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Mobility Tech Update The New Features

Key Highlights of PTV Visum 2024

Super-easy integration of new data in your model • Start the move to ABM now 

Built-in calculations for ABM models

We’ve made it much easier to set up ABM models, that are popular in microscopic demand modeling. Previously, ABM calculations could be done externally by ActivitySim or custom scripts. PTV Visum 2024 now adds an extensive set of built-in procedures for running and calculating ABM models. PTV Visum's ABM model provides stable results, and makes it easier to identify effects of measures without random distractions. Trips from all types of ABM can now be exported and visualized as animated trajectories in Visum Publisher.

Merging of network data

With Multimodal Transportation models relying on many data sources, merging, and integrating data from separate databases is essential for network building and maintenance workflows. PTV Visum 2024 introduces a new tool that simplifies this process. It enables transferring data between networks, aggregating attribute values, splitting links based on attribute changes, and creating new links to fill network gaps. For example, it facilitates incorporating cycling routes from a GIS into a transportation planning model, streamlining network integration tasks.

Import elevation data

When modeling active modes, electric vehicles, or emissions, topography is crucial for route choice and energy consumption. Common network datasets often lack detailed coverage of elevation data, including slope and total elevation changes along a route. To address this, PTV Visum 2024 utilizes elevation data from the widely used GeoTIFF format. This allows assigning elevation values to nodes and link vertices; and computing-derived values such as slope or accumulated height gain.

Realistic display of roundabouts in junction editor

The junction editor has been extended to properly display roundabouts. Rendering is based on various attributes like diameter, entry and exit radius for each leg, number of lanes per sector, bypasses, and splitter islands. This visual representation enables efficient inspection of coding accuracy, significantly reducing the time spent on error detection.

WYSIWYG-export to MS Excel

With a simple click, all lists in PTV Visum can now be exported to MS Excel. This user-friendly WYSIWYG export retains column selection, layout settings, sort order, filters, and even includes attribute metadata as comments. Moreover, a new CSV export option generates files tailored for compatibility with other tools, employing default settings for seamless processing.  

Extended GIS tools

Geographic data plays a vital role in transport models. To enhance geographic data editing and processing capabilities, PTV Visum now offers an extended set of GIS tools. These include advanced procedures for intersection and disaggregating matrices, as well as graphical tools for splitting territories, such as along shortest paths in the road network.

Vistro merge & update tool

PTV Vistro, a leading traffic engineering tool, focuses on user-friendly interfaces and efficient junction coding. In PTV Visum 2024, a new tool seamlessly merges junction and signal data from multiple Vistro networks into a regional transportation model, incorporating updates as needed. This enhancement simplifies the integration of local Vistro junction details into regional models, avoiding duplicate coding and maximizing data utilization.

Conditional execution of procedures

The procedure sequence is the core of a transportation model. In PTV Visum, different procedures can be combined to create customized workflows. A new option introduces flexible conditions based on model attributes, enabling the toggling of procedure or group execution. This enhances flexibility, reduces the need for scripting and alternative parameter sets, and improves the comprehensibility of the model sequence.

Even faster public transport assignment 

Modal shift to public transport and active modes is crucial in transport development plans. Evaluating projects and strategies requires calculating KPIs like travel time and transfers. These calculations can be time-consuming, impacting overall transport model run times. In PTV Visum 2024, the “Shortest Path Search” method for Public Transport Assignment and skimming is significantly enhanced, now running up to 100 times faster. Thus, the method can be a robust and timesaving alternative to the more general ‘Branch and Bound Search’ e.g. for quick skimming in macroscopic models when only travel  times and transfers are considered.

Key highlights of PTV Visum Publisher

Cloud-based mobility dashboards & interactive maps • Data tables • Public sharing

Cloud-based mobility dashboards & interactive maps

Imagine seamlessly blending your Visum data into personalized, cloud-based dashboards that offer a kaleidoscope of interactive maps, dynamic animations, and insightful charts. Our web application provides you with an array of intuitive features, enabling you to craft your narrative effortlessly. 

Data tables

The new data tables feature allows you to craft, organize, and present data tables alongside your charts, enhancing the clarity of your message.

On-the-fly calculation

Embrace the new On-the-Fly calculation feature, which lets you effortlessly amalgamate results from various attributes, enabling you to discern and compare nuances between scenarios, factors, rates, or cumulative impacts. 

Public sharing

PTV Visum Publisher now empowers you to share your dashboards via public links, reaching stakeholders, agency members, decision-makers, and even the general public. Public sharing becomes the conduit to effectively communicate a project, foster broader public engagement, and enhance the acceptance of your projects or plans. 

