SMART Notebook(TM) Collaborative Learning Software Now Available With Epson
BrightLink(R) Interactive Projectors
Epson and SMART Partner to Deliver More Collaborative Learning in Classrooms
CALGARY, Alberta and LONG BEACH, Calif., Sept. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
Educators now have more options for delivering lessons with interactive
capabilities for effective learning. SMART Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:SMT)
(TSX:SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, and Epson, the
number-one selling projector brand worldwide^1, today announced an agreement
where SMART Notebook software, the world's leading collaborative learning
software, can now be licensed for use with Epson BrightLink interactive
projectors. The addition of SMART software to Epson interactive projectors
provides a potent combination for collaborative learning.
This is the first time that SMART has granted distribution rights for its
proprietary collaborative learning software to a third party hardware
manufacturer and is part of the company's software accessibility strategy.
"With our ongoing commitment to educational software, including developments
for both desktop and cloud-based options, we are enabling more effective
learning anywhere, anytime on any device both inside and outside the
classroom," says Greg Estell, President, Education for SMART Technologies.
"SMART's strategy is to make the world's most popular collaborative learning
software available to more schools, teachers and students around the world and
we are excited to be working with Epson, and its leading line of projectors,
as a step towards realizing this goal."
"This collaboration underscores Epson's commitment to delivering world-class
technology tools to teachers that will enhance and transform the education
process," said Keith Kratzberg, Senior Vice President, Epson America, Inc.
"The combination of SMART Notebook software and Epson BrightLink, the top
selling line of interactive projectors in the world^1, provides educators with
the flexibility to create high-impact lessons that bring learning to life."
Under this new arrangement, Epson will sell SMART Notebook software through
its reseller network, either when purchased with an Epson BrightLink
interactive projector or for existing BrightLink customers, allowing educators
to easily select the industry-leading collaborative learning software. Both
Epson and SMART will provide customer support for their respective products,
giving educators full confidence as they bring more interactivity into
classrooms and other learning spaces.
Shipments of Epson interactive projectors with SMART Notebook software
licenses will commence on Oct. 1, 2013 in North, Central and South America,
with other global regions expected by the end of the year. SMART Notebook
software licenses will be available for existing Epson customers through Epson
and SMART resellers. For additional information, visit
About SMART Notebook Software
Award-winning SMART Notebook software allows educators to bring relevant and
customizable content to their lessons, while its wide selection of intuitive
tools and features help to quickly and easily create and deliver lessons that
are engaging and impactful. Supported by the SMART Exchange™ website, teachers
can find resources, share lesson material and exchange tips and success
stories about using SMART products in the classroom. With over 65,000 digital
resources available in 23 languages, teachers have access to images, videos,
and pre-created SMART Notebook files and lesson activities correlated to
About Epson BrightLink Interactive Projectors
The award-winning Epson BrightLink line of short-throw and ultra short-throw
interactive projectors offers advanced connectivity options to project onto
any existing whiteboard, wall or other smooth, light-colored, hard surface.
BrightLink interactive projectors offer dual pen support and built-in
annotation technology that allows teachers and students to instantly interact
directly with a projected image from a variety of sources beyond the PC,
including tablets, smart phones, document cameras, Blu-ray players, VCRs, and
more. The cost-effective BrightLink models deliver a large interactive
learning area with variable image sizes from 53 to 116-inches diagonal (WXGA),
depending on model, and include HDMI connectivity.
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.
Epson is a global innovation leader whose product lineup ranges from inkjet
printers and printing systems, 3LCD projectors and industrial robots to
sensors and other microdevices. Dedicated to exceeding the vision of its
customers worldwide, Epson delivers customer value based on compact,
energy-saving, and high-precision technologies in markets spanning enterprise
and the home to commerce and industry.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more
than 68,000 employees in 96 companies around the world, and is proud of its
ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which
it operates. Epson America, Inc. based in Long Beach, Calif. is Epson's
regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more
about Epson, please visit: www.Epson.com.
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^1 Based upon Q2 2013 worldwide front projection market share estimates from
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CONTACT: Marina Geronazzo
SMART Technologies Inc.
Epson America, Inc.
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