FISMA Compliance Guarantee Now Available to U.S. Federal Agencies and Contractors


Plano, TX (PRWEB) January 29, 2013

FISMA compliance for U.S. federal agencies and their contractors is now simpler and more certain with managed hosting leader Layered Techs announcement of a FISMA compliance guarantee. Layered Tech is offering a FISMA compliance guarantee to federal agencies and SaaS providers who utilize Layered Techs Platform-as-a-Service, Infrastructure-as-a-Service, or compliant managed hosting services.

A year ago Layered Tech offered a compliance guarantee as part of its managed hosting services for PCI-DSS (credit card data) and HIPAA (healthcare data). Since then, and throughout its history, Layered Techs compliant hosting customers have passed 100 percent of every compliance audit. Layered Tech is now extending the compliance guarantee to the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), which requires that federal agencies meet stringent data security requirements for IT services that they utilize.

With its FISMA-compliant Cloud and hosting services, Layered Tech delivers secure managed IT platforms on behalf of federal agencies or SaaS providers who sell to federal agencies. Layered Techs FISMA compliance guarantee, which is included free of charge as part of the FISMA-compliant hosting service, ensures clients that their hosted IT infrastructures will pass the FISMA certification and accreditation audit, as well as the mandated annual evaluations.

Especially since the initiation of the federal Cloud First program, there is strong demand for FISMA-compliant platforms and services, said Dan Tudahl, Layered Tech Government Solutions Chief Operating Officer. With our secure data centers, experienced staff and 100% FISMA compliance guarantee, we give SaaS vendors and their federal agency customers complete peace of mind so they can focus on their core missions.

Layered Tech has more than a decade of experience building and hosting secure solutions that comply with FISMA and the implementation standards mandated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Layered Tech currently provides FISMA compliant managed hosting services as well as cloud hosting services for over half of the cabinet-level federal agencies, including some of the most security-sensitive federal agencies such as the Departments of Justice, Energy, and Treasury. In conjunction with Microsoft, Layered Tech recently launched the Microsoft Dynamics Government Cloud, a FISMA-compliant Platform-as-a-Service cloud offering tailored specifically to the high security requirements of federal government enterprise applications.

About Layered Tech

Layered Technologies (Layered Tech), a leading global provider of compliant and secure cloud and hosting services, offers PCI-, HIPAA- and FISMA-compliant hosting solutions, managed dedicated hosting and cloud computing services, including Compliance Guaranteed, which ensures that all Layered Tech compliance services are guaranteed to pass 100 percent of every IT audit or assessment. By providing high-quality technology, infrastructure and support, Layered Tech enables clients to eliminate capital expenses and save on operating costs so they can focus on core initiatives. Layered Techs scalable infrastructure powers millions of sites and Internet-enabled applications, including e-commerce and SaaS. Clients include federal, state and local government agencies; large enterprises with advanced data security, compliance and uptime requirements; and leading-edge Web 2.0 startups. For more information, visit http://www.layeredtech.com.

Contact: Carody Lavender

Tel: 816-222-1289

Fax: 816-222-1280

Email: carody.lavender(at)layeredtech(dot)com

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Electro Scan Inc. Announces Project with Prism Contractors & Engineers, Inc. in Hampton Roads, VA


Sacramento, California (PRWEB) June 03, 2013

Electro Scan Inc., a global leader of pipeline defect detection instrumentation, smartphone, and cloud computing applications, today announced an agreement with Prism Contractors & Engineers, Inc. (Yorktown, Virginia) to conduct a 20,000 ft. Electro Scan project in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

A key objective for the project will be to Electro Scan all sewer mains in a designated area of a local sewer authority and provide specific locations for each defect and pipe segment, including an estimated peak infiltration rate in Gallons per Minute (GPM).

Sewer authorities in Hampton Roads are currently operating under a USEPA Unilateral Administrative Order (UAO) and a State of Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Special Consent By Order to reduce the frequency and severity of sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) taking specific actions to develop a Regional Wet Weather Management Plan (RWWMP).

Everyone knows that CCTV is a great tool to record alignment problems, grease, and other obstructions in sewer pipes during low-flow and dry weather conditions, states Chuck Hansen, Electro Scans CEO. But, rarely, if ever, can CCTV operators measure or even see leaks, especially at joints, service connections, and in laterals. Since CCTV is typically never done during rainy conditions when an operator would most likely see a leak and cannot be used when a pipe is full, it hasn’t been an effective tool in finding infiltration. But, CCTV has been the only thing available… that is, until Electro Scan.

Electro Scan represents a breakthrough in sewer condition assessment, states Chuck Hansen, former CEO of Hansen Information Technologies and an industry pioneer in CCTV and condition assessment technologies. Electro Scans ability to work in dry & wet weather conditions and when a pipe is partially or full of water, represents a new era in condition assessment. Available as an add-on to any existing CCTV truck, data is uploaded to our cloud-based Critical SewersTM application. Able to easily switchover in the field, Electro Scan & CCTV represent a total solution for sewer authorities, regulators, and engineers to help prevent sewer overflows, backups, and basement flooding.