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Key highlights of PTV Vissim 2024

Lightning-fast calculations • Zipper merging • Improved vehicle behaviors • New 3D models • Upgraded signal controllers, usability and visibility

Auto save and back-up

PTV Vissim now includes active automatic backups to prevent unintended loss of data. The automatic backup of the model follows fixed time intervals. To activate and configure this feature, go to Edit>User preferences>Files>Backup. Then select the option and specify the folder and the interval.

Lightning-fast calculations

We've upgraded the core simulation routines, resulting in a remarkable increase in overall simulation speed. Vissim and Viswalk now have increased per-core calculation performance and take better advantage of multi-core architectures to ensure that your simulations run at peak performance. With multi-core processors, you can typically expect your simulations to run around 3 times faster than with the previous version. You will complete simulations in record time, reclaiming valuable hours and increasing productivity.

Zipper merging

Multiple additional driving behavior parameters now enable the modeling of specific zipper merging behavior on ramps and adjacent lanes. Vehicles anticipate and synchronize, creating suitable gaps even while a barrier initially  prevents lane changes. This reduces the number of unwanted stops at the end of ramps, resulting in a smoother merging process.

3D vehicle models

In addition to software improvements, we have updated our 3D vehicle models to align with real-world fleet advancements. We have included a significant number of new 3D vehicle models to represent t op-selling vehicles in Europe, USA, China, and Japan. Our selection encompasses vehicles with combustion engines and alternative propulsion systems. While currently focused on motorized vehicles, animated models for bicycles and pedestrians may be added in the future.

Improved labelling of conflict areas

Previously, to define the right of way at conflict areas, we used the numerical references "1” and “2” for the links in the list. Modelers found it hard to know which links these numbers referred to. In PTV Vissim 2024, conflict areas are configured using "A” and “B” as references to the link. For clarity, "A" and "B" are now displayed in the network editor as labels on the respective links. This allows you to directly choose the right configuration without guessing the references.

Multi-route editing

Effortlessly change multiple routes at once by adding temporary intermediate points and moving them across different links. Our network editor offers a real-time preview of the outcome, enabling simultaneous editing of routes derived from various routing decisions. Experience unprecedented efficiency and intuitive customization of routes with our innovative feature!

User-defined pavement markings in 2D and 3D

In PTV Vissim 2024, you can now specify raster graphics. Use them to display lane markings in the 2D and 3D network editor. It’s possible to adjust their size as needed.

Fixed time signal control on Linux

PTV Vissim Kernel 2024 now supports "Fixed Time" signal control with Vissig on Linux systems. This allows modeling with signal-group and stage-based signal programs, as well as daily signal program lists. Vissim Kernel for Linux can be invoked as a command-line simulation calculation engine or used with the Driving Simulator interface.

Ring Barrier Controller (RBC)

In PTV Vissim 2024, we've significantly enhanced the Ring Barrier Controller (*.prbc). Powerful new functionalities include Transit Priority, allowing preferential treatment of public transport vehicles while maintaining coordination; Preemption for overriding traffic lights to clear railway crossings near intersections; Delay Green (LPI) allowing pedestrians to walk already before vehicles; and Vehicle Omits for selectively dis-/enabling signal groups in patterns.  

Labels for child objects 

Previously, only geometric objects such as links and areas could be labeled directly or have objects directly associated with them, such as route decisions or inputs. Now, we have expanded this capability to include labels for "Child objects" that depend on other objects, like routes as child objects of routing decisions, doors as child objects of elevators etc.

Key highlights of PTV Viswalk 2024

Optimized pedestrian simulation • 2D labels for pedestrians • Directional indicators at pedestrian routes

Improved pedestrian simulation

A major part of the pedestrian simulation routines have been revamped with cutting-edge technology and integrated with a newly developed activity stack. This allows for improved parallelization using multiple threads during calculations involving route decisions, attribute modifications, or attribute decisions.

2D labels for pedestrians

Pedestrian labels are now available in 2D display, just like for vehicles. These labels can present static or dynamic content, which changes during the simulation.

Directional indicators at pedestrian routes 

The line representing a pedestrian route (default color: yellow) has been enhanced with small arrows that indicate the direction of movement along the route. This provides clear guidance for pedestrians' movement along the route when route decision and destination are not shown.

Key highlights of PTV Vistro 2024

Seamless integration with Centracs Advanced Transportation Management System • Study emissions and benefits of electric vehicles • New features to optimize your intersection analysis

Smooth integration with Centracs by Econolite

Vistro 2024 includes seamless integration with Centracs by Econolite, the industry's leading advanced traffic management system. This integration allows you to converge signal timing analysis and traffic impact studies with traffic management and monitoring, eliminating time-consuming setups and fragmented analysis. With this connection, there's no need to manually enter signal timing parameters; Centracs-Vistro integration easily provides you with numerous traffic signal time-of-day patterns and timings, ensuring the highest quality traffic management.

