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Notes about theft protection/diagnosis according to GVO in the European Union

Online services for the Offboard Diagnostic Information System software - GeKo and SVM
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.

With GeKo and SVM you can access the central server of Volkswagen AG using an online connection of your Offboard Diagnostic Information System diagnostic software, and thus significantly expand the scope of performance of your diagnostic equipment.

GeKo according to Block Exemption Regulations

Under Block Exemption Regulations (no. 1400/2002) any independent market participant who has VAS6150/6150A, VAS5051B, VAS5052A diagnostic equipment and who obtains the associated software as part of a registration procedure can carry out the interrogation of transponder/radio codes via GeKo Bentley.

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?


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 Bentley Motors Limited: