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.

 

Discontinuation notice for PTV Mapserver and PTV xServer add-on PTV Feature Layer (FL) “PTV_TruckWaitingTimes”

From May 05, 2020, PTV will no longer provide updates or support for PTV Feature Layer (FL) “PTV_TruckWaitingTimes” (for all versions) used by PTV xServer.

The reason for this discontinuation notice is that the data providers stopped any data support. Therefore, PTV cannot keep the services up and running.

In accordance with PTV Group’s product discontinuation policy, we are providing you notice of this phase-out so that you have adequate time to replace the solutions via updating to the latest software versions available.

PTV Group is committed to providing the highest level of quality and service to you. Based on your requests, we constantly enhance our software and keep integrating new and improved functions and contents. Therefore, we strongly advise you 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 your business applications to excel. 

In case you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your representative sales partner.

Update on Layer Delivery Service (LDS) for PTV Content Update Service

featurelayerThe new release of the Layer Delivery Service (LDS) replaces the previous version creating the Feature Layer Traffic Incidents. Normally the LDS supply the Feature Layer into the products automatically, but with the update there is something to take care of:

Please restart your Content Update Service (CUS) to refresh the connection and get the newest layers from the new LDS. For all Content Update Service versions, this has to be done manually.

For your information we have recently released the CUS Version 2.8.0.
This is now fully featured to supply Toll Updates and Feature Layer Traffic Incidents. The CUS Version 2.8 can also be used with PTV xServer API Version 1 when using the PTV CUS xServer1 Adapter.

The PTV Content Update Service 2.8 and the respective PTV CUS xServer1 Adapter can be downloaded from the customer area of the PTV Developer Zone (login required).

For any further information or support please contact the Support Team.

TIS Update 2.9 & Improvements

From now the TIS 2.9 will get new data regarding Dynamic Traffic Information in the Logistics products. While Traffic Patterns cover the historical situation during the day and the week, Dynamic Traffic Information considers the live road conditions. Real time changes in estimated travel times and the calculation of alternative routes are enabled.

Improvement

  • Reduction of data amount for WFS requests to provide better stability

List of supported maps            
TomTom

  • PTV Europe City Map Premium
  • PTV North America City Map
  • PTV Australia City Map
  • PTV Africa City Map
  • PTV Arabia City Map
  • PTV Asia City Map
  • PTV World City Map

HERE

  • PTV Europe City Map Premium
  • PTV North America Map
  • PTV Australia City Map
  • PTV Arabia City Map

To avoid the copying and to delete the old Feature Layer, the PTV Content Updates Service database and the dynamic folder (standard name: contentFolder) has to be deleted. This will be done automatically at every restart with the new PTV Content Update Service 1.20.1.1 or higher. For all the older Content Update Service versions, this has to be done manually.

The new PTV Content Update Service can be downloaded from the customer area of the PTV Developer Zone (login required). For any further information or support please contact the Support Team.

Map Update on LDS Server for PTV Content Update Service

featurelayerThe release of the PTV Europe City Map Premium 2016.1T on the LDS will replace the PTV Europe City Map Premium 2015.1T for creating the Incident Feature Layer. This map update will be performed on  Monday, 8th of February 2016 not on the 5th like announced before. Then the LDSupdater will supply the Feature Layer into the products automatically but with the update there is something to take care of:

The new Feature Layer that are created by the PTV Europe City Map Premium 2016.1T will get a new Layer ID. The old Feature Layer, created by the PTV Europe City Map Premium 2015.1T, will be discontinued.

PTV Content Update Service earlier than 1.20.1.1 will still copy this old Feature Layer. To avoid the copying and to delete the old Feature Layer, the PTV Content Updates Service database and the dynamic folder (standard name: contentFolder) has to be deleted. This will be done automatically at every restart with the new PTV Content Update Service 1.20.1.1 or higher. For all the older Content Update Service versions, this has to be done manually.

The new PTV Content Update Service can be downloaded from the customer area of the PTV Developer Zone (login required).                                                                                     For any further information or support please contact the Support Team.

Truck Traffic Patterns in new TomTom Map

featurelayerThe new Feature Layer Truck Traffic Patterns is now also available in the new PTV Europe City Map Premium 2016.1.T that was released recently.

A more detailed descripton about this Feature Layer and what you have to do to use it, you can find on our blog post How to use Feature Layer Truck Traffic Patterns. If you have any further questions about the Truck Traffic Patterns don’t hesitate to contact the Support Team