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Lightspeed Systems Joins Fortinet as a Fabric-Ready Partner

Austin, TX, Nov. 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lightspeed Systems, leading ed-tech solutions provider, today announced that it has joined the Fortinet Fabric-Ready technology alliance partner program to provide customers with the most powerful network and student safety tools by integrating the Fortinet Security Fabric with Lightspeed Systems complete 1:1 platform, Relay.

Lightspeed Systems Relay offers a comprehensive cloud platform that lets schools filter, manage, monitor, monitor, and analyze across any device, operating system, or network. Having served k-12 schools since 1999, Lightspeed has continued to build and evolve their technology, which now serves more than 15 million students worldwide.

The Relay Platform keeps students safe and focused as they use school technology. The platform’s patent-pending Smart Agents have revolutionized filtering, putting the power of a filter inside each device. These Smart Agents can filter any device, anywhere, and provide easy SSL decryption without the hassles of proxies, PACs, or trust certificates. This prevents students from seeing pornography and other harmful content; ensuring compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

“Fortinet and Lightspeed have been protecting school networks globally for over 20 years. With self-harm, bullying, and violence in general rising in our education systems, it makes sense for our companies to work together to create safer online learning environments. That needs to be done on the network as well any mobile device a student may access,” shares Mike Durando, VP of Strategic Alliances at Lightspeed Systems.

The Fortinet Fabric-Ready Partner Program is Fortinet’s premium technology partnership program, and partner inclusion in the program signals to customers and the industry at large that the partner has collaborated with Fortinet and leveraged the Fortinet Fabric APIs to develop validated, end-to-end security solutions. Customers benefit from the knowledge and confidence that the Fabric-Ready partner has worked with Fortinet to validate and deliver integrated security solutions ready for deployment.

Visit the Fortinet Technology Alliance Partner page for more information about this program.

Learn more about the Relay platform and how it protects schools around the world.

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 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com

Amy Bennett
Lightspeed Systems
737.205.2453
abennett@lightspeedsystems.com


Students in Kansas City Public Schools Protected with Lightspeed Systems Relay

Austin, TX, Sept. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Students in Kansas City Public Schools are going back to school this year with Chromebooks filtered and monitored with Lightspeed Systems Relay. The Relay platform is a complete solution to filter, manage, monitor, protect, and analyze online activity in schools. The District evaluated, selected, and implemented the platform over the summer to increase safety, improve communication, and deliver more powerful reports.

For the last five years, every single Kansas City Public Schools student has been equipped with a laptop “in order to ensure that they are fluent in technology by the time they go to college and launch their careers,” explains the District web site. As the 1:1 program has matured, the District recognized the need to replace its firewall filtering solution with something that offered more holistic filtering, monitoring, and reporting both on and off campus.

After an exhaustive review of its options, Kansas City Public Schools selected Relay by Lightspeed Systems. The platform gives the district internet filtering on and off campus; classroom management and screen monitoring; safety monitoring; reporting; and much more. In addition to the Chromebooks, Relay works on other devices and platforms across the District.

“We looked at a lot of other products. However, Relay was the only one that met all our needs in one product,” shared Joe Phillips, Director of Technology for Kansas City Public Schools. “Relay offers the best multi-platform solutions to meet our needs to filter content, monitor use, analyze usage data for staff and students, and manage which apps and sites our students can use on- or off-campus.”

With students back on campus and classes in full swing, the District is already reaping the benefits of Relay. “I have been most impressed with the ease of use for my staff to implement each of the features,” Phillips said.

Among the specific needs that led the District to Relay was a way to address parent concerns about the 1:1 program. In addition to the filtering and safety functions, Relay offers integrated and automated Parent Reports as well as holistic reporting on all user activity. Phillips explained: “Parents have a lot of concerns about privacy, screen time, and the value of technology for instruction. Relay is able to help us alleviate these with actual quantitative data rather than qualitative stories or concepts.”

Kansas City Public Schools joins more than 28,000 schools that count on the market-leading Relay filtering and monitoring platform. Schools interested in better filtering, safety, usage reporting, classroom monitoring, and parent reports can request a demo to see it for themselves at: https://www.lightspeedsystems.com

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 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. Headquartered in Austin, TX (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed serves over 15 million students in 35 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com


Lightspeed Systems Releases Safety Check, Powerful Student Monitoring and Alerting System

Austin, TX, Aug. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today Lightspeed Systems announced the release of Safety Check, a new feature of the Relay platform. Safety Check monitors student activity on school devices, uses advanced AI to identify students at risk, then delivers real-time alerts on activity that is indicative of self-harm or other dangers. This new feature furthers the company’s mission of protecting children.

