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.