RealTime Technologies (RTI), a part of Arotech Corporation’s (NasdaqGM: ARTX) Training and Simulation Division, announced today that it has been selected to provide to the University of Wisconsin-Madison's College of Engineering an advanced motion based vehicle simulator. RTI is very excited to be working closely with Dr. John D. Lee and Dr. David A. Noyce along with others on their team involved with various driver behavior research. Dr. Lee's focuses and expertise include driver distraction, driver support systems and collision warnings, trust in automation, human factors engineering. Dr. Noyce's focus areas and research centers in traffic operations, traffic signals and signs, transportation safety, vehicle crash analysis, driver behavior, and a growing research area for him is bicyclists and pedestrians. This simulator will enable researchers and the University of Wisconsin to develop and evaluate emerging vehicle and roadway technology that will transform the driving experience in the next decade.
About The University:
Internationally recognized for excellence in research and education, the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering maintains active knowledge- and technology-transfer partnerships with government and industry. These collaborations spark innovative research ideas and offer faculty, staff and students at all levels valuable opportunities to use technical engineering knowledge to solve complex, multidisciplinary challenges. College research and education spans such areas as bioengineering, medicine, healthcare, the environment, energy, materials engineering, nanotechnology, human factors, manufacturing systems, transportation, the built environment, and communications technologies, among others.
About The Simulator Hardware and Software:
Realtime Technologies (RTI) is providing a full cab 1-DOF motion base research vehicle simulator. The motion base will consist of a circular path that rotates about a horizontal axis located 60 inch from the motion path (basically a circular path on the circumference of a 60 inch radius circle) This causes the driver to sense a combined pitching motion and forward/rearward motion. Other unique features of the simulator include a wrap-around cylindrical screen with edge-blend technology for seamless high-resolution visuals. Realtime Technologies will also provide 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 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.
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 www.arotech.com.
Contact:Clayne A. Woodbury
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.