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Award-winning Epson Interactive Projectors now with SMART Notebook in Australia and New Zealand

April 2016


EB-575Wi, EB-575Wie, EB-585Wi, EB-595Wi and EB-595Wie models

SYDNEY, 1 April 2016 – In a move that now makes it easier than ever for educators to obtain the world's leading collaborative learning software along with market leading collaborative displays Epson, the number-one projector manufacturer in the world1, and SMART Technologies Inc., a leading global provider of collaboration solutions, have announced that SMART Notebook® collaborative learning software will now automatically be bundled with Epson's award-winning interactive projectors in Australia and New Zealand as standard.



General Manager, Business Division, Epson Australia Craig Heckenberg said, "The addition of SMART Notebook software to Epson interactive projectors provides an excellent combination for collaborative learning as SMART Notebook allows educators to easily create engaging, interactive learning in a way that's natural to both teachers and students. This in turn helps teachers drive better, more effective learning outcomes and now they can do so on any Epson Education Interactive Projector."

The models that now come with the SMART Notebook software include the EB-575Wi, EB-575Wie, EB-585Wi, EB-595Wi and EB-595Wie models with both Windows (Windows XP SP3, Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8) and OS X (OS X, OS X 10.7 and OS X 10.8) compatible with SMART Notebook. Windows Vista and OS X 10.6 and earlier are not supported.

Building upon the already established software relationship between the two companies that has enabled Epson to sell SMART Notebook software along with its interactive projectors in Australia and New Zealand since May 2015, the new agreement allows Epson to bundle SMART Notebook software, including a SMART Notebook Advantage subscription during the first year, with Epson interactive projectors as a standard offering on a worldwide basis. The SMART Notebook Advantage subscription lets customers upgrade to new versions of Notebook software in that first year, as well as access technical support and unlock premium features within Notebook.

This combination allows educators around the world to use the number-one selling interactive projector1 with collaborative learning software to create visually compelling, engaging and interactive learning experiences. Epson's complete interactive projector line is tested and fully authorised by SMART for use with SMART Notebook software, and SMART Notebook fully supports Epson interactive features such as dual pen and finger-touch. Both Epson and SMART will provide customer support and training for their respective products, giving educators full confidence as they bring more collaboration into classrooms and other learning spaces.

Availability
Epson's Education Interactive projectors with SMART Notebook software entitlements will begin shipping in Australia and New Zealand from April 2016.

About Epson Interactive Projectors
The award-winning Epson Interactive line of short-throw and ultra short-throw interactive projectors offers advanced connectivity options to project onto any existing whiteboard, wall or other smooth, light-coloured, hard surface. Epson interactive projectors offer dual pen support and PC-free annotation with a range of devices including document cameras, DVD and Blu-ray players as well as tablets and mobile devices, or no source at all. The cost-effective Epson Interactive models deliver a large interactive learning area with variable image sizes and include HDMI connectivity. Epson projectors offer 3x higher colour brightness than leading competitive projectors2. Epson Interactive projectors utilise 3LCD, 3-chip technology for brilliant images with vivid colour.

For more information, visit www.epson.com.au/products/interactive/

About SMART Notebook
SMART's award-winning Notebook software allows educators to bring relevant and customisable content to their lessons, while its wide selection of intuitive tools and features help to quickly and easily create and deliver lessons that are engaging and impactful. The included one year SMART Notebook Advantage subscription lets you unlock premium features and upgrade to new versions of SMART Notebook software, and access live technical support. Supported by the SMART Exchange™ website, teachers can find resources, share lesson material and exchange tips and success stories about using SMART products in the classroom. With more than 65,000 digital resources available in 23 languages, teachers have access to images, videos, and pre-created SMART Notebook files and lesson activities correlated to curriculum standards.

About SMART
SMART Technologies is a world leader in simple and intuitive solutions that enable more natural collaboration and an innovator in interactive touch technologies and software that inspire collaboration in both education and businesses around the globe. To learn more, visit www.smarttech.com.



Picture Credit
Epson EB-595Wi interactive projector


Notes
1 Based on largest unit share of the market for 500-lumen and higher projectors. (Source: Futuresource Consulting Limited, 2001-2015)
2 Colour brightness (colour light output) measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4. Colour brightness will vary depending on usage conditions. The projectors used by a third-party lab for measuring colour brightness were leading Epson 3LCD business and education projectors and leading 1-chip DLP projectors, based on NPD sales data for June 2013 through May 2014 and PMA Research sales data for Q1 through Q3 2013.

Note: Colour brightness (colour light output) measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4. Colour brightness will vary depending on usage conditions. The projectors used by a third-party lab for measuring colour brightness were leading Epson 3LCD business and education projectors and leading 1-chip DLP projectors, based on NPD sales data for June 2013 through May 2014 and PMA Research sales data for Q1 through Q3 2013.

About Epson and Epson Australia
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, smart glasses, sensing systems and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises nearly 72,000 employees in 93 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.
http://global.epson.com/

Epson Australia offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the commercial, industrial, consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets, and is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) solutions for the retail market. Epson is the market leader in Australia and worldwide in sales of projectors for the home, office and education. Established in 1983 Epson Australia is headquartered in North Ryde NSW and is a subsidiary of the Epson Group headquartered in Japan.
www.epson.com.au

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