Photo Release -- Introducing the SMART Room System(TM) for Microsoft(R) Lync(R)

Photo Release -- Introducing the SMART Room System(TM) for Microsoft(R)

New Solution Brings Microsoft Lync Into Meeting Rooms Providing Seamless
Voice, Video and Data Collaboration

ORLANDO, Fla., March 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SMART Technologies Inc.
(Nasdaq:SMT) (TSX:SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions,
announces the SMART Room System for Microsoft Lync unveiled today at
Enterprise Connect. SMART worked directly with Microsoft to develop the
turnkey solution for meeting rooms that simplifies the collaboration
experience for both virtual and face-to-face participants and provides
seamless online collaboration through sharing of real-time video, voice and

SMART Room System for Microsoft Lync
  SMART Room System for Microsoft Lync

A photo accompanying this release is available at

The solution was previewed on the keynote stage at the Microsoft Lync
conference in San Diego on February 19, 2013 and emphasized the Lync
experience that is created through SMART's unique interactive technology
components. The comprehensive SMART Room System includes one or more SMART
Board^® interactive displays, an ultra wide-angle, high definition camera
offering 109-degree field of view, customized speakers and microphones along
with an extra-large room control console with an 11.6" (29.5 cm) display. Each
component has been specifically designed and manufactured by SMART for
seamless integration ensuring a consistently rich meeting experience that
enables productive, dynamic collaboration for all participants.

Exclusive benefits of the SMART Room System for Microsoft Lync

  *An ultra-wide-angle, high definition camera with a 109° field of view
    enables remote participants to see the entire room without the need for
    pan/tilt/zoom functionality. Created by SMART, the camera offers the
    widest field of view of any high definition video conferencing camera.
  *SMART's echo-cancelling microphone and speakers provide crystal-clear 3D
    audio. Up to four SMART microphones can be daisy-chained together to
    support a wide variety of meeting room size and configurations.
  *A custom-designed codec is housed within the display enabling native
    connectivity to Microsoft Lync. Simply install and configure the SMART
    Room System and connect to Microsoft Lync. No additional hardware or
    software required.
  *An optional customized wall stand and cable routing system simplifies
    installation and eliminates the need for wall reinforcement.
  *The largest interactive display option – 84" (213.36cm) – ideal for
    viewing highly detailed content and provides an unparalleled collaboration
  *With the largest array of interactive display options – 1 x 70" (177.8
    cm), 1 x 84" (213.36cm) or 2 x 70" (178.6 cm) – the SMART Room System
    accommodates room sizes ranging from 100 ft^2 to 300 ft^2 for 2 to 16
  *SMART has optimized the desktop control module with an extra-large 11.6"
    (29.5cm) screen that provides users the ability to easily control meeting
    content and perform actions such as changing the screen layout, displaying
    data and visuals and emailing notes at the end of the session. Specialized
    cabling optimizes touch performance and provides a faster response time.

Microsoft's internal studies have indicated that it takes on average of 8 to
12 minutes to begin a meeting using technology, but with the SMART Room System
for Microsoft Lync the start-up time for an active session with full access to
audio, video and presentation data is reduced to a single click ensuring
optimal use of meeting time. SMART's industry-leading interactive displays
feature specialized glass treatment for a smooth touch experience with no
drag. The displays also offer integrated ink controls for color selection and
proximity detection, an innovative feature enabled by sensors that
automatically detect user movements to turn the display on when you enter the
room and power off when not in use.

SMART Board interactive displays utilize SMART's proprietary touch and camera
technology, which enables participants to switch seamlessly between writing
with a pen and erasing with the palm of their hand. Collaboration is intuitive
and the system makes it easy to capture and email meeting notes to all
participants as soon as the session has ended. For more information on the
SMART Room System for Microsoft Lync, visit

For more information, watch this video and view these imagesof the SMART Room
System for Microsoft Lync.

"The SMART Room System combines SMART's industry-leading visual collaboration
solutions with Microsoft Lync, to provide customers the advantage and choice
that meets their specialized communication and collaboration needs to help
increase productivity, efficiency and organizational flexibility," says
Giovanni Mezgec, General Manager for Lync Product Marketing at Microsoft.

"SMART is committed to working with innovative companies to meet the needs of
business customers and ensure meetings are intuitive, productive and
collaborative," says Patrick Lelorieux, President, Enterprise, SMART
Technologies. "The SMART Room System for Microsoft Lync enables customers to
participate in active, collaborative work sessions from almost anywhere – and
this is what businesses around the world are looking for."

Pricing and availability

The SMART Room System for Microsoft Lync is expected to begin shipping
globally in summer 2013 and will be available in three sizes. Each system
includes one or more SMART Board interactive displays, and custom-designed,
integrated components comprised of a codec, camera, speakers, a room control
console and a microphone. In the United States, the suggested list prices are:
US$19,999 for the small version, US$24,999 for the medium version and
US$29,999 for the large version. Prices outside the United States vary by
country and may include applicable taxes, duties and import costs. For
purchasing information, specifications and a list of authorized SMART
resellers, visit

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.

The SMART Technologies logo is available at

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CONTACT: Marina Geronazzo
         Senior Public Relations Manager
         SMART Technologies Inc.

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