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DG Technologies at the 2023 On-Board Diagnostics Symposium

DG Technologies at the 2023 On-Board Diagnostics Symposium

DG Technologies was excited to take part last week in the Society of Automotive Engineers 2023 On-Board Diagnostics Symposium-Americas in Indianapolis and exchange ideas with other industry leaders on the latest emission rules and technologies in vehicle diagnostics.

Mark Zachos poses at the SAE on-board diagnostics Symposium in Indianapolis, IN.
Mark Zachos takes a selfie at the OBD Diagnostics Symposium

 

Billed by SAE as “the industry’s relied upon resource – providing access to technology, standards and regulatory information for automotive engineering geared at meeting CARB, EPA and European Commission ground vehicle emissions regulations,” the annual symposium brings together leaders in powertrain diagnostics from the light- and heavy-duty automotive industry and the commercial vehicle on- and off-road industry to discuss relevant and timely technical topics that directly influence ground vehicle emissions reduction efforts.

“It’s one of the premier SAE events that our business goes to,” said Mark Zachos, founder of the Dearborn Group and president of DG Technologies, who represented the company at the symposium. Personally, Zachos also works on OBD technology in the SAE committees he sits on. “The opportunity to learn from the industry’s experts face-to-face and in person is second to none.”

This year’s symposium addressed updates on current and proposed rulemaking from regulatory entities from around the world, strategies being employed to ensure powertrains meet current and upcoming global regulations in North America, Europe and China, the most up-to-date global standards development initiatives, the latest on diagnostic challenges and solutions relating to zero-emission vehicles, upcoming industry trends, information on OBD systems development and SAE standards associated with light-and heavy-duty emissions controls.

SAE Presentation in Indianapolis at the On-Board Diagnostics Symposium-Americas
The SAE OBD Symposium took place in Indianapolis from September 12th-14th

 

A particular challenge generating discussion this year, Zachos said, was how the industry should be working to transfer the State of California’s new OBD emissions regulations for gas-powered engines to electric vehicles, for which there currently is no universal mandate.

“SAE has been a great experience,” said Mark Laleman, DG Technologies’ OBD regulations and diagnostics standards technical expert. “Our work on the diagnostic committees is rewarding and also provides us the opportunity to help structure the future of diagnostic communication.” Although not in attendance with Zachos this year, Laleman has long been involved with organizing the event and for the last two decades has also served on the SAE diagnostic committees.

Laleman said participating in the OBD symposium is beneficial to the company for many reasons, including networking with fellow industry experts to exchange ideas about the latest regulations and making contacts with OEMs and suppliers who use DG’s products or may be interested in trying them. It also gives the company the opportunity to interact with government regulators and provide DG Technologies’ experience on diagnostic communication capabilities.

For Zachos’s part, he serves as chairman of several technical standards teams including the American Trucking Association TMC Fleet Maintenance Cybersecurity Task Force, the SAE J1939 Network Security Task Force, the SAE J3005 (OBD dongle security) and the SAE Data Link Connector Security Committee. He also sits on the Oakland County Connected Vehicle Task Force on secure connected vehicle deployment, has authored numerous technical papers on on-board diagnostics and in-vehicle networking and holds patents on vehicle communications technology.

“Mark has a passion for volunteering and participating and that shapes the culture of DG,” said John McNelis, DG Technologies sales and marketing manager. He noted that the committee and task force positions that Zachos, Laleman and others in the company hold with SAE and other industry organizations are voluntary. “It’s something our company feels strongly about.”

 

 

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/
Cybersecurity:
https://www.dgtech.com/cyber-security/
Technical Support:
https://www.dgtech.com/tech-support/
Contact Us:
https://www.dgtech.com/contact-info/

Follow DG!

Twitter: www.twitter.com/dgtechnologies
Facebook: www.facebook.com/vehiclenetworksolutions
Instagram: www.instagram.com/dg_technologies
YouTube: www.youtube.com/@DGTechnologies
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/dg-technologies_561427

For further information:

Dearborn Group Inc.
33604 West Eight Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
1-248-888-2000
info@dgtech.com

General Contact:  

Mr. John McNelis
Sales and Marketing Manager
jmcnelis@dgtech.com

SAE Supercharged on the Road: Plante Moran

DG Technologies’ Mark Zachos Hosts SAE Supercharged: On the Road at Plante Moran

DG Technologies President and Former SAE Detroit Section Chair Mark Zachos continues the SAE Supercharged series today, as he takes us on the road to Southfield, MI to Plante Moran. While here, we caught up with Dave Andrea to take us through some of the ins and outs of the industry from WRI pie charts and graphs to building business trust.

