Smart Technologies

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Smart Technologies Corporation
IndustryComputer technology
Computer software
Founded1987; 32 years ago (1987)
FounderDavid Martin
Nancy Knowlton
HeadquartersCalgary, Alberta, Canada
Area served
Key people
Dr. Jacob Chen (Chairman), Greg Estell (CEO)
ProductsInteractive whiteboards
RevenueUS$492.9 million (FY2015)
US$24.1 million (FY2015)[1]
Number of employees
ParentFoxconn (2016–present)

Smart Technologies Corporation is a Canadian company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Founded in 1987, Smart Technologies is best known as the developer of interactive whiteboards branded as "Smart Boards".[2]


Smart Technologies introduced its interactive whiteboard, branded Smart Board, in 1991.[3][4] In 2003, Smart developed and later patented DViT (Digital Vision Touch) technology.[5]

In 2009, Smart filed a patent infringement lawsuit against New Zealand-based NextWindow[6] before acquiring the company outright in 2010.[7]

On July 15, 2010 Smart Technologies placed an initial public offering on the NASDAQ stock exchange and Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), raising upwards of $660 million.[8][9] Later that year, several class action complaints were filed against SMART in the U.S. District Courts in New York and Illinois.[10][11] Filed on behalf of the purchasers of the Class A Subordinate Voting Shares in Smart's IPO in July 2010, the complaints alleged that the company did not disclose important information prior to the IPO. A settlement was reached in March 2013.[12]

As of the 2011 fiscal year end, Smart Board interactive whiteboards led the interactive whiteboard category[13] with a 63% share in the United States, 44% share in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and 47% share globally.[14]

In 2011, Smart employed about 1,700 people. On December 11, 2012, SMART Technologies announced it would begin corporate restructuring.[15] The company proceeded to lay off 25% of its employees.[16] Then-CEO Neil Gaydon stated that it would save the company approximately $40 million, and cited competition in the market as part of the reason for restructuring.[17]

In 2016, Smart was acquired by Foxconn for $200 million.[18]


  1. ^ "SMART Technologies - Annual Reports" (PDF). SMART. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  2. ^ Hasso Plattner; Christoph Meinel; Larry Leifer (December 13, 2010). Design Thinking: Understand – Improve – Apply. Springer Science & Business Media. pp. 157–. ISBN 978-3-642-13757-0.
  3. ^ "Google releases Jamboard, a high-tech whiteboard for office meetings". Toronto Star, November 12, 2016. pageB4. Steven Overly.
  4. ^ Liebrecht, Deia (November 27, 2007). "West Area Gets Smart With Technology". The Ledger.
  5. ^ GOLIATH: Business Knowledge on Demand Smart Digital Vision Touch technology, 1 November 2003
  6. ^ Business Standard SMART Files Patent Infringement Against NextWindow, 3 April 2009
  7. ^ Innovative Interactivity (II) Archived July 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine SMART Technologies' acquisition of NextWindow: A "smart window" to the world, 6 May 2010
  8. ^ Yahoo! Canada Finance Archived 2011-09-26 at the Wayback Machine Smart Technologies Inc. Raises $660 Million in IPO on The NASDAQ Stock Market, Largest IPO of 2010, 16 July 2010
  9. ^ Bloomberg Smart Technologies Raises $660 Million in Second-Biggest U.S. IPO of 2010, 15 July 2010
  10. ^ "Smart Technologies Inc hit by investor lawsuit over alleged securities laws violations". PRLOG. December 6, 2010.
  11. ^ "Izard Nobel LLP Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against Smart". Bloomberg News. December 13, 2010.
  12. ^ Settlement agreement of class action lawsuit Archived February 24, 2014, at the Wayback Machine Ontario Court of Justice
  13. ^ SMART Increases Interactive Whiteboard Product Category Share, 20 May 2011
  14. ^ Interactive Displays / ICT Products Market: Quarterly Insight State of the Market Report, Quarter 4 2010, 31 March 2011.
  15. ^ "SMART Announces Corporate Restructuring" Archived 2015-06-14 at the Wayback Machine. Smart Technologies.
  16. ^ "Layoffs at SMART Technologies Inc." CBC. December 11, 2012
  17. ^ "Calgary's SMART Technologies to lay off 25% of staff". CBC. December 11, 2012
  18. ^ "SMART Technologies to be acquired by Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group". Calgary Herald. May 26, 2016. Retrieved February 11, 2018.

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