While open access to the Internet is taken as axiomatic for most, there is still a need to protect minors from exposure to inappropriate web content. There is also a parallel need to moderate their access to social media and messaging services during school hours or late at night.
Many service providers offer a range of network services that enable parental control and managed access to messaging and social media services. These filter traffic from connected devices by means of network DPI solutions. Policy enforcement points use information about detected traffic to classify it, determine the appropriate permission according to policy rules and apply the relevant parental controls.
However, while such approaches work well when users are connected to fixed or mobile networks, when devices move to public WiFi hotspots, the controls may no longer be accessible. The nomadic behaviour of users can mean that parental control mechanisms may be inadvertently sidestepped.
Service providers need a consistent and reliable means to enforce legitimate parental control policies and to safeguard and protect the Internet experience of minors.
The solution is to extend policy control to the mobile device via client software solutions. The ability to enforce policy through a policy enforcement point (PEP) on a user device delivers complete visibility of user traffic and application demands to service providers. This enables them to enforce parental control policies, even when the user roams onto a WiFi network.
Device-based PEP is the only way in which service providers can consistently and reliably maintain, manage and enforce parental control rules, helping safeguard and protect the internet experience of minors.
The GoS 360° solution consists of a network based manager component for interfacing to policy control functions, and a device based Agent. The GoS Agent provides the PEP functionality, enabling parental policy control directly to the device, while the network-based manager offers a simple and scalable way for managing large numbers of devices in conjunction with the policy control elements in the network.
This architecture enables GoS 360° to provide a highly scalable platform based on future-proof investment supporting a wide range of use cases, as opposed to delivering a dedicated application per solution. The parental control enforcement is network independent, with the result that the service provider can deploy controls that will work consistently on the device at an individual level irrespective of which service providers' network is delivering Internet access.
The GoS 360° solution enables service providers to deliver OTT policy control between client devices and a cloud-based server, protecting all users and reliably enforcing parental rules.
By deploying GoS 360°, MNOs can:
- Enforce parental control policies, irrespective of access network selected
- Deploy time-based and permission-based access to messaging and other services
- Offer OTT policy control solutions
- Enhance and complement network-based PCEF solutions
- Optimise user Quality of Experience at the level of devices
- Deploy a scalable framework for future use cases and applications
- Parental control
- Permission based access to messaging applications
- Mobile broadband performance
- Mobile user quality of experience management
- Application specific management and support
- White-label policy solutions