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Photo Release -- SMART Transforms Collaboration With New Solutions For Enterprise

CALGARY, Alberta, June 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SMART Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:SMT) (TSX:SMA), a leading provider of visual collaboration solutions, announces new SMART Board interactive flat panels and collaboration software that allow teams to experience a way of working together like never before. The products include

  • The introduction of the SMART Board ® 8084i interactive flat panel display
  • The next generation SMART Board 8070i interactive flat panel
  • An updated version of SMART Meeting Pro™ 4.0 software
  • The new SMART Meeting Pro PE (Personal Edition) software
SMART Transforms Visual Collaboration with New Solutions
SMART Technologies offers larger displays, better resolution, Unbound Workspace and personal software

These new hardware and software releases enable customers to collaborate more effectively and freely with larger displays, a new Unbound Workspace and software that enables teams to collaborate beyond meeting rooms on their personal devices.

A photo accompanying this release is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=19330

"SMART is committed to providing enterprise customers with software and hardware that enhances collaboration in ways that inspire innovation, increase productivity and enable faster, more informed decisions," says Scott Brown, President, Enterprise, SMART Technologies. "The enhancements we have made to our interactive display line, along with new and upgraded software releases, heighten the ability for local and remote teams to interact with digital content in rich and engaging ways whenever and wherever they need to."

New Products

SMART Board 8084i and 8070i interactive flat panels – The new SMART Board 8084i interactive flat panel makes the largest addition to SMART's line of interactive flat panel displays. With an 84" (213.36 cm) 4K ultra HD resolution, the SMART Board 8084i offers the richest visual experience for interacting with digital content. With more space and higher resolution, teams can now collaborate effectively with content that has high information density such as engineering designs, maps and graphics. SMART is also introducing the next generation SMART Board 8070i with upgraded features, including anti-glare glass and presence detection, to offer a more natural user experience. All SMART Board interactive displays now deliver a consistent experience suitable for any room environment. Each display offers enhanced multitouch and freestyle multiuser interaction and support touch gestures and object awareness, allowing two people to select, move or write over objects simultaneously with both fingers and pens.

SMART Meeting Pro 4.0 software – The new version of SMART Meeting Pro software introduces an innovative approach to working in whitespace and capturing content. Traditional whiteboard interfaces have boundaries that constrain problem solving, workflow and idea generation. With the new Unbound Workspace, users never run out of display area as they navigate and work in any direction, endlessly. Participants can pan across content or zoom to see various levels of information detail. With the Unbound Workspace, users can break into subgroups and work on multiple displays, each having their own view of the shared file. This supports the way teams work cross-functionally to solve large, complex problems.

SMART Meeting Pro PE (Personal Edition) – SMART Meeting Pro PE enables users to collaborate on their personal devices beyond the meeting room. Available on Microsoft ® Windows ® and Mac ® operating systems, Meeting Pro PE lets users manage their content before and after a meeting to ensure the full meeting workflow is supported. It is also integrated with SMART Bridgit ® conferencing software, so remote participants can easily contribute and collaborate with their teams regardless of their location.

Availability

The SMART Board 8070i will begin shipping in July 2013 and the SMART Board 8084i interactive flat panel will begin shipping in August 2013. A SMART Meeting Pro software license will be included with the purchase of any SMART Board interactive display after June 20, 2013. The new version of SMART Meeting Pro software will also be available for download on June 20 as a free upgrade for existing customers who hold a valid maintenance contract. SMART Meeting Pro PE software is available for purchase as a group of 10 licenses. Volume pricing is available. For purchasing information, specifications and a list of authorized SMART resellers, visit smarttech.com.

About SMART Technologies

SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of technology solutions that enable inspired collaboration in schools and workplaces around the world by turning group work into a highly interactive, engaging and productive experience. SMART delivers integrated solutions of hardware, software and services designed for superior performance and ease of use, and remains a world leader in interactive displays.

Reader's advisory

Certain information contained in this press release may constitute forward-looking information or statements. By their very nature, forward-looking information and statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and risks that predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking information and statements will not be achieved. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on these statements as a number of important factors could cause the actual results to vary materially from the forward-looking information or statements. We do not assume responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the forward-looking information or statements. Any forward-looking information and statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

© 2013 SMART Technologies. SMART Board, SMART Meeting Pro, SMART Ink, smarttech and the SMART logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of SMART Technologies in the U.S. and other countries. All other third-party company names and products are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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