SMART Technologies Announces Leading Hardware and Software Lineup for China Market

Strategic agreements with value-added partners will help advance innovation and better outcomes in education and business

CALGARY, Alberta and BEIJING - July 26, 2018 - SMART Technologies, the world leader in classroom technology, today announced  a new product portfolio and strategic cooperative partnerships for the Chinese market.  SMART products are used in over 3 million classrooms around the world, and are already in  70 schools in China.  The investment in the Chinese market will support SMART’s vision to help students and teachers around the world achieve better learning outcomes.

SMART Technologies is the Education Technology brand of the Foxconn Group. Since its acquisition by Foxconn in 2016, SMART has remained committed to its  focus of delivering the highest quality education hardware and software. Foxconn has remained committed to SMART, helping to optimize the supply chain to efficiently distribute its solutions and support SMART’s continued investment in software.

“SMART carries our important mission to support the development of China's smart education industry,” Foxconn Jacob Chen, Executive Vice President of Foxconn Group, said. “Foxconn believes that SMART's leadership in the global education market, with more than 30 years of innovation and rich experience in software and hardware development will actively promote the manufacture of future educational technologies in China and promote new concepts and practices."

Greg Estell, CEO of SMART Technologies, is confident in the brand's entry into the Chinese market. “Over the years, SMART has worked to change the way knowledge is shared, transforming how people learn and work. We are very excited to bring the orld's leading interactive solutions to China together with our partners."

Education market products released at this week’s launch include the MX100 and 200 series interactive displays. The SMART Board® MX100 offers great value and features all the essential tools educators need to bring the devices students love into any learning environment, including a digital whiteboard and web browser. The MX200 series adds SMART's exclusive iQ embedded computing capabilities, joining together a digital whiteboard, browser and wireless screen sharing.

In the Business vertical, the SMART Board® MX100 Pro and 7000 Pro series with SMART Meeting Pro® software bring unlimited collaboration to the office.  Meeting Pro collaboration software allows colleagues to create and capture ideas in the virtually unlimited unbound workspace and make notes over any available application to keep meetings organized, while the embedded computer on the 7000 Pro series adds one-touch access to SMART software applications and collaboration tools. It includes a whiteboard, web browser, and wireless screen sharing from any Android™ (Google Cast), iOS® (AirPlay) and Windows® (Miracast) device – without plugging in hardware or installing apps.

In addition to the introduction of the new product portfolio for the Chinese market, SMART is signing strategic cooperative agreements with value-added partners JD.Com, Bonio PaGamO, Beijing Daheng Technology, and Shenzhen Eternal Asia. The agreements cover both the education and business market segments.

  • JD.Com, Chinese e-commerce giant, provides cloud services and technology enablement through JD Cloud, JD.Com’s leading cloud computing technology and complete service platform. SMART Technologies’ solutions portfolio when combined with the JD Cloud educational platform resources would reach deep into the Chinese education market and provide resource sharing and complementary advantages to both organizations in achieving the joint goal of creating a new type of “smart classroom”.
  • Bonio PaGamO is an online education platform under the Foxconn Group based on gamification. Gamification is a method of imparting knowledge to students in the form of games. SMART intends to combine this platform with existing educational software to engage students and achieve improved academic outcomes.
  • As the distributor for SMART in the education channel, Beijing Daheng has long been committed to bringing SMART's vision and learning solutions to Chinese users, while also providing local market feedback to SMART, contributing to continuous improvement in product development. With the continued partnership of Beijing Daheng, SMART education solutions are made widely available to the Chinese market to help improve learning outcomes.
  • Shenzhen Eternal Asia has extensive experience in distribution network and supply chain management. The cooperation between the two organizations will focus on the theme of “new office space” to promote collaborative conference options for enterprise users.

About SMART Technologies

SMART is a world leader in classroom technology, providing interactive solutions to help every student and teacher discover and develop the greatness within them. A consistent innovator for more than 25 years, SMART is the inventor of the SMART Board® and the developer of SMART Notebook® , the world’s most popular collaborative learning software, and part of the SMART Learning Suite. With their full range of interconnected displays, software, and accessories, used in more than 3 million classrooms, SMART helps students and teachers around the world achieve better learning outcomes. To learn more, visit smarttech.com.

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Posted: July 30, 2018
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