Import Map Layers To Improve Your Common Operating Picture

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We’ve added the ability to import complex GIS map data and layers, including straight from your GPS, as the latest feature of our real-time incident management software D4H Live Response.


Announcing the new ‘Import GIS Map Data’ feature release for D4H Live Response product. Import GIS data including tracklogs, waypoints, areas, and other layers into D4H Live Response from Esri ArcGIS, Google Earth, your GPS receiver, or any other compatible 3rd party mapping software. You can simply drag & drop GeoJSON, KML, Shape Files, or GPX files onto your common operating picture to share them with everybody at the command post and in the field.

Good situational awareness is key to executing an effective response and is achieved through your ability to understand how information, events, and actions will impact your objectives. Rich data maps can provide a significantly clearer picture of the situation and assist with command decisions. A couple of use-case examples:

  • Add to the map the boundaries and the “hotspots” of a wildfire which were taken using a GPS receiver on the field.
  • Import the storm surge risk zones around coastal areas in preparation for a storm.

There are a lot of mapping information/resources available through public/private repositories including Esri to take advantage of this new and useful feature.

How does it work?

1.Users can easily import map information as they have the following formats: GeoJson, GPX, KML, KMZ, Shapefile archives (.zip). To import a file, users only need to go to the menu with the gear wheel icon and click ‘import layer’.

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2.After clicking on ‘Import layer’, users must choose the import source from the import dialog - Collections or File.

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3.To add simplicity users can also import a file by dropping it into the map:

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4.After a file is selected or dropped on the map, users will be able to choose the default color for the layer and the default marker icon:

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5.By clicking ‘Import’ users will see the new features appearing on the map:

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6.All imported layers, including ‘Overlay’ layers, are available in the ‘Layers’ menu. They can be enabled/disabled, renamed and deleted from the same menu.

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‘Import GIS Map Data’ is only one of the many features our innovative D4H Live Response solution to respond smarter and safer. If you want to learn more about it or see how D4H can help your response team, do not hesitate to contact us.


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