About Isabel Honikel

Senior Technical Product Manager for PTV xServer internet

PTV xServer internet updates – SSL certificate and map updates

We plan to perform maintenance that does not require any downtime.
The renewal of the SSL certificate may require your action, if you don´t have the master certificate included in your certificate storage.
Please see our
PTV Developer Blog post for more information about SSL certificate updates.
The following tasks will be completed in the scope of the maintenance on the respective map cluster:

PTV xServer certificate update on map clusters with API Version 1:

Test- / Integration update

  • The PTV World City Map test system (TomTom) with API Version 1 will be updated on July, 13th 2020.
    Together with the certificate update we will perform the map and PTV xServer update to:
    • PTV World City Map 2020.2T
    • PTV xServer Version 1.30
  • The PTV Europe City Map test system (TomTom) with API Version 1 will be updated on July, 27th 2020.
    Together with the certificate update we will perform the map and PTV xServer update to:
    • PTV Europe City Map 2020.2T
    • PTV xServer Version 1.30
  • Please test you application on the test systems and report any problem immediately.

Production update

  • The following test and production clusters with API Version 1 will be updated on July, 27th 2020:
    • PTV World City Map production system (TomTom)
      Together with the certificate update we will perform the map and PTV xServer update to:
      • PTV World City Map 2020.2T
      • PTV xServer Version 1.30
    • PTV Australia City Map test and production system (Here)
    • PTV North- and South America City Map test and production system (Here)
    • PTV China City Map test and production system (eMapGo)
    • PTV Europe City Map test and production system (Here)
    • PTV Europe City Map test system (TomTom)
      Together with the certificate update we will perform the map and PTV xServer update to:
      • PTV Europe City Map 2020.2T
      • PTV xServer Version 1.30
  • The update of the PTV Europe City Map production system (TomTom) is planned for August, 10th 2020.
    Together with the certificate update we will perform the map and PTV xServer update to:
    • PTV Europe City Map 2020.2T
    • PTV xServer Version 1.30 

PTV xServer certificate update on map clusters with API Version 2:

Test- / Integration update

Production update

  • The following test and production clusters with API Version 1 will be updated on August, 3rd 2020:
    • PTV World City Map production system (Here) data center EU and US / US2
    • PTV China City Map test and production system (eMapGo)
    • PTV World City Map production system (Here) in our hosting center in Karlsruhe

Please test you application on the test systems and report any problem immediately to our PTV xServer support team.

 

PTV xServer 2.18 released

The new PTV xServer API Version 2.18.1 is available for download. For the full list of features and improvements you can check the corresponding release notes here.

Here are some feature highlights of API Version 2.18.1:

  • General:
    • Setting several API elements from experimental to stable
  • xDima:
    • Selecting a specific high-performance routing network
    • Automatic bounding box for rectangular restrictions to improve the performance
  • xRoute:
    • Support for additional toll section information
    • Automatic bounding box for rectangular restrictions to improve the performance
  • xTour:
    • Support for EU working time directive concerning tours in execution (experimental)

For on-premise solutions you can download the latest version from the Customer Area at the Developer Zone. http://xserver.ptvgroup.com/de/nc/developer-zone/customer-area/ (login and license required)

For cloud solutions we provide a test and production system based on this release. The PTV World City Map test cluster contains the PTV xServer API version 2.18.1 release plus all future and finished changes for the next release.

Check the Cluster Overview page to get more information about existing PTV xServer internet deployments.

Real-time transit times at borders – now for PTV xServer on-premise

We now offer you the possibility to use real-time data of the start-up Sixfold GmbH on your own PTV xServer on premise.
This gives you an overview of all relevant border crossing times for trucks in real time and allows you to use them for visualization and routing in our PTV xServer. This function helps dispatchers understand the extended transit times for border crossings and even automatically avoid crowded border crossings.

How to use the Feature Layer containing the Sixfold data about transit times at borders?

The Border Transit Times are included in the PTV Traffic Incidents Feature Layer available for the PTV World City Map 2020.2H and PTV Europe City Map 2020.2H. The Border Transit Times are usable with PTV xServer API Version 2.

Configuration for on-premise solutions:
The request configuration for API Version 2 is the same as for cloud solutions. For more details see the previous post.
In order to use the Feature Layer PTV_TrafficIncidents you need to activate the download via Content Update service (CUS).
The information about transit times and closed borders are included in the PTVSixfold feed. If you configure provider name “tomtom, ptvsixfold” you get both the incidents feed from TomTom and the PTVSixfold incidents containing the border transit times and closing information.

