SAFE STRIP was presented by the CERTH’s Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT) and the Information Technologies Institute (ITI) during the inauguration of the 84th HELEXPO, one of the biggest and most important technology fairs in the Balkans. The Minister of Development and Investments, Mr. Adonis Georgiadis, the Deputy Minister of Research and Technology, Mr. Christos Dimas and the General Secretary of Research and Technology, Mr. Athanasios Kyriazis, expressed their strong interest in the presented cooperative smart system of road safety – SAFE STRIP. The same interest was recorded by a number of official representatives, such as the Chairman of Board of Directors of GAIAOSE SA Mr. Konstantinos Kesentes, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Greece Mr. Costas Michaelides and the President of the Thessaloniki’s Port Authority S.A. Mr Sotirios Theofanis.
This innovative SAFE STRIP system was presented by the HIT Director, Dr. Evangelos Bekiaris, with the assistance of a team of research associates consisting of Dr. Ioannis Gragopoulos, Ioannis Tsetsinas (HIT) and Christos Sougles (Christos Sougles) (ITI), under the guidance of HIT’s Project Coordinator and Researcher B’, Dr. Maria Gemou, SAFE STRIP Technical Coordinator. The “SAFE STRIP” system focuses, on the one hand, on the collection of dynamic traffic, road and environmental information, through micro / nano sensors integrated into a device installed on the road and, on the other hand, on the real time interpretation of this information into road safety warnings, not only on equipped vehicles, but also on all type of mobile phones. This way, the replacement of the high-cost installation and maintenance infrastructures, such as toll stations and Variable Message Signs, is made possible.