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SMART announces Providea as a dealer for the United States

March 6, 2012 | Hogan Keyser
Smart_logo.jpgCompany to sell SMART products to business customers

ARLINGTON, VA --- March 6, 2012 ---
SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces that Providea Conferencing has been appointed an authorized SMART dealer for business in the United States. Providea specializes in visual collaboration and telepresence technology solutions, and with SMART business products, will be able to offer business customers complete audio-visual integration and conferencing solutions. Providea joins the more than 280 authorized SMART dealers across North America. For more information, visit smarttech.com/wheretobuy.

Established in 1999 and headquartered in Camarillo, California, Providea is a leading global provider of visual collaboration and telepresence technologies serving the legal, financial, entertainment, education, technology and healthcare segments and government agencies. The company offers a full suite of videoconferencing and telepresence solutions from industry leading vendors including Cisco(R), Polycom(R) and Lifesize(R). As a new dealer for SMART, Providea will be selling the entire range of SMART business solutions including the SMART Board(R) interactive whiteboard, the SMART Board interactive display, the SMART Podium(TM) interactive pen display and Bridgit(R) conferencing software. Providea's highly trained sales and support staff will ensure that customers receive strong support on all SMART business products. For more information on SMART business solutions, visit smarttech.com/business.

"Working with SMART Technologies adds a critical new dimension to our product offering as SMART products make collaboration a visual and interactive experience," says Jill Price, Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, Providea Conferencing. "By combining SMART solutions with videoconferencing or as a stand-alone product, we can help our customers bring dispersed teams and individuals together to share ideas and collaborate in real time, turning workplaces into interactive, engaging collaboration spaces where teamwork can truly thrive."

"SMART business solutions address many of the visual collaboration requirements of today's companies, and SMART is focused on working with experienced dealers to provide customers with the right tools to meet their needs," says Patric Nagel, Vice President, Americas, SMART Technologies. "Providea is an ideal addition to our network of dealers in North America with its expertise in real-time video collaboration and commitment to providing a high level of customer service."

About Providea Conferencing
Headquartered in Camarillo, CA, with offices nationwide and internationally in the United Kingdom, Providea Conferencing is a leading global provider of visual collaboration and telepresence technology solutions. End-to-end expertise encompasses video endpoints, infrastructure, multimedia, UC Integration and a strong portfolio of network and managed service offerings. Representing the top manufacturers and network carriers in the industry, including Cisco, Polycom, LifeSize, AT&T and Masergy, we are uniquely positioned in the videoconferencing and telepresence marketplace as a true single-vendor solution provider. Today, Providea brings videoconferencing solutions to thousands of customers spanning across a range of industries including financial, legal, technology, healthcare, entertainment, education and state and local government agencies.

About SMART
SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of collaboration solutions that transform the way the world works and learns. We believe that collaboration and interaction should be easy. As the global leader in interactive whiteboards, we bring more than two decades of collaboration research and development to a broad range of easy-to-use, integrated solutions that free people from their desks and computer screens, so collaborating and learning with digital resources are more natural.





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