3 Reasons to choose Relay
Because it’s the only solution that does everything you need
We took a best-of-breed approach to each component – and then put them together for a complete platform that does everything you need to keep your 1:1 safe and managed.
Other solutions let you do some of the things that matter for your 1:1, or do it for some operating systems. Only Relay by Lightspeed Systems lets you Filter, Manage, Monitor, and Protect across operating systems for a truly comprehensive platform.
Allow or block sites and apps, control device policies and web access, monitor and report on all activity; get everyone the information and controls they need, from the classroom to the IT office – only Relay brings it all together.
The complete Relay platform:
Saves you time
A single place to go to manage everything
Saves you money
One line item in your budget (and no hardware)
Gives a holistic view
Reports combine all activity and analytics for your 1:1 in a single spot
Because each component is the best solution available
A platform is great, but you can’t settle for fewer features or inferior technology just to consolidate solutions. Fortunately, each Relay component gives you the most powerful technology and the best available solution.
Our filter is the market leader and for a good reason: we’ve listened to you for twenty years and built the smartest technology that solves the toughest filtering challenges.
Other solutions filter some devices, some browsers, some of the time. Relay covers every OS as well as BYOD, and IoT traffic; it filters and reports on traffic across every browser and every OS; it filters school devices on the school network, at home, or anywhere–all with one solution.
Other solutions require hardware or complicated set-up for SSL decryption across OSes. Our Smart Agents take care of the work of SSL decryption so you just enjoy the granular policies and reports. A trusted MITM proxy, PAC management, and certificate management are built right in so you get the benefits without the management hassles.
Other solutions rely on inaccurate and unsafe native YouTube categories. Our proprietary Smart Play technology makes it easy to allow educational videos and block inappropriate content and time-wasters—in just a click.
High level dashboards with visual charts that you can share in a click. Built-in reports on each individual user. Parent reports. Out-of-the-box YouTube and social media reports. Relay has every report you need, from overviews to details, right out of the box.
Other solutions have limited and inaccurate databases. Built over two decades, with AI and humans and robots and tens of thousands of school customers, Relay’s dynamic database categorizes more sites that any other solution, uses education-focused granular categories, and evolves daily. This means you can easily block unknown sites without risk of overblocking; you can rest assured of CIPA compliance; you don’t need to waste time on recategorizations; and your reporting accurately reflects the categories of sites your users are visiting.
Most MDM solutions are built for enterprise; those built for schools are focus-built for single OSes or minimal features. Relay Manage was built for schools, but also built for powerful management. It gives you every feature you need, for every OS, to manage devices, apps, and policies for your 1:1 in a simple, time-saving interface.
With most MDM solutions, delivering apps and managing policies from the district to the school to the user is complicated. Relay Manage was built based on school hierarchies, so it’s easy to set policies, ensure appropriate controls, and delegate administration to different levels of your organization.
Managing your devices and apps shouldn’t be a complex, time-consuming process. Relay Manage’s simplified UI gives you powerful controls with an easier and intuitive interface.
Some MDMs only cover some of your devices. Like everything with Relay, Relay Manage simplifies management of devices by bringing all OSes together in a single solution.
Our classroom monitoring solution takes traditional classroom management and flips the script – so instead of managing technology teachers are able to teach, and leverage technology without losing instructional time. Keep an eye on class activity, see student screens, share resources, lock devices, and lots more, all in a simplified time-saving UI.
While other solutions have delays that leave teachers frustrated, Relay Monitor provides real-time insights, screen views, and controls.
Relay Monitor works across Chrome, Mac and Windows so no matter your 1:1 OS, your teachers can benefit from powerful insights and controls.
Our advanced AI alerts teachers to unusual activity they need to look into, rather than requiring them to constantly view and interpret a dashboard of screens.
It just works
Other classroom management solutions lead to teachers struggling to make it work effectively or to set up classrooms and users. With Relay Monitor and its advanced SIS sync, it just works and instructional time is restored.
Included with Relay Filter! Our advanced AI takes all your users’ web activity and app activity, and analyzes it for inappropriate or concerning activity that could indicate self-harm, suicide, or school violence. Get the right information to the right people at the right time to proactively protect your school.
Some solutions only analyze activity in a limited set of sites. Relay works across social media, online docs, online mail, YouTube, apps, browsers, search engines and more so you don’t miss critical alerts.
Our advanced AI gets you the information you need to look into without the false positives and missed activity common in other solutions.
Because of our comprehensive database and advanced AI, we know what sites and activities are concerning better than anyone. This means you get better insights not just into typed content but also repeated attempts to visit illicit blocked sites.
Protecting students takes a village–and Relay makes it easy to delegate. Set alerts and notifications based on school or class or user, so guidance counselors, safety officers, IT, administrators, teachers and more are part of the solution. Plus – It’s included with our filtering solution at no additional cost.
Because we are truly committed to schools
Lightspeed Systems has been serving schools for more than two decades – and that commitment comes across not just in our solutions but also in everything we do and every decision we make.
Our commitment to student data privacy is unrivaled. We’re early signers of the Student Privacy Pledge; we’re GDPR compliant across solutions and company policies; our solutions are hosted in the secure AWS cloud; and (unlike other providers) we never outsource development or services to contractors.
We’re here to help whenever you need it, however you need it. From online chat and documentation and training to live expert phone support, our commitment to schools means we’re committed to getting you help and answers fast so you can get back to all your other critical tasks.
“Relay has allowed our school to successfully implement a 1:1 Chromebook program with great success! Not only does it keep our students safe and on task in the classroom, but continues to filter their web experience at home.”
St. Jospeh Catholic School
“The product simply works. Support has always been the strongest part of Lightspeed and their support on each product has always been top notch.”
Lanesville Community Schools
“I can’t believe we took so long to get this! Other schools need to RUN quickly and get this implemented!”
Lifegate Christian School
“[With Relay] you have a rock solid, education-focused solution that checks all the boxes…all in a single license. We went away from Lightspeed for a year and the grass was definitely not greener on the other side.”
Okoboji Community School District