SMART Technologies’ Newest Interactive Displays to Feature Google EDLA Certification

June 22, 2023

SMART Technologies just announced that its newest interactive display solutions will feature Google EDLA Certification, with options for Google EDLA Certification across its existing lineup available soon. These solutions include a new generation of iQ-powered interactive displays for education, coming in 2024, and an appliance-based solution designed to be paired with SMART displays purchased as […]

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Survey | Assessing Collaboration Tech and Tools in Today’s Market

June 18, 2020

A lot has changed over the past three to four months. Most of the world’s professionals are working from home (or working from anywhere) using different video conferencing platforms and a myriad of collaboration tools to continue working. We want to get a sense of how COVID-19 and recent work-from-home (or work from anywhere other […]

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The New SMART Board Pro Series: Democratizing Digital Contribution for True Collaboration

February 11, 2020

THIS IS A PROMOTED POST  By Frazer Couzens Manager, Enterprise Strategy at SMART Technologies  You know SMART Technologies for the original SMART Board — the AV industry’s first-ever interactive whiteboard. A lot has changed since this category was created, from its roots in front projection and “side of room” whiteboarding to an ever-confusing market of […]

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SMART Technologies Showcases New Interactive Display Pro Series Lineup That Supports Open Digital Collaboration for Better Meetings

February 8, 2020

Visitors to ISE will see demonstrations of the latest features and how SMART supports unified communication experiences from several leading platforms including: Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, and more. Amsterdam, NL – February 4, 2020 – During ISE 2020 (Integrated Systems Europe) in Amsterdam, SMART Technologies will showcase their entire new SMART Board® Pro lineup, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 934: SMART Technologies Will Launch Major New Products At ISE 2020

January 22, 2020

SMART Technologies has always been in the collaboration market but now, they’re about to stake a big claim in the UCC market — in a big, big way. We can’t tell you too much but you will hear hints of it in this pre-ISE 2020 podcast as SMART will use ISE — and its presence in the Amstel Boathouse […]

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SMART Technologies Updates SMART Board MX and 7000R

November 7, 2019

SMART Technologies announced new updates on the company’s most popular products, including the SMART Board MX series — now also available for business customers as the SMART Board MX Pro series. SMART has also beefed up the SMART Board 7000R series and SMART Board 7000R Pro series. The new SMART Board MX series and SMART […]

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SMART Shows New Line of Interactive Displays and Software

February 9, 2017

SMART Technologies has launched three new lines of interactive displays — all aimed at education. Two of the new panel series are integrated with their iQ. The new products are: The SMART Board 7000 is a 4K resolution display with iQ technology that enables the display to act as the central hub of classrooms as well as meetings, room displays, software, content and personal devices […]

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Yet Another Industry Acquisition – SMART Technologies, With Some Reflections

May 26, 2016

Hold on to your hats – it’s just happened again… First the particulars: SMART Technologies Inc. and Foxconn Technology Group announced they have entered into an arrangement agreement under which Foxconn has agreed to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of SMART for a cash payment of US$4.50 per Common Share. The US$4.50 per Common […]

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SMART Technologies Purchased by Foxconn

May 26, 2016

Foxconn, who made AV news last month by buying SHARP, just announced they are acquiring SMART Technologies. The deal is that Foxconn will buy SMART (who is traded on the NASDAQ as SMT) for US$4.50 per share. SMART is currently trading at only at $0.42 per share. The US$4.50 per Common Share purchase price represents […]

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SMART Technologies Unveils Enhancements to SMART kapp iQ in Education

May 2, 2016

SMART Technologies announced today that they have updated their SMART kapp product family, SMART kapp iQ. The new SMART kapp iQ interactive flat panel is specifically designed to deliver an all-in-one classroom solution that provides educators with the flexibility to deliver lessons across a range of learning and instructional styles, including whole-class, small group and […]

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SMART Tech’s Neil Gaydon Debuts the New kapp iQ

