New collaboration platforms enable real-time global information sharing
CALGARY, Alberta --- May 21, 2008 --- SMART Technologies announces three new product platforms specifically targeted at corporate users who view collaboration as a business imperative – SMART Meeting Pro, SMART Hub SE and SMART Hub PE. The three products combine with single or multiple SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards and SMART Board interactive displays to create connected meeting rooms where dispersed staff can instantly set up a data conference, write in digital ink over any application and save their work, share desktops and notes, and participate as if they were in the same room. SMART corporate solutions deliver the power to redefine the way people communicate and work in today’s global economy.
Each platform is designed to work seamlessly with any SMART Board interactive whiteboard or display and other common meeting room components such as document cameras, VCRs and computers, allowing teams to instantly share information and desktops, brainstorm ideas, and save their notes. The platforms leverage integrated data conferencing to enable fast and simple connections and a more collaborative environment than traditional data conferencing. The breakthrough technology provides a robust level of interactivity in a single- or multi-display room where everyone can easily participate, regardless of location.
"In today’s complex business environment, organizations face both challenges and opportunities that can be addressed through more effective collaboration,” says Nancy Knowlton, SMART’s CEO. “Our corporate solutions enable distributed teams to be on the same page instantly, opening new possibilities to speed decisions, reduce costs, improve effectiveness and enhance creativity through collaboration."
SMART collaboration platforms
SMART Meeting Pro – SMART Meeting Pro software adds advanced whiteboarding and data conferencing to meeting rooms with a dedicated computer and one or more SMART Board interactive whiteboards or displays. The software can connect multiple displays and laptops in the same room or around the world, enabling meeting participants to share ideas and information. With SMART Meeting Pro, teams can display documents and images, and notes can be made on any display in digital ink, then saved to a network drive, the desktop or a USB key and distributed via e-mail. SMART Meeting Pro is available May 21, 2008, at a suggested list price of US$5,999.
SMART Hub SE – SMART Hub SE is a collaboration appliance that provides basic whiteboarding and data conferencing without a PC. Combined with a SMART Board interactive whiteboard or display, SMART Hub SE enables meeting participants to write over any application, including video, and save their notes. From the Hub SE menu, meeting participants can quickly start a whiteboarding session with colleagues in the same room or remotely and share their laptop content, allowing everyone to work together as if they were in the same room. SMART Hub SE will begin shipping June 26, 2008, at a suggested price of US$3,999.
SMART Hub PE –SMART Hub PE combines the stability and consistent user experience of a collaboration appliance with the power of SMART Meeting Pro software. Designed to support single and multiple interactive displays in the same room and/or over distance, it features advanced whiteboarding, integrated data conferencing and a wireless laptop connection, making distance collaboration and information sharing easy for globally distributed project teams. Highly intuitive, Hub PE enables meeting participants to write over files on a single interactive display or simultaneously with team members on multiple displays. At the end of a meeting, notes can be saved to a network drive, the desktop or a USB key and distributed via e-mail. SMART Hub PE will begin shipping on July 10, 2008, at a suggested price of US$7,999.
SMART Technologies supplies ICT products that are suitable for interactive display applications and facilitate a more interactive, collaborative environment. 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 U.S., Canadian and other 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 1,100 people, SMART is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with assembly facilities in Ottawa, Ontario and offices in Bonn, Paris, Tokyo, Shanghai, New York City, Chicago and Washington, DC. In 1992, SMART formed a strategic alliance with Intel® Corporation that resulted in Intel’s equity ownership in the company. SMART products are sold through dealers across North America and distributors worldwide. For more information, visit www.smarttech.com/corp.