How to handle (individual) profiles with the new speed adaptation

As mentioned in two earlier blog posts there will be adjustments in the profiles of PTV xServer to gain more realistic travel times when calculation routes. See the blog posts below for more information:

Precise, accurate, reliable – new static speeds for better route calculation within PTV xServer

New Static Speeds – FAQ PTV xServer


In the following you can find more detailed information about the changes and usage of individual profiles when it comes to the new maps with adapted initial speed values.

Where can I find information about the dependencies from map and profiles?

You can check the online documentation of the respective PTV xServer Version.There you can find a table which shows our currently supported maps and their related profile version.

API Version 1 – Profiles and Map Versions
API Version 2 – Profiles and Map Versions

I want to use one of the new maps, where can I obtain the new profiles?

Within the shipment of the map data you will receive a download link for zip-file containing the necessary profiles and a installation guide for the PTV xServer API Version you are using.

Shipped Profile Directory API Version 1

Shipped Profile Directory API Version 2

Check the READ_ME.txt within your directory for detailed information about the different folders.

Which profiles are affected?

All XML-based PTV xServer profiles need to adapted/replaced. This also includes the rendering xml-profiles and Feature Layer profiles.

In general we recommend to fully replace the conf/profiles folder of your PTV xServer by the ones you receive via the download link (see pictures above).
Don’t forget to make a local backup of your actual and customized profiles if you want to switch back again.

Which parameters of the profiles are affected?

<dataCompatibilityVersion> (API Version 1 & 2)

This new parameter was introduced in both PTV xServer API versions to check if the map- and profile versions are compatible. It is placed in the root node of all xml-based profiles. If the version differ, your PTV xServer won’t start up and leave a message in the log files. Check the links about profile and map dependencies above to get  information about the data version of your map.

Affected parameters of API Version 1 & 2

The values of the following paramaters were changed to fit to the new inital speed values of the basemap with dataCompatibilityVersion 2. You can click on the parameter names in the table below to directly jump into the API documentation.

API Version 1 API Version 2
<SpeedRangeByNetworkClass maximumSpeed> <maximumSpeeds>
<SpeedRangeByNetworkClass minimumSpeed> <minimumSpeeds>
<LevellingScopeByNetworkClass> <minimumDistancesFromWaypoint>
<MalusByNetworkClass> <penaltiesByNetworkClass>

Note, that even though there are a lot of routing profiles, there are four “classes” of routing relevant parameters (see table above). These relevant parameter “classes” are used in the profiles truckfast, truckslow, carfast and carslow for API Version 1 and truck and car for API Version 2. Every other profile inherits those values of one of the four mentioned.
A detailed overview of the parameters and their values for PTV xServer API Version 1 & 2 as well as the differences between the DataCompatibilityVersion 1 & 2 can found in the PDF NewSpeedValues.

Check the Online-Manuals for detailed information about profile handling basics within PTV xServer.
API Version 1 – Profiles & Inheritance
API Version 2 – Profiles & Inheritance

I created an own individual profile, what do I have to do?

If you changed the values of one of the parameters above, we highly recommend to use the new values provided in the profiles with DataCompatibilityVersion 2 when using a map with the same version. Check the PDF mentioned above. You also have to set the new parameter <dataCompatibilityVersion = “2”/> in the root node of your individual profile, when you want to use it with one of the maps with adapted speed values.

If you only adjusted physical attributes in your individual profile and inherit the values above from a profile provided by PTV, you only have to set the parameter <dataCompatibilityVersion = “2”/> within the root knot of the profile.

What about the folders “VehicleProfiles_Australia” and “VehicleProfiles_NorthAmerica”?

In this folders you can find more routing profiles which are based on national regulations of the regarding regions. Furthermore the routing relevant parameters are adjusted to the national conditions. Check the “READ_ME.txt” fore more details.

I have some more questions, who can I contact?

If you got more questions related to the speed adaptations, feel free to contact the PTV xServer Support Team (support.de@xserver.ptvgroup.com).

Toll Update for Germanys federal trunk roads – now available for TomTom maps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Germany

  • TollCalculationThis scenario contains the tariffs according to the table dated 1st July 2018. The toll charge for trucks over 7.5 tonnes applies to all federal trunk roads.

Concerned maps

  • PTV Europe City Map Premium 2018.2T
  • PTV Europe City Map Premium 2018.1T
  • PTV Europe City Map Premium 2018.2H (available since August 2018)
  • PTV Europe City Map Premium 2018.1H (available since August 2018)

Please note: The Germany toll update for TomTom maps is the last one for download in the customer area of the PTV Developer Zone. All following toll updates will be only available via automatic update with the PTV Content Update Service.