June 17, 2015

Gary and Neil Gaydon, president and CEO of SMART Tech, discuss the new kapp iQ SMART Board, which allows simultaneous collaboration across multiple devices. Like the regular SMART kapp, it includes a virtual writing surface, but when you write on the SMART kapp iQ, content is sent to any device held by any participant in […]

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Enterprise Connect: The Booth Videos – Day One

March 26, 2015

Enterprise Connect delivers a unique opportunity for enterprise end users to meet the industry’s thought and market-leaders and hear comprehensive analyses of the products, technologies and applications that are — or soon will be — in the market. Unified communications, WebRTC, video, wireless, contact centers, the cloud and more make up the focus of Enterprise […]

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SMART CEO Neil Gaydon Hints at More New Product Categories in 2015

February 10, 2015

SMART kapp was a hit at InfoComm 2014 — not just because it was new, but because it invented a totally new product category for the industry. It has been 20-something years since SMART invented the entire category of what is now known SmartBoards — more broadly known as interactive whiteboards. Well, in 2014, SMART […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 350: An ISE Special Podcast: SMART Technologies’ VP of Marketing, Jeff Lowe, Talks Impact of Microsoft’s Entry into AV with Surface Hub

February 9, 2015

Everyone by now knows that Microsoft has officially entered the AV market with their new 84” interactive Surface Hub display  – launching themselves into the AV market against biggies like SMART and InFocus. But, like Jeff, I agree their entry into the market will be good for everyone – listen to this podcast to understand why. […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 349: Gary Talks to SMART Technologies VP of Marketing, Jeff Lowe

February 9, 2015

 SMART Technologies has signed up Ingram Micro to be their first distributor of their new KAPP product line. This is a great partnership as it opens SMART’s most popular product – now available in both 42” and 84” – to the entire AV market without any buying commitment. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS

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17 Stands You Must See at ISE 2015

January 29, 2015

As you may know, Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) is Europe’s — and the world’s — largest AV show. Combining both residential and commercial AV technology in one giant trade show venue at the Amsterdam RAI, the show is nicely spread out in 12 easy-to-navigate halls that you can walk without back-tracking as it’s laid-out in […]

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SMART Technologies Launches 84″ kapp Along with New Premium Services

January 27, 2015

On the heels of last week’s Microsoft Surface Hub 84-inch multi-touch collaboration board announcement, SMART Technologies has launched its own 84” product with the kapp 84. SMART is also announcing something called SMART kapp Premium Services, which enables SMART kapp app users to unlock a range of enhanced features to the already revolutionary SMART kapp […]

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Microsoft Has Figured Out What Sharp, InFocus, SMART Technologies and Clary Icon Already Knew

January 27, 2015

Although SMART Technologies invented the interactive whiteboard market, and therefore indirectly invented the interactive display market, companies like InFocus — with Mondopad — and Clary Icon as well as Sharp have developed it into more of a mainstream product category in recent years. So much so that Microsoft has now, well, copied it — but, […]

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Sneak Peek: Five Collaboration Ideas from Inside Plantronics

October 29, 2014

A few weeks ago, I had the good fortune of visiting the Plantronics headquarters in Santa Cruz, California. The business purpose was to meet with a handful of SMART Technologies’ Collaboration Executive Council (CEC) members in a semi-annual meeting hosted by SMART’s customer and CEC member Plantronics. The CEC event was great – I learned […]

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The SMART (Enterprise) Way To Do Business

July 21, 2014

I tell this great story as if it was only yesterday. Back in my early days in AV integration sales in the late ’90s, within three months of being hired by the company, the owner comes into the sales cubicle area and a few of us turn to look at him as he starts speaking. He […]

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Disruptive at the InfoComm — My Top 10

July 2, 2014

Sure disruptive, it’s just about become my middle name. However, the industry is almost ready to re-name itself as a newly formed arena of disruption to go along with the standards like digital signage, control systems and more. But then again if I search hard next year, I’ll likely come up with disruptive technologies there […]

