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).

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).

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

Excellent maps – the basis for accurate route calculation (image: istock sturti)

In logistics, every kilometre and every minute counts. Inaccuracies in calculating routes, no matter how small, sum up and can cause high costs in the end. Accuracy is therefore key. That is why our map and data experts invested substantially in the latest state-of-the-art technology and data to present a new generation of digital maps that is about to become the European standard.

The world is in motion – literally. With the economic upswing and the subsequent extensions of the infrastructure and road network in South-East Europe, the increasing urbanisation and the boom of home delivery, a growing number of cars and trucks are entering the European roads and populating the inner cities. How does this affect driving speeds? Are old maps, speed values and vehicle profiles still accurately portraying the reality on Europe’s streets? And how could maps be improved to portray these changes better?

How fast can a truck go in the city?

If you want to know how long it takes you to get from A to B, you can simply use one of the many online route planners. The results are more or less realistic, and you normally don’t care if you’ll be a couple of minutes too late or if you are really on the shortest route. In professional logistics, however, every unnecessary kilometre creates costs; a delay jeopardises operations and annoys customers. You need accuracy and reliability. That is why PTV logistics solutions take all kinds of restrictions and information into consideration when calculating a route, such as environmental zones, road conditions, hazardous goods restrictions, vehicle profiles, toll costs, as well as historical data and real-time traffic information.

How fast can a truck go in the city? (picture: istock Franz Wilhelm Franzelin)

One more crucial thing that PTV does to allow for accurate route calculation is the specification of the so-called static speeds in the underlying maps, consisting of network and speed classes. The network classes define the street type of segments in a map, e.g. highway or inner-city road. In the vehicle profiles, speed ranges are given for each network class. Thus, if you want to know, how fast a truck can go from A to B on a road in the city, the PTV logistics tools choose the network class for an inner-city road and combine it with the speed range for this particular vehicle. However, not all inner-city roads are alike, and on some parts of the road, you can go faster than on others. That is why subclasses, so-called speed classes, are being generated for each segment of the road, giving a more granular and accurate speed for a specific vehicle.

Map update: What’s new?

To keep our maps up to date, we regularly conduct analyses, comparing the results of our routing calculations with actual truck speeds derived from GPS and truck FCD (floating car data). Our latest analysis of the European road network has shown, that there were tremendous changes in urban regions over the last years causing our static routing speeds to be too fast within urban regions and too slow in rural areas. Since accuracy is our main objective, we adapted to these changes and calibrated our network and speed classes accordingly. That enables you to make even more precise and reliable route calculations including the cost per vehicle. For the benefit of your customers and your business. Within urban as well as rural areas.

Taking route calculation two steps further

Static speeds are the essential basis for an accurate and reliable route calculation. They enable you to calculate a CTA (Calculated Time of Arrival) for every stop of your planned route. To further boost the accuracy of your routing and arrival times, PTV provides you with additional data and tools, enabling you to calculate not just a CTA and PTA, but also an ETA.

Ready to deliver with precision and accuracy?

Accurate data is at the heart of efficient urban logistics (image: istock nullplus)

Empowering you to deliver in time, to increase the efficiency of your logistics operations and to make a success of your business – that is our main goal. Reliability and accuracy are therefore paramount when it comes to the maps and data we use for our logistics solutions. We regularly invest substantially in our algorithms and data and make use of our 20 years of experience and expertise in the field of digital maps to provide you with the best maps and speeds we ever had.

Toll Update for Belgium available

Belgium

  • TollCalculationhis scenario includes the toll charges from July 2018, for trucks from a maximum authorised mass over 3.5 t in the three Belgian regions: Wallonia, Flanders and Brussels. Toll roads include motorways, additional main roads and the local road network in Brussels. Toll charges are calculated based on kilometre factors and depend on the road type and further depend on the emission class and total weight of the vehicle.

Concerned maps

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

NavigationYou can download it from the customer area of the PTV Developer Zone or use automatic update with the PTV Content Update Service. For PTV Mapserver please use the current version of the PTV Toll Update Tool. PTV xServer internet was updated recently.

 

Services

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

Toll Update for Europe available

The toll update contains the following countries:

Spain

  • Special toll: new tariffs 2018
    This scenario includes new rates for the Cadi Tunnel, the Vallvidrera Tunnel and the Artxanda Tunnels for 2018. The Soller Tunnel is toll-free. This scenario replaces the previous “Spain January 2017” scenario.

Romania

  • Special toll 2018: New tariffs for Danube bridge Ruse – Giurgiu
    New tariffs for Giurgiu-Ruse bridge. This scenario replaces the previous ‘Romania January 2017’ scenario.

United Kingdom

  • Special toll 2018: New tariffs 2018
    This scenario contains the most recent tariffs from January 2018. New tariffs for Channel Tunnel, Mersey Gateway Bridge, Silver Jubilee Bridge. This scenario replaces the previous ‘Great Britain January 2017’ scenario.

Denmark

  • Special toll 2018: New tariffs of 2018 for Øresundbridge and Storebæltbridge
    New tariffs for the Storebælt Bridge and the Øresund Bridge 2018. This scenario replaces the previous scenario ‘Denmark January 2017’.

Sweden

  • Special toll: new tariffs 2018
    Current version of the tariffs dated January 2018. This scenario replaces the previous ‘Sweden January 2017’ scenario

Ireland

  • Special toll 2018: New Tarifs for M4
    New tariffs 2018. This scenario replaces the previous ‘Ireland January 2015’scenario.

Bulgaria

  • Special toll 2018: Updated tariffs for Danube ferry Turnu Magurele – Nikopile
    New tariffs for Danube ferry Turnu Magurele (ROU) – Nikopile (BGR). This scenario replaces the previous ‘Bulgaria 2017’ scenario

Andorra

  • new tariffs 2018
    New tariffs for Tunnel d ‘Envalira. This scenario replaces the previous ‘Andorra January 2016’ scenario.

Croatia

  • Special toll 2018: New tariffs 2018
    New tariffs for: Tunel Sveti Ilija, Krčki most 2018. This scenario replaces the previous ‘Croatia January 2017’ scenario.

Turkey

  • new tariffs 2018
    New tariffs 2018 for Eurasian tunnel, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, Bosphorus Bridge, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge and Osman Gazi Bridge. This scenario replaces the previous ‘Turkey January 2017’ scenario.

Concerned maps

  • PTV Europe City Map Premium 2018.1H
  • PTV Europe City Map Premium 2018.1T
  • PTV Europe City Map Premium 2017.2H
  • PTV Europe City Map Premium 2017.1H
  • PTV Europe City Map Premium 2017.2T

You can download it from the customer area of the PTV Developer Zone or use automatic update with the PTV Content Update Service. For PTV Mapserver please use the current version of the PTV Toll Update Tool.

Services

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

xMapmatch server 1.24.0.4 release – the match to ignite your performance boost

In the last two years the xMapmatch was burning at a medium flame in case of performance. It was time to ignite these embers into a fire of performance, so we improved our map matching component substantially.
The effort was definitely worth it: Latest enhancements allow up to four times as many requests per minute than before.

For detailed information look at the offical xMapmatch benchmark report on the Developer Zone.