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.

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 World City Map cluster API Version 2

The planned maintenance on March, 9th 2020 was completed successfully and in full.
The following tasks were completed in the scope of this maintenance.

PTV World City Map [Here]- production/test/integration – cluster with API version 2:

  • PTV xServer update from version 2.16 to version 2.17
  • PTV World City Map update from version 2020.1H to version 2020.2H

Please test your application and report any problem immediately.

PTV xServer internet update – Update of PTV xServer to API Version 2.16

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

PTV World City Map [Here]- production/test/integration – cluster with API version 2:

  • PTV xServer update from version 2.14 to version 2.16
  • This update includes some changes in time out handling:
    We deactivated the computationTimeout (https://bit.ly/2PZE2gG) for requests.
    This will have the effect that all requests even on long lasting requests will be executed until the computation is finished, or for asynchronous requests until they will be stopped on request of the client.

Please test your application and report any problem immediately.

PTV xServer 2.15 released

The new PTV xServer API Version 2.15.1 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 2.15.1:

  • General:
    • Support for changing road attributes in the map by creating and using custom Feature Layers (experimental)
  • xLoad:
    • Improved quality of the packing solutions and setting the whole service API stable
  • xLocate:
    • Improved quality of the single-field search
  • xRoute:
    • Support for combining driving time regulations with time-dependent Feature Layers
  • xRuntime:
    • Simplified usage of the update on demand mode
  • xTour:
    • New calculation mode to avoid intersections of legs (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 system based on this release. The PTV World City Map test cluster contains the PTV xServer API version 2.15.1 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.

 

PTV xServer internet update on all API Version 2 Clusters

We plan to perform maintenance on July, 8th 2019 that does not require any downtime.
The following tasks will be completed in the scope of this maintenance.
PTV xServer update from version 2.12 to version 2.13 on the listed map clusters:

The PTV World City Map test system was already updated. Please test you application on the test system and report any problem immediately.