Royal Oak, Michigan – October, 2010 -- Realtime
Technologies (RTI), a part of Arotech
Corporation's (NasdaqGM: ARTX) Training and
Simulation Division, announced today that it has
completed delivery of a unique bus training
simulator to Minnesota Valley Transit Authority
(MVTA). What makes this training simulator
unique is that MVTA is deploying a new Driver
Assist System technology in their buses that was
developed at the University of Minnesota's
Intelligent Vehicles Lab. This system combines
GPS satellite tracking, on-board technology and
specialized training in the simulator to enhance
MVTA's existing bus-on-shoulder operations, of
which the Twin Cities are the national leader.
The Driver Assist System provides a mix of
feedback to the driver, including visual
(head-up display allowing driver to see both the
real road and the virtual road projected on the
screen), tactile (driver's seat vibrates -
acting like a virtual rumble strip that only the
driver feels) and haptic (a suggestive torque on
the steering wheel to encourage the driver to
return to the center of the shoulder). The
system also warns of shoulder obstructions such
as a stalled vehicle or large debris.
The system is a significant improvement in conjunction with the Cedar Avenue Transitway project between Lakeville, Apple Valley, Eagan, Bloomington, and Minneapolis, because BRT buses will operate on bus-only shoulders instead of a full dedicated lane. Shoulder operation presents special challenges because they are not as wide as the regular lanes and they butt up against either guardrails, jersey barriers or the edge of the pavement. Further, it can be challenging to drive on shoulders during inclement weather (ice, fog, and snow) or when it's dark.
About The Simulator Hardware and Software:
Realtime Technologies, Inc. (RTI) has developed this specialized driver training simulator for MVTA's unique needs by working closely with key personnel such as Michael Abegg at MVTA and the HumanFIRST Lab engineers at the University of Minnesota led by Michael Manser. RTI's SimCreator provides the core software of the vehicle simulator. SimCreator is a graphical, hierarchical, real-time simulation and modeling system. It includes high-fidelity vehicle dynamic models that are reconfigurable to represent different vehicles as needed. SimVista, another RTI software package included with the simulator is a tile-based scene and scenario authoring system.
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
Phone: (801) 647-4672
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.