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Government Home Access computer scheme to use Netintelligence

21st December 2009 · Press Releases

Netintelligence, the internet security and safety arm of hosting provider iomart Group plc, has been chosen to provide the e-safety software to support the Government’s initiative to ensure computer access for more low income children in state education in England.

The Home Access programme will be formally rolled out from early 2010 following two highly successful pilots in the Oldham and Sussex local authority areas. Initially the programme will target learners in years 3 to 9 and it is hoped that by March 2011 more than 270,000 households will have benefited.

Netintelligence is the preferred e-safety software partner for all six of the approved suppliers for the programme: Bli Education, Centerprise, Comet, Misco, Positive IT Solutions and XMA.

Marc Kelly, channel manager of Netintelligence, said: “We are delighted to have been selected by all six of the partners involved in the Home Access programme. We created Netintelligence from the perspective of parents, to give them peace of mind knowing that their children are as safe as possible when they are online. Being involved in such an important initiative shows the advantages our solution can offer. ”

Netintelligence’s flexible e-safety solution includes a complete set of internet security tools which ensures that every laptop sent out to parents under the scheme offers maximum protection from internet threats.

The Home Access programme is being managed by Becta, the government agency for technology and learning. Low-income families who meet certain criteria will be able to apply for a Home Access Grant to purchase a compliant computer and internet package from the six approved suppliers.

The package has been designed with family use in mind. It includes the Netintelligence pre-set parental controls and anti-virus package, an installed productivity suite, firewall suite. It also includes the award-winning e-safety guide ‘Know IT All for Parents.’ 

Stephen Crowne, Becta chief executive said:” Gaining access to a computer and the internet at home will be a huge step forward for many children and families across England. By working with suppliers to provide quality services, we are confident that we can deliver a programme that meets the needs of learners today.”

Misco, one of the six approved suppliers for Home Access, said that ease of use and efficiency was vital in their selection of a security partner.

Colin Riddle, Home Access Project Manager at Misco, explained:”Netintelligence was able to offer us a complete security solution exceeding the requirements of the Home Access programme with the support and features that we needed. Having a solid web security solution which complied with published guidelines was essential for us to meet the requirements of the Home Access programme. We needed a solution which not only met the requirements but also allowed us to deploy it easily and to support the end-users with powerful management features.

“The deployment of the Netintelligence software is based around the concept of imaging – this fitted perfectly with our existing fulfilment procedures and therefore we are able to smoothly integrate Netintelligence into our solutions.”

Netintelligence, which is part of AIM-listed and Glasgow-headquartered iomart Group plc, has almost a decade of experience in managing internet platforms and will provide dedicated sales and marketing support, as well as direct access to its product experts.

Netintelligence’s SaaS-based managed service solutions enable resellers to deliver web-based services to both business and consumers with no requirement for infrastructure investment. These solutions are based around Netintelligence Enterprise Manager, Email Filter and Parental controls software, which won the 2007 SC Magazine European Awards. 

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