Check out the video, learn a thing or two, and subscribe! There’s plenty more to come while ‘on the road’ with SAE!

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/
Cybersecurity:
https://www.dgtech.com/cyber-security/
Technical Support:
https://www.dgtech.com/tech-support/
Contact Us:
https://www.dgtech.com/contact-info/

Follow DG!

Twitter: www.twitter.com/dgtechnologies
Facebook: www.facebook.com/vehiclenetworksolutions
Instagram: www.instagram.com/dg_technologies
YouTube: www.youtube.com/@DGTechnologies
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/dg-technologies_561427

For further information:

Dearborn Group Inc.
33604 West Eight Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
1-248-888-2000
info@dgtech.com

General Contact:  

Mr. John McNelis
Sales and Marketing Manager
jmcnelis@dgtech.com

DG Technologies at the TMC Fall Meeting & National Technician Skills Competitions

DG Technologies at the TMC Fall Meeting & National Technician Skills Competitions

DG Technologies will be at the TMC Fall Meeting & National Technician Skills Competitions on September 17th through the 21st at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, OH.

Beginning on Sunday, September 17th, on Heavy-Duty day 1, DG Technologies will be at station HD11, where our experts will be hosting the Cybersecurity station of TMC SuperTech. “TMCSuperTech is North America’s premier skills competition for professional commercial vehicle technicians. TMCSuperTech contestants come from all segments of the trucking industry, and many are state, regional or corporate champions.”

TMC SuperTech 2023 logo for the TMC Annual Fall Meeting in Cleveland.
TMC SuperTech will be held in Cleveland

Then, on Monday, we’ll be hosting Cybersecurity at skills station FT8 for Future Tech 2023. Each competitor in both stations will compete in various scenarios including a vehicle diagnostic scenario and hands-on work.

Our involvement at the TMC Fall Meeting doesn’t end there, as DG Technologies President Mark Zachos will be presenting on September 18th at 10:30 am, on ‘Cybersecurity Issues’, exploring preventative cybersecurity methods, developing guidelines for fleets, and more!

Mark Zachos speaking on Cybersecurity, he will also be presenting at the TMC Fall Meeting
Mark Zachos, DG President, will be speaking at the TMC Fall Meeting on September 18th.

DG Technologies is proud to sponsor the Vehicle Cybersecurity Station, we look forward to not only attending, teaching and sponsoring, but also donating a prize. The winner of the HD11 Cybersecurity station will receive a 1 year subscription to our DPA Health software along with a special DPA XL, custom laser DPA XL special for event, one of a kind, retail value of $820.00, The 1 year subscription to our DPA Health software application has a $3000 retail value.

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/
Cybersecurity:
https://www.dgtech.com/cyber-security/
Technical Support:
https://www.dgtech.com/tech-support/
Contact Us:
https://www.dgtech.com/contact-info/

Follow DG!

Twitter: www.twitter.com/dgtechnologies
Facebook: www.facebook.com/vehiclenetworksolutions
Instagram: www.instagram.com/dg_technologies
YouTube: www.youtube.com/@DGTechnologies
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/dg-technologies_561427

For further information:

Dearborn Group Inc.
33604 West Eight Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
1-248-888-2000
info@dgtech.com

General Contact:  

Mr. John McNelis
Sales and Marketing Manager
jmcnelis@dgtech.com

Mark Zachos speaking about CyberUp at GVSETS 2023

DG Technologies Presents CyberUP at 15th Annual NDIA Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering Technology Symposium

CyberUP logo

DG Technologies Presents ‘CyberUP’ at 15th Annual NDIA Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering Technology Symposium

(August 16th. 2023 — NOVI, MI) DG Technologies is proud to have been selected to present our Heavy Vehicle Cybersecurity Solutions paper, ‘CyberUP’ at the National Defense Industrial Associations Michigan Chapter, Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering Technology Symposium, NDIA GVSETS. This is the 15th Annual meeting and DG Technologies has been a proud supporter, participant and sponsor each year. It is special for the company and our employees to be able to support our Warfighters in such critical way.

