Energy Savings? Only 17% of Non-IT Employees Turn Off Laptops When Not in Use

Absolute Software makes implementing computer power management programs simpler

VANCOUVER, May 18 /CNW/ - Absolute(R) Software Corporation ("Absolute" or the "Company") (TSX: ABT), the leading provider of firmware-based, patented, computer theft recovery, data protection and secure computer lifecycle management solutions today released a new suite of tools for public and private sector organizations who are attempting to implement energy savings programs. Included in the toolkit are: a computer power management policy guide, intuitive power savings calculator and a 60-minute webinar featuring a Gartner lifecycle management expert and a school district that has reduced its computer-related power consumption by 79%.

Organizations continue to feel the financial crunch as they slowly come out of the recession and need to find ways to save money in IT operations. Simply by turning off computers and monitors at the end of the day, organizations can see significant savings in energy expenditures - money that can be leveraged elsewhere. Yet, according to a recent Ponemon Institute study, only 17% of non-IT employees always turn off their laptop when it is not in use.*

"Much attention on power consumption has focused on the data center, but PC power consumption in an organization also can be significant," said Charles Smulders, Vice President at Gartner. "According to our 2009 study, organizations that are actively employing power management functionality can expect to save $43,300 per year, compared with unmanaged organizations."(xx)

According to Kurt von Schwedler, network administrator at Bensalem School District, "Here at Bensalem, we cut our computer energy usage by 79%, saving an estimated $53,000 a year. These savings came out to be greater than the cost of the Absolute Manage software!"

Additionally, organizations that buy carbon offsets can see a further reduction in costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, approximately 1.34 pounds of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere per kilowatt hour of electricity consumed. (xxx) With a robust power management plan in place, organizations can see a dramatic reduction in their energy consumption, their carbon footprint, and therefore their carbon offset costs.

"Power management is an easy and effective initiative that organizations can undertake to lower costs associated with running computers. The energy savings that can be obtained are substantial," said Peter Frankl, Vice President of Lifecycle Management at Absolute. "For example, an enterprise with 1,000 desktop computers and 200 notebook computers can expect to spend over $107,000 annually to run their computers. By implementing a basic power management program, they can reduce that to just over $72,000 - a savings of over $34,000 in the first year alone."

    
    The Toolkit:

    ROI calculator - Gives an instant snapshot of energy savings made
    possible with the implementation of a computer power management program

    On-demand webinar - Features Terry Cosgrove from Gartner, as well as
    Bensalem School District and how they are using Absolute Manage and its
    Power Management capabilities.

    Free Policy Guide - A "how to" guide on implementing a new computer power
    management program.

    These and other helpful resources can be downloaded free of charge at:
    http://www.absolute.com/power.

    *   Ponemon Institute, The Human Factor in Laptop Encryption, 2010
    (xx)  "Gartner Says PC Power Management Activation Can Save a 2,500-PC
          Organization More Than $40,000 a Year", February 9, 2009
          http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=878912
    (xxx) Department of Energy,
          http://www.eia.doe.gov/electricity/page/co2_report/co2report.html
    

About Absolute Software

Absolute Software Corporation (TSX: ABT) is the leader in tracking, managing and protecting computers and mobile devices. The Company's Computrace, Absolute Manage and LoJack(R) for Laptops solutions provide theft recovery, data protection and computer lifecycle management capabilities to organizations and consumers. The Company's software agent is embedded in the firmware of computers by global leaders, including Acer, ASUS, 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, visit www.absolute.com and http://blog.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, functionality and availability of our 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. These statements are based on a number of assumptions including the expected cost and power usage savings, proper power management application by IT professionals in organizations and the continued financial constraints on the organizations described herein. These forward looking statements 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)2010 Absolute Software Corporation. All rights reserved. Computrace, Absolute and Secure Asset Tracking are registered trademarks of Absolute Software Corporation. LoJack is a registered trademark of LoJack Corporation, used under license by Absolute Software Corporation. LoJack Corporation is not responsible for any content herein. 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.

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For further information: For further information: Public Relations: Leslie Campisi, Affect Strategies, leslie@affectstrategies.com or (212) 398-9680 x144; Investor Relations: Dave Mason, CFA, The Equicom Group, dmason@equicomgroup.com or (416) 815-0700 x237

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