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SMART Introduces Entry-Level SMART Board™ to North America

New 400 series extends company’s comprehensive interactive whiteboard line

CALGARY, Alberta – September 1, 2011 --- SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT, TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces the SMART Board 400 series interactive whiteboard for education customers in North America. The 400 SMART Board 480series comprises the SMART Board 480 interactive whiteboard and the SMART Board 480iv interactive whiteboard system with the SMART V25 projector. The 480 and 480iv extend the company’s interactive whiteboard product line, which includes the SMART Board 600 series interactive whiteboard and the SMART Board 800 series interactive whiteboard. Using SMART’s patented DViT (Digital Vision Touch) technology, the 400 series offers a rich user experience, recognizing both pen and finger inputs, and enables teachers and students to easily interact with digital content.  

The SMART Board 400 series interactive whiteboard is ideal for educators who want an entry-level SMART Board interactive whiteboard or interactive whiteboard system. The 400 series supports both the Microsoft® Windows® and Linux® operating systems and ships with award-winning SMART Notebookcollaborative learning software, used by educators in more than 175 countries to create and deliver interactive lessons. The 400 series offers a 4:3 aspect ratio and standard display size of 77" (195.6 cm) on the diagonal, and integrates seamlessly with SMART’s other education products, including the SMART Document Camera, SMART Notebook Math Tools software and SMART Response interactive response systems. Educators also have access to the SMART Exchange website (exchange.smarttech.com), an online community that offers more than 50,000 digital resources available in 23 languages via 48 country-specific sites. Additional information on the SMART Board 400 series interactive whiteboard can be found at smarttech.com/SMARTBoard

“North American educators require easy-to-use products that make the most of both their class time and limited budgets,” says Linda Thomas, Vice President, Products, SMART Technologies. “The SMART Board 400 series helps ensure that educators with limited resources still have the opportunity to put the leading interactive whiteboard into their classrooms and access the complete SMART solution including SMART Exchange, services and support.”

Common features of the 480 and 480iv

Size 77" (195.6 cm) on the diagonal

Aspect ratio 4:3

Precision touch Provides direct, precise touch control for accurate data selection and interaction

Finger and stylus input Recognizes inputs from a finger, pen tool or any pointing device
Durable surface Is optimized for projection, producing no hot spots
Warranty Two-year standard warranty

SMART product integration – Integrates seamlessly with the full range of SMART hardware and software products, including SMART Notebook 10.8 software

SMART Board 480iv interactive whiteboard system features

Short-throw projector Extends 37.4" (95 cm) from the interactive whiteboard surface

3D ready Supports 3D content, images and video

Long lamp life Lasts up to 4,500 hours in standard mode and up to 6,000 hours in economy mode
Resolution XGA (1024 x 78)

Lumens 2,000

SMART Board interactive whiteboard product line

  • The SMART Board 400 series interactive whiteboard recognizes both pen and finger inputs. It includes the standard (4:3 aspect ratio) 480 interactive whiteboard and the 480iv interactive whiteboard system with an integrated short-throw projector. The 400 series supports both Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems.
  • The SMART Board 600 series interactive whiteboard combines a flexible pen-and-finger system with exceptional ease of use and state-of-the-art design. The 600 series supports Microsoft Windows, Mac Snow Leopard and Linux operating systems and includes the standard (4:3 aspect ratio) 640, 660 and 680 interactive whiteboards and the 660i and 680i interactive whiteboard systems, which include integrated projectors. The 600 series also includes the widescreen (16:9 aspect ratio) 690 interactive whiteboard; the widescreen (16:10 aspect ratio) 685i interactive whiteboard system, which includes an integrated short-throw or ultra-short-throw projector; the widescreen 690i interactive whiteboard system, which includes an integrated, ultra-short-throw projector; and the widescreen 685ix interactive whiteboard system, which includes an integrated, ultra-short-throw projector. All 600 series interactive whiteboard systems include an extended control panel.
  • The SMART Board 800 series interactive whiteboard supports multitouch capabilities, common touch gestures and object recognition currently recognized in Microsoft Windows 7 and Mac Snow Leopard operating systems, enabling true student collaboration. The 800 series includes the standard (4:3 aspect ratio) 880 interactive whiteboard and 880i interactive whiteboard system with integrated projector. The 800 series also includes the widescreen (16:10 aspect ratio) 885 interactive whiteboard; the widescreen 885i interactive whiteboard system, which includes an integrated short-throw or ultra-short throw projector; and the 885ix interactive whiteboard system, featuring an integrated ultra-short-throw projector. All 800 series interactive whiteboard systems include an extended control panel.

DViT (Digital Vision Touch) technology

Interactive whiteboards and interactive whiteboard systems with DViT technology use cameras embedded in the interactive whiteboard frame to detect and distinguish inputs made by a finger, fist, interactive whiteboard pen or other object. Optical touch technology offers many advantages over other touch technologies, including effortless zero-force touch, the ability to scale to large sizes and support for multiple touches and multiple users. Globally, SMART has been issued a broad portfolio of patents related to DViT technology with a significant number of patents pending.

Pricing and availability

The suggested education list price in North America for the SMART Board 480 interactive whiteboard is US$1,299. The suggested education list price for the SMART Board 480iv interactive whiteboard system featuring the short-throw V25 projector is US$2,599. For purchasing information, specifications and a list of authorized SMART resellers, visit smarttech.com. The SMART Board 480 interactive whiteboard and SMART Board 480iv interactive whiteboard system are now available to education customers in North America.

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About SMART
SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of collaboration solutions that transform the way the world works and learns. We believe that collaboration and interaction should be easy. As the global leader in interactive whiteboards, we bring more than two decades of collaboration research and development to a broad range of easy-to-use, integrated solutions that free people from their desks and computer screens, so collaborating and learning with digital resources are more natural.

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For more information, please contact

Public Relations

SMART Technologies Inc.
Phone +1.403.407.5128
E-mail pr@smarttech.com

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