Mark Zachos speaking about CyberUp at GVSETS 2023
DG Technologies President Mark Zachos takes the podium to speak about Heavy Vehicle Cybersecurity through CyberUP

 

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/. Stay tuned for more information regarding CyberUP.

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/
Cybersecurity:
https://www.dgtech.com/cyber-security/
Technical Support:
https://www.dgtech.com/tech-support/
Contact Us:
https://www.dgtech.com/contact-info/

Follow DG!

Twitter: www.twitter.com/dgtechnologies
Facebook: www.facebook.com/vehiclenetworksolutions
Instagram: www.instagram.com/dg_technologies
YouTube: www.youtube.com/@DGTechnologies
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/dg-technologies_561427

For further information:

Dearborn Group Inc.
33604 West Eight Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
1-248-888-2000
info@dgtech.com

General Contact:  

Mr. John McNelis
Sales and Marketing Manager
jmcnelis@dgtech.com

DPA Health User Overview

DPA Health User Overview

DPA Health is the all-new DG Technologies cloud-based Fleet Management software for truck electrical systems, including Batteries, Starters and alternators!

DPA Health benefits the user with:

– Reduced Predictive Maintenance time (3-4 minutes vs. 45 minutes for RP129)
– Providing off-board diagnostics and prognostics of the primary electrical system (Battery, Starter, Alternator, and Cable) through the vehicle diagnostic connector
– Report Generation through the Truck-Connect.com portal
– Data files automatically transferred to Cloud Dashboard
– Data Storage large enough for the largest vehicle fleets
– State of Health analysis of Charging Circuit, Battery Pack, and Starting Circuit

In this video, John gives a tutorial on how you can get started with the www.truck-connect.com portal and DPA Health, as well as introduces you to the DPA Mobile Diagnostics Android app. From there, he explains how to start the process with your new DPA XL diagnostic device and cut your usual 45 minute predictive maintenance time into just a 3-4 minute test!

DPA Health is a PC software application that runs on a laptop, plugs into the truck through a DG Technologies DPA XL. The software securely extracts data from the vehicle network, sends that encrypted data to the cloud through your wireless connection from the PC and in less than 5 minutes you can see the results for state of health of your vehicles electrical system components. Fleet managers and owners can then log into the www.truck-connect.com portal and get an overall view of their entire vehicle fleet.

The DPA XL

The DPA XL is the key ingredient to all things TruckConnect. Whether you’re using our DPA Health application, connecting to our Android Mobile App, or using Synercon Technologies’ TruckCrypt software, the DPA XL Heavy Duty diagnostic scan tool will Protect Your Uptime when using TruckConnect.

The DPA XL is DG Technologies’ newest, TMC RP1210 compliant Dearborn Protocol Adapter (DPA) with current and future technologies built-in for years of shop services. It is the leading tool of choice for Diagnostics and Reprogramming of Heavy-Duty, Medium-Duty and some Light-Duty vehicles and covers over-the-road, bus, construction, agricultural, military, industrial stationary equipment and fleet vehicle segments.

Shop Now!: https://www.dgtech.com/shop/
DPA XL: https://www.dgtech.com/dpaxl/
VSI NxGen:
https://www.dgtech.com/vsi-nxgen/
Cybersecurity:
https://www.dgtech.com/cyber-security/
Technical Support:
https://www.dgtech.com/tech-support/
Contact Us:
https://www.dgtech.com/contact-info/

Follow DG!

Twitter: www.twitter.com/dgtechnologies
Facebook: www.facebook.com/vehiclenetworksolutions
Instagram: www.instagram.com/dg_technologies
YouTube: www.youtube.com/@DGTechnologies
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/dg-technologies_561427

For further information:

Dearborn Group Inc.
33604 West Eight Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
1-248-888-2000
info@dgtech.com

General Contact:  

Mr. John McNelis
Sales and Marketing Manager
jmcnelis@dgtech.com

Announcing the All New Integrated Support Services for DG Technologies and Synercon Technologies

PRESS RELEASE
Farmington Hills, MI, USA, July 27, 2023 – Announcing the All New Integrated Support Services for DG Technologies and Synercon Technologies

Dearborn Group, Inc., Announces Integration to Enhance Customer Support

Effective immediately Dearborn Group Inc., announces the merger of Sales and Technical Support Teams and contact information for DG Technologies and Synercon Technologies.

