NASTF Panel Looks to the Future

LEESBURG, Va., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) will offer a look down the road for attendees of the NASTF General Meeting on November 3, 2009 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Room South Pacific C. Meeting planners have assembled a panel discussion to explore additional applications for the Secure Data Release Model (SDRM), which is currently used to access secure data such as key codes and pin codes. "This panel discussion will explore some new and different ways the automotive service industry might use the tools which have been developed by NASTF to address the security needs inherent in certain types of OEM information," said Charlie Gorman, NASTF Chairman.

There are three main goals to be addressed by the panel: 1) to inform technicians that there are non-key codes uses available now, and what they are; 2) to encourage technicians to report instances where an SDRM solution could solve an information gap problem; and 3) to encourage OEMs to offer non-key code security information such as radio codes, body controllers, immobilizer reset codes, and even sale of theft related parts to the aftermarket through the use of the SDRM. "Through the use of SDRM, OEMs can maintain or even increase security while satisfying the aftermarket need for information," said Gorman.

The panel will consist of Charlie Gorman, Equipment & Tool Institute Manager and NASTF Chairman; John Jenkins, President of CAS of New England; and Donny Seyfer, Operations Manager of Seyfer Automotive.

"The NASTF General Meeting is an important opportunity for anyone attending Industry Week in Las Vegas to stay abreast of the latest developments in information access and to get a glimpse of where we might be heading," Gorman continued. "It's also a great way to network and share your feelings, perceptions and experiences in the service bay with NASTF leadership and our industry partners."

NASTF was established in 2000 to identify, communicate and resolve gaps in the availability and accessibility of automotive service information, service training, diagnostic tools, and equipment for the benefit of automotive service professionals and their customers. NASTF was incorporated in 2006. Additional details can be found at www.nastf.org.

As a 501(c)6 not-for profit organization, NASTF takes no position on any legislation that may be proposed or pending in state or national legislative bodies.

SOURCE National Automotive Service Task Force



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