Overlay fastens securely to LCD or plasma displays.

Press Release Summary:

Part of Actalyst(TM) interactive digital signage product line, overlay for 32 in. flat-panel displays creates touch-enabled interactive surface. DViT® technology in unit uses digital cameras to detect contact on screen. Overlay features scratch and chemical-resistant anti-glare surface, universal mounting brackets for portrait or landscape mode mounting, and driver software that provides touch control. It supports displays from NEC, Samsung, LG, Panasonic, and Toshiba.

Original Press Release:

SMART Expands Actalyst Interactive Digital Signage Solutions

Growing customer demand prompts new 32" interactive overlay
CALGARY, Alberta --- May 15, 2006 --- SMART Technologies Inc. announces the continued expansion of its Actalyst(TM) interactive digital signage product line to include an overlay for 32" (81 cm) flat-panel displays. The overlay fastens securely to LCD or plasma displays to create touch-enabled interactive surfaces. The new 32" overlay, the smallest of the Actalyst interactive overlays, gives purchasers another option when space for digital signage is limited. Actalyst interactive overlays now range in size from 32 to 65" (81 to 165 cm) diagonally and can be oriented in portrait or landscape mode. SMART supports most 32" digital displays, including those from NEC, Samsung, LG, Panasonic and Toshiba, with others to follow.

Actalyst interactive digital signage combines with a flat-panel display to provide an increasingly popular way for people to find information in public places. They simply walk up to the product and use a finger to navigate multimedia content to find what they need. The overlay is ideal for interactive information stations in retail stores, office buildings, real-estate developments, museums, hotels and shopping malls, where people often need information, but may not need human assistance.

"SMART added the 32" overlay in response to customer demand," says Nancy Knowlton, SMART's president and co-CEO. "The full line of Actalyst interactive overlays allows retailers, facility managers, exhibit designers and others to bring high-impact interactive digital signage to virtually any public place."


Touch system: SMART's DViT® (Digital Vision Touch) technology lets users manipulate the display's content simply by touching the surface of the overlay. DViT technology uses state-of-the-art digital cameras embedded in the overlay's frame to detect contact on the screen. Touch accuracy remains consistent across the entire screen area, and image quality is clear and crisp. DViT technology's durability, reliability and simplicity ensure maximum uptime for interactive stations.

Protective surface: The durable, touch-friendly, anti-glare, scratch and chemical-resistant surface protects displays without compromising image quality.

Mounting brackets: Actalyst interactive overlays feature a universal mounting bracket that fits in between the flat-panel display and the panel's specific mounting plate to allow mounting in a portrait or landscape mode.

Supported flat-panel displays: Actalyst interactive overlays are compatible with large-screen plasma and LCD display screens from more than 15 manufacturers. Sizes range from 32 to 65" (81 to 165 cm) diagonally. SMART supports most 32" digital displays, including those from NEC, Samsung, LG, Panasonic and Toshiba. For a complete list of displays supported, visit www.smarttech.com/actalyst/panels.

Software: The driver software provides touch control and is available for most Microsoft® Windows® and Apple Mac OS X operating systems and is compatible with content-development software.

Pricing and availability

The 32" Actalyst interactive overlay is available at the suggested list price of US$2,059. For more information, specifications or a list of authorized resellers, visit www.smarttech.com/actalyst or call 1.888.42.SMART.

SMART Technologies Inc. is both the industry pioneer and global education market leader in easy-to-use interactive whiteboards and other group collaboration tools. SMART products include the family of award-winning SMART Board(TM) 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 800 people, SMART is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with assembly facilities in Ottawa, 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 the company. SMART products are sold through dealers across North America and distributors worldwide. For more information, visit www.smarttech.com.

For more information, contact:
Geoffrey Green
Public Relations Specialist
SMART Technologies Inc.
1207 - 11 Avenue SW, Suite 300
Calgary, AB T3C 0M5
Phone +1.403.802.3337
Fax +1.403.228.2500

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