Web development firm snaps up digital safeguarding business

Leeds-based Smoothwall, the developer of web filtering and monitoring solutions, has acquired digital safeguarding company Future Digital.

The acquisition comes as Smoothwall continues to grow its presence in the UK and internationally following the appointment of former Tesla director Georg Ell in May this year.

In acquiring Future Digital, Smoothwall is adding to its existing portfolio of safeguarding and filtering solutions. Future Digital provides real-time, cloud-based, monitoring solutions with highly visual and intuitive dashboards.

Smoothwall said the technology complemented its Visigo offering, which also offers human-moderated monitoring and advanced AI capabilities. By offering both solutions, Smoothwall is now able to provide customers with a range of safeguarding options.

“We are thrilled to incorporate Future Digital into Smoothwall, with our two product sets complementing each other well. This will allow us to offer a bigger range of safeguarding and filtering services based on our customers’ requirements,” said Ell, CEO of Smoothwall.

“Smoothwall has a great reputation across a number of sectors and bringing Future Digital into the fold only strengthens that. In Education alone we will now be serving over 10,000 schools globally. We believe that safeguarding is a fundamental duty in organisations of all types and sizes and our mission is to support that with robust, powerful, user-friendly solutions.”

Future Digital’s 2000 plus existing customers will see no disruption in service and support.