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Information regarding anti-theft protection/diagnostics in line with BER in the European Union

General information about theft prevention:

You require online access to the appropriate systems of Volkswagen AG (GeKo / SVM) for repair of specially protected vehicle components and flashing of control units. Current use of GeKo requires separate request for access and availability of the appropriate hardware ("SecurID card").

The European Union (EU) regulates access of its member states to safety-related systems of vehicle manufacturers so that online access to the information necessary for repair is granted. Independent market participants from EU member states may request access in accordance with the currently valid legislation.
GeKo Audi and SVM Audi enable you to use the online connection of your VAS6150/6150A, VAS5051B, VAS5052A or your Offboard Diagnostic Information System diagnostic software to perform on the Audi central server, thereby considerably expanding the performance of your diagnostic tester.
What is GeKo?

GeKo (security and component protection) is a feature, which is available to users with the online connection of the Offboard Diagnostic Information System diagnostic software and allows teaching of engine immobiliser components (e.g. instrument clusters, engine control unit), keys and component protection (e.g. air conditioner, navigation, etc.) of the vehicle.
What is SVM?

SVM (Software Version Management) is another feature which is provided by online connection of the Offboard Diagnostic Information System diagnostic software. This enables process-safe control unit programming, as well as correct control unit installation. The feature also provides support for coding control units.
How can you use the GeKo / SVM features?
  • You must have installed the Offboard Diagnostic Information System diagnostic software. For more information, please refer to the erWinproduct assistant
  • For online connection, specific technical EDP requirements must be fulfilled. Furthermore, special user identification is required. For more information, please refer to erWin-Infotour
  • All additional companies and customers from EU member states as well as countries outside the EU can find additional information via their respective country importers (see importer directory).

In order to obtain a "GeKo" authorisation, specific information about the applicant as well as the operation is required. You must submit the following information to Audi or to the respective importer:

  • GeKo form (request for activation of user authorisation)
  • Original official photo identification must be viewed for checking identity of the Managing Director and the applicant. The identity document is not retained at any time. On request from the affected party, the option can be offered of voluntarily enclosing a copy of a photo identification document on a separate page (front and back). The importer checks the data using the copy, and then destroys the copy immediately afterwards in compliance with data protection law. In the case of identification documentation with access data (e.g. new German ID card), the access number must be blacked out beforehand.
  • Confirmation of employment (formula)
  • Excerpt from the commercial register or business registration (copy)
  • Police clearance certification or comparable document (applicant)
For the necessary forms for applying for a GeKo authorisation, and the respective requirements of your company, contact your importer (see importer directory).