Contact: Ghezal Khalili, Executive Coordinator, STAR - Standards for
     Technology in Automotive Retail, +1-703-556-8584, Fax: +1-703-821-7081,
     MCLEAN, Va., July 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- STAR (Standards for
     Technology in Automotive Retail), the IT standards body for the North American
     retail automotive industry, has published an improved version of the
     Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dealership Infrastructure Guidelines†(DIG), which will help to
     facilitate the standardization of an open, common IT infrastructure for all
     automotive dealerships.
     The DIG is a technology reference manual intended to assist dealers and
     their technology partners in developing a simplified, more cost-effective IT
     network. It includes information on Internet access, security, local area
     network design, PC hardware, and other IT components.
     The goal of the document is to help dealers prepare their IT
     infrastructure for the next generation dealer-to-OEM communication systems.
     The 2008v2.0 version of the Dealership Infrastructure Guidelines has
     several updates. First, we completely modified the Business Continuation and
     Disaster Recovery section.
     Second, we added an additional appendix item to assist with disaster
     recovery planning.
     Finally, we renamed the Emerging Technologies section to Technology Watch.
     This section includes the WISE model and plenty of explanations around
     technology today as it relates to a dealership.
     The DIG can be downloaded for free at: http://www.starstandard.org.
     About STAR
     The Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail (STAR) organization is
     the information technology (IT) standards organization for the retail
     automotive industry. STAR is leading the effort to implement voluntary IT
     standards throughout the automotive industry. These standards are designed to
     support business information needs and provide secure and reliable means for
     dealers, manufacturers, and retail system providers to communicate.
     Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, STAR is a not-for-profit volunteer
     organization and its members include dealers, manufacturers and retail system
     providers. As members, these companies are interested in developing,
     promoting, and administering voluntary IT standards in the retail automotive
     industry and improving the effectiveness, timeliness and competitiveness of
     the IT solutions needed within the retail automotive industry.
     STAR Membership Roster
     Dealer Groups:
     Retail System Providers:
     ADP, Advent Resources, Inc., AIAG, AsConAuto, AutoDESA, Auto/Mate, Inc.,
     CIECA, DealerTrack-Arkona, Innovative Programming Systems, Inc., Karmak,
     Motorcycle Industry Council, National Marine Manufacturer's Association, OAGI,
     Object Management Group (OMG), Oxlo Systems, PBS Financial Systems Inc.,
     PROCEDE Software, Quorum Information Systems, Reynolds & Reynolds, RouteOne,
     T-Systems North America, Inc., Unipart Automotive Logistics
     American Honda Motor Co., Inc. American Suzuki Motor Corp., BMW of North
     America, Inc., Chrysler LLC, Daimler Trucks North America, LLC., Ford Motor
     Company General Motors Corp. Jaguar Cars, Land Rover USA, Mazda North American
     Operations, Navistar, Nissan North America, Inc., PACCAR, Inc. Porsche Cars
     North America, Inc., Renault, Toyota Motor Sales, USA
     For further information, contact Ghezal Khalili at 703-556-8584.
     SOURCE STAR (Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail)

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