SMART Leads education in interactive displays in US

SMART Technologies Leads the Education Sector in Interactive Flat Panel Displays in the United States

Data from Futuresource Consulting Ltd. Corresponds with Overall Momentum Towards IFP Adoption in the United States

CALGARY, Alberta – April 13, 2016 – SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, is the market leader in the education category for Interactive Flat Panel displays (IFPs) in the United States according to data from Futuresource Consulting Ltd., an independent global research company that has tracked interactive display shipments since 2002. Based on Futuresource data for IFP shipments into the United States in 2015, SMART holds 39 percent share in education – the highest share of any single IFP provider that is tracked by Futuresource.

SMART's market position as a leader in IFPs sold to the education sector in the United States coincides with internal company data that shows an increasing number of its education customers are upgrading from projector-based interactive whiteboards to IFPs. The migration to IFPs, which look like a flat-screen television and do not require a projector, is part of an increasing, nationwide trend. According to Futuresource, 11 percent of all interactive displays shipped into U.S. education in 2014 were interactive flat panels. That has more than tripled to 34 percent in 2015.

Educators from Georgia to Alaska are choosing SMART IFPs because they offer a premier user experience, allowing teachers and students to interact with content in ways that are natural to them. Available in a number of sizes, SMART IFPs represent a comprehensive range of touch-enabled, Ultra HD and HD LED displays to accommodate any collaborative learning space.

While more U.S. school districts are choosing IFPs, the U.S. actually remains behind some countries in Western Europe and Asia when it comes to adopting the latest technology. According to Futuresource, well over half of the interactive displays shipped into education globally in Q4 of calendar year 2015 were IFPs. And in the U.K., 86 percent of interactive display shipments into education in Q4 2015 were IFPs. Futuresource is forecasting the U.S. will catch up by 2020 when 88 percent of interactive displays shipped into U.S. education will be IFPs. This poses an enormous market opportunity as more education decision makers turn to IFPs thanks to software versatility and total cost of ownership overall.

Our interactive flat panels are designed with collaboration in mind. Easy and intuitive with walk-up-and-use features and SMART’s proprietary software suite bundled in, our IFPs empower natural collaboration. With the added factor of a lower total cost of ownership, SMART IFPs represent an ideal tool for today's educators

"Our interactive flat panels are designed with collaboration in mind," said Neil Gaydon, president and CEO SMART Technologies. "Easy and intuitive with walk-up-and-use features and SMART’s proprietary software suite bundled in, our IFPs empower natural collaboration. With the added factor of a lower total cost of ownership, SMART IFPs represent an ideal tool for today's educators," he said.

About SMART Technologies
SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT, TSX: SMA) is a world leader in simple and intuitive solutions that enable more natural collaboration. We are an innovator in interactive touch technologies and software that inspire collaboration in both education and enterprises around the globe. To learn more, visit smarttech.com.

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VP, Marketing
SMART Technologies
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JeffLowe@smarttech.com

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Posted: April 13, 2016
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