The first phase of the China-Laos Expressway from Vientiane to Vangvieng section (known as the Vientiane-Vangvieng Expressway) that is being jointly developed by Yunnan Construction and Investment Holding Group with the cooperation of the Laos government, has officially opened. The completion of the project will end the history of the absence of expressways in Laos. Travelling from Vientiane to Vangvieng will now only take one hour, a savings of two-and-a-half hours, and it will promote the effective development of regional resources, improve the livelihood of the Laos people along the route, deepen cooperation in socio-economic trade and broaden cultural exchanges between China and Laos.
The Vientiane-Vangvieng Expressway is the first smart expressway in Laos. Huawei cooperated with its partner, Yunnan Huayuan Electronics Co Ltd to build a secure, stable and intelligent information and communication technology (ICT) platform for this smart expressway based on globally leading ICT, cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT) and a security management system. Huawei data communication and transmission equipment is deployed along the route to digitalise it using big data analysis and other technical means to implement all-scenario solutions such as real-time intelligent monitoring, intelligent charging, emergency response and decision analysis.
In 2021, the 5G network to be built in Laos will be integrated with the expressway as well. The future of 5G and artificial intelligence (AI) technology will further upgrade the intelligence level of the expressway and will facilitate the development of infrastructure in Laos.
The starting point of the Vientiane-Vangvieng Expressway is in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, and the end point is in one of the most famous tourist cities in Laos. The opening of this expressway will greatly improve local transportation conditions, improve transportation efficiency, promote the development of the economy and tourism along the way and therefore benefit local people.
Phokham, a staff member of the Tmark Hotel in Vangvieng, said: “There has been a significant increase in hotel bookings during this period. Tourists also show admiration for the travel experience on the Vientiane-Vangvieng Expressway. “It integrates high-tech and engineering construction, modern concepts and cutting-edge technology to ensure driving safety. I believe that after the opening of this expressway, it will help to boost tourism and economic development and my income will also increase accordingly.”
Tang, who works in Vientiane, drove his family ahead of time to experience and witness the opening of the first expressway in his hometown. He said: “The new road is wider, faster and safer than the old one. It used to be a day of driving back and forth from Vientiane to Vang Vieng and it only takes about an hour to reach Vang Vieng now.”
ICT technologies are playing an increasingly important role in transportation and other industries, providing better security systems and convenience for people’s lives, and it is providing a tremendous impetus for social development so people can look forward to a fully connected intelligent life.