Lightspeed Filter™ by Lightspeed Systems® Receives 2020 Cool Tool Award from EdTech Digest

Market-leading web filter recognized as innovative student safety solution

Austin, TX, May 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The market-leading Lightspeed Filter™ from Lightspeed Systems® (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”) has been named a 2020 Cool Tool Award winner by EdTech Digest. Lightspeed Filter was recognized in the Networking, Information Technology, Connectivity, or Access Solution category.

Lightspeed Filter combines more than 20 years of experience with innovative new technology to provide a comprehensive solution for web filtering, CIPA compliance, reporting, and student safety:

  • Cloud-based, multi-OS support for any device, on and off campus
  • Activity by day of week, including how much of that activity is educational in nature
  • Real-time notifications from Lightspeed Alert™ of students exhibiting concerning behavior such as bullying, self-harm, and suicide
  • Actionable online activity reports
  • Powerful YouTube filtering for safe use of video in education
  • Smart Agent technology that provides hassle-free SSL decryption

“While The EdTech Awards salutes all those on the front lines of help, with an extraordinary shift to online learning, really acknowledging the innovators, leaders, and trendsetters—particularly in our field—is more important than ever,” shared Victor Rivero, who as Editor-in-Chief of EdTech Digest oversees the program.

Lightspeed Systems was also recognized in the District Data Solution category for its Lightspeed Analytics™ product. Lightspeed Analytics provides detailed reporting on app and application usage to ensure engagement, drive adoption, identify unvetted apps, increase student data privacy, and maximize ROI.

“Digital learning safety has never been more important for students, and we’re honored to be recognized by EdTech Digest for all the ways Lightspeed is protecting students and helping schools,” shares Lightspeed Systems VP of Marketing, Amy Bennett.

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. 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


Amy Bennett
Lightspeed Systems
[email protected]

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  • A centralized, cloud-based solution for infinitely scalable device, application, and policy controls
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Prevent suicides, cyberbullying, and schoolviolence. Lightspeed Alert™ supports district administrators and selected personnel with advanced AI to detect and report potential threats before it’s too late.

  • Human review
  • Real-time alerts that flag signs of a potential threat
  • Intervene quickly before an incident occurs.
  • Activity logs provide visibility into online activity before and after a flagged event

Protect students from harmful online content. Lightspeed Filter™ is the best-in-class solution that acts as a solid barrier to inappropriate or illicit online content to ensure students’ online safety 24/7.

  • Powered by the most comprehensive database in the industry built through 20 years of web indexing and machine learning.
  • Ensure CIPA compliance
  • Block millions of inappropriate, harmful, and unknown sites, images, and video including YouTube
  • Keep parents informed with the Lightspeed Parent Portal™

Gain complete visibility into students’ online learning. Lightspeed Analytics™ gives districts robust data on the effectiveness of any tools they implement so they can take a strategic approach to their technology stack and streamline reporting.

  • Track education technology adoption and usage trends, eliminate redundancy, and drive ROI
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