

As of July 2015, schools across the UK are subject to a duty under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act in which they are required to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty.

Lightspeed Systems Web Filter has been developed specifically for education with a number of powerful features for safeguarding and prevention which can aid schools in fulfilling this new act.

To find out about these features, download our latest whitepaper here.

Lightspeed Systems has a a new video: The de Ferrers Academy Goes 1:1

November 4, 2015

Schools and colleges across the UK are rolling out mobile devices with the hope of invigorating the learning experience and enabling interactive 24/7 learning. The biggest challenge for these establishments is ensuring the devices are safe and can be managed quickly and efficiently. Made specifically for education, Lightspeed Systems Mobile Manger allows schools to simply and effectively implement and manage a successful mobile learning programme.


Since becoming an Academy, de Ferrers has aspired to be a beacon of excellence within the community it serves, where everyone feels valued, included and proud. With excellent funding the Academy has widely promoted the use of new technologies in education and with over 1000 iPads, the Academy has provided its students with top-class resources to further their education. The Academy became the first school in Staffordshire to provide all sixth form students with access to a personal 1:1 iPad for use in lessons and at home.


Find out why they chose Lightspeed Systems Mobile Manager in this short video.