Kajeet for Education Announces the Launch of Sentinel™, a Web-Based Administrative Platform for Managing Student Mobile Learning Devices on its Nationwide Broadband Wireless Service
Sentinel™ is the first solution from a wireless carrier to provide cloud-based management of mobile broadband traffic to filter out inappropriate content, control costs and ensure academic use.
Bethesda, MD, October 19, 2011: Kajeet for Education (www.kajeetforeducation.com) is making learning mobile with another innovative solution for K-12 schools, school districts and education departments. As schools across the country adopt computing platforms of all shapes and sizes, including smartphones, tablets, netbooks, laptops and more, they face many very relevant concerns. Kajeet for Education’s new platform, Sentinel™ addresses these concerns head-on as only a wireless carrier focused on kids and education can do.
Nationwide Wireless Service for Mobile Learning Devices
Kajeet for Education provides wireless services that leverage the Sprint Nationwide Network™ to deliver broadband data speeds that reach over 254 million people in over 14,000 cities. Kajeet for Education customers have deployed cell phones, smartphones, tablets, netbooks, laptops and modem devices to support mobile learning for students in 11 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to devices with wireless broadband built-in, customers are also using Novatel MiFi wireless hotspots to provide Kajeet for Education service to WiFi-only devices such as iPads, Android tablets and netbooks.
Kajeet for Education has built a filter-on-steroids by crossing a global platform for filtering used by schools, states and countries with a cloud-based architecture focused on mobile devices. Through a web-based console, school administrators can now custom configure filtering policies at the individual, group, class, grade, school, district or state level. Policies can be based on white lists, black lists, categories of content, traffic protocols, time of day or any combination thereof. Customers can build a CIPA-compliant Mobile Learning environment without any new equipment, servers or software to manage and without routing student mobile broadband traffic back through the school’s network – eliminating a potential bottleneck and single point-of-failure.
Unlike most wireless carriers, Kajeet for Education has designed their business model with school budgets in mind. By eliminating the concepts of per-device data plans, overage fees, minimum contract terms, minimum quantities and monthly expiration or resets of data usage while adding the capability to set daily or monthly data limits, share data usage across all devices, retain ownership of purchased data until it is used and pre-pay for a project Kajeet for Education can ensure customers only buy what they need and can come in under budget but never over budget. The Sentinel™ platform can even block high-bandwidth protocols such as streaming video, peer-to-peer file transfer and others to keep costs down.
“Kajeet has always been focused on kids and on how smart our kids are. Kajeet for Education is helping to empower kids with the latest technology to enhance their learning in a way that schools, parents and regulators all have confidence in and can afford,” says Daniel Neal, CEO and co-founder of Kajeet.
According to Michael Flood, Kajeet’s Vice President of Education Markets, “Sentinel™ will, for the first time, allow school and district instructional and information technology staff to deploy mobile learning devices with CIPA-compliant policies and to audit their use without any impact on the local network.”
Some districts will or have already purchased devices for 1:1 deployments from OEM’s such as Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer and others with built-in Mobile Broadband capability. Kajeet for Education can enable these devices with mobile broadband service or provide new devices such as Google Android based smartphones and tablets. Districts who have already deployed large WiFi-only 1:1 projects can supplement those programs and bridge the digital divide for students without home access by deploying Kajeet for Education powered mobile hotspots with Sentinel™ to ensure appropriate and controlled use regardless of what device uses the connection.
Kajeet for Education is a certified Priority 1 Service Provider under the federal E-Rate funding program and its services, including Sentinel™ are now available nationwide.
About Kajeet for Education
Kajeet for Education provides an affordable, safe, scalable solution to bring Internet-capable mobile learning devices to students everywhere. Based in Bethesda, MD, Kajeet for Education is operated by Kajeet, Inc., creators of the award-winning safest cell phone for kids™. Founded in 2003, Kajeet was designed to provide kids with everything they need to safely explore the world of mobile technology. It includes a full suite of online parental controls to help families customize and manage every aspect of their Kajeet cell phone experience. Kajeet for Education leverages Kajeet’s expertise in the classroom to provide students with a safe mobile learning experience. For more information about Kajeet for Education, please visit http://www.KajeetforEducation.com.
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