i*SHOP Announces the Release of the Version 2.0 Specification

source: AAIA press release

BETHESDA, MD - Aug. 3, 2004, the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) has announced the release of the i*SHOP version 2.0 specification, marking an advancement in the industry standard for the interoperability of shop equipment and systems.

Building on the strengths of the first specification released in July 2001, version 2.0 provides additional interface standards for parts information, parts line filtering, parts buyer's guide, specification data, parts photos, supply chain stocking locations and XML-based diagnostic and inspection results information.

According to the company, when a shop is equipped with certified i*SHOP service management systems, diagnostic machines and information servers, all the data needed to service the vehicle is available at the fingertips of technicians and service writers. Shop productivity increases with integrated shop equipment by allowing the technician to view needed information right from their bay. i*SHOP integration enhances communication with the vehicle owner, enabling the service writer to use multiple information sources to effectively demonstrate how the job was done.

"i*SHOP compliant products allow shop owners to choose the best products for their needs in the front and back shop, and enjoy all the advantages of full connectivity. i*SHOP version 2.0 is evidence of the continuing evolution and growing sophistication of the industry standard," said Scott Luckett, AAIA vice president of technology standards and solutions.

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