VEC to put the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) into operation    
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VEC to put the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) into operation
Mar 13 2017

With a desire to provide its customers with the highest quality service, Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC) has begun to utilize the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) for Ho Chi Minh City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay expressway in order to further strengthen its management and control over the traffic status throughout the line; intervene any traffic mishaps in time; maintain and monitor the activities from the devices set up along the line so that they can work at their best; guarantee the convenience and safety of the vehicles, thus maximizing the cost effciency of the Project.

The Intelligent Transport System (ITS), the toll collection system, the monitoring and communicating system (ITS) all fall under the Bidding Package number 4 - The Ho Chi Minh City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay expressway construction project, which is executed in  EPC mode.

The Bidding Package makes use of the investment from JICA, being one of the high tech works which requires lots of professional expertise from the contractors, consultants and the operators.

+ Value of the bidding package: 756.113.567.176 VND and 1.560.246.358 Japanese Yen (including cost estimates, VAT, taxes and fees required by law, and 10% provision value already included).

+ Designer: Joint operation Nippon Koei – KRI – HAFICO – MKE.

+ Construction contractor: Joint-operation Contractor Toshiba – Hitachi Plant – Itochu.

+ JICA investment monitoring and consulting: Joint-operation Nippon Koei – Tedi South.

+ The contract will be completed within  940 days.

* The ITS consists of several devices, serving the following functions:

1) The camera system is set up along the line with a number of 16 Closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) and 52 traffic-examining cameras (VDS) that assists the supervisors in understanding the density of the traffic circulating throughout the line, therefore they can quickly and accurately detect all the events and mishaps on the line. Installed at Km6+300 at Phu Huu ward, District 9, Ho Chi Minh City and being monitored by staff members 24/7. Thus it effectively enhances the cooperation with relevant departments, local police, traffic police, traffic and medical rescue teams.

2) The wireless information communicating system and the LAN network support the coordination and information exchange between relevant units so that they can do their work rapidly and effectively.

3) The electronic information board system (VMS) provides sufficient and precise information regarding the status of the line, the weather condition as well as the circulating situation on the expressway, from which it can help the road users to fully grasp the information on the line so they can control their speed while transiting a road with an accident or in bad weather.

4) The system supplies information about the traffic status on the line to customers through Intranet. Customers may find out the traffic status through two large screens set up at the service station at Km41+100, from which they can choose an appropriate route.

5) The weigh system is set up in front of the Long Phuoc toll collection Station, National highway 51 toll collection station, Dau Giay toll collection station to control the load of every vehicle before entering Ho Chi Minh City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay expressway. This might help in detecting, warning and denying entrance for overload vehicles and contribute to the protection of the structure, securing traffic safety, improving effectiveness of the line. Also, the ITS can provide sufficient pictures and information on violation cases to law enforcement agencies to judge and punish…

6) The closed toll collecting system utilizes the RFID technology (33 doors) with the mechanism to automatically detect license plate by camera, automatically sort out vehicles by infrared rays combined with magnetism and surveillance cameras at every entrance/exit of the expressway.

All vehicles entering the expressway are identified and their relevant data such as entrance time, entrance station, license plate, vehicle type… are encrypted and saved to the RFID controlling card (a type of card that is capable of recording data with memory chip and the data can be exchanged with computer through radio waves from reading devices) and then broadcast to the owners of the vehicles. Before exiting the expressway, driver will return the controlling card to the toll collector. At the same time, the reading devices will scan the data on the card and the computer will automatically calculate the fee depending on the type of the vehicle, the number of km which the vehicle has travelled. After the payment is done, the computer will automatically print the bill (charge ticket) and lift the barrier so that the vehicle can pass through.

Other than the 33 toll collection doors utilizing the RFID technology, Ho Chi Minh City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay expressway has also arranged 8   electronic toll collection doors (ETC).

The closed toll collecting system helps to reduce the management, operation and exploitation cost for the Contractors, save time and fuel for the vehicle owners because it is no longer necessary for them to wait at the toll collection station, toll collection procedures are handled automatically to guarantee swiftness, precision, visibility and fairness for vehicle owners, also make it easier for monitoring purposes, post-checking work from the entire toll collection process.

The official launch of the entire closed toll collecting system in Ho Chi Minh City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay expressway is scheduled to be April/2017.

Ho Chi Minh City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay expressway is the essential traffic line which belongs to the North-South expressway. It lies within the Southern key economic region – one of the most dynamically developing regions that contributes the most to the economy.  This is also a highly significant and economically potent traffic work.

Ever since the first 20km completed on 02/01/2014, Ho Chi Minh City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay expressway has been serving a number of 30 million vehicles coming from both ways safely as of 10/03/2017, with an average output being around 37.000 – 40.000 vehicles/day. It rose sharply especially during the Tet Dinh Dau with 65.000 vehicles/day had been recorded.

VEC relentlessly improves its service quality, aiming to “satisfy the people and satisfy the enterprises”. - VEC