Hot on the heels of the Government’s controversial Internet filtering plans, a new cloud-based provider has launched what it claims is an inexpensive filtering option for small ISPs.
The Hosted Watchdog Services from Watchdog Solutions is a cloud-based ISP filtering system that allows ISPs to control their customers’ connections without having to install equipment within their own networks. Managing director and founder of WatchDog, Peter Mancer, said there were some 750 ISPs in the SMB space that its solution suited.
“At the lower end, the ISP might not have the capital to install a filter on its own network,” Mancer said. “We’re offering two kinds of cloud services – one is the filtering of illegal content only, which will become more of a focus when the Government regulations are put into place, and the other is a value-adding filtering service. The ISP has full control over the traffic, and the Government is offering funding to ISPs that offer this kind of filter.”
M86 and Optinet solutions are available to ISPs under the solution, Mancer added.
Watchdog’s services have been sold into its home base in NZ, as well as the UK and Europe. The company also supplied filtering trials at the Enex Test Laboratory as part of the filter trial process.
The launch follows the release of the Internet filter trial report by Senator Stephen Conroy, which determined that the Government would go ahead with the implementation of mandatory filtering at the ISP level.