Absolute Adds Wi-Fi Tracking to Growing Arsenal of Laptop Tracking Capabilities



    
    Absolute customers use Google Maps, GPS and Wi-Fi to visually track their
    computers
    

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 2 /CNW/ - Absolute(R) Software Corporation ("Absolute" or
the "Company") (TSX: ABT), the leading provider of firmware-based, patented,
computer theft recovery, data protection and IT asset management solutions
today announced that it has added Wi-Fi geolocation tracking to its popular
Computrace(R) line of mobile computer anti-theft and management products. With
this addition, customers can now track their computing devices on a Google(TM)
map using either GPS or Wi-Fi triangulation location information sent from the
laptop.
    "In the present economic climate, there is increasing pressure on IT and
compliance departments to get more from their investments in mobile computing
while ensuring maximum protection against data breaches," said John
Livingston, Chairman and CEO of Absolute Software. "The addition of Wi-Fi
tracking is helpful for us in our recovery efforts and for organizations in
reducing loss and exposure to data breaches. But, more importantly, it enables
organizations to track their Wi-Fi enabled computing assets, such as desktops,
laptops, and netbooks, on a single worldwide map. When used effectively, this
intuitive tool can help them mitigate losses by enabling simple and timely
identification of when an asset may have moved to unauthorized locations."
    Added Livingston, "We continue to focus our efforts on delivering tools
for driving down the costs of managing a fleet of computers while staying
several steps ahead of computer thieves. With Wi-Fi technology built in as a
standard feature in virtually all current laptop computers, we believe Wi-Fi
tracking as a management tool will be extremely well-received by our
customers."
    With the addition of Wi-Fi tracking capabilities, Absolute's Computrace
mobile computer anti-theft and management products now benefit from all
commercially-available tracking methodologies: IP tracing, global positioning
system tracking(1) and now Wi-Fi tracking. Commercial customers can now log in
to Absolute's online asset management portal, Customer Center, to view their
computers plotted on a Google map - whether they are down the hall or across
the world. And, by leveraging Google mapping technology, customers also
benefit from access to satellite imagery, terrain display and other Google
features. Both the Wi-Fi and GPS mapping capabilities are available only if
opted-in by the customer in order to ensure maximum flexibility and privacy
for organizations and their computer users.
    According to Carter McCrary, Absolute's Chief Operating Officer, "One of
the amazing advantages of delivering our solutions over the Internet as a
service (SaaS), is that we can instantly push out powerful new features to all
of our customers. Previously, we offered GPS-based geolocation tracking. Now
during its introduction, Computrace customers can immediately benefit from
Wi-Fi."

    How Computrace Solutions Work

    The Computrace(R) Software Agent that powers Absolute Software's
solutions is embedded in the firmware of computers from the world's leading
computer manufacturers right at the factory.(2) It can be activated by
customers when they purchase a subscription with terms ranging from one to
four years. The firmware-embedded agent regularly contacts Absolute's
Monitoring Center - sending location and IT asset management information to
the Absolute Customer Center portal.
    When a computer equipped with Computrace is reported stolen, Computrace
sends a silent signal over the Internet to the Absolute Monitoring Center,
allowing the Absolute Theft Recovery Team to forensically mine the computer
using a variety of procedures including key captures, registry scanning, file
scanning, geolocation, and other investigative techniques to determine who has
the computer and how it is being used. Absolute then works with local law
enforcement to help recover the computer. Embedded in the firmware of a
computer, the stealthy Computrace Agent is capable of surviving operating
system re-installations, as well as hard-drive reformats, replacements and
re-imaging.
    Geolocation using GPS and Wi-Fi technology is currently available in
Computrace product offerings as well as Absolute Track.
    For more information on Absolute Software and its range of computer theft
recovery, data protection and IT asset management solutions, please visit
www.absolute.com or www.lojackforlaptops.com.

    
    1   Customer computers must be fitted with a supported GPS receiver. For
        a list of supported GPS receivers see www.absolute.com/geolocation
    2   For a complete list of firmware-supported computers visit
        www.absolute.com/firmware.
    

    About Absolute Software

    Absolute Software Corporation (TSX: ABT) is the leader in computer theft
recovery, data protection and Secure Asset Tracking(R) solutions. Absolute
Software provides organizations and consumers with solutions in the areas of
regulatory compliance, data protection and theft recovery. The Company's
Computrace software is embedded in the firmware of computers by global
leaders, including Dell, Fujitsu, General Dynamics Itronix, HP, Lenovo,
Motion, Panasonic and Toshiba, and the Company has reselling partnerships with
these OEMs and others, including Apple. For more information about Absolute
Software and Computrace, visit www.absolute.com.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks
and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other
things, the expected performance of our services and products, the possible
uses for which our services and products are designed, the legal and
regulatory requirements for operating certain services and products, and other
expectations, intentions and plans contained in this press release that are
not historical fact. When used in this press release, the words "plan,"
"expect," "believe," and similar expressions generally identify
forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current expectations.
They are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not
limited to, changes in technology and general market conditions. In light of
the many risks and uncertainties you should understand that we cannot assure
you that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release will
be realized.

    (C)2009 Absolute Software Corporation. All rights reserved. Computrace
and Absolute are registered trademarks of Absolute Software Corporation. All
other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Computrace U.S.
patents No. 5,715,174, No. 5,764,892, No. 5,802,280, No. 5,896,497, No.
6,244,758, No. 6,269,392, No. 6,300,863, and No. 6,507,914. Canadian patents
No. 2,284,806 and No. 2,205,370. U.K. patents No. EP793823 and No. GB2338101.
German patent No. 695 125 34.6-08. Australian patent No. 699045. Japanese
patent No. JP4067035. The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor
disapproved of the information contained in this news release.

    Note to editors: A high resolution image of Wi-Fi and GPS tracking
capabilities can be downloaded from Absolute's website at:
http://www.absolute.com/company/graphics.asp.





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