Ace-Comm Provides Managed Mobility for Project K-Nect
3/29/2007—Yesterday we reported on the launch of Project K-Nect, an initiative of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction that provides smart phones and service free of charge to at risk students to help increase their performance in school. We've learned since then that the project will incorporate security technologies from Ace-Comm in the phones.
Project K-Nect will target approximately 250 secondary at risk students to focus on increasing their math skills. Ninth graders in several North Carolina public schools in will receive smart phones to access supplemental math content aligned with their teachers' lesson plans and course objectives. Students also can communicate and collaborate with each other and access tutors to help them master math skills.
The wireless technologies used in the program will incorporate Parent Patrol, a technology from Ace-Comm, to help alleviate concerns about mobile phone use from parents and educators. Parent Patrol is a policy enforcement tool that lets administrators or other authorized individuals personalize phone use for the students, including voice, messaging, video, and data, with managed access. Parents and educators can determine what time of day the students can use the phones, what Web content should be blocked, which features of the headset should be disabled, and what sorts of services (such as text messaging) should be disallowed.
The smart phones and service will be free of charge to students and the schools thanks to a $1 million grant from Qualcomm, as part of its Wireless Reach initiative, which provides 3G wireless technology to underserved communities.
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