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SMART Technologies Begins Shipping Revolutionary SMART kapp™ Through Applied Electronics

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Mississauga, Ontario – November 17, 2014 – As a SMART kapp Select Partner in Canada, Applied Electronics Limited, a leading Canadian solutions designer, supplier and integrator of professional audio visual, broadcast and data management technology, today announces with SMART Technologies Inc. that the innovative SMART kapp™ digital capture board is now shipping. A remarkable transformation from the dull, outdated dry-erase board or flip chart, SMART kapp combines true ease of use with the ability to share and save work in real time, on any device, anywhere in the world.  The many customers who already placed pre-orders after its award-winning debut at InfoComm will be among the first to receive SMART kapp.

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“The SMART kapp brings collaboration and productivity to a whole new level, and we are very pleased to deliver this innovative product into the hands of our excited customers,” says Mike Dalton, Vice President of the Audio Visual Systems Division at Applied Electronics. “The SMART kapp enables fast, effective and secure collaboration between remote teams. It is intuitively simple and easy to use – from set-up to operation, to information dissemination across all digital communication platforms – it removes the distance, time and functional constraints of collaboration. And at its economical price point, we are delighted to have SMART kapp in our portfolio of Unified Communications and Collaboration solutions to meet the diverse requirements of any collaborating team.”

Recently industry analysts Frost & Sullivan honored SMART kapp with its 2014 New Product Innovation Award in the Interactive Whiteboard Market. “True innovation is when a company creates something it immediately sees a need for, and then develops a solution to meet that need,” said Rob Arnold, Program Manager, Unified Communications and Collaboration at Frost & Sullivan. “SMART Technologies has demonstrated its vision to improve upon a much loved collaboration tool and reinvent it for the modern day. A practical human approach and an in-depth understanding of the needs of everyday collaboration have enabled SMART Technologies to maintain its pioneering and market-leading status in the collaboration market.”

Patrick Neeman, Director of Product Design at Apptio, and his user-interface team have been using SMART kapp, in their collaborative workspace. “The ability to take the ideas you sketched and share them is really powerful. People have a lot of trouble visualizing an idea unless somebody sketches it for them; they have to see it before they know that it’s right,” Neeman said. “SMART kapp will be really, really good for that, because not only will you have your idea on the board, but you can take it away, go back to your desk and say ‘this is what we mean.’”

SMART kapp is lightweight, easy to install, and a true plug-and-play solution.  Users simply hang up their board and can use SMART kapp immediately - no need for IT integration, internet connections.

SMART kapp enables users to:

  • Use real-time sharing by inviting remote participants to view content on smartphones, tablets and computers as it happens using any browser
  • Easily save and share anything written on the board in JPEG or PDF formats
  • Automatically share snapshots to shared accounts like Evernote™®or Google Drive™ or OneDrive™
  • Write and erase on the sleek surface without ever staining it

“When I arrived at SMART in October of 2012, I saw the need for a new piece of collaboration technology that would be as simple to use as a dry-erase board but with the benefit of digitally capturing, saving and sharing information,” said Neil Gaydon, President and CEO, SMART Technologies. “We’ve achieved those goals and more with SMART kapp.”

SMART kapp builds on over a decade of SMART’s research and innovation in proprietary DViT® optical touch systems and digital ink technology. This includes 16 issued U.S. Patents relating to kapp technology in a portfolio of families with 57 issued patents in 12 countries worldwide and more than 10 patent applications pending. Recently, SMART has filed patent applications relating both to kapp’s system and operation, as well as the products’ design.  We continue to document and protect key innovations in kapp’s ongoing development.

Pricing & Availability
SMART kapp is available immediately in a 42” diagonal size priced at CAD $955 MSRP. A larger size board will be available in 2015.

  • Learn More about on the SMART kapp™ Digital Capture Board and see specs, more photos and videos of SMART kapp in action.
  • Get a Quote or Order Now from Applied Electronics.

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About Applied Electronics:

Applied Electronics Limited is Canada’s leading solutions designer, supplier and integrator of professional broadcast, audio visual and data management technology. Providing specialized services including technical consultation, sales, system design, installation, programming, and after-sale support, Applied Electronics has the resources and expertise to support projects of any scale. Founded in 1958, Applied Electronics maintains strong relationships with industry leading technology manufacturers and has extensive experience and innovative solutions to improve workflows, communication and collaboration for companies with media integration requirements. Applied Electronics is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario with regional operations in Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver. For more information, visit www.appliedappliedelectronics.com/smart-kapp.

About SMART Technologies:

SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT, TSX: SMA) is a world leader in collaboration solutions that are redefining the way the world works and learns. We are an innovator in interactive touch technologies and software that inspire collaboration in both education and enterprises around the globe. To learn more, visit smarttech.com.

Media Contacts:

Robin Raulf-Sager
SMART Technologies
1.403.407.7225
robinraulf-sager@smarttech.com

Lily Costa
Applied Electronics Limited
lcosta@appliedelectronics.com
 

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