Here you’ll learn how to bring your Valarm data into ESRI ArcGIS Online for powerful visualization and GIS functionality. Also check out our other articles on Valarm data with Google EarthQuantum GIS, and Microsoft Excel.


1.  First go to, make an account (if you don’t already have one), and sign in.


2.  Next go to Map and create a New Map.


3.  Once you have a new, empty map let’s add our Valarm data by clicking Add -> Add Layer from File.


4.  In the Add Layer from File window choose a file containing your Valarm data.  This can be any CSV you download from or a shapefile created in a GIS as we’ve shown with Quantum GIS.


5.  Once you click Import Layer your Valarm data is brought into ESRI ArcGIS Online!


6.  Click the Basemap button and pick a basemap appropriate for your data.  Here I’ve got Valarm data from a drive through California, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona going from Zion National Park to Los Angeles, California.


7. Let’s change the symbology by clicking the little arrow next to your dataset under contents to show the menu below, then click Change Symbols.


8.  Here I’ve set Unique Symbols based on the Valarm trigger type to symbolize 4 types of Valarm alerts: armed, disarmed, interval, and exceeding maximum velocity.


9.  Note that if I click the edit button I can edit my Valarm geodata by clicking any point.


10.  Be sure to click Save and save your map!


11.  Give your map a name, description, tags, share it with others, and open it on any mobile device with the ArcGIS app.


12.  Return back to My Content to see other properties of your Valarm data map and share it if you like.

13.  Looking at the Valarm map again I noticed there are some areas where the vehicle exceeded 80 mph.


14.  As an example I can create an additional Editable Layer to further highlight the areas of high velocity.


15.  Here I added a rectangle feature, drew an area around the exceeded maximum velocity alerts, and added a note.


16.  Last I want to show you that you can open the map in ArcGIS Explorer Online for further GIS analysis by clicking the link in the Details tab.


17.  Here’s Valarm data in ESRI ArcGIS Explorer Online, which gives you additional GIS analysis and visualization tools.  Play around with it and let us know what you are doing with your Valarm data!