SMS Based Information Systems
Pankaj kumar Jaiswal
The Short Message Service (SMS) allows text-based messages to be sent to and from mobile telephones on a GSM network. Each message has a maximum length of 160 characters. The possibility of using SMS in Africa is growing rapidly high. It is mostly used for things such as medicine awareness and warning notifications. In Mozambique health workers can support diagnosis & treatment through Bulk SMS and even in Uganda, Malawi and Benin health education messages are sent by text messages. SMSbased transactional alerts are SMS’s sent each time a change occurs in a bank account, for example, or when your credit card is used then you will get an SMS on your mobile phone. Marketing on a mobile phone has become increasingly popular ever since the rise of SMS in the early 2000s in Europe and some parts of Asia when businesses started to collect mobile phone numbers and send off wanted (or unwanted) content. Many applications need the ability to do real-time notification when events occur. Often the people who need to be kept aware of events are in a remote location. Cell phones have recently started being used in Africa for sending SMS-based information. These simple systems have already had a major impact. The reason why SMS gets through: With the massive growth and inadequate infrastructure in many countries, voice and where available IP are just not feasible unless there is massive investment to bring up the networks. SMS will get through even when the ‘network is busy’ for hours. Some of the possible services that exist are: car parking systems, M-learning, market information via SMS, automated agricultural answering system and many others. SMS messaging has already shown great potential. The FAO is using SMS messaging as a data transmission system for field workers wishing to send in agricultural reports. The Zambian farmer’s union uses SMS messages to distribute market prices. The SMS system has been more beneficiary for farmers in some part of African countries where they can send SMS through mobile and get the instant message reply for taking the decision for selling the crops at good price. A local management information system for small farmers and traders gives information on prices, trade volumes, market flows and growing conditions in local language via SMS on mobile phones. In this thesis the main finding is about in which of the respective areas the SMS system is being used and how does it help the human life to be more comfort.
The undersigned certifies that he has read and hereby recommend for acceptance by the University of Eastern Finland a thesis entitled: SMS-Based Information Systems, in fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science (MSC) in University of Eastern Finland.
I am grateful to University of Eastern Finland for giving the opportunity to participate in the IMPIT program and broaden my vision and experience.
I would like to sincerely thank my supervisor Mikko Malinen and co-supervisor, Professor Pasi Fränti, for his significant guidance and helpful advices to my research and work. I would also like to thank every member of the computer science department for their kind support and advices during my work.
I would like to express my thanks to the service providers (TIGO and ZAIN) and Mosses Nkwendwe at Dar es Salaam Institution of Technology for accepting us and having a discussion about the study topic.
I would like to express my thanks to all of my friends for their support and encouragement for good co-operation for fulfillments of my thesis I would like to denote my deepest love and gratitude to my family for their moral support and especially to my fuancy Neema Thomas laizer for her endless support and help to my...