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ALLDATA Leverages AAIA Standards to Advance the Shop of Tomorrow
By ALLDATA
Oct 27, 2011, 11:24

ELK GROVE, CA, Oct. 25, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ALLDATA LLC, the leading provider of manufacturers' automotive repair information and solutions for the professional automotive service and collision repair industries announced today that for the third year in a row, they will participate in the AIAA's Shop of Tomorrow at the upcoming 2011 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas. ALLDATA will show how repair and diagnostic information could significantly impact the future of the automotive repair industry. In addition to participating at the Shop of Tomorrow, booth #3066, ALLDATA will also exhibit directly across the aisle at booth #3265.

Leveraging standards developed by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), ALLDATA will demonstrate how a telematics device can enable communication between the car and the car's owner via an iPad2(R), and the car's preferred shop's management system. Notifications can range from simple maintenance reminders to diagnostic trouble codes. The demonstration will show how a driver might be alerted and/or be routed for service.

"For most repair professionals, it is already difficult to keep pace with the technical advances and diagnostic requirements that are now common with each new vehicle release," said ALLDATA Senior Product Marketing Manager, Ben Johnson. "We are exploring technologies that will help shops efficiently and effectively diagnose and repair complex problems. Efficiency and marketability of service have evolved as the key to remaining profitable in a highly competitive environment. Using telematics and industry standards, we will show how a shop might begin servicing the vehicle when the problem occurs, instead of when the vehicle shows up in the service bay."

"ALLDATA was an early advocate for standardized shop technology and continues to support the AAIA interface standards," said Scott Luckett, AAIA Vice President of Information Technology. "They have been aggressive in showcasing how standards can be leveraged to bring their products to the customer in new and innovative ways. Without standards such as iSHOP and ACES embedded into a shop's software and equipment, a shop may soon find it difficult to continue operating effectively."

iSHOP allows a wide range of shop systems to share customer and vehicle data as well as diagnostic results and other relevant information, reducing redundancies and unnecessary keystrokes. ACES (Aftermarket Catalog Enhanced Standard) is the North American industry standard for the management and exchange of automotive catalog applications data.

Presentations demonstrating these technologies will be held daily during the show at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. In addition, on November 3, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Johnson and Luckett will also present "Inside the Shop of Tomorrow and Aftermarket Telematics" as part of the AAPEX Learning Forum. The presentation will take place in the Venetian Hotel.

Stop by booth #3265 for information on all ALLDATA products or visit http://www.alldata.com.

About ALLDATA
ALLDATA, founded in 1986, with more than 80,000 automotive repair and collision shop subscribers, is the leading provider of manufacturers' service and repair information, shop management software and customer relations tools for the automotive repair and collision industries.

Professional automotive repair shops across North America depend on ALLDATA for their automotive repair information needs and to purchase parts from more than 2,200 AutoZone Commercial program locations. Visit www.alldata.com for more information.

ALLDATA(R) Collision(SM) S3500 is the single source of OEM collision repair information delivering unedited and regularly updated information for structural repairs, mechanical and diagnostic information. ALLDATA(R) Repair(SM)S3000 is the leading provider of comprehensive, factory-correct repair information for the automotive industry. Also available are: ALLDATA(R) Manage(SM), a strategic shop management system; ALLDATA(R) Market(SM), a web-based shop marketing tool to bring in new and repeat business and the AutoZone(R) Aftermarket Parts Catalog and AZ PartsConnect(R) program for aftermarket parts estimating and electronic ordering. ALLDATAdiy.com provides consumers with repair articles, factory technical service bulletins, and illustrations for a specific vehicle, along with a link to ALLDATA-approved repair shops. Visit www.alldata.com for more information.

About AutoZone
AutoZone is the leading retailer and a leading distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories in the United States. Each store carries an extensive product line for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks, including new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, and non-automotive products. Many stores also have a commercial sales program that provides commercial credit and prompt delivery of parts and other products to local, regional and national repair garages, dealers, service stations, and public sector accounts. AutoZone also sells the ALLDATA brand diagnostic and repair software. On the web at www.autozone.com, AutoZone sells auto and light truck parts and subscriptions to the ALLDATAdiy product, and its Commercial customers can make purchases through www.autozonepro.com. AutoZone does not derive revenue from automotive repair or installation.


CONTACT: Media Contact Information:
         ALLDATA
         Kathi Kankis at 888-892-2332
         Fax: 916-684-6933
         press.relations@alldata.com

         AutoZone Contact Information
         Media:  Ray Pohlman at 866-966-3017
         ray.pohlman@autozone.com
         Financial: Brian Campbell at 901-495-7005
         brian.campbell@autozone.com



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