VCC: How to Import KML and ESRI Shape Files Into Visual Command Center to Create a Context Layer



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

  1. Log in to Visual Command Center.
  2. 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.
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  1. 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.
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Upload the KML or shape file as a Context Layer

  1. Open the VCC Menu by clicking on the User-added image icon in the top right of the page.
  2. Click Add Feed.
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  1. Enter a Feed Title
  2. Upload your file by:
    1. Clicking Browse
    2. Or, enter an External URL.
  3. Click Add Feed to finish.
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  1. Your new shape is now listed under Context in the Feed Control.
  2. 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.
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