PTV xServer API Version 2 configuration (xserver.conf) with CUS 2.x:

contentupdates {	 	 
  ...	 	 
  content {	 	 
          featureLayer {	 	 
                       enabled = true	 	 
                       themes = [ "PTV_TrafficIncidents" ]	 	 
                       providerNames = [ "tomtom","ptvsixfold"]	 	 
                       countries = [ ]	 	 
                       }	 	 
           }	 	 
}

How to get rid of the data?
For on-premise solutions you have to stop Content Update Service form downloading the PTV_TrafficIncidents and delete the layer manually form your hard drive.
For cloud solutions you just have to stop using PTV_TrafficIncidents in your request.

Important information about quality and availability
This started as an impromptu project at Sixfold because they “want to do good”. Sixfold have refrained for now to put a license on the data, because they want to focus their efforts on helping and not commercializing this.
Therefore the use of the data in our PTV Traffic Incidents is for free. Sixfold and we at PTV did develop this at a pretty rapid pace, therefore please do not expect 100% uptime, reliability, stability etc.
However, the border transit time information and the border blocking information has not a 100% coverage, we decided to integrate the Sixfold data because it best reflects the current situation.

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

Toll update (2020_04) Special toll

Greece
New toll rates valid from 1st January, 2020. This scenario replaces the previous scenario ‘Austria January 2020’.

Netherlands
New tariff and vehicle definition for: Westerschelde tunnel. This scenario replaces the previous ‘Netherlands January 2018’ scenario.

Spain
This scenario includes new rates for the Cadi Tunnel, the Vallvidrera Tunnel and the Artxanda Tunnels for 2020. AP-4 between Sevilla and Cádiz and AP-7 between Tarragona, Valencia and Alicante from 2020 on toll-free.This scenario replaces the previous “Spain January 2019” scenario.

Switzerland
This scenario contains the toll factors valid from January 2020. New tariffs for Tunnel Munt la Schera, Great St Bernard Tunnel, Bodenseefähre Romanshorn. It replaces the previous ‘Switzerland January 2019’ scenario.

United Kingdon
This scenario contains the most recent tariffs from January 2020. New tariffs for Aldwark Bridge, Batheaston Bridge, Swinford Bridge, Itchen Bridge, Tamar Bridge, Tyne Tunnel, Humber_Bridge, M6, Eurotunnel, College Road. Cleddau Bridge since 28.03.2019 is free. Whitney-On-Wye Bridge was not captured. This scenario replaces the previous ‘Great Britain January 2019’ scenario.

Denmark
New tariffs for the Storebælt Bridge and the Øresund Bridge 2020. This scenario replaces the previous scenario ‘Denmark January 2019’.

Sweden
Current version of the tariffs dated January 2020. This scenario replaces the previous ‘Sweden January 2019’ scenario.

Germany
This scenario contains the toll factors valid from August 2019. New tariff for Warnowtunnel. This scenario replaces the previous ‘Germany August 2019 v2’ scenario.

Ireland
New tariffs 2020. This scenario replaces the previous ‘Ireland January 2019’ scenario.

Turkey
New tariffs 2020 for Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, 15 July Martyrs Bridge, Eurasian tunnel. This scenario replaces the previous ‘Turkey September 2019’ scenario.

Furthermore this update contains a bug fix for the special toll update for Switzerland.

PTV xServer internet was updated today, April 9th, 2020.

Concerned maps

  • PTV Europe City Map Premium 2019.2H – toll update version 2019_2H_22
  • PTV Europe City Map Premium 2019.2T – toll update version 2019_2T_13
  • PTV Europe City Map Premium 2020.1H – toll update version 2020_1H_14
  • PTV Europe City Map Premium 2020.1T – toll update version 2020_1T_8

Please note: This and 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.

If you need further information or support please contact the support team.

 

Real-time information on transit times at border crossings

To contain the corona virus, many states have reintroduced border controls or closed borders completely.
This resulted in long queues and long transit times at the borders during the week of 16-22.03.2020, which also led to long transit times. As of today, the situation has improved again, but should be closely monitored.

Therefore we have joined forces with our customers and partners to find solutions to reduce the uncertainty caused by the long transit times at borders.

