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SMART Forms New Custom Solutions Group

SMART?s core hardware and software to be tailored for custom applications (June 09, 2005)

SMART Technologies Inc. announces its new Custom Solutions group, a business unit that will use SMARTs research and development expertise to produce customized products to suit specific customer needs. A dedicated team of SMART engineers, designers and software developers will create nonstandard sizes of existing products as well as specialized surfaces and modified installation hardware upon customer request. They will also work with customers worldwide to develop new applications of SMARTs DViT (digital vision touch) technology.

SMART has delivered a number of customized projects, including the Georgia Institute of Technologys (Georgia Techs) 17' x 5' (5.2 m x 1.5 m) interactive whiteboard, which integrates SMARTs DViT technology with Georgia Techs application of virtual rear projection to make the large display touch sensitive. SMART also developed a unique touch podium for Queens University, which is an adapted SMART Board for Flat-Panel Displays interactive whiteboard that is attached to an adapted mechanical arm.

"We needed a very large, touch-sensitive display for our research on virtual rear projection, but could not find one that suited our requirements until we spoke to SMART," says Gregory Abowd, associate professor, College of Computing, Georgia Tech. "SMARTs engineers understood what we wanted and used the companys touch technology to create an interactive whiteboard that completely met our needs."

"SMARTs product line has been built upon innovations that address customer needs and by advancing our expertise in interactive technologies," says David Martin, SMART's chairman and co-CEO. "The creation of the Customs Solutions group formalizes our commitment to providing that expertise to applications across various industries and environments."

Contact information
For inquiries about custom solutions and services, please contact Wallace Kroeker, business development manager, at +1.403.228.8537 or [email protected].

SMART Technologies Inc. is both the industry pioneer and global market leader in easy-to-use interactive whiteboards and other group collaboration tools. SMART products include the family of award-winning SMART Board interactive whiteboards, as well as interactive pen displays, interactive digital signage, multimedia cabinets, wireless slates and software. Using SMART products, groups can access and share the information they need to meet, teach, train and present. SMART has been issued and maintains a broad portfolio of patents with numerous other U.S., Canadian and foreign patents pending. SMART customers include NASA, Texas Instruments, BMW, Toyota Motors, DaimlerChrysler, Boeing, Lucent Technologies, NTT, the Los Angeles Lakers, Novartis, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Accenture, Procter & Gamble, British Telecom, Disney Imagineering and Harvard University.

SMART is a private company founded in 1987. Employing more than 600 people, SMART is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with assembly facilities in Ottawa and Calgary, and offices in Bonn, Tokyo, New York City and Washington, D.C. In 1992, SMART formed a strategic alliance with Intel(R) Corporation that resulted in joint product development and marketing efforts, and Intel's equity ownership in SMART. SMART products are sold through dealers across North America and distributors worldwide.

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