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Mark Zachos at the SAE Government/Industry Meeting in Washington, DC

Mark Zachos with SAE CEO
DG Technologies President Mark Zachos attended the SAE Government Industry Meeting in Washington, DC.  

DG Technologies president Mark Zachos was in Washington, D.C., Jan. 16-18, 2024, for the Society of Automotive Engineer’s (SAE) Government/Industry Meeting. Held annually in conjunction with the Washington, DC Auto Show, the SAE forum brings together representatives from regulatory agencies and the auto industry to give them an opportunity to work to find mutual understanding and set industry standards on issues including safety, security, emissions control and energy for future vehicle design.

Zachos, an SAE fellow who is also past president of the Detroit Section of the organization, attended the conference’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Cyber Workshop, which covered the safety and vulnerability of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). Participating in the Government/Industry Meeting every year “gives our company insight and understanding where those future regulations might affect our business and our customers, and from that, DG can enhance our products and services,” he said.

Mark Zachos poses in front of the Cybersecurity workshop graphic at SAE.
Mark Zachos at the SAE Cybersecurity Workshop

DG Technologies’ trusted DPA XL and VSI NxGen diagnostic and reprogramming tools are examples of how Zachos’s involvement in events like the Government/Industry Meeting benefit the company as well as the industry.

“From the relationships we build there, I know who’s who in government agencies and they know me and SAE,” said Zachos, who also teaches at University of Detroit Mercy where he helped create and continues to serve as director of the Vehicle Cyber Engineering Lab. “It helps in working together.”

The DPA XL and VSI NxGen both feature DG Technologies’ own CyberGuard cybersecurity protection as well as adhere to J2534, an SAE-designed interface standard that is mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for vehicle electronic control unit (ECU) reprogramming. According to SAE International, this standard “provides the framework to allow reprogramming software applications from all vehicle manufacturers the flexibility to work with multiple vehicle data link interface tools from multiple tool suppliers. This system enables each vehicle manufacturer to control the programming sequence for ECUs in their vehicles, but allows a single set of programming hardware and vehicle interface (tools) to be used to program modules for all vehicle manufacturers.”

Panel of SAE International at the Washington, DC conference in January

With DG Technologies’ work focused on cybersecurity, diagnostics and engineering to benefit the technicians and engineers who use our products, the company continues to emphasize standards participation to help drive the automotive and truck industry forward. In addition to Zachos, several other DG employees are also involved directly with SAE, volunteering their time and expertise to serve on the SAE committees that generate those standards.

Regulations that come out of government, said Zachos, noting NHTSA and truck emissions regulations as examples, “all correspond in some way or another to SAE standards.”

Photo of the Washington Monument in Washington, DC.
Photo from Mark Zachos of the Washington Monument

 

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VSI NxGen 3.09: Now Available at DG Technologies

VSI NxGen Version 3.09 Is Now Available for Download!

DG Technologies, #1 in Secure Reprogramming, has just released the latest VSI NxGen software update on the DG Technologies downloads page. 

The VSI NxGen, DG-400-10795 is DG’s current SAE J2534-compliant Vehicle Standard Interface and contains current and future technology, secured by CyberGuard for years of dependable operation.  

This new version offers improvements in cybersecurity, reliability, speed and more. The VSI NxGen works for any make and any model. 

Version 3.09 features: 

  • Updated software, firmware, bootloader and other performance improvements 
  • D-PDU API validated for General Motors Tech2Win and other manufacturers 
  • A feature that allows for multiple connections to protocols on the same pins in J2534 
  • A change in CAN-related autobaud for 250k and 500k baud rate 
  • Firmware updated application enhancements for cybersecurity 

Our tools come complete with CyberGuard protection to secure your reprogramming actions! 

Download the VSI NxGen Version 3.09 at www.dgtech.com/downloads. DG Technologies ensures that all tools stay up to date, and recommends all users bookmark or save this page for future updating.  

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DPA XL Update: Version 3.09 is Now Available for Download!

DPA XL Version 3.09: Now Available from the DG Technologies Downloads Page

DG Technologies, #1 in Secure Diagnostics, has just released its DPA XL Version 3.09. We’ve updated speed, compatibility and cybersecurity unlike any other product on the market today.

