Sms Based Information Student Information System

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Teaching Information Systems Development with SMS Chris Wallace Information Systems School Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences University of the West of England Frenchay, Bristol BS16 1QY Abstract ‘Texting’ or SMS mobile phone messaging is rapidly increasing in business and community use. This paper discusses the inclusion of SMS technology in the teaching of Information Systems Development. It is argued that SMS has advantages in terms of simplicity of development, encouragement of good development practice and the breadth of information systems concerns exposed. Key words Texting, SMS, mobile communication, information systems development. 1. Introduction The final year…show more content…
3.1 Out-bound An out-bound service allows an application to send text messages to one or more known mobile phones. Such messages are termed ‘mobile terminating’ (MT). With the assistance of an SMS service provider who provide the channel between the application and the mobile phone network, this service is simple to establish. Typically the application program issues an HTTP GET request, with the number, message and other details encoded in the URL. The service provider then hands this off into the GSM network for delivery. Delivery notification can be returned to the application via a call-back URL. In additional to simple text messages, monophonic ringtones and operator logos can also be sent. Setup is typically free and the cost per message of about 4p is significantly less than the networks change a mobile phone user to send a message. An out-bound service is good for ‘pushing’ information to subscribers – for example in schools for sending notification of an absent child to its parent or sending traffic information alerts to drivers. Within the CEMS faculty, students can enrol in a notification service which will text alerts about class cancellation. 3.2 2-way SMS 2-way SMS allows a user with a mobile phone to send a text message which is received by an application, which can then reply with a message back to the originator. A 2-way SMS service requires a GSM number to which users can text a message. The message is routed
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