ATLANTA, Georgia–June 26, 2007–SMART Technologies Inc. announces the expansion of its authorized reseller network for the education market to include HP. Under the companies´ agreement, the HP sales team will offer the full SMART product portfolio, anchored by the market-leading SMART Board™ interactive whiteboard, to education customers in the United States. HP has long-standing relationships with K?12 districts and higher education institutions and considerable expertise to accelerate the adoption of SMART products in those districts and institutions. HP is among the world´s largest IT companies and the only major hardware manufacturer with which SMART is working to supply SMART products and services to education customers in the United States. The agreement is effective immediately.
The addition of HP to its reseller base is one of a number of initiatives SMART is undertaking to better meet the increasing customer demand for, and support of, complete classroom technology solutions. Other initiatives include SMART Classroom Solutions, the SMART Learning Marketplace and an increased investment in field sales, education consultants, services and training.
"The adoption of classroom technology is rapidly accelerating and our customers´ needs are evolving and diverse," says Nancy Knowlton, SMART´s CEO. "The addition of HP to our reseller base ensures that our customers can choose an authorized reseller that best meets their own particular needs, including product knowledge and advice, quality of service and training, or simplified administration of purchasing."
No changes will be made to SMART´s existing authorized reseller network in the United States in breadth, role or terms.
SMART Technologies Inc. is the industry pioneer and global education market segment leader in interactive whiteboards and other group collaboration tools. SMART products include the line of award-winning SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards, and the Senteo™ interactive response system, AirLiner™ wireless slate, Sympodium™ interactive pen display, Actalyst™ interactive overlay, Bridgit™ conferencing software and other software. The SMART Board interactive whiteboard is used to teach 15 million students in 500,000 classrooms in more than 100 countries around the world. To learn more about SMART and its products, visit www.education.smarttech.com or www.smarttech.com.
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 Kanata, 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 as a company and its products and programs, visit www.smarttech.com and www.education.smarttech.com.