Among the enhancements, improvements and other minor adjustments, Version 3.09 Features:

  • New firmware, bootloader and other updates.
  • Added a feature that allows for multiple connections to CAN/ISO15765/J1939 protocols
  • A change in the CAN-related autobaud to 250k and 500k baud rate
  • Firmware updated application enhancements for cybersecurity
  • Other enhancements and minor fixes to help Protect Your Uptime

Find the new DPA XL Version 3.09 on the DG Technologies downloads page. And visit our TruckConnect Portal, through our website www.dgtech.com or directly at www.truck-connect.com, to learn how to Protect Your Uptime with DPA Health to enhance fleet maintenance efficiency and DPA MD for Android to put the power of DPA XL in the palm of your hand.

DG Technologies’ tools are designed to Protect Your Uptime. Find out more information and detailed literature and resources at https://www.dgtech.com/cyber-security/. For future updates and general company news, please follow our social media pages below.

Our customers rely on DG Technologies for the most secure solutions to their maintenance, fleet and engineering needs. All DG Technologies solutions have a focus on security, reliability, durability, and are packed with over 30 years of company experience and expertise. Save time and money in the office, shop, or your own garage with DG Technologies products and services.

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Mark Zachos at ETI Winter Tech Week

ETI Winter Tech Week

With DG Technologies’ trusted line of secure diagnostic and engineering tools, like VSI NxGen for cars and Beacon for Developers, company president Mark Zachos made it a priority to be at ETI’s annual Winter Tech Week.

Zachos was in Torrance, Calif., last week for the event, organized by the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) and the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association to communicate new information, technologies and tool requirements for servicing current models and future vehicles.

He said being at Winter Tech Week is beneficial to “stay current with vehicle maintenance technology including potential regulations both in the U.S. and abroad.”

The event each year gives attendees an opportunity to meet and collaborate with OEMs, engineers, service tool providers, regulators and designers.

The main focus for us at DG Technologies is to actively participate to ensure that our tools, equipment and information are available to repair shops by the time the new models hit the streets. Through OEM presentations, panel discussions and hands-on demonstrations, industry professionals discuss the upcoming service needs of new makes and models, and the changes necessary in the tool and equipment industry to meet those needs.

Current DG Technologies customers that participate include AVL, Burke Porter, Continental, Denso, Hino, Honda, Isuzu, Matco, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Fuso, Nissan, Subaru (Fuji Heavy Industries), Suzuki Toyota and Kia.

DG Technologies supplies products to both vehicle manufacturers and aftermarket companies and the event is a great way to confirm that our products are out in front of any changes coming and to help confirm they work with all vehicles.

While he was in town for the event, Zachos was able to visit the American Honda Collection Hall at Honda’s U.S. headquarters in Torrance. “The new Honda Museum was outstanding,” Zachos said.

According to Motor Trend Magazine, the collection, which opened this fall after being stored for the last 20 years in an undisclosed warehouse and continually added to by American Honda staffers, “might be the best-worst kept secret in the California car scene.”

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DG Technologies’ Upcoming Heavy-Duty Protocol Training

Elevate your Expertise with DG Technologies’ Heavy-Duty Protocol Training

Are you an engineer who works with CAN networks in the heavy-duty automotive industry? Are you looking to enhance your skills and knowledge to stay ahead of the curve in this field? Join Mark Zachos, industry expert and DG Technologies president and founder, for our two-day Heavy-Duty Protocols training class Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at our Farmington Hills, Mich., location. In the course Zachos will dive into the fundamentals required for developing heavy-duty vehicle communications protocols. With cybersecurity at the forefront of everything DG Technologies does, as well as a part of every DG diagnostic tool, Zachos incorporates it specifically into this class.

Course Highlights:

  1. Introductory CAN knowledge: Learn about Controller Area Networks (CAN) and their heavy-duty applications.
  2. Practical hands-on training: Get experience with the latest tools and techniques.
  3. Industry-relevant content: Explore real-world scenarios to apply your knowledge effectively.
  4. DG Technologies expertise: Benefit from the extensive experience of DG Technologies, a renowned leader in the field.
  5. Networking opportunities: Connect with others in the industry and expand your professional network.

By attending this training, you will be equipped with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to troubleshoot CAN network issues and contribute to the success of your organization.

Don’t miss the opportunity to take your expertise to the next level. Space is limited so secure your spot today!

For more information on the classes we offer, visit www.dgtech.com/training. To register, call 248-888-2000 or email sales@dgtech.com.