We’ve combined our resources to improve our already industry leading technical and sales support. Our USA based group will now be available to assist you from a single phone number and email address.

You can now reach both the Synercon Technologies and DG Technologies Teams at 1-248-888-2000 or techsupp@dgtech.com! You can still reach Sales at sales@synercontechnologies.com or sales@dgtech.com.

Our fully trained and dedicated staff is here to help whether you work for a vehicle OEM, Tier supplier, Fleet, Law Enforcement Agency, Consultant, Independent or DIY’r and whether you use DG Technologies products or Synercon Technologies products.

Our People, products and services are all part of the leading Vehicle Networks Solutions group of companies under Dearborn Group, Inc.

Dearborn Group Inc, a diagnostics and vehicle network solutions provider for over 35 years, has worked in association with, and alongside many domestic and foreign OEMs, and Tier 1 & 2 suppliers to the automotive, heavy-duty, agriculture, off-road, cybersecurity and recreational vehicle transportation markets.  Dearborn Group has a long affiliation and ties to SAE International, American Trucking Association’s (ATA’s) Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC), tier 1 & 2 supplier organizations, and is a leading provider of aftermarket diagnostic products, engineering development tools, DG CyberTech and heavy vehicle digital forensics.

For further information:

Dearborn Group Inc.
33604 West Eight Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
1-248-888-2000
info@dgtech.com

General Contact:  

Mr. John McNelis
Sales and Marketing Manager
jmcnelis@dgtech.com

VSI NxGen Version 3.07, Available Now for Download!

FARMINGTON HILLS, MICHIGAN (7/10/2023) – The VSI NxGen automotive diagnostic tool has received a new release from DG Technologies, #1 in Secure Diagnostics. Version 3.07 is out now, enhancing your J2534 adapter with new cybersecurity and firmware updates. The VSI NxGen works on all makes and models!

Download Here

Version 3.07 Update Includes:

  • Improved speed and performance
  • Enhanced security features
  • J2534 VSI NxGen DLL 04.04/05.00 updates
  • J2534SDK updated
  • Start/Stop and Connect/Disconnect improvements for ISO9141/ISO14230
  • ISO15765 flow control enhancements
  • Connection/disconnection CAN-related protocol improvements
  • Latest OEM software compatibility updates
  • Minor fixes and improvements

DG Technologies’ VSI NxGen latest and most secure device providing technicians & vehicle security professionals ECU programming, ADAS calibration, diagnostics and security access with J2534-1/-2 compliance while using OEM software subscriptions. Free DGD diagnostic software included.

Contact DG sales: 

John McNelis
sales@dgtech.com
(248) 888-2000
33604 W Eight Mile Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI 48335

Technical Support:
techsupp@dgtech.com
(248) 888-2000

DG Technologies
www.dgtech.com
33604 W Eight Mile Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
(248) 888-2000

Follow DG!

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YouTube: www.youtube.com/@DGTechnologies
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/dg-technologies_561427

DPA XL Version 3.07 is Now Available for Download!

DPA XL Version 3.07 is Now Available for Download!

FARMINGTON HILLS, MICHIGAN (7/7/2023) – The DPA XL has received a new release from DG Technologies, #1 in Secure Diagnostics. Version 3.07 focuses on further enhancing our latest commercial medium and heavy-duty adapter with new software cybersecurity and firmware updates. The DPA XL is designed to Protect Your Uptime!

Download Here

Version 3.07 Update Includes:

  • Improved speed and performance
  • Enhanced security features
  • RP1210 CAN-related autobaud connection improved
  • Start/Stop and Connect/Disconnect improvements for engineering applications
  • Compatibility validation with additional OEM applications

Remember to check TruckConnect to find more ways we are driving innovation to Protect Your Uptime! Find out how DPA Health can enhance fleet maintenance efficiency and DPA MD for Android can put the DPA XL power in the palm of your hand.

Contact DG sales: 

John McNelis
sales@dgtech.com
(248) 888-2000
33604 W Eight Mile Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI 48335

Technical Support:
techsupp@dgtech.com
(248) 888-2000

DG Technologies
www.dgtech.com
33604 W Eight Mile Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
(248) 888-2000

Follow DG!

