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SMART’s Co-Founder Honored With OBE for Contributions to Education

Many of our blog readers and customers know about SMART Technologies’ industry leadership with interactive learning whiteboards in the K-12 education field. The company has been the world’s leading provider of interactive whiteboards and displays for over 20 years. In 2012, SMART supplied more than 65 percent of the interactive displays in the United States, 56 percent in the United Kingdom and 77 percent in Canada. That’s an amazing contribution to the K-12 audio-visual solutions field.

Because of the company’s efforts in transforming modern education, SMART’s co-founder, David Martin, was honored with an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition for his contribution to education as the creator of the SMART Board® interactive whiteboard.

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, presented the award to David Martin in mid-October at Buckingham Palace in London. The Order of the British Empire recognizes the talents, skills and achievements of extraordinary people who’ve made an impact in the UK.

Under David Martin’s leadership, SMART Technologies created the world’s first interactive whiteboard in 1991 and today, nearly 2.4 million SMART interactive whiteboards are used by more than 50 million students and teachers across the globe. In the UK, SMART’S leadership is especially impressive, with its interactive whiteboards equipped in nearly 90 percent of all public education classrooms in the country.

As a SMART Technologies partner and reseller, CCS Presentation Systems can work with your school or institution to install interactive whiteboards for learning purposes. Contact us at

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