RealTime Technologies, Inc (RTI), a part of Arotech Corporation’s (NasdaqGM: ARTX) Training and Simulation Division, announced today that it has been selected to provide critical upgrades for the existing University of Minnesota's HumanFIRST (Human Factors Interdisciplinary Research in Simulation and Transportation) driving simulator. The existing simulator that will be completely upgraded by RTI and a second single seat open-cockpit simulator will also be delivered to the HumanFIRST Program within the ITS Institute at the University to enhance their research capabilities. The HumanFIRST Program, established in 2001, is the primary human factors research laboratory of the University of Minnesota's Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Institute. Dr. Michael P. Manser is the director of the HumanFIRST Program and an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
RTI will utilize the existing Saturn SC2 sedan cab, projectors, and screens that make up the 210 degree forward field of view. Additionally, the current control loaded steering and brake and acceleration features will be completely integrated in this upgrade. All underlying software on the simulator will be completely upgraded by RTI. This upgrade will allow the University of Minnesota's researchers more flexibility in their studies with the introduction of RTI's very powerful "SimCreator" and "SimVista" core vehicle simulation and scenario development software tools.
University of Minnesota HumanFIRST
RTI is very excited to work closely with Dr. Manser, the University of Minnesota's HumanFIRST Program and the team of researchers with expertise in transportation research, including psychologists, computer scientists, and civil and mechanical engineers, giving the HumanFIRST Program a broad range of research capabilities. This core group is linked to a wide interdisciplinary network of experts in basic and applied sciences throughout the University of Minnesota to provide a flexible and comprehensive research capacity. Through the strategic appointment of visiting scientists and institutions worldwide, the HumanFIRST Program is connected with research developments on the world stage.
The mission of the HumanFIRST Program is to reduce the rate of injurious and fatal crashes by improving the understanding driver behavior and by supporting the design and evaluation of usable intelligent transportation systems. As the name implies, the HumanFIRST research strategy is based on a driver-centered approach, considering the "human first" within the transportation system in order to improve traffic safety.
Research in the HumanFIRST Program seeks to propose, design, and evaluate innovative technologies to improve transportation safety based on a scientific understanding of driver performance and the psychological processes associated with traffic crashes. This research considers how drivers will accept and use new technologies, while also considering the possibility of producing undesirable driver responses and adaptations (such as distraction, complacency, fatigue, or increased risk taking) that could undermine the goal of improved safety.
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.
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, 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
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.