We are delighted to partner with Electro Scan for this important project, states David A. Reaves, P.E., Founder & President of Prism. Working at a rate of 40-50 ft a minute, electro scan promises to be a great tool to quickly and easily locate hot spots and to help pre- and post-rehab decision making.

Founded in 1997, Prism Contractors & Engineers, Inc. is a full service civil engineering, design, construction, and inspection firm with clients in the eastern United States. Equipped with three (3) IBAK CCTV trucks, Prism has completed over 1.5 million ft of NASSCO PACP-based CCTV projects since 2009.

Electro Scan products are designed in accordance with ASTM Standard F2550-06 and able to identify, locate, and measure defects. Premium users are provided an estimated peak rate of infiltration, by defect. In addition to assessing non-conductive pipe materials (e.g. asbestos cement, brick, clay, plastic, resin lining, reinforced concrete, etc.), Electro Scan assesses pipe diameters ranging from 3 to 60 inches (76 to 1500mm) and can determine if previously completed point repairs & lining projects are leak-free.

About Electro Scan

Electro Scan Inc. is global leader in delivering pipeline defect detection instrumentation, smartphone, and cloud computing applications that meet the technological needs of wastewater utilities, commercial businesses, residential customers, and engineering organizations worldwide. Electro Scans suite of next generation condition assessment technologies allows customers to manage, protect, operate and certify their infrastructure. In 2013, Electro Scans ES-620 for Sewer MainsTM won the Joseph L. Abbott, Jr. Product Innovation of the Year Award from the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT).







Free Guide from CTS Helps Contractors Evaluate Construction Software Solutions


Rockville, MD (PRWEB) September 11, 2012

For construction companies, technology is a critical component for staying competitive and keeping project costs under control. When looking to improve productivity and profit, investing in new construction software can be valuable. But choosing the right solution isn’t always easy and buying the wrong software can be costly. A new software selection User’s Guide, released this week by CTS Guides, a leading publisher of construction software reviews and evaluation tools, reduces the risk of construction software selection by providing a step-by-step roadmap for evaluating solutions and vendors.

Sheldon Needles Construction Software Champion Users Guide is a comprehensive resource that leads contracting firms through the software selection process, whether they are evaluating construction accounting software, project management tools or some other type of solution. The User’s Guide includes everything business leaders need to assess their current software needs, identify the shortcomings of their existing systems and find the right replacement tools for maximizing efficiency and controlling job costs. It can also help prevent contractors from choosing overpriced, poor performing software that will actually decrease productivity.

As construction businesses begin rebounding from the recession, their main objective should be to spur project growth while keeping overhead costs down, stated Sheldon Needle, president of CTS and author of the User’s Guide. Construction management software needs to be an effective tool for supporting and improving how the company does business and how they execute everyday transactions. Linking suppliers and subcontracts to projects, and utilizing the field-based technology to enhance productivity, are just some ways that construction software can help contractors rebound as the economy improves.

The 25+ page User’s Guide is packed with detailed, insider advice that will help construction firms:


Perform current and future needs analysis across multiple software applications
Determine the value propositions that must be applied to new software in order to achieve rapid ROI
Evaluate whether cloud computing technology is a viable option now or in the future
Improve communication with construction software vendors to get the information needed to make informed decisions
Enhance all aspects of due diligence, from reference checks and price negotiations to final contract review

Sheldon Needle’s Construction Software Champion User’s Guide is available as part of the free CTS Construction Software Selection Kit, which includes detailed reviews of leading construction software packages and a Smart Shortlist Consult with Sheldon Needle. Also included in the Kit are side-by-side comparisons of product pricing, support costs and training options, and exclusive CTS software selection tools such as a Demo Scorecard, Implementation Planner and ROI calculator.

Click here to download Sheldon Needle’s Construction Software Champion User’s Guide and get CTS’ free Construction Software Selection Kit.

ABOUT CTS GUIDES

Established in 1983, CTS was the first company to perform hands-on, independent evaluations of software for the middle market. Since then CTS has helped over 23,000 companies select new software and technology. CTS Guides are also widely used by CPAs, consultants and software resellers to assist their clients.

ABOUT SHELDON NEEDLE

A former CFO, consultant and software designer, Sheldon Needle has authored or co-authored more than 20 books on software selection and has contributed articles to major publications, including the Journal of Accountancy and Nations Business. CTS was the very first company to do hands-on, independent evaluations of software for the middle market. Sheldon speaks with business owners and managers every day about construction software selection and makes personalized recommendations based on their needs and budget. He is widely known and respected throughout the business software community for his independence, integrity and software selection expertise.







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