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For SmartServer 3.4 and higher releases, see Defining and Using Contexts

You can create contexts to organize devices within the SmartServer IoT to mirror their locations within the physical site to facilitate effective system planning and navigation. A context is a digital representation of a real world region, area, or space.  You will use the CMS Planning widget (introduced in SmartServer 2.8) to view, create, organize, edit, and delete contexts.  Other CMS widgets use the context information to organize your devices by the contexts you define. For example, you can organize sequence of operations, dashboards, and connections by contexts. See the SmartServer IoT Node-RED Tutorial for a getting started tutorial on creating a sequence of operation and applying it to a context within the system.

For each context you create, you select a context type which can be a campus, building, floor, room, or area.  The context type represents a location within a site.  You can associate other system entities such as datapoints, devices and users with these contexts to provide a physical location reference to these entities.  For example, you can use contexts to identify select specific devices or user interfaces such as the following:


  1. To view a context dashboard, scroll over the context name.

    Options appear on the Planning widget.

  2. Select the View Context Dashboard button ()on the Planning widget.

    If the context is assigned to a flow that utilizes Node-RED dashboards, then the Node-RED dashboard view will appear as shown in the example below.


    Note: In order for the dashboard to appear, the flow must be enabled in the Sequencing widget. See /wiki/spaces/DrftSSIoT/pages/1476854SmartServer IoT Node-RED Tutorial for more information about getting started with the Sequencing widget and Node-RED flows and dashboards.

    Otherwise, the following message will appear: