Oak, Michigan – April 8, 2014
-- Realtime Technologies (RTI), a part of Arotech Corporation’s (NasdaqGM:
ARTX) Training and Simulation Division, announced today that it
successfully installed one of their state-of-the-art driving simulators in
the University of South Alabama’s Transportation Safety, Simulation, and
Optimization (TSSO) Lab that’s a part of the Department of Civil
Engineering. The simulator
will be used by Dr.
Kang to test and evaluate
appropriate traffic control strategies, educate people about the risks of
distracted and impaired driving, and study drivers’ response to various
weather conditions. Dr. Kang
chose Realtime Technologies because we offer simulators with compact
and portable configurations; a pre-built driving database; standardized
scenarios that can be selected through a user-friendly interface; and a 60
Hz update rate that provides smooth graphics presentation and rapid system
response to the driving environment.
RTI driving simulator used in the TSSO lab comes complete with a fully
instrumented open cockpit vehicle cab, three (3) 42” monitors providing
a 150 degree forward field view, three visual computers for all visual
displays, and a laptop-based operator workstation. Software for the
simulator includes SimCreator for control of the simulator system along
with Operator’s Experimental Interface for experimental control and
collection of results.
simulator is sponsored by the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT)
and the South Alabama Civil Engineering Department, and will be used for
various highway safety studies focused on driver distraction,
effectiveness of traffic control devices, and work zone safety operation.
About The University
of South Alabama Transportation
Safety, Simulation, and Optimization (TSSO) Lab
TSSO lab at the University of South Alabama focuses on transportation
engineering that seeks to improve the design and construction of highway
and railway systems. Research at the lab focuses on the examination of
highway safety, accidents, and traffic congestion using a simulation-based
approach, and on the optimization of highway and railway alignments.
The analysis of data gathered at the TSSO lab creates opportunities
to plan and design cost-effective, safe and sustainable highways as well
as model and analyze GIS-based transportation systems.
About The Simulator Hardware and Software:
Realtime Technologies (RTI)
delivered a new open cockpit vehicle simulator, the features of this
simulator include control-loaded steering and pedals, dash, 150 degree
FOV LCD in an open cockpit single seat configuration. Realtime
Technologies has provided its unique and powerful “SimVista” (scenario
development tools) along with “SimCreator” (core vehicle simulation
software) and “SimSimulator” (high fidelity vehicle model) for the
University’s varied driver distraction research needs.
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.
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.
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).
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
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, 2013, and other
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.