VCC: How to Create a Country Shape for Regional Alerting in Visual Command Center


How to create a country shape for regional alerting in Visual Command Center.


In Visual Command Center you can now copy, or download, any shape or area filter to a GeoJSON or WKT file.  You can use many of the risk event shapes, ad-hoc shapes, or contextual layers, to create properly formatted shape geometry. This feature will allow you to easily create the geometry for shape assets to upload into CEM Asset Management.

Create a Country Shape for Alerting

As an example, let's say I wanted to make Spain an alertable Country asset.  In Visual Command Center navigate to Spain on the map.  Under Context, enable the Countries layer and right-click on Spain and select Copy Shape.

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That properly formatted GeoJSON or WKT can now be used in the geometry field in your Asset Management upload file to create a Spain asset.  The minimum required fields for an asset are External ID, Name and Geometry. If you don't already have a template, you can navigate to Assets > Upload Assets > Download Template for that specific Asset Type.

You have already created a Country Shapes asset type in Asset Management.  To add Spain to your Country Shapes asset type, navigate to Assets > Upload Assets in Asset Management.

Return to Visual Command Center and turn on Assets > Country Shapes.  You  can see that Spain is now an asset in Visual Command Center.

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Now that you have an asset in Country Shapes, you can navigate to CEM Orchestration > Workflow List and add this Asset Type to existing workflows or create a workflow specific to this Asset Type.  

In this example, this workflow would Alert anytime there was a RIMC Severe or Extreme risk event reported within the boundaries or proximity to Spain.

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Additionally, you can copy/download multiple types of shapes from Visual Command Center to include:

  • Area Filters
  • Risk Event Shapes
  • Context Layer Shapes
  • RIMC Tactical Resolution KML Layers
  • Ad-Hoc Shapes
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