We recommend to use PTV Content Update Server Version 2.x.
Also your current PTV xServer API Version 1 can work with PTV Content Update Server Version 2.x – using  PTV CUS xServer 1 Adapter.
For PTV Mapserver please use the PTV Toll Update Tool.
PTV xServer internet was updated recently.

If you need further information or support please contact the Support Team.

Toll Update for Germanys federal trunk roads available

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Germany

  • TollCalculationThis scenario contains the tariffs according to the table dated 1 July 2018. The toll charge for trucks over 7.5 tonnes applies to all federal trunk roads.

Concerned maps

  • PTV Europe City Map Premium 2018.2H
  • PTV Europe City Map Premium 2018.1H

This toll update is only available for Here maps at the moment. The update for TomTom maps is in preparation and will follow in a few weeks.

Please note: The Germany toll update for TomTom maps is the last one for download in the customer area of the PTV Developer Zone. All following toll updates will be only available via automatic update with the PTV Content Update Service.
We recommend to use PTV Content Update Server Version 2.x.
Also your current PTV xServer API Version 1 can work with PTV Content Update Server Version 2.x – using  PTV CUS xServer1 Adapter.
For PTV Mapserver please use the PTV Toll Update Tool.
PTV xServer internet was updated recently.

If you need further information or support please contact the Support Team.

PTV xServer 1.26.0.3 service release – now available

PTV xServer 1.26.0.3 service release is available now!

Besides some bugfixes in PTV xLocate and xRoute, the main reasons for this release are:

  • Retry mechanism for failed module restarts to gain more stability
  • Support of the updated French decree for emissions

See the 1.26.0.3 Release Notes for more details.

The PTV xServer 1.26.0.3 can be downloaded from thcustomer area of the PTV Developer Zone. If you need further information or support please contact the Support Team.

Update on Layer Delivery Service (LDS) for PTV Content Update Service

featurelayerThe new release of the Layer Delivery Service (LDS) replaces the previous version creating the Feature Layer Traffic Incidents. Normally the LDS supply the Feature Layer into the products automatically, but with the update there is something to take care of:

Please restart your Content Update Service (CUS) to refresh the connection and get the newest layers from the new LDS. For all Content Update Service versions, this has to be done manually.

For your information we have recently released the CUS Version 2.8.0.
This is now fully featured to supply Toll Updates and Feature Layer Traffic Incidents. The CUS Version 2.8 can also be used with PTV xServer API Version 1 when using the PTV CUS xServer1 Adapter.

The PTV Content Update Service 2.8 and the respective PTV CUS xServer1 Adapter can be downloaded from the customer area of the PTV Developer Zone (login required).

For any further information or support please contact the Support Team.

New Static Speeds – FAQ PTV xServer

What do I have to do to get the new map and speeds?

The new speed values will be introduced with the Europe City Map 2019.1 from HERE and TomTom. If you receive the map via Download Link you will find a zip-file called “Profiles_xServer[VersionNumber]_DataVersion2.zip”. Within this file you can find the new profiles which should be used for the new maps. See the following manual pages for detailed information:

Profiles API Version 1

Profiles API Version 2

What happens if the profile and map versions differ?

If the version for profile and map versions do not match the PTV xServer won’t start and leave a message in the log files. Check the links mentioned above for more information.

Will my system be automatically updated?

If you are an on-premise customer, you must manually change your PTV xServer vehicle profiles after the map update is released. This can be done at your own leisure. For PTV xServer Internet customers, you will have the new profiles automatically installed with the map update.

When will the update be available?

The new speed values will be introduced with the PTV Europe City Map 2019.1 from HERE and TomTom

Can I take a look at the new speeds beforehand?

Yes, you can already test the new maps and speeds now. Please contact your sales representative for more information.

Will I be able to continue to use the old vehicle profiles or do I have to switch?

The vehicle profiles will stay compatible with the new map versions but since the base speed values of the map changed, they will produce different driving times. To get more accurate results, we strongly recommend either to use the new standard vehicle profiles or change your custom vehicle profiles accordingly. For PTV xServer Internet customers, you will have the new profiles automatically installed with the map update for the Europe City Map 2019.1.

Can I still use my individual profiles?

Yes, you can still use individual profiles. However, this requires some adjustments. Please contact our support (support.de@xserver.ptvgroup.com) to learn more.

Is it still possible to create individual profiles?

Yes, it is still possible to create individual profiles.

Who can I contact if I need help or have further questions?

Please contact your sales representative or our support team (support.de@xserver.ptvgroup.com).