PTV launches new mobility software

Mobility software modelling company PTV Group is delivering its latest technologies and features which are part of the PTV Mobility Software Release 2023.

The company says the new versions of PTV’s transportation modelling, multimodal simulation, and real-time traffic management solutions offer transportation professionals new levels of details, faster and better results, and even more efficiency in shaping their mobility projects.

It says one of the strong new features of PTV Visum planning software is the new hybrid macro-meso assignment. Users can now blend mesoscopic and macroscopic assignments in the same model run, which allows them to evaluate more projects in less time. PTV says this leverages the dynamic perspective and high level of detail provided by simulation-based assignments for critical parts of the model. Furthermore, the mesoscopic SBA now allows lane level modelling, which it explains unlocks new use cases, that were previously only possible in microscopic simulation.

“PTV Visum 2023 brings tight integration with Activity-Sim, the popular open-source package for Activity Based demand Modelling and provides a renewed network-wide signal optimisation algorithm,” the company says in a statement. “For easier modelling of bicycle traffic, users can now import bicycle networks from OpenStreetMap. Besides many other improvements, Public Transit analysis gets a boost by extended and drastically accelerated import of e-Ticketing data.

“In addition, the visualisation tool PTV Visum Publisher was upgraded for the new release. It provides personalised cloud-based dashboards with illustrative visualisations, by which transportation modellers can share their project stories with anyone – from colleagues to decision-makers, to the public.”

PTV adds that many new functions in the world’s most advanced traffic simulation software, PTV Vissim, ensure automated processes and minimise errors. Also, it says visualisations have been improved with developments including the possibility to automatically set speed limitations in curves, reverse parking and improved duplicate, copy and paste function of link connectors and selections of multiple network objects to reduce modelling effort and errors.

The new software version supports the FBX (Filmbox) format for vehicles, pedestrians, and static 3D models. In addition, PTV Vissim 2023 now offers Network / Scenario Comparison, as well as an assistant for Web Map Services (WMS) configurations.

The company adds that the 2023 edition of the traffic engineering software PTV Vistro improves trip generation by adding ITE TripGen data to the model via ITE’s web-app. Moreover, the improved Universal Traffic Data Format (UTDF) import allows users to quickly integrate layout, lanes, phasing, timing plans, and volumes. Thus, users can import data from various traffic models and signal controller systems for future analysis in Vistro, Vissim, or Visum. Meanwhile, the new features of PTV Optima “empower traffic operators to better deal with demand changes. With just a few clicks, operators can simulate a custom amount of additional traffic demand to or from specific locations and within time intervals. This makes it easy to analyse the impact of traffic events – both planned ones such as concerts, sport matches, or fairs; and unexpected events like bad weather, strikes, and evacuations”.

The company adds that simulating the impact of traffic deviations and rerouting information in case of, temporary road closure has been simplified. In addition, PTV Optima includes improved modelling and simulation of signal optimisation and contingency plans. Another highlight feature is the auto-update of live traffic data maps.

The release will be showcased in a LinkedIn Live Session on 18 October.

(Picture – PTV)


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