To: TECHNOLOGY EDITORS
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¬ÅDealership Infrastructure GuidelinesÃ¢â¬ (DIG), which will help to
facilitate the standardization of an open, common IT infrastructure for all
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
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.
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
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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