The EMS standard is the equivalent of Microsoft DOS, old and full of security issues. Currently many in the industry are concerned about this. It is CIECA's hope that we can move quickly to the current CIECA standard in XML format. This new CIECA BMS (Business Message Suite) has features that would allow body shops to better monitor and control the security of the data that is shared.
In some cases, the BMS provides a much more feature rich set of data, while in other cases, provides only the data required for that business function. More data when you need more; and, just the right amount of data when less is required.
CIECA (Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association), the Source of all the Collision Industry data communications standards, develops collision industry Information Technology standards and provides implementation guides for electronic commerce. CIECA is composed of members of the automobile collision repair industry; repairers, insurers, vehicle manufacturers, parts and material suppliers, information and software providers, general service providers and related segments and industries.