We now offer you the possibility to use real-time data of the start-up Sixfold GmbH on our cloud Solution PTV xServer internet. This gives you an overview of all relevant border crossing times for trucks in real time and allows you to use them for visualization and routing in our PTV xServer. This function helps dispatchers understand the extended transit times for border crossings and even automatically avoid crowded border crossings.

How to use the Feature Layer containing the Sixfold data about transit times at borders?

The Border Transit Times are included in the PTV Traffic Incidents Feature Layer available for the PTV World City Map 2020.2H with API version 2 on PTV xServer internet. On-premise solutions with PTV World City Map 2020.2H and PTV Europe City Map 2020.2H will get the updated PTV Traffic Incidents by end of next week April, 16th 2020.
You can recognize the transit times by the square-icon, these show a truck and a clock placed above it. Transit times are only available on motorways and main roads in Europe with enough recent data to display estimates.
To avoid detours around transit times, non-passable border crossings for >7.49t will be blocked in PTV Traffic Incidents from now on.
For use cases such as strategic planning, you can use PTV Traffic Incidents and a time span of one week. This takes into account the information of the closed border crossings, but ignore the transit times at the borders.

Even the border transit time information and the border blocking information has not a 100% coverage it improves the PTV xServer use cases with PTV Traffic Incidents a lot.
The closed / blocked border information for trucks >7.49t collected by PTV is only available on the marked points shown in this map on the right.

Configuration for cloud solutions:

  • Activate the Feature Layer Theme PTV_TrafficIncidents in your PTV xMap and PTV xRoute service request.
  • To calculate a route with the border transit times in PTV xRoute service you need to set additionally the time consideration and plan your route. 
  • It is also possible to deactivate / activate the transit times and blocked borders separately (default is activated). Therefore you can deactivate / activate the layers in the country specific parameters. The transit times with rule id “ptvTIx_AS_42” and border blockings with rule id “ptvTIx_AS_53”.
  • For strategic planning, you can use PTV_TrafficIncidents and a time span of one week. This takes into account the information of the closed border crossings, but ignore the transit times at the borders.

PTV xMap request configuration:

"requestProfile": {
   "featureLayerProfile": {
     "themes": [
       {
        "id": "PTV_TrafficIncidents",
        "enabled": "true"
       }
     ]
   }
 }

PTV xRoute request configuration:

{
    "storedProfile": "truck40t",
    "requestProfile": {
      "featureLayerProfile": {
        "themes": [
             {
               "id": "PTV_TrafficIncidents",
               "enabled": true,
               "countrySpecificParameters": [
               {
                "id": "*",
                "rules": [
                   {
                     "id": "ptvTIx_AS_42",
                     "enabled": true
                   },
                   {
                    "id": "ptvTIx_AS_53",
                    "enabled": true
                   }
                ]
              }
            ]
          }
        ]
      }
    },
    "waypoints": [
      {
        "$type": "OffRoadWaypoint",
        "location": {
          "offRoadCoordinate": {
            "x": 7.552546425579699,
            "y": 47.64452813831258
          }
        }
      },
      {
        "$type": "OffRoadWaypoint",
        "location": {
          "offRoadCoordinate": {
            "x": 7.78418857855105,
            "y": 47.47614532115144
          }
        }
      }
    ],
    "resultFields": {
      "polyline": true
    },
    "routeOptions": {
      "timeConsideration": {
        "$type": "ExactTimeConsiderationAtStart",
        "referenceTime": "2020-04-08T12:01:59+02:00"
      }
    }
  }

Important information about quality and availability
This started as an impromptu project at Sixfold because they “want to do good”. Sixfold have refrained for now to put a license on the data, because they want to focus their efforts on helping and not commercializing this.
Therefore the use of the data in our PTV Traffic Incidents is for free. Sixfold and we at PTV did develop this at a pretty rapid pace, therefore please do not expect 100% uptime, reliability, stability etc.
However, the border transit time information and the border blocking information has not a 100% coverage, we decided to integrate the Sixfold data because it best reflects the current situation.

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

 

PTV xServer internet update – PTV America City Map cluster – production

We plan to perform maintenance on April, 20th 2020 that does not require any downtime.
The following tasks will be completed in the scope of this maintenance.

PTV America City Map [Here]- production/integration – cluster with API version 1:

  • PTV xServer update from version 1.28.0.1 to version 1.28.0.3
  • Map update form PTV America City Map version 2020.1H to version 2020.2H.

Please test your application on the today updated test system and report any problem immediately.