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Featuring VoIP support, Bridgit(TM) v3.0 for MicrosoftÂ® WindowsÂ® allows up to 4 participants to converse simultaneously over Internet using computer microphones. Other conference participants can request to speak at any time during conference, with no limit to number of listeners. Users can share desktops instantly and alternate desktop sharing. Participants can see anything on conference owner's desktop, such as spreadsheets, presentations, or websites.
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Bridgit Conferencing Software 3.0 adds VoIP
Easy-to-use conferencing solution now shares voice, video and data
CALGARY, Alberta --- January 31, 2005 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the release of Bridgit(TM) conferencing software 3.0 for Microsoft® Windows® operating system. The latest release adds Voice over IP (VoIP) to the Web conferencing application, which allows a user to share voice, video and data with others over the Internet. By using computer microphones, up to four participants can converse at the same time, eliminating the need for a telephone connection. Other conference participants can request to speak at any time during the conference, with no limit to the number of listeners.
The addition of VoIP to Bridgit software reduces costs by eliminating the need for an external audio bridge. Because there are no voice-bridge numbers or passwords to remember, joining a conference is simple and seamless. Version 3.0 gives the conference owner more control over audio, video and Web conferencing, making meetings more efficient. As well, the quality of the audio adapts to the available bandwidth. The compact, convenient toolbar and menu offer easy access to the software's most frequently used features, such as Share Desktop, Send Invite, pen tools and webcam access.
Bridgit software continues to offer the benefits of easy, cost-effective conferencing to businesses and educators who want to eliminate travel time and costs by having meetings, professional development sessions, conferences or briefings online. Businesses can use Bridgit software to maximize productivity and reduce costs by having access to a real-time service that enables desktop sharing, annotation and desktop video from anywhere in the world. Teachers can use Bridgit software to deliver distance education between schools and to students in remote locations. Bridgit software makes it easy for users to connect to a conference, even through common firewalls. It takes less than 20 seconds to start a Bridgit-software conference.
"Organizations are searching for affordable, flexible solutions to collaborate across distances, and SMART is committed to meeting that need with powerful, easy-to-use software," says Nancy Knowlton, SMART's president and co-CEO. "VoIP is a natural addition to Bridgit software that will increase savings and enhance the user experience for our customers."
Built-in VoIP - There is no need for a separate audio-conferencing bridge to hear all participants in the conference. Productivity is increased because users spend less time accessing the meeting and more time participating.
Multi-language version - Users can choose their preferred language interface. Ideal for multinational organizations, Bridgit software is available in 13 languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Korean, Portuguese, Norwegian, Swedish, Italian and Russian.
Desktop sharing - Users can share desktops instantly and alternate desktop sharing. Participants can see anything on the conference owner's desktop, such as spreadsheets, presentations or websites.
Multi-point webcam support - Up to four of the sites in the conference can display webcam images at the same time.
Users can download a free 30-day evaluation copy of Bridgit software 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 3.0 for the Microsoft® Windows® operating system is available on a subscription basis starting at US$29.99 per user, per month. The software can also be purchased and installed on a server for US$2,999, and accommodates five concurrent users. Additional concurrent users can be added for US$100 each. Current server software customers will have the option to buy a server upgrade to version 3.0 with VoIP for US$499. Bridgit software is available directly from SMART or from an authorized reseller of SMART products. For more information, system requirements or a list of authorized resellers, visit www.smarttech.com/bridgit or call 1.888.42.SMART.
About Brigit Conferencing Software
Bridgit conferencing software helps users connect quickly and easily to share real-time data, audio and video without making reservations, installing software or uploading presentation materials in advance. Bridgit software can be purchased and installed on an organization's server or subscribed to on a monthly basis for use on servers hosted by SMART. Once installed, any number of users with an Internet connection can download the free client software to join a conference simply by selecting from a list of active sessions. Participants can share desktop and webcam images, talk to each other using VoIP, take over applications on a participating user's computer or write notes in digital ink for everyone to see. When used on a SMART Board(TM) interactive whiteboard, Bridgit software can be used to save digital notes in Microsoft Word, Excel® or PowerPoint® applications, or directly to SMART Board software. For more information, visit www.smarttech.com/bridgit.
SMART Technologies Inc. is both the industry pioneer and global market leader in easy-to-use interactive whiteboards and other group collaboration tools. SMART products include the family of award-winning SMART Board interactive whiteboards, as well as interactive pen displays, interactive digital signage, wireless slates and software. 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 other U.S., Canadian and foreign 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 700 people, SMART is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with assembly facilities in Ottawa and Calgary, and offices in Bonn, Tokyo, New York City and Washington DC. 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 SMART. SMART products are sold through dealers across North America and distributors worldwide. For more information, visit www.smarttech.com.
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