Three Best of Show Awards

At InfoComm 2015

We are proud to announce that we have once again “wowed” the Pro AV business space. At InfoComm 2015, we recently received three top awards for our flagship AQUOS BOARD™ interactive display system product line and upcoming 120″ Class 4K Ultra-High Definition Commercial Display product.

The following awards represent how Sharp has cemented its position as a trendsetter and market leader by delivering the technology that helps users better communicate, collaborate and gain efficiencies using Sharp’s open-platform collaborative display solutions.

Tech & Learning’s “Best Edtech of InfoComm”
Sharp 80″ Class PN-L803C AQUOS BOARD Interactive Display System

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Sporting a thin, lightweight and stylish design featuring edge-to-edge glass and multi-board functionality, the premium-grade 80″ Class PN-L803C display employs Sharp capacitive touch technology – virtually eliminating latency, making the interface so intuitive and responsive that it feels like writing on a conventional whiteboard in real time! With the Multi Board function, up to three PN-L803C displays can be connected and used to display sequential pages that can be navigated by swiping side to side.The editors of Tech & Learning select honorees based on how well their technology serves the education market, judging entrants on factors including design, usability and affordability. At InfoComm 2015, Tech & Learning recognized the new Sharp 80″ Class PN-L803C AQUOS BOARD interactive display as “Best Edtech of InfoComm.”

Watch the video to learn more about the new AQUOS BOARD displays demonstrated at InfoCommm 2015 >

Rental & Staging System Product Awards “Best LCD Display”
Sharp AQUOS BOARD Interactive Display System

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Sharp AQUOS BOARD interactive displays are designed for smooth and effortless communication in a wide range of contexts. Much more than your typical interactive white boards, the AQUOS BOARD display’s highly responsive touch functionality allows several people to write on the same touch screen at the same time.The 2015 Rental & Staging Systems Product Awards recognize the most innovative products released for the staging market. At InfoComm 2015, Rental & Staging recognized the Sharp AQUOS BOARD Interactive Display product line as the “Best LCD Display.”

Sound & Video Contractor’s “Best of InfoComm”
Sharp 120″ Class 4K Ultra-High Definition Commercial LCD Display

3As the first in the industry to offer a large format 60″ Class video wall, as well as the first 108″ (107.5″ diagonal) commercially available LCD panel, Sharp remains the leader in “big” displays. The massive 120″ Class display boasts 4K Ultra HD resolution (3,840 x 2,160), showcasing detailed text and breathtaking high-resolution content without sacrificing the viewable area with obtrusive bezels from large format video walls or requiring specialized light controlled environments that come with projectors. Its direct-lit LED backlighting delivers natural, vibrant picture quality and uniform brightness. Providing the highest 4K Ultra-High Definition clarity for close viewing, this high-impact professional display is ideal for a multitude of environments, including data visualization, command and control, surveillance, boardrooms and unified communications.Sound & Video Contractor judges awarded points based on criteria including: innovation, performance against category standard, richness/relevance of feature set, ease of installation/maintenance, and value/ROI. Sound & Video Contractor has recognized the Sharp 120″ Class 4K Ultra-High Definition Commercial LCD Display as “Best of Infocomm.”

We know that you share our pride in this recognition of our innovative display technology. For those of you who were able to attend InfoComm 2015, we greatly appreciate your support. To catch up on all the highlights from the Sharp booth at InfoComm 2015, like us on Facebookand Twitter.

Sincerely,

Gary Bailer
Director, Product Planning & Marketing, Pro AV Products
Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America

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Blossom Montessori School For The Deaf Announced As The Grand Prize Winner Of Tech-It-Up – The Sharp® Classroom Technology Challenge

Sharp awards more than $100,000 worth of classroom technology to K-12 Schools across the United States   Sharp Logo

MAHWAH, N.J.June 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC), has announced the winners of Tech-it-Up – the Sharp Classroom Technology Challenge. As part of the contest, Sharp has awarded one K-12 accredited school in the U.S. a grand prize of $100,000 worth of state-of-the-art Sharp branded products for their classrooms, with 10 runner-up schools also winning an AQUOS BOARD™ interactive display system.

Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf, located in Clearwater, FL, is one of a handful of schools in the U.S. using Montessori methods to teach deaf and hard-of-hearing children using both spoken English and American Sign Language. Blossom was selected as the grand prize winner of Tech-it-Up for best demonstrating how the school would integrate Sharp technology such as interactive whiteboards, professional display monitors and document systems (multifunctional copiers) to address student needs and create a more engaging learning experience.

“Winning Tech-it-Up is truly a dream come true, as it represents everything we’ve always wanted for our students,” said Lisa Wilson, Director of Development, Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf. “Our students are truly visual learners and Sharp’s technology will open up our students to a whole new way of learning that will change their lives forever. It’s hard not to get emotional when you think about how Sharp is making our students’ dreams comes true.”

