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Netintelligence has key role to play in Home Access Project

03/02/09

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Last year , the UK Government launched a scheme aimed at bridging the ‘digital divide’ and Netintelligence’s Enterprise Manager is set to play a key supporting role in the programme.

The £300m investment will help make England one of the first countries in the world to ensure every single young person can use a computer and the internet at home for their education.

Under the scheme, children from jobless and low income families will receive a free computer and free broadband access under major plans to close the digital divide amongst young people.

Schools Minister Jim Knight said that the achievement gap between rich and poor can only be closed in the modern world if everyone has access to a computer and high speed internet access.

“Home access to ICT has educational, economic and social benefits. In fact it is now clear that pupils without internet access are at a disadvantage to their peers. Home access is increasingly becoming an essential part of a good education and having a computer with internet access should be seen as equally essential as having a school bag, a uniform or a pen and paper. Many of us could not have even dreamed of having a computer in our own home when we were at school, but times have changed and young people are now at a significant disadvantage if they do not have a computer and access to the internet. They are no longer luxury items, but are essential for a good education.

Initially the programme will be piloted in two local authority areas in early 2009. This will allow time to trial the purchasing logistics and eligibility criteria, after which the wider roll-out of the programme is planned for autumn 2009 with the aim to have universal home access by 2011.

Companies that have successfully been appointed to provide the laptops under the pilot scheme are turning to Netintelligence as their internet security and control solution of choice.

Netintelligence is experienced in this type of ‘home protection’ as it was selected by US distance learning firm Acadamia back in 2006, to assist it with President Bush’s similarly themed ‘No Child Left Behind Program’.

At the time, Joe Becker, President of Acadamia, stated: “The real beauty of Netintelligence Enterprise Manager is that as it is web based we can centrally change and remove the policy settings remotely, across every unit regardless of its location, and without any end user intervention at all.”

Enterprise Manager, enables service providers to set internet and usage policy on a laptop, and then remotely managed and control the machine via the web. This ensures that the end user families are automatically protected from internet threats, whilst the service provider has complete ‘duty of care’ control over the asset. 

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