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.

New PTV xServer Release available!

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 2.8:

  • Framework
    • Support of Toll Updates via CUS2 and CUS2 Adapter for PTV xServer 1.26. We highly recommend the usage of CUS2 to receive Traffic Information and Toll Updates.
  • xLocate
    • Geocoding Data is now available for the Europe City Map 2018.2H
    • Support of additional address fields “district” and “subdistrict”
    • Possibility to change the result language in the request
  • xMap
    • Adjustments of the default rendering settings of Feature Layer Traffic Incidents and Truck Attributes to better distinguish between those layers
  • xRoute
    • Introduced violation events for combined transport (ferries and piggybacks)
  • xData
    • Possibility to Create “Content Snapshots”. Filter only long term traffic information like blockings or construction sites and consider them in Dima and HPRND calculation
  • xTour
    • Create a trip out of a set of unplanned orders
    • Optimize the sequence of stops within a trip

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

For cloud solutions we provide a test system based on this release. It contains the PTV xServer API version 2.8 release plus all future and finished changes for the next release:

Some notes:

  • The PTV xServer API version 2.x requires a 2017.1 map or newer.
  • The corresponding geocoding data for on-premise solutions is on request. It is not included in the map. This is required for running xLocate. (The data is available for PTV Europe City Map and with this release also for the PTV North America City Map from HERE).
  • PTV xServer internet (test and productive system) provides  PTV Europe City Map 2018.1 (HERE). The update to 2.8 on the productive system is scheduled for 30th of July 2018.

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.

Discontinuation of PTV xServer API versions 1.22, 2.0-2.6, add-ons and PTV maps 2017

Please notice that PTV Group will be discontinuing PTV xServer versions 1.22, 2.0-2.6 and PTV xServer add-ons (as described below) as of 1 April 2019 as well as PTV Maps version 2017 as of 1 January 2019.

Please also notice that traffic patterns based on TMC won’t be longer provided by the PTV maps. This kind of data is replaced by the segment-based traffic patterns via the established feature layer technology (PTV Traffic Patterns).

From this date onwards, we will no longer provide updates or support for the versions listed in the detailed overview provided at the end of this blog.

To assist our customers, PTV Group has already provided the following upgrade paths, where clients can login to update to the latest versions of:

PTV Group is committed to providing the highest level of quality and service to our customers. Based on the requests given by our clients, we constantly enhance our software and keep integrating new and improved functions and contents. This is why we strongly advise our customers to partake in our maintenance contract, as it integrates extended functions and ensures their systems always remain up-to-date – a basic prerequisite for their day-to-day operations.

To meet the growing requirements, PTV Group, like other software providers, needs to limit the number of software versions available. This way, we can always make sure that our resources stay focused on further improving PTV xServer, PTV xServer add-ons and PTV Maps as the current software solutions create the perfect conditions for our customers’ business applications to excel.

At a glance: Discontinuation notice for PTV xServer versions 1.22, 2.0-2.6 effective from 1 April 2019:

PTV xServers Version Operating System
PTV xCluster Server 1.22.0.0 – 1.22.0.3 Windows (x86/x64); Linux (x86/x64)
PTV xDima Server 1.22.0.0 – 1.22.0.3 Windows (x86/x64); Linux (x86/x64)
PTV xLoad Server 1.22.0.0 – 1.22.0.3 Windows (x64); Linux (x64)
PTV xLocate Server 1.22.0.0 – 1.22.0.3 Windows (x86/x64); Linux (x86/x64)
PTV xMap Server 1.22.0.0 – 1.22.0.6 Windows (x86/x64); Linux (x86/x64)
PTV xMapmatch Server 1.22.0.0 – 1.22.0.5 Windows (x86/x64); Linux (x86/x64)
PTV xRoute Server 1.22.0.0 – 1.22.0.5 Windows (x86/x64); Linux (x86/x64)
PTV xTerritory Server 1.22.0.0 – 1.22.0.5 Windows (x64); Linux (x64)
PTV xTour Server 1.22.0.0 – 1.22.0.3 Windows (x86/x64); Linux (x64)
PTV xServer bundle 1.22.0.0 – 1.22.0.3 Windows (x64); Linux (x64)
PTV xServer 2.0.0 – 2.6.0 Windows (x64); Linux (x64)

