SMART is Finalist for Two Innovations in Technology Product Awards

SMART recognized for exceptional contribution to electronic systems industry by NSCA and Sound and Video Contractor

CALGARY, Alberta - March 15, 2006 - SMART Technologies Inc. announces that Bridgit(TM) conferencing software 3.0 and Actalyst(TM) interactive digital signage have both been selected as finalists for the 2006 Innovations in Technology Product Awards, a program designed to recognize companies that demonstrate exceptional contributions to the electronic systems industry. The fourth annual event is presented by the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) and Sound and Video Contractor magazine. Bridgit conferencing software 3.0 is a finalist in the Business Productivity category, and Actalyst interactive digital signage is recognized in the Video/Display Technology category.

Finalists of the 2006 Innovations in Technology Product Awards will display and demonstrate their products at the 2006 NSCA Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will be recognized at the NSCA Membership Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on March 16, 2006. Category winners will be announced at the President's Reception on Friday evening, March 17, at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and acknowledged in Sound and Video Contractor magazine.

"The Innovations in Technology Product Awards identify how SMART's celebrated products meet high standards for quality, functionality and innovation," says Nancy Knowlton, president and co-CEO of SMART Technologies Inc. "Being named a finalist in two categories recognizes our commitment to excellence in innovation and product development."

About the Innovations in Technology Product Awards

For the fourth consecutive year, the Innovations in Technology Product Awards celebrate the primary drivers of the world's most innovative products. Three finalists in each category have been chosen by the NSCA nominations committee, which is made up of expert integrators, contractors, consultants and magazine editors.

NSCA Expo contractor, integrator and consultant attendees will vote to determine the category winners. The 2006 Innovations in Technology Product Awards include the following seven categories: Audio, Business Productivity, Control Systems, Convergence, Security/Fire/Life Safety, Video/Display Technology and Website.

About Bridgit conferencing software

Bridgit conferencing software helps users connect quickly and easily to share real-time data 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 seamlessly join a conference, simply by selecting from a list of active sessions. Participants can share desktop and webcam images, 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 interactive whiteboard, notes can be saved in Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint® applications, or directly to SMART Board software. For more information, visit

About Actalyst interactive digital signage

Actalyst interactive digital signage attaches easily and securely to virtually any large plasma or LCD panel and transforms it into an interactive display, retaining its original brightness and clarity. Users can simply touch the display surface to access and control any multimedia content, computer application, website, CD-ROM or DVD. Actalyst interactive digital signage is ideal for interactive information stations in retail stores, office buildings, real-estate developments, museums, hotels and shopping malls. Actalyst interactive digital signage includes proprietary technology developed by SMART that is protected by several issued patents. SMART offers interactive digital signage for 15 popular brands of flat-panel displays, in sizes ranging from 37" (94 cm) to 65" (165 cm). For more information, visit

For more information, contact
Shari-Lynn Sare
Public Relations Specialist
SMART Technologies Inc.
1207 11 Avenue SW, Suite 300
Calgary, AB T3C 0M5

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