What are Layers?

Map Layers is the element that holds the mapping geospatial data and is the mechanism used to display information on the map. You can display up to 14 Map Layers at any one time.

Is my company data secure with rWAVES?

Yes, your company and user data is secure within the rWAVES Platform.

  • All data is encrypted behind the firewall including any point to point transmission of data. All encryption and firewall methods meet the most stringent standards such as those used by the US Department of Defense and other similar organizations.
  • All data and map layers within the rWAVES Platform is secured. Regardless of the method in which data becomes available in the system, all data and information is secured. Access to data, layers, or data type is determined by user profile and permissions.
  • User profiles and permissions are easily managed and configured through the System Administration functions. The System Administrator and User Manager define permissions based on individual user profiles, or user roles, including access, view, and edit.
  • The rWAVES platform encrypts all data point to point which allows data to be exported or ingested from other secured data sources maintaining data integrity and security.

What is a CSV or KML/KMZ File?

CSV (Comma Separated Values)

  • CSV is a file format which allows data to be saved in a table structured format, such as a spreadsheet or a database. (Traditionally they take the form of a text file containing information separated by commas, hence the name).
  • CSV files can be used with any spreadsheet program, such as Microsoft Excel, Open Office Calc, or Google Spreadsheets.
    They differ from other spreadsheet file types such as .xls or .xlsx in that you can only have a single sheet in a file, they can not save cell, column, or row styling, and can not save formulas.
  • If your data is in a spreadsheet format such as .xls, you can save it as a CSV file for upload into rWAVES by selecting Save As, file type CSV (Comma delimited) (*.CSV).

KML (Keyhole Markup Language)

  • KML is an XML (Extensible Markup Language) based file format used to display geographic data in an Earth browser such as Google Earth, Google Maps, and Google Maps Pro. (XML is markup language that defines a set of rules for encoding documents in a format that is both human-readable and machine-readable).
  • A KML file specifies a set of features (placemarks, text descriptions, images, polygons, and so forth) for display on a map. Each location has an associated longitude and latitude.
  • KML is an international standard maintained by the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC). KML was created by Keyhole Inc., the founding company of the Earth Viewer software that Google Earth was built upon.

KMZ (Keyhole Markup Language Zipped)

KMZ is a compressed version of a KML file with a .kmz extension. KML files are very often distributed in KMZ files. A KMZ file usually contains a single KML document, invariably named “doc.kml” along with images for overlays and icons it may reference internally.

What is a Heatmap?

A Heatmap is a geographic visualization used to show the density of events or intensity of data at a certain point. Areas of higher density/intensity are red, gradually “cooling” towards green as the density/intensity decreases.

What is the Decimal Degree format?

Decimal Degrees (DD) express latitude and longitude coordinates as decimal fractions as opposed to Degrees Minutes Seconds (DMS). Geographic Information Systems (GIS), web mapping software, and GPS units regularly use this format. Converting DMS to DD can be accomplished with the following formula:

DD = D + M/60 + S/3600

For example: 38° 53′ 23″ N, 77° 00′ 32″ W is equal to 38.8897°, -77.0089° in Decimal Degrees.

Why am I missing some locations when I attempt to upload address information for geocoding?

It is possible that the address is not formatted correctly, or there is a spelling error. Some countries or regions have address formats that may be different from what you expect. A good test is to start typing the address that is causing problems in to Search Location Bar at the top left of the rWaves map interface. The Google Map API will attempt to predict which address you are looking for, and you can see what the format Google expects the address to be in.

How is my data stored in rWaves?

rWAVES is designed around tree structure hierarchy of locations (Headquarters or parent organization, multiple Regions attached to the headquarters, multiple Sites attached to Regions and special location called Operations which are specifically designated organization programs / projects which need to be tracked separately (all data for an Operation is assigned and maintained within the Operation). Every location has its own data associated with it by Projects and Categories within a project by which to attach map layers and features to visualize your information. A location can have as many Projects and sub Categories and layers in the Categories as you wish. There is no restriction. Think of it like a filing cabinet with cabinet name as headquarters, drawers for Regions, File names inside the drawer for Categories and files for the various layers in the category. This is true for an Operation as well but it is a special drawer for organizational program information.

What is a Snapshot?

A Snapshot is a standardized map document containing the geographic data contained in your map view, including any additional digitized shapes, Pin locations, or heatmaps created from your data. The map can be downloaded and printed for publication or presentation in digital or printed format.