Leading up to this release, Safety Check was in a limited Early Access release, during which more than 80% of included schools were able to identify at-risk students through the feature. Early access users identified suicidal students as well as those suffering from abuse, depression, and other concerns.

“More than 3,000 teenagers attempt suicide every day in the U.S. alone – and most of them leave signs beforehand, including in their online activity,” shares Brian Thomas, President & CEO of Lightspeed Systems. “Technology can help schools identify those students and with Safety Check, we’ll be able to help save more lives.”

Safety Check is included with the Relay Filter, extending the market-leading web filter’s robust features and reports to protect students not just from inappropriate online content but also from risky offline behavior.

Safety Check provides a comprehensive student safety monitoring platform that surpasses other solutions in the breadth of its monitoring and technology. Safety Check:

    • Uses advanced AI and machine learning to monitor and interpret activity
    • Works across sites, including online mail, Google docs, social media, search, and more
    • Works across platforms and operating systems
    • Delivers alerts with screenshots and detail, speeding response and resolution
    • Monitors all types of activity, from typed words to web visits
    • Provides dashboards, safety trend reports, and user reports as well as real-time alerts
    • Allows schools to designate authorized recipients, from safety officers to counselors to principals, by group
    • Ensures student data privacy by sharing data only with designated school personnel

Schools included in the Early Access phase quickly saw the benefits of the feature, commenting:
“Safety Check is a next generation tool that has allowed us to transform the way we look at student safety and security.”
“Safety Check has alerted us to issues we didn’t know our students had and has made a difference in those students’ lives.”
“Safety Check is a critical layer to identify and help students in need that we might miss otherwise.”
“Safety Check can help us shape tomorrow’s headlines by keeping children safe.”

The Relay platform is a complete solution to filter, manage, monitor, protect, and analyze online activity in schools. Safety Check is included at no additional cost with the Relay Filter.

Schools interested in better monitoring their devices and protecting students can request a demo or quote at www.lightspeedsystems.com/demo

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 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. Headquartered in Austin, TX (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed serves over 15 million students in 35 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.


Ed Tech Leader Deborah Karcher, Former CIO of Miami Dade County Schools, Joins Lightspeed Systems

 

As an expert advisor, Karcher will further company’s position as the leader in educational technology and student safety solutions

 

Austin, TX, June 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

Today Lightspeed Systems announced that Deborah Karcher, ed-tech expert and former CIO of Miami Dade County Schools, has joined the Lightspeed Systems team as an advisor.

In her new role, Karcher will advise Lightspeed Systems executive and development teams to ensure the Relay platform continues to meet the growing needs of K12 school districts, delivering time-saving solutions to the most challenging problems schools face. She’ll also continue to share her knowledge and expertise with schools, working closely with them to further technology initiatives, 1:1 programs, and student safety programs.

Lightspeed Systems is the market leader in K12 content filtering, and its Relay platform provides a complete solution for filtering, student safety monitoring, classroom management, device management, and reporting.

At Miami Dade County Schools, the fourth largest district in the United States, Karcher was responsible for the technology strategy and infrastructure to support more than 340,000 students and 400,000 devices. She spearheaded one of the largest 1:1 initiatives in the country and selected and implemented the Lightspeed Systems solution as the web filter due to its robust scalability, innovation, and focus on education.

Karcher credits the company’s commitment to the education market and innovative leadership as top reasons for joining as an advisor. “Lightspeed Systems was a great partner to me at Miami Dade, and I look forward to continuing my work with them in this new role. They’re uniquely focused on education, understand the needs of schools, and continue to deliver robust, innovative solutions that solve real needs.”

Brian Thomas, Lightspeed Systems President & CEO, shares: “While working with Debbie when she was a customer, it was easy to see how much she cares about the safety and success of our students. We at Lightspeed Systems share that same mission and are excited to continue to work with her to help even more schools.”

Join Lightspeed Systems and Karcher for the upcoming webinar, the Data Driven District, to hear how smart reporting and analytics can help schools make decisions that drive ROI, safety, data privacy, and better student outcomes.

