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RTI Installs Driving Simulator at University of California - San Diego Hospital Shiley Eye Center

Royal 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.

About 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.

About 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.

About Realtime Technologies:
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.

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, 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 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, 2013, 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.