New SMART business solutions enhance meeting experiences

Published March 9th, 2010 - 09:24 GMT
SMART Technologies has announced that it has recently launched in the Middle East its new SMART business solutions, comprising integrated hardware and software products developed specifically to provide customers with easy-to-use tools that improve collaboration in interactive meeting spaces. The new SMART business solutions line includes SMART Board interactive whiteboards, SMART Board interactive whiteboard systems and collaboration software, including SMART Meeting Pro 2.0 collaboration software and SMART Bridgit4.0 conferencing software.
The range of SMART Board interactive whiteboard models ships with SMART Meeting Pro. SMART Board interactive whiteboard systems include a SMART Board interactive whiteboard with integrated projector and either SMART Meeting Pro or a collaboration appliance. SMART business solutions provide easy and immediate access to data and applications, enabling meeting participants to review files, share information and save and distribute their work to all team members. The components of SMART business solutions integrate easily, so users can create a solution that truly meets their needs – whether they want to upgrade their meeting rooms from flipcharts and dry-erase whiteboards or connect people in several locations in real time.
Aaron Fright, Country Manager, Middle East, SMART Technologies, said: "The new SMART business solutions continue to unlock new possibilities in terms of collaboration for any corporate organisation. SMART Technologies is essentially making it possible to collaborate in a more intuitive and user-friendly manner, which will enhance learning, efficiency and productivity. The Middle East remains an important market for the SMART business solutions in view of increasing technology adoption and growing focus on knowledge-based business strategy in the region."
SMART Board interactive whiteboard systems include both widescreen (16:10) and standard (4:3) interactive whiteboards with integrated projectors. For meeting spaces that already have a dedicated computer, users can choose an interactive whiteboard system that includes SMART Meeting Pro. For meeting rooms without a dedicated computer, users can choose an interactive whiteboard system that includes a collaboration appliance, which enables users to create, share and distribute digital notes without the need for a computer.
Business users also have the option to choose a premium system that includes SMART Meeting Pro Premium collaboration platform (Microsoft® Windows® operating system only) and is configured for SMART Bridgit server software. SMART Bridgit conferencing software enables local and remote users to collaborate and share data on their SMART Board interactive whiteboards and laptops in real time, regardless of location. Notes and annotations can easily be captured and e-mailed to attendees, lowering printing costs and reducing environmental impact. Using SMART Bridgit conferencing software reduces travel requirements, lowers costs, increases productivity in meetings and enables people to collaborate more efficiently. SMART business upgrade kits will be available to existing users of the SMART Board 680 and SMART Board 685 interactive whiteboard systems in March and include a fixed wall mount, USB speakers and either SMART Meeting Pro or a collaboration appliance.
”Online collaboration in the business world is very PC-centric and, as a result, knowledge workers have been somewhat constrained by the keyboard-and-mouse-only model,” said Alan Greenberg, senior analyst and partner at Wainhouse Research. “Changes in technology are enabling new, more natural and open ways for business people to collaborate, brainstorm and do better work in group settings – SMART Technologies is continuing to respond to the needs of the market with this announcement.”
“In today’s complex business environment, organisations require easy-to-use, integrated tools that facilitate collaboration and help teams make the most of their meeting time,” said Nancy Knowlton, SMART’s CEO. “The new SMART business solutions will enable organisations to create more engaging meeting spaces, increase productivity and make information sharing simple and efficient.”

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