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 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. Headquartered in Austin, TX (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed serves over 15 million students in 35 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

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Amy Bennett
Lightspeed Systems
737.205.2453
abennett@lightspeedsystems.com


Lightspeed Systems Completes Strategic Growth Investment from Madison Dearborn Partners

AUSTIN, TX. — Leading education technology solutions provider Lightspeed Systems (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”), announced today that it has completed its previously announced strategic growth investment from private equity funds advised by Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”), a leading private equity firm based in Chicago. The investment will enable Lightspeed to drive forward its growth strategy as adoption of its market-leading technology continues to increase. Lightspeed’s existing management team will remain in place and have an ownership position in the Company, as will the Company’s Co-Founders.

“This is an exciting day for Lightspeed and the educators and students we serve. With the support of MDP and its education technology resource network, Lightspeed will be better positioned to capture growth as a leader in the ongoing education technology revolution,” said Brian Thomas, Lightspeed’s President and CEO. “We look forward to executing our growth strategy and capitalizing on favorable market trends in support of our mission to enhance student safety and maximize the benefits of education technology. Together with MDP, we are confident that we can bring our innovative solutions to more K-12 students around the world.”

Lightspeed has been building and evolving technology for more than 20 years and serves over 15 million students worldwide today, offering market-leading, purpose-built software through its multi-OS Relay cloud platform that filters, monitors and manages student web access, distributed devices and classroom activities and provides powerful reporting and student safety tools. Having served K-12 schools since 1999, Lightspeed’s differentiated ability to operate across any device, operating system or network has positioned the Company as a leader as the demand for technology in the classroom that can help safeguard the health and wellness of students continues to grow.

MDP will work with Lightspeed’s leadership team to capitalize on attractive growth opportunities for the Company worldwide. These include helping extend Lightspeed’s market leadership position, further penetrating the growing domestic and international K-12 web filtering and reporting, mobile device management and classroom management market, and continuing to deepen end-customer relationships while leveraging channel partner sales initiatives.

In addition to the equity investment, Lightspeed has received debt financing from a term loan and revolving credit facility provided by PNC Bank, N.A. Terms were not disclosed.

William Blair & Company served as Lightspeed’s financial advisor, and DLA Piper LLP provided legal counsel to Lightspeed. Kirkland & Ellis LLP provided legal advice to MDP. MDP also engaged GSV Advisors, a leading advisory firm dedicated to the education and HR technology sector, for strategic counsel.

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 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. Headquartered in Austin, TX (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed serves over 15 million students in 35 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

About Madison Dearborn Partners
Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”), based in Chicago, is a leading private equity investment firm in the United States. Since MDP’s formation in 1992, the firm has raised seven funds with aggregate capital of approximately $23 billion and has completed over 140 investments. MDP is currently investing out of its most recent fund, $4.4 billion MDCP Fund VII, in businesses across a broad spectrum of industries, including businesses and government software and services; financial and transaction services; basic industries; health care; and telecom, media and technology services. For more information, please visit https://www.mdcp.com.


Lightspeed Systems Announces Strategic Growth Investment From Madison Dearborn Partners

Madison Dearborn’s Resources and Expertise to Help Drive Lightspeed’s Continued Growth Through Increased Adoption of Market-Leading Education Technology in U.S. and Globally

AUSTIN, TX — Leading education technology solutions provider Lightspeed Systems (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”) announced today that it has received a strategic growth investment from private equity funds advised by Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”), a leading private equity firm based in Chicago. Lightspeed’s existing management team will remain in place and have an ownership position in the company, as will the Company’s Co-Founders. Together with MDP, they will seek to extend Lightspeed’s market leadership position and further penetrate the growing domestic and international K-12 web filtering and reporting, mobile device management and classroom management market in support of the Company’s mission to enhance student safety and maximize the benefits of education technology. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.

Lightspeed continues to benefit from the increasing demand for sophisticated, K-12-specific solutions and expand its presence in new and existing markets by offering market-leading, purpose-built software that filters, monitors and manages student web access, distributed devices and classroom activities. Lightspeed has been building and evolving technology for more than 20 years and serves over 15 million students worldwide. The Company recently launched Lightspeed Systems Relay, the first and only all-in-one cloud filtering solution for school device management with support for every operating system, device type, and location.

“I would like to thank Lightspeed’s Co-Founders Rob McCarthy and Joel Heinrichs for their mentorship, leadership, and contributions since we started this journey, and for their ongoing support as we continue our partnership alongside MDP,” said Brian Thomas, Lightspeed’s Co-Founder, President and CEO. “As we enter our next stage of growth as an innovator and leading provider of web filtering and reporting products for the K-12 market, we are confident that MDP is the clear choice of a partner for Lightspeed Systems due to their proven success, understanding of the education and technology markets, and commitment to helping us achieve our growth potential. With MDP’s support, we have an even greater opportunity to capture growth from the many favorable market trends we are seeing, which include continued adoption of technology in the classroom and the increasing importance of protecting, managing and analyzing student health and safety.”