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CAN for Vehicle Applications Training by DG Technologies’ Mark Zachos!

Controller Area Network for Vehicle Applications Training from DG Technologies’ Mark Zachos

DG Technologies president and industry expert Mark Zachos was at the SAE World Automotive Headquarters in Troy, Michigan, last week teaching Controller Area Network (CAN) for Vehicle Applications.

Approved for use as an International Standards Organization (ISO) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) diagnostic network, the Controller Area Network has become the standard of choice for most automotive manufacturers, and its usage continues to grow.

Geared toward validation engineers, test engineers, embedded programmers and those working with applications using CAN, Zachos’s course covers the theory and use of the CAN protocol and its applications in the automotive industry. Zachos uses DG Technologies’ CyberTech Truck in a Box training tool kit, which contains diagnostic and simulator tools – including DG’s trusted DPA XL CAN tool – gages, cables, modules and more, to demonstrate CAN network hackings.

Coming up: There are still spots left in Zachos’s Heavy-Duty Protocols training class Nov. 30 to Dec. 1 at DG Technologies in Farmington Hills, Mich. For more information or to register for the class visit: dgtech.com/training.

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Training from DG Technologies

Training from DG Technologies

Along with our expansive catalog of products and services, DG Technologies also offers world-class industry training.

This fall, DG president and founder Mark Zachos will teach Heavy-Duty Protocol Training.

In the course, Zachos will dive into the fundamentals required for developing heavy-duty vehicle communications protocols. With cybersecurity at the forefront of everything DG Technologies does, as well as a part of every DG diagnostic tool, Zachos incorporates it specifically into this class.

Zachos has more than 30 years of engineering experience in automotive electronics, cybersecurity, vehicle diagnostics and communications. He has authored technical papers on On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) and in-vehicle networking and holds more than 10 patents in vehicle communications technology. He heads several advisory groups and standards teams within the Society of Engineers and the American Trucking Association, and sits on the Oakland County (MI) Connected Vehicle Task Force, where his focus is secure connected vehicle deployment. He has been directly involved with the development of more than 25 light and heavy-duty vehicle technical standards.

A well-known instructor, Zachos teaches embedded programming, CANbus and vehicle cybersecurity at The University of Michigan-Dearborn and instructs hackers at the U.S. Army TARDEC CyberTruck Challenge. DG Technologies also offers classes in Introduction to Car Hacking with CANbus, Automotive Ethernet Basics, Diagnostics CAN-Basic OBD, and CAN and Higher Layer Protocols.

Classes are taught in Metro Detroit, and can be customized to be offered elsewhere on location.

For more information on the classes we offer, visit www.dgtech.com/training. To register, call 248-888-2000 or email sales@dgtech.com.

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VSI NxGen 3.08 Update is now Available from DG Technologies!

VSI NxGen Version 3.08 Is Now Available for Download!

VSI NxGen version 3.08 graphic to promote the new update being available from the downloads section at DG Technologies website
DG Technologies, #1 in Secure Reprogramming, has just released the latest VSI NxGen software update on the DG Technologies downloads page.

The VSI NxGen is DG’s most current SAE J2534-compliant Vehicle Standard Interface and contains current and future technologies, secured by CyberGuard.

This new version was developed by our CyberTech brand team to provide the latest cybersecurity technology along with performance and stability improvements! The VSI NxGen supports Any Car, Any Year!

Version 3.08 features:

– New CyberGuard features
– ISO15765 support improvements
– Smoothed disconnections
– Improved the CAN receive throughput performance
– Improved heavy bus load communication performance during reprogramming
– Other minor enhancements and improvements

Our tools come complete with CyberGuard protection from DG Technologies! Download the VSI NxGen Version 3.08 at www.dgtech.com/downloads. DG recommends all users bookmark or save this page for future updating, and to follow our social media pages below for the quickest access to new products, updates and more from DG Technologies.

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Latest DPA XL Update, Version 3.08 is now Available from DG Technologies!

The latest DPA XL software update is now available for download!

DG Technologies, the leader in Secure Diagnostics, has just released its DPA XL Version 3.08. This newest software version, created to accompany DG’s trusted DPA XL, a PC-based pass-thru scan tool, offers updates in speed, compatibility and cybersecurity unlike any other product on the market today.

