Oak, Michigan – June 6, 2014
-- Realtime Technologies (RTI), a part of
Arotech Corporation’s (NasdaqGM: ARTX) Training and Simulation Division,
announced today that it successfully installed a Ford Fusion half-cab
motion-base driving simulator at the University of California - San Diego
Hospital Shiley Eye Center. The
driving simulator will be used by Dr. Felipe A. Medeiros, M.D., Ph.D.,
Professor of Ophthalmology, and his research staff to study driving
impairment in eye diseases, notably glaucoma.
Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness and visual
impairment in the world. Patients
with glaucoma may be at an increased risk of being involved in motor
vehicle crashes and may also experience impairment in the ability to
perform other daily activities. The RTI driving simulator will be
incorporated as part of the new Visual Performance Laboratory at the
Shiley Eye Center, under the direction of Dr. Medeiros. He and his
associates will use the simulator to conduct research directed at gaining
a better understanding of how glaucoma and other eye diseases affect
visual performance and the ability to drive.
University of California – San Diego Hospital Shiley Eye Center:
The UC San Diego Department of
Ophthalmology at the Shiley Eye Center is the only academic eye center in
the region offering the most advanced treatments across all areas of eye
care. Their world class
clinicians, surgeons, scientists and staff are dedicated to excellence,
and providing the best possible patient care to prevent, treat and cure
eye diseases. Their research is at the forefront of developing new methods
for diagnosis and treatments of eye diseases and disorders. The Hamilton
Glaucoma Center, a dedicated glaucoma research facility located at the
Shiley Eye Center, has been recently ranked by Expertscape as the
world’s leading institution for research and management of the disease.
The Simulator Hardware and Software:
The UCSD simulator
consists of a B pillar forward full-size Ford Fusion cab with a completely
realistic force feedback steering and brake system.
The instrument panel is configured so the driver receives the speed
and tachometer feedback normally associated with actual driving. A
3 DOF motion-system allows the vehicle to pitch, roll, and heave to return
vestibular cues along with the visual scene. The
specially designed motion system allows the vehicle to be at normal ride
height for ingress and egress while providing the driver with pitch cues
for acceleration and braking, roll cues for lane changes as well as high
frequency road roughness cues. The
visual system consists of three (3) large front projected screens 10 feet
in front of the driver to provide proper eye relief. Three
(3) 1920 x 1200 resolution projectors display the image on the front
screen. A large flat
screen/projector combination behind the cab allows the driver to use and
adjust the center rear mirror. LCD
displays are used in the side mirror housings to account for the different
calculated field of views needed for the two side mirrors. The driver can
adjust these mirrors using the normal side mirror controls. The image pans
and rotates based on the driver’s adjustment.
A 5.1 sound system surrounds the vehicle for realistic vehicle and
pass-by sounds. Full Doppler sound effects add realism for proper pass-by
sounds for ambient traffic. Additional speakers are located inside the
vehicle for use of warning systems, route guidance instructions or
interaction between the operator and subject driver.
RTI also provided 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.
Realtime Technologies (RTI)
specializes in real time multi-body 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.
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
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).
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, and 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, South Carolina and
Israel. For more information on Arotech, please visit Arotech’s website
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, 2013, and other filings with the Securities
and Exchange Commission.