Wave Receives $5.7 Million in Software License and Maintenance Orders for a Global Automaker

Initial $1.9 Million in Orders Delivered in December 2009

Lee, MA —January 5, 2010 — Wave Systems Corp. (NASDAQ:WAVX www.wave.com) today announced that it has received a series of significant license and maintenance orders for its EMBASSY® Remote Administration Server (ERAS) software for a U.S.-based automotive company for managing its worldwide employees’ laptop computers equipped with hardware-based, self-encrypting drives for the protection of sensitive customer, financial, competitive and other confidential data.
The orders were received by Wave through an OEM partner in late December and total approximately $5.7 million. On average, the orders account for tens of thousands of new licenses per year for each of the next three years, along with maintenance orders for each of the next five years.  The orders include approximately $1.9 million for software licenses (and annual maintenance) delivered and invoiced at the end of 2009; approximately $2.25 million for additional software licenses (and annual maintenance) to be delivered and invoiced at the end of 2010; approximately $1.07 million for additional software licenses (and annual maintenance) to be delivered and invoiced at the end of 2011 and for annual maintenance to be invoiced at the end of 2012 and 2013, respectively.  Consistent with Wave’s revenue recognition policies for licenses and maintenance, the orders are expected to be recognized as revenue over a 365-day period from the date of invoice.  Non-invoiced orders are cancellable on 30 days notice to Wave.

Steven Sprague, President and CEO of Wave Systems, commented, “These orders—which are by far our largest to date for ERAS software—acknowledge the importance and value of securing mission-critical corporate data using hardware encryption.”

Wave’s EMBASSY Trusted Drive Manager client software, which works in conjunction with ERAS, comes bundled with each self-encrypting drive available through certain PC OEMs. 

In addition to self-encrypting drives, ERAS can also manage Trusted Platform Modules (TPMs), widely deployed security chips that can securely authenticate users and devices.  In 2009 the TPM was recognized as an international standard by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).*

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About Wave Systems Corp.

Wave is a pioneer in hardware-based PC security that provides software to help solve critical enterprise PC security challenges such as data protection, strong authentication, network access control and the management of these enterprise functions.  Wave is a founding member of the Trusted Computing Group (TCG), a consortium of more than 100 companies that forged open standards for hardware security.  Wave’s EMBASSY® line of client- and server-side software leverages and manages the security functions of the TCG’s industry standard hardware security chip, the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) as well as hard drives that comply with TCG’s “Opal” self-encrypting drive (SED) standard.  Self-encrypting drives are a growing segment of the data protection market, offering increased security and better performance than most existing software-based encryption solutions.  TPMs are standard equipment on many enterprise-class PCs shipping today and have shipped on an estimated 300 million PCs worldwide.  Using TPMs and/or SEDs and Wave software, enterprises can substantially and cost-effectively strengthen their current security solutions.  Visit http://www.wave.com for more information.

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