Paris, June 19, 2007 – Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that Dassault Aviation is using its Virtools technology to showcase the Rafale Exhibition on its website in real-time 3D. This is a real-time 3D experience shared at: http://www.dassault-aviation.com/rafale3D/Virtools.htm.
The online interactive application allows visitors to preview the different parts of the aircraft demonstration that will be held on a daily basis at the Paris Air Show. Pilot Eric Gérard will be showcasing the latest technical advances of the aircraft and his comments will be retransmitted in the online application. Several views are proposed to visitors for an improved user experience.
"Virtools technology allowed us to recreate the Rafale demonstration in an interactive online application in record time. It provides Dassault Aviation with an innovative communication tool linking the real and virtual worlds, and enables people all over the world to access the Rafale demonstration,” explains Van der Bosh, Dassault Aviation.
“Already intensively using DS’s PLM solutions, Dassault Aviation’s use of Virtools technology to provide new interactive experiences to a wider audience is an important step forward, proving once again that Dassault Aviation is a pioneer in the industry,” says Bertrand Duplat, CTO, Virtools, Dassault Systèmes. Positioning interactive real-time 3D as the communications medium of the 21st century, Virtools is a major component of DS’s ”3D For All” strategy, designed to allow the general public to benefit on a day-to-day basis from the advantages offered by real-time interactive 3D solutions.
Wide-scale deployment of Made-With-Virtools applications is made possible thanks to Virtools deployment solutions - to provide interactive experiences either online, through the corporate intranets/extranets or on immersive displays. The Dassault Aviation Web-based Rafale application benefits from Virtools 3D Life Player’s cutting-edge technology, now compatible with the latest Microsoft Operating System, Windows Vista, as well as the Macintosh Universal format.