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May 15, 2013

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The Armored Group and PI Innovo Introduce a New Active Ride Control System (ARCS)

The Armored Group (TAG) and Pi Innovo have jointly developed a new active ride control system for use on armored civilian, commercial and government vehicles to include Armored Non Standard Commercial Vehicles (ANSCV).

The TAG/Pi Innovo Active Ride Control System (ARCS) replaces a vehicle’s standard passive shock absorbers with an automatically controlled active damping system, which improves vehicle stability and ride comfort over a wide range of terrains and vehicle speeds. Much of the standard vehicle suspension system is retained, providing optimized ride comfort and range of operation.

Unlike traditional passive suspensions, the ARCS package provides excellent ride control under both high and low-speed conditions. Handling characteristics are not compromised on rough or loose surfaces improving vehicle safety under normal and emergency driving conditions. The ARCS package consists of an Electronic Control Unit (ECU), electronically-controlled dampers, accelerometers, and the associated wiring harness to connect with the vehicle for power and CAN bus communications. The dampers used in the system are commercially-available parts and meet all appropriate durability requirements for passenger vehicles.

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An armored Chevrolet Suburban demonstrator vehicle is available for ride and handling evaluations and has been used and evaluated for several months by organizations providing driver training to civilian and military organizations. Testimonials about the new ARCS system have been extremely positive.

Luke Hayward, a former member of the U.S. Army Special Forces and now CEO of Kinetic Options LLC, provided driver training for active Special Forces operators. “The Armored Group’s Chevrolet Suburban features an advanced suspension system and is by far the best armored Non-Tactical Vehicle I have ever driven,” said Hayward. “During driver training maneuvers, many operators commented that the armored Suburban from The Armored Group was the best handling armored vehicle they had ever driven.”

Kurt Delia, former SWAT Team leader and now President of Delia Tactical International, also conducted driver training using The Armor Group’s Suburban with Pi Innovo’s suspension system, he commented, “I was extremely impressed with the quality and performance of the vehicle, the suspension system is second to none and far exceeded our driving instructor's expectations.”

“The TAG/Pi Innovo ARCS package enables us to offer our customers the level of safety and protection they expect from a TAG vehicle, along with the exceptional ride quality and handling available from standard passenger vehicles,” said Robert Pazderka, President of The Armored Group. “It enhances passenger comfort, reduces the workload on the driver and provides an overall level of refinement and safety not previously available on armored vehicles. We feel the advantages of the ARCS package increase TAG’s competitive advantage in the armored vehicle market.”

Walter Lucking, Owner and CEO of Pi Innovo LLC added “Working with a well-established and respected partner like The Armored Group provides us with an opportunity to showcase our expertise in the development of electronics systems and helps provide a competitive advantage in the arena of commercial armored passenger vehicles. With the development of the ARCS package Pi Innovo has demonstrated once again that we are experts in providing innovative electronics systems to vehicle and other related industries.”

Currently the ARCS system is available as an installed option on TAG-built armored Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, the GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade. Several other similar vehicle types have ARCS packages currently in development. Systems for larger heavy-duty Military and Law Enforcement vehicles are also planned.

About The Armored Group

The Amored Group (TAG) has over 20 years of experience engineering, manufacturing and modifying armored vehicles for use by government and military agencies, private business and individual citizens around the world. TAG will engineer, design, build or modify tactical armored vehicles for any terrain and any environment. They specialize in three categories of armored vehicles: Armored personnel carriers, personal protection vehicles and cash-in-transit vehicles.

TAG provides the highest quality armored vehicles available and sets the standard for customization, reliability and protection. To ensure that all TAG vehicles meet the highest standards of safety, they undergo extreme ballistics testing and have received VPAM-BVR 2009/VR7 Ballistic/ERV 2010 Blast Certification for their Toyota Land Cruiser and Toyota Hilux armoring solutions. They achieved this high level of certification by passing a rigorous test performed by independent ballistic testing laboratories by Beschussamt located in Ulm, Germany.

The company has three manufacturing plants located in Canada, Dubai and their newest state-of-the art facility in Detroit, Michigan. All facilities are ISO 9001 certified and managed by fully qualified and experienced professionals who serve customers around the world.

TAG is a full-line commercial armored vehicles builder and has provided customized engineering, design and building solutions to a vast array of clients including Brinks, Loomis, Dunbar Armored, KBR, Lockheed Martin, DynCorp, U.S. Army and Air Force, U.S. and foreign governments and agencies such as the DOD, DOS and United Nations.

For more information, please visit these company websites: http://www.armoredcars.com/ and http://www.4swat.com or call: 1 888-997-5607 or 602 840 2271.

About Pi Innovo

Pi Innovo is an expert partner for the design and development of innovative electronics systems to the automotive, defense, and allied industries. Uniquely adaptable business engagements, based on Pi Team services and OpenECU™ products, enjoy a strong reputation for delivering results of the highest quality, providing outstanding value for our customers.

Pi Innovo confirms its high quality software development capabilities with the achievement of Maturity Level Three in the CMMI for Development v1.3 (CMMI-DEV v1.3 ML3).

Pi Innovo engages with internationally based customers from two full service design facilities, located in Plymouth, MI and Cambridge UK.

For more information about The Armored Group, Pi Innovo, or the new active ride control system please contact Graeme Voller at graeme.voller@pi-innovo.com.

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