Navy deploys interactive white boards

The Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center has bought two interactive white boards from Smart Technologies Inc.

The In-Wall Rear Projection Smart Board 2860 boards are being used in the division's command briefing room in Bethesda, Md. The two 71-inch screens are installed side by side and are used for detailing projects for congressional representatives and foreign delegations. Before buying the boards, the division had to use a combination of notebooks, whiteboards, papers and live exhibits.

'The Smart Board interactive whiteboard has become a highly requested tool among project leaders at the Carderock Division,' said Peter Congedo, head of the division's Imaging and Graphics Branch, in a statement. 'It helps us tell our story to a technically sophisticated audience.'

The boards from Smart Technologies of Calgary, Alberta, offer a number of features not found in typical whiteboards, such as the ability to annotate presentation slides and videos being shown on the touch-sensitive screens using a finger or stylus.

Through the use of cameras and software, the boards and supporting equipment can also record the presentations for later review. The boards' software can run under Linux, Unix, Mac OS and Microsoft Windows.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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