CALGARY, Alberta — June 4, 2007— SMART Technologies Inc. announces the release of Bridgit™ conferencing software 3.2 for Microsoft® Windows® and Mac OS operating systems. The latest version adds improved Voice over IP (VoIP) to Web conferencing applications, chat features, support for more users and enhanced support for the Mac operating system. Bridgit conferencing software 3.2 allows users to connect instantly and share voice, video and data over the Internet in real time. Version 3.2 allows teachers and business professionals to connect through any Internet browser without having to install the software. Bridgit software continues to offer the benefits of easy, secure, cost-effective conferencing for corporate meetings and distance education, eliminating travel time and costs.
Version 3.2 has refined the VoIP audio quality that will provide further support for teachers and students or business associates who are separated by long distances. A new chat feature now allows all participants to communicate while in the Bridgit software Web conferencing session. Bridgit software 3.2 enables users to connect simultaneously, share desktop and webcam images, and write notes in digital ink for everyone to see. Corporate customers who occasionally use Bridgit software in meeting rooms find it easy to use. With the click of a mouse, they can connect with other parties around the world. Bridgit software is also invaluable in a long distance education environment because students and teachers can connect using their SMART Board™ interactive whiteboard and Sympodium™ interactive pen displays.
"Our school division is focused on creating powerful distance learning environments for our students. Bridgit software, used in conjunction with SMART Board interactive whiteboards, effectively enables our videoconference teachers and students to share ideas and manipulate data at a distance," says Bruce Miller, technology integration coordinator for Wolf Creek Public Schools. "Bridgit software is a powerful yet easy-to-use tool that improves the quality of synchronous instruction in our videoconference course delivery."
"Bridgit conferencing software provides an easy, secure and inexpensive way to communicate and share information around the world," says Nancy Knowlton, SMART´s CEO. "Version 3.2 gives customers improved VoIP and chat, providing them with additional functionality and an enhanced Web conferencing experience."
A free 30-day evaluation copy of Bridgit conferencing software 3.2 is available for download at www.smarttech.com/bridgit. The 30-day server evaluation provides conferencing services for up to five concurrent users.
Pricing and availability
Bridgit conferencing software 3.2 for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS operating systems is available on a subscription basis starting at US$29.99 per concurrent user, per month. VoIP service starts at US$34.99 per concurrent user per month. A Windows server license for five concurrent users can also be purchased for US$2,999. Additional concurrent users can be added starting at US$100 each. Version 3.2 can be downloaded at no cost to customers using versions 3.0 and 3.1. Bridgit software is available to purchase directly from SMART or an authorized reseller of SMART products. For more information, system requirements or a list of authorized resellers, visit http://www.smarttech.com/bridgit or call 1.888.42.SMART.
About Bridgit conferencing software
Bridgit conferencing software provides a quick, effective way for teachers, students and business professionals to share real-time data, audio and video over the Internet. The intuitive interface helps participants connect instantly through any Internet browser, without having to install software. They can text chat, share desktops and webcam images, communicate using VoIP, or write notes in digital ink for everyone to see. Bridgit software delivers industry-leading integration with all of SMART´s classroom and meeting products, including the SMART Board interactive whiteboard and the Sympodium interactive pen display. Bridgit software is available as a hosted service or for installation on an organization´s server. For more information, visit www.smarttech.com/bridgit.
SMART Technologies Inc. is both the industry pioneer and a global market leader in user-friendly interactive whiteboards and other group collaboration tools. SMART products include the award-winning family of SMART Board interactive whiteboards, an interactive response system, interactive pen displays, interactive digital signage, conferencing applications and software. SMART products are designed to meet the requirements of today´s corporate environment. With SMART´s versatile products, users are able to effectively display media-rich information, host and participate in audio and videoconferencing, share desktops remotely, collaborate, share data and efficiently train personnel. SMART products are used in more than 100 countries around the world and customers include NASA, Texas Instruments, BMW, Toyota Motors, DaimlerChrysler, Boeing, Lucent Technologies, the Los Angeles Lakers, Novartis, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Procter & Gamble, Disney Imagineering and Harvard University.
SMART is a private company founded in 1987. Employing more than 1,000 people, SMART is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with assembly facilities in Ontario, and offices in Bonn, Tokyo, Shanghai, New York City, Chicago and Washington, DC. SMART has been issued and maintains a broad portfolio of patents with numerous U.S., Canadian and other patents pending. In 1992, SMART formed a strategic alliance with Intel® Corporation that resulted in joint product development and marketing efforts, and Intel´s equity ownership in the company. SMART products are sold through dealers across North America and distributors worldwide. To learn more about SMART visit www.smarttech.com.