OTA Connect User Guide

Create a smart group

Smart groups are based on a device filter. They automatically group newly provisioned devices that match your selection criteria.

To create a smart group:

  1. Go to the Devices tab.

  2. Click Create group.

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  3. Select Smart device group, and then click Next.

  4. Specify the group name.

  5. In the Cluster section, define a filter for your devices.

    Filters help HERE OTA Connect match each device to a group. Currently, OTA Connect can filter based on characters in the device ID or your custom device fields. The device ID is defined in the OTA Connect client configuration and is set on the server when the device connects for the first time.[1] If no ID is configured on the device, a random ID is automatically generated.

    You cannot change the filter criteria of a smart group after you create it. If you made a mistake with the filter criteria, create another smart group.
    Example 1. Example

    You need to provision 2019 car models. Each device ID is a vehicle identification number (VIN) where the 10th character is the letter K.

    1. From the Filter list, select Device ID.

    2. Since every character in the VIN has a meaning, from the Type list, select has character equal to.

    3. In the Value field, enter the letter K, and then select in position 10 (the 10th character in a VIN is usually the model).

      OTA Connect shows how many devices match your filter criteria.

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  6. (Optional) Add more filters:

    • If you want to target devices that match both filters, in the same Cluster section, click Add filter, and then specify its criteria.

    • If you want to target devices that match one of the filters or filter combinations, click Add cluster, and then specify the needed filter or filters.

      Example 2. Example

      You want to target devices with the Premium value in the Trim level field and the Germany or France value in the Market field. You have already created the following custom device fields: Trim level and Market. In the Create device group dialog box, specify the following filters:

      1. In the first Cluster section, select the Market filter and the Contains type, and then specify the Germany value.

      2. Click Add filter.

      3. In the new filter fields, select the Trim level filter and the Contains type, and then specify the Premium value.

      4. Click Add cluster.

      5. In the new cluster, select the Market filter and the Contains type, and then specify the France value.

      6. Click Add filter.

      7. In the new filter fields, select the Trim level filter and the Contains type, and then specify the Premium value.

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  7. Click Create.

    The created group appears in the Groups pane. If a new provisioned device meets the specified filter criteria, it is automatically added to the group. If a device is deleted, it is automatically removed from the group.


1. To learn how to configure device IDs, see the developer documentation. Note that the device ID can’t be changed after it’s set.