Arotech’s Realtime Technologies Chosen to Deliver a 6-DOF, Motion-Based Research Vehicle Simulator to Ohio State University

Royal Oak, Michigan – October 2012 Realtime Technologies (RTI), a part of Arotech Corporation’s (NasdaqGM: ARTX) Training and Simulation Division, announced today that it has been selected to provide two advanced vehicle simulator environments for a new research center for driver interaction being established at The Ohio State University.

Ohio State (OSU), in partnership with Honda R&D Americas, Inc., is developing a  high-fidelity simulation environment for testing driver behavior in realistic scenarios on OSU’s west campus.   RTI officials are very excited to be working closely with the center’s partner organizations on this project.  Other research partners include the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), Wright State University (WSU) and Ohio University (OU).


“We are very excited to be working closely with the center’s highly regarded partner organizations on this project,” said Richard Romano, President RTI. “We look forward to helping them create one of the best vehicle simulation research facilities in the country.”

As consumer demand for vehicles that incorporate sophisticated in-vehicle information and entertainment systems increases, the risk of cognitive overload and “driver distraction” for the multi-tasking driver is magnified. The new center will create a driving simulation facility to address the need for designing and implementing vehicle instrument panels and in-vehicle information systems that can be used safely by the driver while minimizing distraction and related safety concerns.

The advanced vehicle simulator environments provided by RTI include a full cab instrumented motion-based vehicle simulator and a vehicle drive-on motion pad system. The simulator will be a full-cab six-degree-of-freedom, motion-base research vehicle simulator that includes a cylindrical-based 240-degree screen with high-resolution, edge-blended visuals.  RTI also will provide its unique and powerful “SimVista” scenario development tools, along with “SimCreator” core vehicle simulation software and “SimSimulator,” high-fidelity vehicle model for varied human factors research needs.

Other key components are the scenario control subsystem, which 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 FAAC’s IES Interactive Training (www.ies-usa.com), and Realtime Technologies (www.simcreator.com) divisions.

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, advanced zinc-air and lithium batteries and chargers. Arotech operates through two major business divisions: Training and Simulation 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.

 

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, 2011, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 
 
 
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Realtime Technologies Inc. (RTI) specializes in real time multibody vehicle dynamics, and graphical simulation and modeling.  We offer simulation software applications, consulting, custom engineering, software, and hardware development.  Realtime Technologies’ customer base includes international, government and private entities.  RTI was founded in 1998.