Following an agreement between TCL Mobile, the owner of the Alcatel brand and Family Zone Cyber Safety, Family Zone’s filtering technology will be pre-loaded onto Alcatel smart devices sold in Australia and New Zealand from mid-2018.
“There is a lot of excitement around our new range and for good reason, and more than ever before we will be a compelling option for parents who are considering a first mobile phone for their child,” said Sam Skontos, Alcatel’s local Managing Director.
“To have an opportunity to help our customers address areas around privacy, security, usage and length of screen time through alliance with an Australian company is particularly fulfilling, and I am looking forward to working together with Family Zone moving forward.”
Family Zone has developed a unique and innovative cloud-based ecosystem that enables parents to set internet and device access policies which may be enforced across any device and network. Family Zone was founded on the premise that cyber safety requires user-friendly technology that works wherever children access the internet. The Family Zone ecosystem approach facilitates collaboration among schools, parents, cyber experts, Telco’s, device manufacturers and more.
This agreement enables Alcatel to offer world leading parental control features to their customers and offers Family Zone an additional distribution network and the ability to deliver exceptional customer experience.
Family Zone’s on-device technology is called Mobile Zone, which runs on many platforms including iOS, macOS, Android smart devices, Windows and Chromebooks. Pursuant to the agreement, Alcatel will preload Mobile Zone on target devices at the factory, providing parents with the option to sign up and install Mobile Zone when setting up their child’s device.
“In the past 18 months we’ve achieved a lot of success and a lot of ‘firsts’,” said Tim Levy, Family Zone Managing Director.
“Our alliance with Alcatel is however one of our proudest. Family Zone’s vision is for our technology to be embedded on every device and network that our kids use. We are in schools across the world and have agreements with Telcos and access point manufacturers globally. Our agreement with Alcatel however completes the picture with a manufacturer of mobile devices joining the ecosystem. We are proud that we can now demonstrate the fullness of our vision.”