SMART Room System(TM) for Microsoft(R) Lync(R) Now Shipping Worldwide
October 8, 2013
Qualified by Microsoft as fully interoperable with Microsoft Lync Server 2013
Simplifies collaboration with seamless sharing of real-time video, voice and data
Businesses achieve better engagement, enhanced communication and increased productivity
Meetings with local and remote participants begin with a single touch
CALGARY, Alberta, Oct. 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The much-anticipated SMART Room System for Microsoft Lync has been qualified by Microsoft as fully interoperable with Microsoft Lync Server 2013 and is now shipping worldwide. SMART Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:SMT) (TSX:SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, is one of the first companies to globally ship an integrated hardware and software solution that supports Microsoft Lync in the meeting room. Lync is the popular software application that thousands of companies around the world already use on a daily basis for their communication requirements. The SMART Room System is fully integrated with innovative features, all developed with the goal of extending customers' Microsoft Lync investment into any collaboration space.
"We are delighted to see the SMART Room System for Microsoft Lync shipping," says Giovanni Mezgec, General Manager of Lync Product Marketing for Microsoft. "The SMART Room System combines SMART's outstanding visual collaboration solutions with Lync's industry-leading UC features, offering a collaboration solution that can help increase productivity, efficiency and organizational flexibility."
Even prior to the system being available, SMART documented hundreds of customer orders from businesses. The conferencing solution simplifies the collaboration experience for both virtual and face-to-face meeting participants and provides a seamless online experience through sharing of real-time video, voice and data. Businesses that have started using SMART Room System have benefited from its ease-of-use and found it led to better engagement, enhanced communication and increased productivity.
Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was presented with the opportunity to test the SMART Room System for Microsoft Lync prior to product launch to assist with product development. The university had previously deployed Microsoft Lync and was one of the largest user bases for enterprise voice, with close to 2,000 active users, making the SMART Room System an ideal fit for the university.
"One of the first benefits we experienced upon implementation was ease-of-use. With the SMART Room System, you can walk into the room, press one button and you're in the meeting," says Dan Smith, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Marquette University. "The system takes the technology barriers away and allows you to quickly get to the heart of the meeting."