Remote-access software gets 508-compliant

Section 508 compliance usually brings to mind the necessity of making public-facing Web sites accessible to those with software. In fact, the policy touches all software that the government purchases.

With this in mind, Danware Data A/S of Denmark has modified its NetOp Remote Control system administrator software so that it meets the mandates set forth by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998. NetOp Remote Control has been used by the Air Force, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Federal Aviation Administration, FBI, Federal Communications Commission and Postal Service.

The company also contracted a third-party company to validate that the software meets Section 508 standards. NetOp Version 7.65 was independently validated last month by Criterion 508 Solutions Inc. of Des Moines, Iowa, said Errol Zentmyer, head of government sales for CrossTec Corp., Boca Raton, Fla. CrossTec is the U.S. government reseller for NetOp.

Danware claims NetOp is the first remote-access software to be validated as meeting Section 508 requirements.

Using a desktop or handheld computer, a system administrator would use remote access software to operate other computers over a network. NetOp can remotely control a computer on a network running Microsoft Windows, DOS, Mac OS, Linux, Sun Microsystems' Solaris, Symbian, DOS and IBM OS/2 operating systems.

The 508 policy requires that all applications purchased by the federal government be entirely navigational through the use of the keyboard alone.

About the Author

Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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