SMART Notebook(TM) Collaborative Learning Software Now Available with Epson
BrightLink(R) Interactive Projectors
Epson and SMART Partner to Deliver More Collaborative Learning in
CALGARY, ALVERTA and MARKHAM, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 09/25/13 --
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
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 www.epson.ca/education.
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(TM) 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 curriculum standards.
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-coloured, 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
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
Canada, please visit: www.epson.ca.
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(1) Based upon Q2 2013 worldwide front projection market share
estimates from PMA Research.
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