Thomas continued, “MDP’s education technology resource network and extensive experience supporting high-growth technology companies and organizations that utilize distributed sales channels make them an ideal partner for Lightspeed. Looking ahead, the entire Lightspeed team is excited to play an ongoing critical role in the education technology revolution and continue providing our customers with powerful solutions that keep school devices and students safe, well managed and mobile. We’re excited about the opportunities this new partnership will create for Lightspeed to the benefit of our employees, our existing partners, and our customers around the world.”

Today, Lightspeed is well-positioned in a large and growing market with its robust database, stable and diverse customer base, differentiated ability to operate across any device, operating system or network and strong channel partner relationships. Lightspeed and MDP see significant opportunity for the Company to capture additional growth through organic and strategic acquisition opportunities. The macro trends that are driving these opportunities globally include the increasing device penetration among students from a continued movement toward a 1:1 student to device ratio in the classroom, and recognition that tailored web monitoring and reporting can help safeguard the health and wellness of students. MDP is supportive of Lightspeed’s growth strategy to deepen its end-customer relationships while continuing to leverage its channel partner sales initiatives.

Matthew Norton, a Managing Director at MDP and Co-Head of the firm’s Business & Government Software and Services team, said: “Lightspeed is uniquely positioned as an Ed Tech industry leader that enables schools to maximize the benefits of classroom technology, and we are honored to be partnering with Brian and his talented team to build upon the Company’s momentum. We look forward to continuing the successful execution of Lightspeed’s strategy by leveraging our extensive experience helping companies at similar stages of growth. As investors and as parents, we are excited to support Lightspeed’s strong position in the industry as the Company continues to provide effective and innovative technology-based safety solutions to more schools and students alike.”

William Blair & Company served as Lightspeed’s financial advisor, and DLA Piper LLP provided legal counsel to Lightspeed. Kirkland & Ellis LLP provided legal advice to MDP. MDP also engaged GSV Advisors, a leading advisory firm dedicated to the education and HR technology sector, for strategic counsel.

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 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. Headquartered in Austin, TX (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed serves over 15 million students in 38 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

About Madison Dearborn Partners
Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”), based in Chicago, is a leading private equity investment firm in the United States. Since MDP’s formation in 1992, the firm has raised seven funds with aggregate capital of approximately $23 billion and has completed over 140 investments. MDP is currently investing out of its most recent fund, $4.4 billion MDCP Fund VII, in businesses across a broad spectrum of industries, including businesses and government software and services; financial and transaction services; basic industries; health care; and telecom, media and technology services. For more information, please visit https://www.mdcp.com.


Lightspeed Systems Breaks Down Major Edtech Trend in New Whitepaper

“Cloud Filtering in Education” features veteran edtech company’s tips for successful cloud filtering deployment

AUSTIN, TX. — Education technology solution provider Lightspeed Systems has published a new whitepaper on one of the biggest trends in education technology. “Cloud Filtering in Education” shares why schools are increasingly moving to cloud filtering solutions and how to ensure successful deployment.

Lightspeed Systems has been filtering K-12 schools for more than 20 years, a fact that has positioned the company as a leader in the edtech space. Lightspeed Systems Relay is the only complete 1:1 cloud platform for filtering, managing, monitoring and protecting school networks.

With so many essential school services — directories, apps, and more — hosted in the cloud, schools are turning to cloud filtering to take advantage of its scalability, seamlessness, security and flexibility.

But not all cloud filtering solutions are created equal, and school administrations have legitimate concerns about moving from appliances to cloud filtering. Will a cloud filter cover BYOD and guest devices? Will it keep school devices safe off the network? Will downtime be an issue? Will switching to cloud filtering be too expensive?

Download “Cloud Filtering in Education” to learn:
• The benefits of switching to the cloud
• The challenges that keep schools from making the change
• The true costs of appliance-based filtering compared to cloud filtering
• Questions to ask cloud filtering vendors before you buy
• Key features of the best cloud filters

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 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.


Lightspeed Systems Releases Classroom Management Solution for Windows OS

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

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

The cloud-based Relay Classroom is a disruption to classroom device monitoring technology. Competing solutions rely on teachers to continuously monitor classroom device activity as it happens. In theory, live monitoring solutions help educators 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 devices.

