During this summer, a full integration and installation procedure of the SAFESTRIP system, took place in Patras University Campus, Greece, where CTI premises are hosted. This is the first time that both systems which constitute the SAFESTRIP road solution, the On Road Unit (ORU) and the Road Side Bridge (RSB), are installed in real road conditions and form an actual testbed. This testbed closes the second testing iteration with the successful integration of the individual parts that have been developed so far.

Several experiments were conducted concerning energy harvesting, encapsulation, strain gauges, sensing and communication validation, revealing hidden aspects towards optimization to the final setup.

SAFE STRIP (SAFE and green Sensor Technologies for self-explaining and forgiving Road Interactive aPplications) aims to introduce a disruptive technology that will embed C-ITS applications into existing road infrastructure, including I2V and V2I communications as well as VMS/VSL functions into low-cost, integrated strip markers on the road. These strips will support intelligent transport systems (ITS) services and apps as they provide personalised in-vehicle messages for all road users (trucks, cars and vulnerable road users, such as PTWs riders) and all vehicle generations (non-equipped, C-ITS equipped, autonomous), at a reduced maintenance cost, fully recyclability and containing added-value services, as well as supporting real-time predictive road maintenance functions.

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