Among the enhancements, improvements and other minor adjustments, Version 3.08 Features:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Enhanced speed for ISO15765 communication
  • Updated RP1210 auto baud support
  • Added improvements in smooth disconnections
  • Improved CAN throughput performance
  • Improved heavy bus load communication speed
  • Firmware updated application enhancements for cybersecurity

Find the new DPA XL Version 3.08 on the DG Technologies downloads page. And visit our TruckConnect Portal, through our website www.dgtech.com or directly at www.truck-connect.com, to learn how to Protect Your Uptime with DPA Health to enhance fleet maintenance efficiency and DPA MD for Android to put the power of DPA XL in the palm of your hand.

DG Technologies’ tools are designed to ‘Protect Your Uptime’. Find out more information and detailed literature and resources at https://www.dgtech.com/cyber-security/.

Our customers rely on DG Technologies for the most secure solutions to their maintenance, fleet and engineering needs to interact with any vehicle system. All DG Technologies solutions have a focus on security, reliability, durability, and are packed with over 30 years of company experience and expertise. Save time and money in the office, shop, or your own garage with DG Technologies products and services.

Shop Now!: https://www.dgtech.com/shop/
DPA XL: https://www.dgtech.com/dpaxl/
VSI NxGen:
https://www.dgtech.com/vsi-nxgen/
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Prognostics Panel at SAE COMVEC 2023

DG Technologies at SAE COMVEC in Chicago

DG Technologies at SAE COMVEC in Chicago

DG Technologies was in Chicago last week as part of the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) annual COMVEC forum to exchange ideas with fellow industry experts about the latest in critical topics like electrification, ADAS development, propulsion advancements, emissions reduction efforts and digital and software innovation, and about how DG’s products and the DPA Health application in particular fit in to the commercial vehicle industry as it moves into the future.

Prognostics Panel at SAE COMVEC 2023

This year’s SAE COMVEC, held Sept. 19-21, had 840 people in attendance including 200 high school students from the Chicago area.

With its 35-year-history as an industry leader in secure commercial vehicle diagnostics, DG Technologies looks forward to COMVEC each year to gather with other professionals from OEMs, suppliers, government and academia to connect and share the most recent innovations and technologies in their work to prepare for the future of the industry.

Mark Pope, DG Technologies’ Product Specialist and Education Coordinator, organized and moderated the forum’s panel discussion on Reliability, Diagnostics and Prognostics for Critical Vehicle Electronic Systems. Panelists were Andreas Hege of RA Consulting and Steven Holland of VHM Innovations.

DG partners with RA Consulting to sell Silver Scan-Tool software, and with Softing Automotive, experts in UDS development tools and the TestCUBE2, a configurable hardware solution for simulating ECU diagnostics with real bus communication.

SAE COMVEC was held in Chicago, here are presentations on the Prognostics panel.

“On-board diagnostics have been around for a long time and are well understood and standardized,” Pope explained in his description of the panel discussion. “Huge amounts of diagnostic data have piled up over the years. Many variants and dimensions must be supported. Fortunately, the data are machine readable.”

The presentation offered an overview of the evolution of big data techniques to promote prognostic development and provided case studies for the next generation of prognostics development.

“Our DPA Health application directly relates to this program,” Pope said. DPA Health is DG Technologies’ cloud-based fleet management software for truck electrical systems. The application offers technicians “the capability to look at various vehicle electrical components and replace them before a possible breakdown of the part and possible breakdown of the vehicle,” he said.

A PC software application that runs on a laptop, DPA Health communicates to the truck through a DG Technologies DPA XL diagnostics and reprogramming VDA and securely extracts data from the vehicle network, giving fleet managers and owners an overall view of the health of their vehicles’ electrical systems components.

SAE International in its COMVEC literature calls commercial vehicles essential. As an industry we must ensure their reliability and efficiency by coming together to discuss trends, share successes, and discover new technologies.

DG Technologies’ tools are designed to ‘Protect Your Uptime’. Find out more information and detailed literature and resources at https://www.dgtech.com/cyber-security/.

Our customers rely on DG Technologies for the most secure solutions to their maintenance, fleet and engineering needs to interact with any vehicle system. All DG Technologies solutions have a focus on security, reliability, durability, and are packed with over 30 years of company experience and expertise. Save time and money in the office, shop, or your own garage with DG Technologies products and services.

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