Royal Oak, Michigan – December, 2010 -- Realtime Technologies (RTI), a part of Arotech Corporation's (NasdaqGM: ARTX) Training and Simulation Division, announced today that it has been selected to provide to the Louisiana State University's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department an advanced motion based vehicle simulator. RTI is very excited to be working closely with Dr. Sherif Ishak the Principle Investigator at the University for Vehicle Simulation Projects, as well as his Co-Principle Investigators Dr. Brian Wolshon and Dr. Vinayak Dixit along with others on their team involved with various intelligent transportation research. LSU is part of a team of researchers that make up The Gulf Coast Research Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency. The theme of the Center is focused on Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency in an effort to address the multitude of issues that impact transportation processes under emergency conditions such as evacuation and other types of major events. This area of research also addresses the need to develop and maintain the ability of transportation systems to economically, efficiently, and safely respond to the changing demands that may be placed upon them.
About The University:
LSU's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is always improving its undergraduate curricula, graduate programs, and research directions. One of their main goals is to produce future leaders who can creatively apply their knowledge, especially, in Civil and Environmental Engineering. An important aspect of their curriculum review effort is to make information technology an integral part of the teaching and learning processes. Dr. Ishak is an associate professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at LSU. His research areas include traffic operation and control, intelligent transportation systems applications, traffic simulation, artificial intelligence applications in transportation engineering, traffic safety, among others. Dr. Brian Wolshon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at LSU, specializing in the field of highway design and traffic engineering. His research covers several areas in highway transportation, most notably issues related to the planning and management of traffic during mass evacuations and in particular the application of reversible traffic operations, the acquisition of road-weather information and the development of regional micro-scale evacuation traffic models of various metropolitan areas. Dr. Vinayak Dixit's research interests include Evacuation and Emergency Management, Traffic Flow Theory, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Traffic Safety, Transportation Network modeling and Simulation and Experimental Economics. He has had significance experience in the field of evacuation, his doctoral dissertation was titled "Hurricane Evacuation: Origin, Route and Destination" and was on development of strategies to improve evacuation operations. He is presently involved in research on evacuation behavior and understanding effects of risk on driving behavior.
About The Simulator Hardware and Software:
Realtime Technologies (RTI) is providing a full cab 1-DOF motion base research vehicle simulator. The motion base will consist of a circular path that rotates about a horizontal axis located 60 inch from the motion path (basically a circular path on the circumference of a 60 inch radius circle) This causes the driver to sense a combined pitching motion and forward/rearward motion. Other unique features of the simulator include a wrap-around segmented screens with high-resolution visuals. Realtime Technologies will also provide its unique and powerful "SimVista" (scenario development tools) along with "SimCreator" (core vehicle simulation software) and "SimSimulator" (high fidelity vehicle model) for the University's varied human factors research needs.
Other key components are the scenario control subsystem that includes autonomous traffic simulation, scripted events, relational behaviors and environmental controls. This subsystem also collects data and performs measurement functions of the simulator for research analysis.
The visual subsystem handles all real time visual rendering processes, including animated and static objects in the scene. This makes what the driver sees out the window seem very realistic. The visual component is able to render VRML or OpenFlight databases in real time. The audio software and hardware provide audio cues to match what the driver would expect under the conditions being simulated. Synthesized sounds include engine, wind, tire whine, and noise from other vehicles.
About Realtime Technologies:
Realtime Technologies (RTI) specializes in real time multibody vehicle dynamics, and graphical simulation and modeling. RTI offers simulation software applications, consulting, custom engineering, software, and hardware development. RTI's customer base includes university researchers throughout the U.S. and Canada, international, government and private entities. Founded in 1998, RTI is based in Royal Oak, Michigan and has a satellite office in South Jordan, Utah.
About Arotech’s Training and Simulation Division:
Arotech's Training and Simulation Division (ATSD) provides world-class simulation based training solutions. ATSD develops, manufactures, and markets advanced high-tech multimedia and interactive digital solutions for engineering, use-of-force, and driver training simulations for military, law enforcement, security, municipal and private industry personnel. The division's fully interactive driver-training systems feature state-of-the-art vehicle simulator technology enabling training in situation awareness, risk analysis and decision-making, emergency reaction and avoidance procedures, and conscientious equipment operation. The division's use-of-force training products and services allow organizations to train their personnel in safe, productive, and realistic environments. The division provides consulting and developmental support for engineering simulation solutions. The division also supplies pilot decision-making support software for the F-15, F-16, F-18, and JSF aircraft, as well as simulation models for the ACMI/TACTS air combat training ranges.
Arotech's Training and Simulation Division consists of FAAC Incorporated (www.faac.com) and its divisions IES Interactive Training (www.ies-usa.com), and Realtime Technologies (www.simcreator.com).
About Arotech Corporation:
Arotech Corporation is a leading provider of quality defense and security products for the military, law enforcement and homeland security markets, including multimedia interactive simulators/trainers, lightweight armoring and advanced zinc-air and lithium batteries and chargers. Arotech operates through three major business divisions: Training and Simulation, Armor, and Battery and Power Systems.
Arotech is incorporated in Delaware, with corporate offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and research, development and production subsidiaries in Alabama, Michigan, and Israel. For more information on Arotech, please visit Arotech's website at www.arotech.com.
Contact:Clayne A. Woodbury
Except for the historical information herein, the matters discussed in this release include forward-looking statements, as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to vary materially. These risks and uncertainties are detailed in Arotech's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.