Upload speedcams to Garmin GPS

When we carry several years with our Garmin GPS apart from updating the maps also need to update the speedcams. Speedcams are but POIs with proximity alerts that can ‘customize’ with sound alerts you want, well as icons. Transl. For your safety, pass to cash register.


A list of speedcams would be composed of:

  • Locations of speedcams (GPX or CSV). As even Garmin hasn’t exploded yet certain features of POIs with proximity alert, warning jump in both directions, although speedcam is in a single lane. For increase safety is preferable to set the speedcam alert by proximity instead of speed, because in a time you can make a sprint and plas! picture, however with proximity although you drive at 20Km/h you’re already prevented.
  • Voice warnings (MP3 or WAV). Largely depends on GPS model you’ve got, if your model no supports MP3, but you include it the voice warning will not jump, but the beep yes. It’s important have got the SOX.exe file because is a library that process WAV files for POI Loader.
  • Icons (BMP). Allows loading custom icons. There is some discrepancy in size and color depth depending on models, but for 3xxx series which is the mine is 24x24x4.
  • For my experience the sound warnings are very important because in the driving we’re looking at the highway (not at GPS) which is why sound warnings can inform us of all (eg. “Attention, speedcam, limit 100”) without looking at the GPS. Much better than the usual beep that forces you to look at the GPS to know which is the notice, with seriousness which is take your eyes off the road driving. This -for me- leaves the icons in a location purely anecdotal…but if present don’t hurt anyone.

    Download POI Loader POI loader logo

    Download POI Loader from Garmin website and run setup.

    • The old models as 3xx-5xx-6xx, Zūmo, StreetPilot c550, 2720, 2820, 7200 and 7500, use MP3.
    • 2xx-12xx-13xx-14xx-2xxx-3xxx models, and other current models use WAV.

    If your device model work with WAV files must to download SOX.exe file (Mega or Official hotlink. This file once downloaded you just have to copy it in the same folder that POI Loader, nothing more.

    ATTENTION! Although there are newer versions SOX.exe only works well with POI Loader up to 14.0.1 version.

    Download speedcams

    To download speedcams have TodoPOI.es this is totally free, and when I say “totally” I mean not to register or log into any site like is the tendency in forums. So we will avoid having to pay for Cyclops updates, besides eating some fixed speedcams installed some years ago don’t include “extras” as black points, camouflaged speedcams, alcohol controls, etc, that are included on this ‘free’ speedcams.

    1. Go to site.
    2. Clic on “Radares España” (spain speedcams).
    3. Select “Garmin / Magellan”.
    4. Select “Avisos de radares e iconos CON velocidad máxima” (speedcams warnings and icons with speed).
    5. Returno to unfold the menu and select “Voces de aviso CON velocidad máxima” (warnings voices WITH max speed).
    6. We extract the content of two downloaded files in the same folder.

    For 3xx, 5xx, 6xx, Zūmo, StreetPilot c550, 2720, 2820, 7200 and 7500 models, must to delete the WAV files. And for 2xx, 12xx, 13xx, 14xx, 2xxx, 3xxx models, and current models must to delete MP3 files.

    As the voice warnings are in MP3 only be valid 3xx-5xx-6xx, Zūmo, StreetPilot c550, 2720, 2820, 7200 and 7500 models. To voice warnings work another models would have to convert the MP3 to WAV.

    Removed PuntosdeInteres.es from sites to download speedcams because is required login to download speedcams. This not take away to still be valid although must to be downloaded individually for have them better updated and not depend on “batch” updates..

Load speedcams

To Garmin GPS

  1. Conect GPS to computer and power on.
  2. When you see the GPS run POI Loader.
  3. we choose the Garmin device option, and click on Next.
  4. Wait to POI Loader detect our GPS (takes 1-2 sec), and click on Next.
  5. Set the 1st option, and click onNext. Only if we are sure that we have previously installed ONLY a previous speedcams can choose the second option.
  6. We seek the folder where you have saved the speedcams (and if applicable, voice warnings and icons). We give a name to file with care to not use spaces or ‘strange’ symbols. And in options choose Meters and Km/h, and Manual.
  7. In all speedcams that want to include mark them as “This file contains proximity alerts” and specify a distance warning to which should to warn us. If there is a category that we don’t want to include in our speedcams will check “Do you want ignore this file?” and POIs contained in that file stay outside our compilation of speedcam.

  8. Here are some recommended distances on some websites for alerts, but as it all depends on taste, and if we want to modify some distance just have to recompile speedcams with the new distances.

    Speedcams category Alert distance
    Camouflaged of 30 200 meters
    Fixed and Camouflaged of 40 250 meters
    Fixed and Camouflaged of 50 375 meters
    Fixed and Camouflaged of 60 450 meters
    Fixed and Camouflaged of 70 525 meters
    Fixed and Camouflaged of 80 600 meters
    Fixed and Camouflaged of 90 675 meters
    Fixed and Camouflaged of 100 750 meters
    Fixed and Camouflaged of 120 900 meters
    Traffic light 375 meters
    Tram and doubtful 750 meters

  9. After processing all categories of speedcams compile the speedcams on GPI format and transfer it to GPS. The GPI file will be saved in POI folder of GPS. The speedcams will be in “ Where to, Extras, Custom POIs” sorted by the categories of speedcams.

In some GPS models can disable the warnings for speedcams included on Garmin cartography. This duplication can be avoided as double warnings, one for speedcams of cartography and other the speedcams that we’ll load.

For the more handymen can create his own warnings with some TTS program, adjusting the volume and leaving a space in silence to the warnings are not repeating too much in a short space of time: Create voices for speedcam warnings on GPS Garmin