Twitter: www.twitter.com/dgtechnologies
Facebook: www.facebook.com/vehiclenetworksolutions
Instagram: www.instagram.com/dg_technologies
YouTube: www.youtube.com/@DGTechnologies
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/dg-technologies_561427

The Basics to Protecting Your Data

DG Technologies Cybersecurity: The Basics to Protecting Your Data

With DG Technologies having a major presence in various Cybersecurity events, teaching courses and implementing Cyber protection in all of our business and products, it is important to us to relay our message to our customers to secure technology in the transportation industry.

First, lets talk about Business Email Compromise, or BEC. Business Email Compromise is a rising phishing trend that relies on people’s helpfulness. Fraudsters use this type of phishing attack to impersonate an executive to con an employee into sending wire transfers to a fraudulent account. When successful, BEC attacks have a dramatic financial impact, accounting for approximately $1.8 billion in adjusted losses in 2020.

Hackers can even mimic login pages for business platforms users are familiar with such as Microsoft Office. These are used to steal credentials from links sent to recipients via email, prompting the user to log into their account, in turn stealing sensitive information. Now that the information is input into their mimic login page, scammers now have access to that users’ account.

Scams such as this caused 90% of data breaches in 2020. Employees are falling for phishing scams at an alarming rate. Therefore, it is important to educate employees on the risks of these emails, how to spot them and to pay attention to the emails they are receiving. Cybercriminals have ramped up their efforts due to their success in these attempts, and will only continue to do so as long as their tricks are effective.

Think before you click

Phishing attempts are avoidable, though it may be easier said than done. Step one in helping your business avoid phishing attempts is to make sure employees recognize them as soon as possible. Phishing emails encourage and trick users to click links, open attachments and take action on items. They can be very convincing and look almost identical to the site or page they are mimicking. According to Cisco’s 2021 cybersecurity report, at least one person clicked a phishing link in approximately 86% of organizations surveyed.

Below are a few ways to help identify an email attack in disguise:

  • You aren’t expecting the email or don’t recognize the sender. Never click any links or open attachments from suspicious emails.
  • The hyperlink directs to a different website. Hover your mouse over a URL without clicking it to display the actual link at the bottom of your browser window. If the link is different from what you expect, don’t click it.
  • The email is unexpected but includes company branding. Don’t assume emails with the correct company logo or colors are legitimate. Cybercriminals often use professional “phishing kits” to match the logo, website, and email formats of organizations.
  • The email contains typos and grammatical errors. Cybercriminals often have errors in their phishing attacks found in the subject line, email address, email body, or URLs.
  • The email demands you send personal or confidential information, such as account numbers, login credentials, or passwords. Financial institutions and government agencies will never email you to request this type of personal information.
  • The email includes urgent messages or threats. Cybercriminals count on recipients to act without thinking and include wording such as, “We suspended your account due to unusual activity. Click here now to verify your name and date of birth!”
  • The “sender” is an executive demanding money via wire transfer or gift card. Don’t act rashly when you see urgent emails from executives within your company.

Your first line of defense: Your Employees

Make sure you are educating employees and on the signs of a phishing email attempt. Cybercriminals are targeting employees all over the world , having educated employees can significantly reduce the risk of a potential attacks.

  • Create a robust security awareness program. Preventing fraud begins with training your employees. Your cybersecurity protocols are only as strong as your weakest employee when it comes to cybersecurity know-how. Continuously train employees on the newest methods of cyberattacks and preventative measures.
  • Add an external email banner. This is a banner that appears at the top of emails when the sender is from outside your organization. Using an external email banner draws attention to the fact that the message isn’t from someone within the company, which can help your employees be more vigilant to potential phishing attempts.
  • Empower employees to verify vendor requests. Fraudsters watch traffic between companies to identify the vendors they use, then pose as those vendors to request changes to an existing account or divert funds to new account. Employees should be trained to contact vendors using other established communication channels to verify any unexpected or suspicious request.
  • Put a reporting process in place. Develop a process for employees to report suspicious emails to your cybersecurity team. Remind employees that reporting these emails can help to protect them, their fellow colleagues, and the entire organization from fraud.

Cybersecurity is an ever-growing concern especially in the transportation industry and it cannot be understated the importance of keeping employees and customers informed to prevent as many attacks as possible.

We hope this article can shed some light on the threats we see today and encourage all to follow DG Technologies for more information on Cybersecurity, and how to keep your company safe from online threats.

DG Technologies
www.dgtech.com
33604 W Eight Mile Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
(248) 888-2000

Follow DG!

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Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/dg-technologies_561427