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SMART Kapp Offers Replacement for the Dry Erase Board

June 19, 2014

SMART Technologies used InfoComm to launch SMART kapp, a new digital capture board that has the easiness of a dry erase board combined with advanced collaboration features. While SMART claims that kapp is just as easy and intuitive to use as a dry-erase board, it allows users to write, draw, diagram and brainstorm using an […]

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SMART Intros SMART Board 6065 4K Interactive Flat Panel

April 18, 2014

SMART Technologies Inc. has announced the SMART Board 6065 interactive flat panel (IFP) for education. The first in a new line of SMART Board interactive flat panels, the 6065 IFP offers improved image quality and new features. Measuring 65 inches (165 centimeters) on the diagonal, the SMART Board 6065 interactive flat panel offers ultra-HD 4K […]

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SMART Announces Gen2 of SMART Room System for Microsoft Lync

February 19, 2014

SMART Technologies has announced several new additions to the SMART Room System for Microsoft Lync, including capability for interactive sharing that enables touch and inking into any software application, integration with SMART Meeting Pro PE (Personal Edition) software and the introduction of unbound workspace. With the introduction of interactive sharing, users can now work with […]

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SMART Room System for Microsoft Lync Ships

October 16, 2013

The SMART Room System, the integrated hardware and software solution that supports Microsoft Lync in the meeting room, is now shipping. SMART claims it already has hundreds on back order. SMART says the conferencing solution simplifies the collaboration experience for both virtual and face-to-face meeting participants and provides a seamless online experience through sharing of […]

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Rants and rAVes – Episode 15: Who’s Buying SMART?

October 24, 2012

In this episode I rant a bit about why SMART Technologies’ products continue to be spec’d by AV dealers, meanwhile there are not only companies like Promethean that have a superior technology, but there also several manufacturers with projectors, boards and LCDs on the market today that have their own built-in interactive technologies. So I ask this simple question: who’s buying […]

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SMART Launches Freestorm

March 27, 2012

Yesterday, SMART Technologies launched a new product called Freestorm, which is basically a pre-configured system package that includes the new SMART Board 8055i interactive flat panel (a new large-format interactive display offering presence detection), SMART Meeting Pro 3.0 software with new SMART Ink and Bridgit 4.5 conferencing software. Each Freestorm system is designed to work […]

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SMART Technologies Enters Projector Market

January 12, 2012

Billed as the only interactive projector that includes SMART Notebook collaborative learning software, SMART’s new LightRaise 40wi is an ultra-short throw (0.30:1) DLP projector that offers native WXGA resolution (1280×800). It’s capable of projecting image sizes from 77″ to 100″, includes integrated 10-watt speakers, plus a microphone input, one HDMI input, two VGA inputs and […]

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AVI-SPL Hires Denise Kessler as Director of Business Development for Education

January 20, 2011

AVI-SPL has announced the addition of Denise Kessler as director of business development for the education market. Most recently Kessler was the Florida area manager with SMART Technologies and prior to that, held the role of territory account manager for InFocus for the Gulf region.  

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Will the iPad be a Game-Changer for K12?

August 9, 2010

By Neil Willis, RCDD On the evening of April 2nd, I sat in my hotel room highly anticipating the next morning. You see, not only was I on a family vacation at Disney, but the 3rd of April marked an even bigger event than Space Mountain itself. The Apple iPad was scheduled to be released, […]

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SMART Technologies Files for Proposed Initial Public Offering

SMART Technologies Buys NextWindow

June 10, 2010

Recently, SMART Technologies has announced they will acquire NextWindow — an interesting move since in April of 2009, SMART was filing a lawsuit against NextWindow to enforce its DViT (Digital Vision Touch) technology. Both companies use optical imaging touch technology, their target markets are different. NextWindow must have defended itself so well that SMART CEO […]

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