The response to Tech-it-Up – The Sharp Classroom Technology Challenge was overwhelming. Beating a field of over 500 accredited K-12 schools throughout the country, Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf received top marks for their winning entry. For Blossom, tight budgets have made technology upgrades seem impossible; yet their compelling story of how an under-served student population who could gain the most from technology yielded a grand prize of $100,000 worth of state-of-the-art Sharp branded products.

“After a panel of judges had reviewed Blossom’s written submission, they knew they had found a grand prize winner,” said Doug Albregts, President of SIICA. “Blossom’s touching entry demonstrated the absolute need for interactive technology in the classroom. Sharp is proud to provide Blossom the classroom technology that will create a unique and meaningful learning experience for their students, not only enhancing the way they learn, but truly making a difference in their lives.”

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Lexmark Launches Perceptive Checklist Capture

New solution enables users to capture content with the device at hand—mobile, desktop or MFP—to get the job done in the moment, wherever they are.

News Facts

  • Lexmark announced today the availability of Perceptive Checklist Capture, a new solution that automates the process of gathering related documents and data from desktop, mobile and smart multi-functional (MFP) devices, streamlining the capture process and freeing knowledge workers to focus on customer service and compliance. By removing manual steps, Perceptive Checklist Capture also improves accuracy by reducing the rate of misfiled or misclassified content.
  • In the field, Perceptive Checklist Capture enables users to take photos and capture other content with a mobile device, such as a phone or tablet. In the office, users can scan documents at an integrated Lexmark smart MFP or capture files at a desktop computer, then immediately add them to a project or case folder. Leveraging the Perceptive Evolution platform, the capture interface is similar across all devices and platforms, for a consistent and unified experience.
  • Perceptive Checklist Capture updates the project or case folder in real-time, enabling users to track the project’s status. The system notifies users when a document is missing or incomplete, and delivers information directly to the user’s core business system while storing the document in a central repository for speedy retrieval.
  • For example, a loss prevention agent arriving at the location of a reported external theft incident launches an app on his mobile phone, with immediate access to his open case folders. As he opens the active case, he is presented a checklist of outstanding items that need to be collected and notes that the only item missing is photo evidence. Directly from this checklist interface, he selects that item, then takes a photo which creates the relevant photo evidence that is automatically added to the folder. As the checklist is now complete, this case is automatically flagged as ready for review.
  • Perceptive Checklist Capture can be leveraged in virtually every industry, including common areas such as: retail (incident management); government (public assistance); banking (new loan or account automation); insurance (claims); back office (HR case management); manufacturing (logistics document management) or higher education (enrollment services).
  • Perceptive Checklist Capture organizes unstructured data, simplifies deployment and expansion, complements existing core systems, and demonstrates compliance.

 

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Lexmark completes acquisition of Kofax, announces Enterprise Software leadership change

  • Lexmark International, Inc. today announced that it has closed on its acquisition of Kofax Limited. Lexmark acquired Kofax in a cash transaction for $11.00 per share, for a total enterprise value of approximately $1 billion. This acquisition will nearly double the size of Lexmark’s Enterprise Software annualized revenue to approximately $700 million.
  • Lexmark also announced that Scott Coons, president of Lexmark’s Enterprise Software, has decided to retire, effective at the end of July 2015. Coons has successfully led Lexmark’s software division since the company acquired Perceptive Software in 2010.
  • During Coons’ tenure, Lexmark’s Enterprise Software expanded from its enterprise content management software roots into process, capture and search technologies, and significantly strengthened the company’s industry-focused solutions. Coons helped expand the Enterprise Software team’s international footprint through organic sales investment and acquisitions. Coons will assist in the leadership transition until his retirement date.
  • Effective immediately, Reynolds C. Bish, CEO of Kofax, succeeds Coons as president of Lexmark’s Enterprise Software. Bish will also be a Lexmark vice president and report directly to Paul Rooke, Lexmark chairman and chief executive officer. Bish has been active in enterprise software markets for more than 20 years. He has successfully led Kofax since 2007. Prior to Kofax, Bish co-founded Captiva Software Corporation and served as its president and chief executive officer from 1989 until its acquisition in 2005.

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Sharp is fastest growing company in Copier/Printing Space

Sharp, who has been taking a pretty nice beating over the last couple of months because of some pretty significant revenue issues has apparently been chugging right along in the copier and printer world.

According to IDC, Sharp is the only vendor in their Hardcopy Peripheral Tracker that has had two straight years of unit growth. Furthermore, Sharp has been the fastest growing vendor over the last two years as well.

The following slide is being shown at Sharp’s Road Show:

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