May we present? Our new Customer Area!

More informative, modern and of course more “responsive”. The relaunch took a little longer – but how do you say it again: “What lasts a long time will finally be good”.

As a IT company, we are of course aware of the importance of our own website, which reflects our expertise and know-how. In the dilemma between our own (high) demands, lots of creative ideas and lack of time, we made it!

The PTV xServer website and now the Customer Area is finally relaunched.

It is designed in a completely new design and a new clean structure. Besides the changes in optics and technology, we have also prepared the familiar content for you. You have still the possibility to download our PTV xServer API Version 1 and API Version 2 and their Add ons directly.

But we got rid of the data part which has it´s on delivery channels. Like Feature Layer data, which is now delivered via download link from our contract services and delivery department directly. Also the Toll Updates which can be automatically downloaded installed for your PTV xServer via PTV Content Update Service.

And the best at last:
Your old login credentials are still valid and can be used to login to the new Customer Area.

New PTV xServer Release available!

Toll Report in Florida using Feature Layer toll

We proudly present our new PTV xServer release. For details about the services you  find the corresponding release notes here.

Here are some feature highlights of API Version 2.9:

  • xLocate
    • Geocoding Data for North America (including Mexico and Canada) is now available
    • City results are now listed by population
  • xMap
    • Introduced rendering of toll roads
      Note that this feature requires new toll data in Feature Layer format which is currently only available for the US
  • xRoute
    • New way of toll calculation using Feature Layer toll data
    • Introduced multiple payment methods at toll locations (including electronic toll collection)
    • Determine when a vehicle enters or exists a toll road by using the new toll events
  • xTour
    • Support for EU drivers’ working hours in case of multi-day tours with daily rests anytime and anywhere necessary.
    • Added method ‘findChangeToursProposals’ to get proposals for modifying an existing tour plan stored on server side
    • The method ‘planTours’ can be stopped during computation getting an intermediate but valid response that usually differs from the final response.
    • Additional order relocation and swap moves are executed to improve the tour planning results

For on-premise solutions you can download the latest version from the Developer Zone.

For cloud solutions we provide systems based on this release. It contains the PTV xServer API version 2.9 release plus all future and finished changes for the next release.

  • Check the General Information page to get more information about existing PTV xServer internet deployments

Toll Update Forecast 2019 for Germanys federal trunk roads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Germany

  • TollCalculationThis scenario contains the forecast toll factors valid from 1st January 2019. The toll charge for trucks from 7.5 tonnes applies to all federal trunk roads.

Concerned maps

  • PTV Europe City Map Premium 2019.1H
  • PTV Europe City Map Premium 2018.2H
  • PTV Europe City Map Premium 2018.1H
  • PTV Europe City Map Premium 2018.2T
  • PTV Europe City Map Premium 2018.1T

Please note: The this toll update will not be downloadable in the customer area of the PTV Developer Zone.
You can use PTV Content Update Service to automatically download and install the toll updates for your PTV xServer installation.

We recommend to use PTV Content Update Service Version 2.x.
Also your current PTV xServer API Version 1 can work with PTV Content Update Service 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.

PTV xServer internet – Renewal of the SSL certificate

We would like to inform you that we will update our SSL certificate in the week of October 8th 2018.

All changes will be happening “behind-the-scenes”, so you shouldn’t need to take action, nor should you encounter problems or interruptions to the service.

Nevertheless, we want to give you the chance to test your applications with the new certificate. Therefore, the PTV Europe City Map (TomTom) test cluster was updated already to the new SSL certificate.

PTV xServer internet uses a SSL certificate issued by T-Systems Trust Center. This certificate is usually supported by the majority of clients, client library or browsers. The certificate is deployed e.g. on https://xmap-eu-n-test.cloud.ptvgroup.com; it can be viewed or downloaded through any browser.

In Google Chrome you need to navigate to https://xmap-eu-n-test.cloud.ptvgroup.com and to open the Security pane in the development tools (F12):

The certificate chain is as follows:

If your client requires manual configuration to establish the trust chain, you will find the official root and intermediate certificates here:

Please refer to your client documentation for further details how to import and activate those certificates.

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.