PTV MapServer – Mapping and routing functions for desktop software

Hi all,

in the past months we concentrated our communication mainly on our successful PTV xServer components and services. But of course these remarkable tools aren´t the only solutions in the developer components portfolio. Today we would like to remind you on our PTV MapServer (current Version 5.5).

What are the main differences between the PTV xServers and the PTV MapServer?

Contrary to the PTV xServers the PTV MapServer is a so called Desktop SDK, which means you can work with it without the support of any servers. So the core goal is to offer a development solution for customers with the requirement for an offline SDK. Nevertheless the PTV MapServer offers a wide range of logistical functions. Focussed on the most important functions pls. find below a short overview:

Functions & Features

1.    Mapping

Interactive map display, Zooming  and panning around maps;
Print and export maps;
Show customer addresses, sites, etc. with freely selectable logos;
Map look and feel is fully customizable

2.    Routing and toll calculation

Calculate the route (fastest / shortest routes available);
Create customised vehicle profiles (not just truck and slow car, but also bicycle, pedestrian, etc.);
Calculate and avoid toll costs for many european countries;
Integration of traffic informati­ons (requires additional data);

3.    Truck routing

When calculating truck routes, PTV MapServer considers ‘truck attributes:’ information on height, weight, hazardous goods and other restrictions;
Truck attributes are available for the many countries;

4.    Logistics optimisation

Optimise the sequence of stop-off points if there are more than three on the route

5.    Geocoding

Address geocoding (converting a mailing address to a geocoordinate);
Select your preferred error tolerance for address entries: accept identical- sounding (phonetic) or similar addresses (fuzzy);
Reverse geocoding: determine the address for a particular geocoordinate (e.g. GPS position);
Validate addresses;

Furthermore the PTV MapServer offers several more features like Radius search, Tracking and tracing, Address management (Import and manage your own addresses) and of course RoadEditor functions (blocking and releasing roads by specific customer needs).

Technical Requirements

1.    Operating System: Windows 2000 and up.
2.    Supported database formats (eg. for integrating your own addresses): Oracle, SQL, DB2, Access.
3.    System requirements: 1GB RAM is recommended. Up to 500 MB hard drive space is needed for the map data.

Any questions? Don´t hesitate to contact your account manager, write to or leave a comment on this post. Further information also can be found on the PTV DevelopersZone

Best regards

Sven Halfeld

By Martina Beck

Martina Beck has been working for PTV since 2000. As certified computer scientist she was originally responsible for providing customers with technical support and she later moved on to the Product Management division. Since 2011 she has been working for PTV as an online marketing manager in international marketing with an emphasis on social media (et al. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube). The PTV Developer Blog is the PTV Developer Components' lead channel. The posts on important topics and trends originate from close cooperation with developers, the product management and other experts.