A-to-Be to provide self-service and electronic tolling equipment for Globalvia in the USA


A-to-Be, the technology division of Portugal’s leading highways management company Brisa, has signed a new contract for the supply of self-service and roadside electronic tolling equipment with Globalvia, which will be used on the Spanish company’s USA toll road concession, the Pocahontas Parkway, in Richmond, Virginia.

Globalvia is a worldwide infrastructure concessionaire that manages 27 projects in eight different countries, including Spain, other European Union member-states and North America.

In the USA, Globalvia recently acquired the Pocahontas Parkway with a contract term that expires in 2105. Located southeast of Richmond, the Pocahontas Parkway began operations in 2002 and is an 8.8 mile-long (14km) cash and fully electronic toll road with an elevated bridge crossing the James River. The Parkway’s open road tolling (ORT) system allows customers with E-ZPass transponders to travel without stopping to pay tolls.

The new contract with one of the world’s largest concession management companies is seen as a significant milestone for A-to-Be, as it marks another delivery of the company’s proven Automatic Toll Payment Machine (ATPM) and ORT system.

The Pocahontas project is expected to go live during the second quarter of 2018, adding to A-to-Be’s deliveries of ATPM equipment for multiple clients, with the company currently planning to install and maintain up to 270 self-service manual tolling lanes.

A-to-Be has over 10 years of experience in designing, delivering, operating and maintaining its self-service ATPM equipment, with over 400 units across 17 motorways currently being used by millions of travelers. Last year the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (ISTHA) awarded A-to-Be a contract to replace current automatic coin machines on the Illinois Tollway in DuPage County.

A-to-Be has developed a layered software architecture that allows its systems, such as its ORT equipment, to easily integrate with multiple vendors’ devices, helping to efficiently extend the system’s lifecycle. With A-to-Be’s ORT and ATPM systems, Globalvia will be able to deliver a user-friendly solution, built using the latest state-of-the-art technology that promotes highly secure transactions, remote monitoring, and built-in fraud detection mechanisms for cash and electronic transactions.

“We are proud to strengthen our relationship with Globalvia, one of the largest players in this industry,” commented, Pedro Bento, A-to-Be’s chief sales officer.

“The USA market is one of our top priorities, as self-service and roadside equipment electronic tolling systems are proving to be consistent and cost-efficient solutions for all toll road concessions. In the upcoming years, the market will hear more and more about our successful ventures in the USA.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).