Royal Oak, Michigan – April, 2010 -- RealTime Technologies (RTI), a part of Arotech Corporation’s (NasdaqGM: ARTX) Training and Simulation Division, recently delivered a single seat open cockpit vehicle simulator to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Yi-Ching Lee, PhD, is the lead research scientist using the newly delivered RTI simulator. Dr. Lee is a human factors researcher at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute, one of the largest pediatric research facilities in the country. She serves as an investigator with CIRP's Young Driver Research Initiative (YDRI) and The Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS).
The Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute, was founded in 2005 with a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and with the financial support of participating industry and government entitities. CChIPS is one of more than 40 Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) in the country funded by NSF and the only one focused on child and young adult injury prevention. Besides publishing and disseminating research findings to further child safety, CChIPS also help students reach their full academic potential with guidance from their research scientists that make up one part of the broad based partnerships at CChIPS.
Currently, all CChIPS research is focused on preventing road traffic injuries, the leading cause of injury and death for children and young adults. These areas of research include:
- Injury biomechanics, mechanisms and tolerance
- Technological solutions to injury (design, development, and testing)
- Human interaction and behavior in relation to safety technology
- Safety promotion and education
- Safety device evaluation and behavior modification programsp
Plans are underway to develop additional research thrusts, including sports injury and orthopedic biomechanics.
CChIPS was created to address the primary cause of child death-road traffic injury. The fundamental idea behind its work is that children are not small adults (mechanically, psychologically, developmentally, and socially) therefore; child / young adult injury deserves to be examined and understood as a distinct branch of science. As automotive design and consumer behavior become increasingly complex, enhanced research and outreach efforts are necessary to further child safety. In just five years CChIPS has conducted over 37 research projects, with investigators partnering with leading automotive manufacturers, restraint suppliers, vehicle simulation manufacturers, insurance providers and government agencies to translate their findings into tangible innovations in safety technology and public education programs.
(The Philadelphia Children's Hospital Single Seat Open-Cockpit Simulator)
RTI is very excited to work closely with Dr. Lee and the team at CChIPS in advancing adolescent safety research.
About the simulator hardware and software:
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.
The newly introduced single seat simulator includes an RTI provided control loaded steering wheel, improved brake and acceleration pedal feel, and 3 large 46" LCD based visual channels to maximize operational environment for the driver. 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), 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.
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.