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Arotech’s Realtime Technologies Delivers Vehicle Simulator to the University of South Alabama for Driver Distraction Research

Royal 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. Min-Wook 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.

The 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. 

The 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

The 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.

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 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, and Israel. For more information on Arotech, please visit Arotech’s website at www.arotech.com

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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.