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Arotech’s Realtime Technologies Delivers Vehicle Simulator to Volpe Center

Royal Oak, Michigan – June, 2014 -- Realtime Technologies (RTI), a part of Arotech Corporation’s (NasdaqGM: ARTX) Training and Simulation Division, announced today that it successfully delivered and installed a driving simulator to the Volpe Center that is capable of designing and presenting virtual scenarios for the evaluation of driving behavior and performance at highway-rail grade intersections.  Volpe’s driver behavior research is being conducted by their researchers in the Surface Transportation Human Factors Division on behalf of the Federal Railroad Administration with the goal of improving safety at these highway-railroad crossings.  Driver behavior at intersections depends on several factors including: seeing and comprehending warning devices, detecting the presence of a highway-rail crossing, detecting the presence of a train, judging time-to-collision, and deciding what to do.  Realtime Technologies provided a driving simulator that is capable of creating traffic events (e.g., train approach, signal activation) based on the position or speed of the motorist, which allows for the examination of critical events where limited time is available to the motorist for detecting cues, making decisions, and responding.  The driving simulator system provides Volpe with the ability to create and modify experimental scenarios in a simple, relatively easy way without requiring expertise in programming code writing, thus, reducing the development time.

About The Volpe Center: 

Part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Volpe is a unique federal agency that is 100 percent funded by sponsor projects. Volpe partners with public and private organizations to assess the needs of the transportation community, evaluate research and development endeavors, assist in the deployment of state-of-the-art transportation technologies, and inform decision- and policy-making through comprehensive analyses.  Home to renowned multidisciplinary expertise in all modes of transportation, Volpe serves its sponsor agencies with advanced technologies, research, and programs to ensure a fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient transportation system that meets vital national and international interests and enhances the quality of life for the traveling public, today and into the future.

 About The Simulator Hardware and Software:

Realtime Technologies (RTI) delivered a new open cockpit vehicle simulator.  The features of this simulator include active steering and pedals, projected dash, 220 degree FOV LCD display 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 Volpe’s varied human factors 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.

RTI developed for Volpe the capability to simulate retroreflectivity in signs and pavement markings.  Volpe can specify the parameter for a texture and degree of retroreflectivity thus allowing them the unique ability to study driver response to road signs and markings in scenarios that take place at night.

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

Contact: Clayne A. Woodbury

(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.