Founded in 1999, Lightspeed Systems Inc. develops content filtering, network security, mobile device management, and collaborative learning solutions for the education market. Lightspeed Systems solutions are used in more than 3,000 school districts in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia by more than ten million students. For the past several years, Lightspeed Systems has been recognized on the Inc. 5,000 list as one of the fastest-growing private companies.
Web / Mobile Filter — Desktop and mobile filtering with an education-based database and flexible policies.
Email Management — Spam filtering and email archiving.
Advanced Web Traffic Reporting — Detailed web activity information.
Antivirus — Desktop antivirus and anti-malware protection.
Power Management — Automated energy conservation.
My Big Campus — Safe sharing of online videos, and other collaborative materials (forums, blogs, instant messaging).
Mobile Device Management - system to manage mobile devices such as laptops, smart phones, and tablets with hierarchical control for different policies at the district level to the school, classroom, and device level.
Key features of Mobile Device Management include:
* Multiple levels of administration for IT staff and teachers;
* Hierarchical controls, so school districts can set device policies at the district, school, classroom, and
* Remote configuration and device wiping;
* Application controls;
* Centralized inventory, reporting, updates, and installations; and
* Integration with Apple Volume Purchasing Plan.
The Lightspeed filtering solution relies on a database of educationally-categorized URLs, which districts can block or allow according to their own policies.
My Big Campus is a social learning platform for K12 schools. It includes a library of educational resources and a collaborative4 platform. Educators can create groups to communicate with students, share assignments, provide access to safe resources, assign quizzes, share grades, hold video chats, and more.
Educational Resource Library with hundreds of thousands of videos, wikis, documents, and websites.
Authenticated user access to ensure AUPs are strictly enforced.
Multiple user type profiles (Student, Teacher, and Administrator).
School, Group, and User profiles with walls, events lists, and more.
Granular reporting on individual user activity, inappropriate content or suspicious words.
CIPA-compliant filtering of pornography.
Private file storage with virus scanning and skin-tone analysis.
Interception of English and Spanish profanity.
Integrate with Active Directory and existing filtering policies.
Digital classroom tools to manage assignments and student homework submissions.
Calendars to aide in organization.
Access to peers within the group lounges, to share ideas and provide professional feedback.
Blogging and closed messaging.
Easy-to-use assessment and quizzing
Lightspeed maintains a workforce of around 94 employees. Its revenue for 2010 was $16.3 million, and for 2007 it was $7.1 million. In 3 years, Lightspeed has had growth of 130%. It is ranked 153 in its industry (software).