Smoothwall launches new tools to better protect children in the classroom

Following a year of new leadership, the digital safety provider unveils new rebrand and launches new classroom management and cloud filtering solutions

LEEDS, Monday 4th March 2019 – Smoothwall, a global developer of digital safeguarding solutions for education, has today launched two brand new solutions and unveiled its new corporate rebrand.
A leader in the EdTech space with over four million users worldwide, the company has added Smoothwall Classroom Manager and Smoothwall Cloud Filter to its pioneering suite of products designed to protect students from online harm.
Classroom Manager, the company’s first formal foray into classroom assistance, empowers teachers to monitor and control student devices to help maintain focus and improve learning outcomes in busy digital classrooms, as well as lower their reliance on technical support. The solution allows teachers to manage session times and monitor tabs on current and background screens with the ability to remotely close tabs when necessary.
Additionally, Smoothwall continues to develop its pioneering web filter with the launch of Cloud Filter. Schools will be able to deploy web filtering without the need for hardware, allowing them to filter content on all managed devices, on or offsite. Smoothwall is one of the only providers that give schools a choice of on-premise, cloud or hybrid deployment options to accommodate the requirements of diverse technology environments.
As well as launching Classroom Manager and Cloud Filter, Smoothwall has also unveiled its new corporate rebrand which comprises a top-to-bottom redesign of the company’s identity, website, graphics and communications. Smoothwall’s new brand assets include a logo that contains the company’s, ‘Circle of Trust’, a graphic that reflects the company’s relentless mission to be the most trustworthy global safeguarding provider.
Today’s announcement comes less than a year after former Microsoft and Tesla executive, Georg Ell, joined Smoothwall as Chief Executive Officer.

“Smoothwall started out at the nexus of the dot-com era as an open source firewall – built by users, for users,” said Ell. “In 2019, we are staying true to our pioneering roots, taking our solutions, support and customer relationships to new heights, to ensure that as our digital world evolves, we keep our customers one step ahead. In a world where children are becoming increasingly exposed to online risks, our focus is absolute. Our mission to keep children protected and safe is the pinnacle of everything we do. From enrichment of current solutions, as well as greater customer support and education about the risks, it’s all done in the name of protecting students.”