How to Import KML and ESRI shape files into Visual Command Center to create a context layer.
VCC can display the data from a KML or ESRI shape file on the map as a Context Layer. VCC does not issue alerts for items in Context Layers, they are used for contextual information only.
- Keyhole Markup Language (KML) is a standard file format used to display geographic data.
- A shapefile is a vector data storage format for storing the location, shape, and attributes of geographic features. A shapefile is stored in a set of related files and contains one feature class.
- ESRI: Environmental Systems Research Institute. A company that specializes in GIS mapping
There are two options to add a Context Layer to VCC.
Please note: The size limitation for KML and shape files is 8 MB.
Drag & Drop
- Log in to Visual Command Center.
- Drag a file directly onto the map or click on the menu button from the upper right hand corner of the page. You will see + Copy under the icon when you have reached a valid spot to drop the file.
- The name of the shape will appear under Context in the feed control. Use the Disk icon to save the shape to your environment permanently or the X icon to delete the shape. The shape will be removed if the page is refreshed or if you log out.
Upload the KML or shape file as a Context Layer
- Open the VCC Menu by clicking on the icon in the top right of the page.
- Click Add Feed.
- Enter a Feed Title
- Upload your file by:
- Clicking Browse
- Or, enter an External URL.
- Click Add Feed to finish.
- Your new shape is now listed under Context in the Feed Control.
- Click the Save icon next to the feed in order to save it permanently or the X icon to delete the shape. The shape will be removed if the page is refreshed or if you log out.