 

At a glance: Discontinuation notice for PTV xServer add-ons effective from 1 April 2019:

PTV xServer add-ons Version Comment
AJAX Maps 3.5.18.0 – 3.5.24.0 Java Servlet works with PTV xMap Server

 

At a glance: Discontinuation notice for PTV data effective from 1 September 2018:

PTV data Version Comment
Traffic Patterns TMC-based Replaced by segment-based traffic patterns via feature layer technology

 

At a glance: Discontinuation notice for PTV Maps version 2017 effective from 1 January 2019:

PTV Maps Version Map & Data Provider
PTV Europe City Map Premium 2017.1H, 2017.2H

2017.1T, 2017.2T

Here, AND

TomTom

PTV North America City Map 2017 Here
PTV South America City Map 2017 Here
PTV Australia City Map 2017 Here
PTV World Map 2017 AND
PTV World City Map 2017.1T, 2017.2T TomTom
PTV Africa City Map 2017 TomTom
PTV South Asia City Map 2017 TomTom
PTV Arabia City Map 2017 Here
PTV Maghreb City Map 2017 TomTom
PTV India City Map 2017 Here

PTV xServer 1.26.0.1 now available

PTV xServer 1.26.0.1 service release is available now!

featurelayer

It contains a bug fix and an improvement, all Highlights of the 1.26.0.1 Version are:

PTV xMapmatch Server:

  • Bugfix: Now it starts-up and works again with TomTom maps.

PTV xTour Server:

  • Feature: Now the number of input vehicles are shown in the billing log.

See the 1.26.0.1 Release Notes for more details.

The PTV xServer 1.26.0.1 can be downloaded from the customer area Downloadof the PTV Developer Zone. If you need further information or support please contact the Support Team.

New PTV xServer Release available!

We proudly present our new PTV xServer release. This release is focused North America Geocoding and Rendering, but there are more features for world wide use.

For details about the services you find the corresponding release notes here.

Here are some feature highlights of API version 2.7:

  • Framework
    • For detailed monitoring it is now possible to send requests to dedicated backend instances.
  • xLocate
    • The geocoding search produces results even if some words were falsely concatenated in the input (e.g. ‘Ruedestrasbourg’ instead of ‘Rue de Strasbourg’).
    • The total score and the address scores (formerly modelled as field scores) are no longer experimental.
  • xMap
    • Country-specific styles for Feature Layer may be configured (e.g. to show country-specific icons for truck attributes in North America).
    • Street names are now drawn along the road considering the street curve.
  • xTour
    • Added a new attribute ‘drivers’ to the fleet. A driver is assigned to a vehicle and may be given exactly one operating interval.
    • In a multi-day planning scenario it is now possible to only plan daily rests if it is necessary, i.e. there may be multiple trips per day without daily rest between them.
    • New possibility in the ‘changeTours’ method to change fixations of an existing tour plan stored on server side.
    • It is now possible to fix a trip to a vehicle in the input plan to make sure such trips are not changed at all.

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

For cloud solutions we provide a test system based on this release. It contains the PTV xServer API version 2.7 release plus all future and finished changes for the next release:

Some notes:

  • The PTV xServer API version 2.x requires a 2017.1 map or newer.
  • The corresponding geocoding data for on-premise solutions is on request. It is not included in the map. This is required for running xLocate. (The data is available for PTV Europe City Map and with this release also for the PTV North America City Map from HERE).
  • PTV xServer internet (test and productive system) provides PTV Europe City Map 2017.2 (HERE). The update to PTV Europe City Map 2018.1 (HERE) is scheduled for the near future. The productive system already provides the API version 2.7.