Relay Classroom — which easily integrates with the Lightspeed Systems Relay 1:1 platform — leverages machine-learning AI to provide insights into student browsing behavior. Rather than depend on teachers to identify unusual browsing on sight, Relay 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 Relay Classroom, the solution’s alerts free them from that responsibility.

Relay 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.”

Lightspeed Systems Relay offers complete filtering, management, monitoring and protection from a single, unified platform. With Relay, school IT departments can perform all necessary functions of 1:1 management with one, scalable, cloud-based solution — with optional hardware for larger networks and BYOD.

To learn more about Relay Classroom, visit www.lightspeedsystems.com/monitor. To learn more about the Relay platform, 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 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.


Lightspeed Systems Releases Artificial Intelligence School Safety Solution

With real-time alerts on troubling student web activity, software solution Safety Check helped one K-12 school identify a suicidal student within 20 minutes of solution implementation.

ORLANDO, FL. — Today, at the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), Lightspeed Systems announced a next-generation school safety solution to help prevent student self-harm and violence. Safety Check — a feature of Lightspeed’s 1:1 platform, Relay — is a new software solution that provides real-time alerts of troubling student web activity to school administrations.

Leveraging advanced machine-learning technology, Safety Check provides the immediate data schools need to prevent school violence, bullying, and other harm. Its sophisticated AI performs in-depth scanning of student online activity to determine what’s relevant and what isn’t.

Additionally, by combining detailed user information like timelines and screenshots with its alerts, Safety Check gives school IT departments necessary context to determine the severity of suspicious activity. Safety Check gets the right information to the right people at the right time to help save students’ lives.

Safety Check has already saved student lives. Twenty minutes after implementing Safety Check’s beta release, one school district discovered a student who was contemplating suicide, allowing the district to intervene and provide necessary support.

Lightspeed Systems President & CEO Brian Thomas shares, “We’re a mission-driven company committed to protecting students. We’ve made great strides in 20 years and Safety Check is going to help us do even more for school safety.”

Safety Check is a critical feature of Lightspeed Systems Relay. Relay eliminates the hassle of managing disparate systems and solutions to keep school devices safe, well managed and mobile. With Relay, school IT departments can perform all necessary functions of 1:1 management with one, scalable, cloud-based solution — that covers all mobile and network devices.

Relay’s features include:
• Support for all devices — every OS, BYOD and IoT
• Easy SSL decryption — patent-pending Smart Agents provide SSL decryption to all devices, apps and browsers without need for proxy servers, PAC files or certificates
• Precise device geolocation — find lost and stolen devices, maximizing 1:1 ROI
• Next-gen classroom management — featuring AI-based insights that notify teachers when students are off-task
• Delegated management — easily share granular filtering and MDM tasks with the rest of your staff

To learn more about Safety Check, visit lightspeedsystems.com/protect.

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 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.


Lightspeed Systems Announces Complete 1:1 Platform for School Devices

Lightspeed Systems Relay offers complete filtering, management, monitoring and protection from a single, unified platform.

LONDON, U.K. — Today, at Bett Show 2019, the premier education conference, Lightspeed Systems announced the first and only comprehensive software platform for school device management. Lightspeed Systems Relay, the market-leading cloud filtering solution for K-12, is now offered as an all-in-one solution for the filtering, management, monitoring and protection of school devices, with support for every OS, BYOD and IoT.

In 2019, school IT departments have more responsibilities than ever. So many tools are required to ensure a 1:1 device initiative is successfully deployed, maintained, and utilized. In the past, IT departments have been forced to purchase multiple solutions for device filtering, classroom management, mobile device management (MDM), and student safety. Not all solutions on the market support every operating system, making management even more complicated and expensive for networks supporting multiple device types.

Lightspeed Systems Relay eliminates the hassle of managing disparate systems and solutions to keep school devices safe, well managed and mobile. With Relay, school IT departments can perform all necessary functions of 1:1 management with one, scalable, cloud-based solution — with optional hardware for larger networks and BYOD.

Relay’s features include:
• Support for all devices — every OS, BYOD and IoT
• AI student safety alerts — know instantly when students are at risk of suicide, bullying and other violence
• Easy SSL decryption — patent-pending Smart Agents provide SSL decryption to all devices, apps and browsers without the need for proxy servers, PAC files or certificates
• Precise device geolocation — find lost and stolen devices, keeping ROI high
• Next-gen classroom management — featuring AI-based insights that notify teachers when students are off-task
• Delegated management — easily share granular filtering and MDM tasks with the rest of your staff

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

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 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.


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