Import POIs

Points of Interest (POI) can be imported into the system. They can be imported from either another GpsGate installation or from a completely different system.


1. Install the Point of Interest plugin in Site Admin > Plugins.

2. Enable the following privileges in your application properties:

Files format to import


Basic CSV file

The file to import should be in CSV format, and each field separated by a comma (,). Values within the fields such as latitude/longitude should contain dots (.) not commas.

To be able to import a POI you'll need at least the following fields: Latitude,Longitude,Name

An example of the file content you should import:


CSV file that avoids duplicated entries

To be able to import a POI without duplicating entries you need to use the column name 

_Custom ID

This column should contain a unique numeric value for each row. It doesn't necessarily have to start with 0 or 1, you could use any number you want as long as it doesn't repeat itself.

Example of this content with Custom ID

_Custom ID,Latitude,Longitude,Name

Every time you import the file, it will update the content of the row containing that _Custom ID number. If no _Custom ID exists it will create a new row.


The KML file is more complex by nature. GpsGate offers compatibility with standard KML format of the Open Geospatial Consortium 2.2. This is an example of such a file to import:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<kml xmlns="">
    <Placemark id="statueofliberty">
        <name>Statue of Liberty</name>
        <description>New York</description>
            <Data name="phone number">
            <Data name="webpage">



To import POIs, follow these steps:

1. Enable your Point of Interest panel by clicking in Windows > Point of Interest

2. Select the advanced menu and click in Import

3. Select Browse button to select the CSV or KML file

4. If you don't have a category to add your POIs in, you can create a new one by input the name of the category in the box:

5. After clicking in Import if your POIs were imported, you will see the following message

You will also see the total number of imported POIs

Verify your imported POIs

1. If you need to see your imported POIs you can see them in the Manage Categories section

2. When you click in the selection box, you will be able to see your POIs on the map for that selected category

Editing your POIs

You can edit your POIs by clicking on the Edit icon 

1. Details: change the visibility of your POIs on the screen according to the selected Zoom levels, change your POI Icons

2. Geocoding: define if you want to use your POIs as a geocoding option (display the POI instead of an address in the VT application, reports, etc.)

3. Custom Fields: assign custom fields to your POIs if you have them previously created.

Note: to manage custom fields go to the advanced menu > Manage Custom Fields

4. Click on Save to save your changes.