Smart Technologies

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Smart Technologies
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryComputer technology
Computer software
Founded1987; 37 years ago (1987)
FounderDavid Martin
Nancy Knowlton
Area served
Key people
Nicholas Svensson (CEO)
ProductsInteractive whiteboards
RevenueUS$492.9 million (FY2015)
US$24.1 million (FY2015)[1]
Number of employees

SMART Technologies[2] (also known as "SMART") is a Canadian company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and wholly owned by Foxconn.[2] Founded in 1987, SMART is best known as the developer of interactive whiteboards branded as the "SMART Board" popularly used in education and business.[3]


SMART was founded in 1987 by husband and wife David Martin and Nancy Knowlton.[4]

In 1991, SMART introduced its interactive whiteboard, branded the "SMART Board".[5][6]

In 2003, SMART developed and later patented DViT (Digital Vision Touch) technology which was an important feature of the SMART Board.[7]

In 2009, SMART filed a patent infringement lawsuit against New Zealand-based NextWindow[8] before acquiring the company outright in 2010.[9]

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.[10][11] Later that year, several class action complaints were filed against SMART in the U.S. District Courts in New York and Illinois.[12][13] 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.[14]

As of the 2011 fiscal year end, SMART Board interactive whiteboards led the interactive whiteboard category[15] with a 63% share in the United States, 44% share in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and 47% share globally.[16]

In 2011, SMART employed about 1,700 people.

In April 2012, amid a declining stock price and sales resulting from decreased school board spending, both Martin and Knowlton resigned from their executive roles at Smart before leaving the board in April 2014.[4]

On December 11, 2012, SMART Technologies announced it would begin corporate restructuring.[17] The company proceeded to lay off 25% of its employees.[18] 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.[19]

In 2016, SMART Technologies Inc. was acquired by Foxconn for $200 million.[20]


  1. ^ "SMART Technologies - Annual Reports" (PDF). SMART. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "20-F". Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b "SMART founders setting a new course". Calgary Herald.
  5. ^ "Google releases Jamboard, a high-tech whiteboard for office meetings". Toronto Star, November 12, 2016. pageB4. Steven Overly.
  6. ^ Liebrecht, Deia (November 27, 2007). "West Area Gets Smart With Technology". The Ledger.
  7. ^ GOLIATH: Business Knowledge on Demand Smart Digital Vision Touch technology, 1 November 2003
  8. ^ Business Standard SMART Files Patent Infringement Against NextWindow, 3 April 2009
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ 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
  11. ^ Bloomberg Smart Technologies Raises $660 Million in Second-Biggest U.S. IPO of 2010, 15 July 2010
  12. ^ "Smart Technologies Inc hit by investor lawsuit over alleged securities laws violations". PRLOG. December 6, 2010.
  13. ^ "Izard Nobel LLP Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against Smart". Bloomberg News. December 13, 2010.
  14. ^ Settlement agreement of class action lawsuit Archived February 24, 2014, at the Wayback Machine Ontario Court of Justice
  15. ^ SMART Increases Interactive Whiteboard Product Category Share, 20 May 2011
  16. ^ Interactive Displays / ICT Products Market: Quarterly Insight State of the Market Report, Quarter 4 2010, 31 March 2011.
  17. ^ "SMART Announces Corporate Restructuring" Archived 2015-06-14 at the Wayback Machine. Smart Technologies.
  18. ^ "Layoffs at SMART Technologies Inc." CBC. December 11, 2012
  19. ^ "Calgary's SMART Technologies to lay off 25% of staff". CBC. December 11, 2012
  20. ^ "SMART Technologies to be acquired by Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group". Calgary Herald. May 26, 2016. Retrieved February 11, 2018.

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