3 ways SMS is making our lives better

First off, we do not take any credit for the material presented on the the 3 cases described in this post, each piece of information came from the link attached to each story.

In the modern day, when there seems to be less and less boundaries left for protecting ones privacy and growing amount of unsolicited information coming our way, there are still projects and initiatives created to make our lives easier and a little better by providing only the necessary data.

1. Pakistan – country’s Water Research Agency is sending forecast updates to farmers via SMS to improve irrigation system efficiency.

The text messages (or SMS) are sent by the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), a government agency that carries out water research. Ashraf would be even more flabbergasted if he knew the scientists get this information from space.

Step by small step, the farmers of Pakistan may end up seeing cellphone technology as an essential part of a more productive future.

source : http://www.eco-business.com/news/satellites-and-sms-help-pakistans-farmers-with-smart-irrigation/

2. Afghanistan – Pajhwok Afghan News in collaboration with a local mobile carrier recently launched a service, sending latest news on various events in the country to their subscribers. 

Pajhwok Afghan News, in collaboration with the Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC), on Sunday launched its Short Message Service (SMS) to inform subscribers swiftly of events in the country.

The system that formally started today enables AWCC customers to easily get SMS news as part of daily, weekly and monthly packages.

source : https://www.pajhwok.com/en/2017/08/06/pajhwok-awcc-launch-sms-news-service

3. UK – the new ChatHealth initiative, helping children and young adults to receive answers and advice on any health related issue they are concerned about.

Children and young people 11-19 across the county can now seek confidential advice and support on a range of health and wellbeing issues affecting them at the touch of a button.

It is all thanks to a new text messaging service called ChatHealth, which has been launched by Dorset HealthCare, and gives young people in school Year 7 and above the opportunity to send questions via SMS directly from their mobile phone to the ChatHealth School Nursing Team.

source : http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/health/new-chathealth-sms-initiative-children-296362

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2-way SMS

2-way SMS service – a combination of MT and MO services, allowing the CLIENT to transmit messages and receive replies from the End User.

The service is provided through a virtual number, issued by the provider. Depending on the destination country, virtual numbers can be presented by long codes, short codes or standard phone numbers.

Example:

  1. Short code : 114, 4565,.. (usually up to 5-6 digits)
  2. Long code : 0133-xxxx-xxx (Korea) (special virtual number, does not look like a real phone number; issued by designated entity in each country)
  3. Standard phone number : 7-914-xxx-xx-xx, 82-10-xxxx-xxxx (in some countries Mobile carriers provide numbers similar to standard mobile numbers)

2-way service is widely used for various purposes:

  • Advertisement opt-out (unsubscribing)
  • Customer care lines (*with TOLL-free numbers)
  • Polls and surveys
  • Marketing campaigns

 

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SureM 2-way SMS service flow

SMPP

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SMPP?

The Short Message Peer-to-Peer (SMPP) is an open, industry standard protocol widely used in the telecommunication industry.

SMPP is desinged to provide a flexible data communication interface for the transfer of SMS messages between Short Message Service Centeres (SMSC), Routing Entities (RE), and SMS Application Systems (or External Short Messaging Entities (ESME)).

SMPP is an application protocol over TCP/IP, which allows fast and reliable delivery of SMS messages. The latest version of SMPP specification currently is 5.0 ( can be found at http://opensmpp.org/specs/smppv50.pdf ). At SureM, we support SMPP 3.4 and 5.0 so whichever protocol the customer prefers – we can easily modify the system or even customize it upon request.

Supported PDUs

  • bind_transmitter
  • bind_receiver
  • bind_tranceiver
  • unbind
  • submit_sm
  • data_sm
  • deliver_sm
  • enquire_link

Data Coding Schemes

  • 0 or 1 : ASCII
  • 3 : Latin 1
  • 8 : UCS2
  • 14: KSC5601

(For more about SMPP, please refer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_Message_Peer-to-Peer)

MMS

Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) – communication technology, allowing exchange of not only text information, but also multimedia attachments (video, audio, pictures) between mobile devices.

You may exchange MMS with your friends and family, sharing beautiful pictures of places you visit or new things your try, but form the point of view of corporate clients, the purpose of usage is slightly different.

At SureM we offer various solutions based on MMS technology, one of the most popular of them being the Map MMS.

Map MMS is a feature allowing you to send MMS with Map attachment to your customers / partners / co-workers to give them a better vision of the location you want them at :

  1. A place of event for customers (shopping mall, square, park..)
  2.  Place of meeting with a client (cafe, office..)
  3. Workshop location for your co-workers

For these, and many other cases SureM is offering its Map MMS service.

The message may contain up to 2000 bytes of text + image file attachment.

  1. General message view :

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2. MMS image file attachment

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For further inquiries, feel free to contact SureM at sureminternational@gmail.com

SEND ONLINE MESSAGES

For all of you out there, looking for an easy and accurate way to send messages to your friends, family, co-workers, business partners or on any occasion at all – welcome to SureM.com Online Message platform.

To sign up you simply need to fill a standard form :

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Once completed, you need to verify your email (by checking your email box and following instructions in the welcoming email) and then proceed to log in to http://surem.net/

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Once you log in to SureM.net, to send messages online please go to Web to SMS page (http://surem.net/web-to-sms-send.jsp).

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To send the message online, you need to enter all the required information :

  • Destination number – the recipient number, the one you wish to send message to
  • Sender ID – originating address, the number showing at the top of the message
  • Message – enter the message content you wish to send (all languages supported)

And the simply click SEND!

You may also save templates to send later, add contact list and use many other features on the website. Plus, for first-time users we offer 5 FREE SMS!!

You are welcome to try out the service and if you have any questions, feel free to contact our managers at sureminternational@gmail.com