Calculate emissions & electric vehicle impact.

Want to measure the carbon footprint of your network? Vistro's latest emissions calculation allows you to easily determine operational fuel consumption, vehicle miles traveled, and harmful gas emissions at the intersection and network level. This gives you more metrics to optimize your traffic signal than just signal delay. In addition, Vistro allows you to analyze the impact of electric vehicles on carbon emissions, which can be useful for exploring different scenarios and supporting local policies and electrification goals. You can also future-proof your design by exploring the impact of connected and autonomous vehicles at signals and roundabouts with HCM 7th Edition calculations.

Create and simulate LPI functionality 

Vistro now exports Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPI) to Vissim 2024 and Vissim Preview. Vistro's unique built-in functionality eliminates the need for false phases. Quickly create and correctly model your LPIs and optimize entire networks. Simulate LPIs directly in Vissim with push-button detection. These features make investigating LPIs in your next study intuitive and cost-effective.

Trip generation with built-in internal capture

Simplify your TIA's trip generation workflow with Vistro's new easy-to-use internal capture rate.  This factor quickly reduces the number of trips traveling between internal developments and provides a clear distinction between generated and removed trips for easy review.  All of this is applied prior to Vistro's best-in-class TIA trip distribution and assignment workflows.

ITE trip generation statistics 

Vistro's ITE TripGen API interface now includes data statistics to inform you of the number of studies, standard deviation, and reliability of the ITE trip generation study data. The query's unique parameters and fitted curve equation are summarized in this view for review, as well as links to the official ITE data plots.

Enhanced roundabout visualization & configuration 

In Vistro 2024, you benefit from enhanced roundabout visualization for accurate design and feedback. Create ideal radii, splitter islands, and circular lanes. Plus, Vistro uniquely allows you to import and test your roundabout in Vissim for world-class simulation. Your design details, including bypass lanes, turn lanes, and radii, are accurately visualized in Vissim and Visum, making it easy to evaluate corridor mobility across resolutions.

Key Highlights of PTV Optima 2024

New integration options upgrade your real-time accuracy

Fight climate change with Bosch Air Quality solutions

PTV Optima 2024 can display live air quality data from Bosch air quality solutions. If you already have Bosch sensors in your city, you can now improve your pollution control efforts by monitoring pollution levels at individual locations in real time, comparing daily levels to target levels, evaluating potential countermeasures and their effectiveness, and activating traffic management policies when thresholds are exceeded.

Accurate traffic flow dynamics

PTV Optima 2024 delivers unmatched real data by incorporating link fundamental diagram parameters. You can now calibrate subcritical and supercritical traffic flow dynamics during the offline modelling phase using PTV Visum. This ensures that PTV Optima 2024 forecasts are perfectly aligned with real data, providing accurate and reliable insights.

Multiple TomTom feeds and secure TomTom map updates

PTV Optima 2024 seamlessly integrates with multiple real-time traffic feeds from TomTom. Experience effortless management of cross-border networks without data loss or additional data integration efforts. PTV Optima 2024 also improves support for TomTom's frequent live traffic map updates by separating the update job and minimizing downtime when map information changes.

Inrix Connector

Inrix updates its APIs, and PTV Optima renews its data deal! PTV Optima 2024 connects to the new Inrix Speed API for live traffic speeds, securing the data connection for years to come.

Versatile traffic event location with OpenLR

Gain maximum versatility in traffic event location with PTV Optima 2024's event API, which integrates seamlessly with OpenLR. PTV Optima 2024 supports the latest location format, enabling on-the-fly decoding on any network map, including custom maps.

Restricted routing

PTV Optima's Hyperpath real-time trip planner now supports routing that conforms to any user-defined route restriction. For example, it will avoid narrow roads or low underpasses if they are smaller than the vehicle size. Restrictions can be generalized to meet minimum constraints, such as HOV lane rules.

Forecast quality KPIs

PTV Optima 2024 provides continuous monitoring of roads that meet the desired accuracy for traffic volume or speed forecasts. It automates analysis, identifying errors, inspection areas and data update requirements. Data is automatically updated and summarized by user-defined indicators for the entire system, specific areas, and routes.

ML forecast API scalability

Get lightning-fast responses when you request traffic forecasts, whether it's for an intersection or a region. Get a response in seconds with PTV Optima's load-based, scalable services. API services now support the seamless download of gigabytes of data in a single request thanks to automatic workload processor scalability.

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