Another Award for Revolutionary SMART kapp

  • Digital Capture Board Wins Best of Show at ISE 2015 – Europe's Largest AV show
  • SMART kapp now available in six additional European countries

CALGARY, Feb. 25, 2015 /CNW/ - SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:  SMT) (TSX: SMA) announces that its innovative SMART kapp digital capture board has won another prestigious award. At ISE 2015, SMART kapp was named Best of Show by Tech and Learning UK. Judges said "SMART kapp uses a blend of technologies to make it easier to share content with others. It is well designed and transforms presentations on a dry-erase board." ISE is Europe's largest professional AV and systems integration show with more than 1,000 exhibitors. The award is just the latest accolade for the revolutionary replacement of the dry-erase board. SMART kapp won two awards at InfoComm 2014 and industry analysts Frost & Sullivan honored SMART kapp with its 2014 New Product Innovation Award in the Interactive Whiteboard Market.

The accolades come as SMART kapp becomes available in several new markets. Already shipping in North America, the UK and Ireland, SMART kapp is also now shipping through select channel partners to six additional countries in Europe. The revolutionary digital capture board is available in France, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. SMART kapp works with standard dry-erase markers and allows users to collaborate, share and save work in real time, on any device, anywhere in the world. SMART kapp is offered in two sizes – the original 42" version that resembles the size of a traditional flip chart, and a larger 84" version that is similar to a standard meeting room size dry-erase board.

NH Hotels, one of the top hotel chains in Europe, has recently purchased SMART kapp. "At NH we are committed to delivering constant innovation in order to increase meeting productivity and team engagement," says Verónica González, Global Business Development Director, NH Hotels. "SMART kapp is already contributing – with a very positive impact on productivity. We plan to increase its use soon, to bring its benefits to our Meetings and Events customers."

SMART kapp is lightweight, easy to install, and a true plug-and-play solution. Customers simply secure the board to a wall or stand, plug in the power supply, and begin using SMART kapp immediately - no need for IT integration or internet connections. SMART kapp enables users to:

  • Share in real time by inviting remote participants to view content on smartphones, tablets and computers as it happens using any browser
  • Easily save anything written on the board in JPEG or PDF formats
  • Automatically save snapshots to shared accounts like Evernote®or Google Drive or OneDrive

"With SMART kapp we have created a brand new category which is gathering momentum as we accumulate awards and new channel partners and customers. Its simplicity of melding a dry-erase board with the benefits of today's standards for digitally capturing, saving and sharing information is profound," said Neil Gaydon, President and CEO, SMART Technologies. "Since launching SMART kapp in North America, our customers have been wowed by just how fun, easy and compelling this product truly is. We are honored by the award at ISE 2015 and delighted to extend SMART kapp's availability to Europe"

SMART kapp Premium Services are also now available in Europe as an upgrade within the kapp application for Android and iOS. Upgrading from the free SMART kapp application to the premium version allows users to extend the number of concurrent remote participants connected to a session to 250, offers additional security features, and allows for the creation of password-protected reusable links, which enables meeting hosts to readily provide a static URL for recurring or ad-hoc meetings. The range of board sizes mixed with the offerings within the mobile application make SMART kapp the ideal tool for collaboration, ideation and ad-hoc brainstorming in any space – from cubicles, huddle spaces or hallways to classrooms or even large conference rooms.

To learn more:

  • The SMART kapp app is available for download in the Apple App and Google Play stores.
  • To purchase a SMART kapp in France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, the UK and Ireland, please visit one of SMART's channel partners at the following websites:  www.smartkapp.com

Pricing & Availability

SMART kapp is available immediately in a 42" diagonal size with an MSRP of $899 in the US, €799 in Europe and £599 in the UK.

An 84" SMART kapp will ship later in 2015. Customers can now pre-order the SMART kapp 84 through select SMART resellers for a special promotional price of $999 in the US, €899 in Europe and £699 in the UK via a cash back offer. The regular MSRP for SMART kapp 84 is $1,199 in the US, €1,099 in Europe, and £849 in the UK.

Additionally, SMART kapp Premium Services are available within the SMART kapp app for $1.99 a month and $19.99 a year in the US, €1.99 a month including tax and €19.99 yearly including tax in France, Spain and Portugal. In Sweden the price is 19 SEK monthly including tax and 189 SEK yearly including tax. In Switzerland the price is 2 CHF monthly and 20 CHF yearly. In the UK the price is £1.49 monthly including tax and £14.99 yearly including tax.

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.

SMT – M

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SOURCE SMART Technologies Inc.

For further information: Media Contact: Robin Raulf-Sager, SMART Technologies, 1.403.407.7225, robinraulf-sager@smarttech.com

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