During the second reporting period, covering M19-M40 of the project (November 2018 – August 2020), SAFE STRIP concluded its activities. After a detailed and often challenging technical validation and iterative optimisation process, it has achieved to reach a truly novel and functional integrated solution that is infrastructure based and accommodates C-ITS safety and comfort applications for drivers and riders, supporting also road predictive maintenance for operators. Detailed step by step information on how this point was reached is provided in the project final documentation. Also, installation and maintenance guidelines are also provided. All applications selected to serve as a proof of concept have been finalized and interfaced through mobile applications in Android and iOS upon a common parametric HMI. The solution and the applications have been tested in 2 motorways – A22 in Italy and ATTD in Greece – and in CIDAUT closed test tracks with 6 project demonstrators and a series of other vehicles. The experimental plans applied have been very much detailed, whilst logging mechanisms have been established from the beginning for both subjective and performance data collection. Finally, a full impact assessment against safety, mobility, traffic efficiency, cost-efficiency, etc. has been accommodated. SAFE STRIP has been proved to be a system that can be beneficial for road safety and at the same time cost-effective for the operators. It only needs to undergo a commercialization phase that will allow it to adhere with all international standards, whereas, already, the exploitation potential is considerable. There are 20 exploitation products identified in SAFE STRIP, for each of which detailed exploitation plans have included in this issue. The tested integrated solution in various traffic environments (highway, rural, urban, work zones, parking) has resulted in TRL6 – TRL7, whereas about half of the exploitable products will be in the market between 1 and 2 years from the project conclusion. Finally, SAFE STRIP key exploitation will lie in the commercial exploitation by the industrial Partners and the SMEs, spin-offs created by the research institutes, but, also through internal exploitation and further research initiatives, which has already been started. The IPR Registry will serve as a safety belt for the exploitation rights of the Consortium. Also, SAFE STRIP is expected to open-up a new field in the penetration of C-ITS and automation technologies for road safety, constituting the basis for further research and development. During its life, SAFE STRIP has gained big recognisability. The project website has been regularly updated with content (http://safestrip.eu/
). Social media accounts were developed as follows: https://twitter.com/SafeStripProj
. A project logo, flyer and posters and a roll-up (with regular updates) were developed and disseminated. Give-aways and project video were also produced to enable attractiveness and wider dissemination. SAFE STRIP has had 38 publications in journals, conference proceedings and magazine articles. SAFE STRIP held its first Pan-European workshop on 27 September 2017 in Thessaloniki with 40 participants, hosted by CERTH/HIT. The 1st clustering meeting has been organised by SAFE STRIP on the 20th of February 2018, in ERTICO premises with the participation of SAFER LC and SAFE-10-T participated. The second clustering meeting was held on 31 January 2019 at CERTH premises in Thessaloniki. Finally, SAFE STRIP’s final event was successfully organised both online and on-site in Athens. It gathered 17 on-site participants, who had the opportunity to experience SAFE STRIP’s technology, and 89 virtual attendees. In addition, SAFE STRIP participated at 31 events around Europe and overseas. In the last semester, a 4 month extension has been given to the project to deal with the COVID-19 challenges.