Situated Infrastructures

Via Verde

Via Verde

This project aims to introduce a new and innovative approach by showcasing the Via Verde system, one of Portugal's most widely used infrastructures. Via Verde is a toll collection system that has gained popularity not only in Portugal but also in other countries, including Spain. It was first implemented in Portugal in 1991 and
has since expanded its reach.
Via Verde utilizes electronic tolling technology, allowing drivers to pay tolls conveniently without the need to stop at toll booths or handle cash. The system relies on an on-board unit (OBU), a small electronic device attached to the vehicle's windshield. The OBU communicates with tolling stations or gantries along the road, enabling automatic and seamless toll payment.
To provide a clear understanding of the system, I choose a video format for this project. The video incorporates real-life footage and visuals to illustrate how the Via Verde system functions. It provides an overview of Via Verde, including its historical background, how and where to use, and notable success in the market.
The advantages of using Via Verde are highlighted in the project, emphasizing the convenience of effortless toll payment, time savings, and reduced traffic at toll plazas. The project also emphasizes the flexibility of payment methods and the user- friendly account management options available through online platforms or mobile applications.
In addition to toll payment, the project showcases the expanded services offered by Via Verde, such as parking payments, fuel payments, and car rental services. This demonstrates the system's versatility and the added convenience it brings to users' daily lives.
Overall, this project serves as an engaging and informative medium to educate viewers about the Via Verde system, shedding light on its significance, benefits, and practical applications through compelling visuals and comprehensive explanations.