Office users can use email client to send hundreds of messages to their clients. The messages and contact details can be retrieved from a database or excel files. Users are able to analyze delivery status of SMS messages.
The SMS messaging functionality can very easily be integrated with an existing application database to enhance communication by sending/receiving information such as appointment dates, medical records, credit limits, notification alerts and much more.
SMS messaging with a mobile phone attached to the PC
If you plan to send/receive a small number of SMS messages per day, a good option is to attach a GSM phone or GSM modem to your PC. The GSM phone must be equipped with a SIM card that has good tariff for SMS messages. The best option to connect a phone to the PC is to use a standard RS232 serial cable. With this setup you can use our BARAZA SMS Message Server to send/receive SMS messages. This is however not recommended for enterprise applications. This can only server as a proof of concept during testing period.
SMS Messaging with using an IP Network
For an enterprise that plans to send or receive larger number of SMS messages, we recommend using the Internet. Over the Internet (or over a private IP network, such as a leased line), it is possible to connect directly to the GSM operator’s SMS Center (SMSC). The SMSC is responsible for receiving, storing and delivering the SMS messages in a GSM telephone network.
If you work with great volumes of messages, this solution is cheaper, faster and more reliable than the alternative solution of using a GSM handset connected to a computer.
Baraza SMS Messaging Server enables you to connect directly to your service provider’s SMSC through the Internet or a leased line using TCP/IP. In order to use this option, first you need to sign a contract with your GSM service provider, to get direct access to its SMSC. If you have a contract you will receive their IP address, a port number and user name and password to access their service. Often they will ask to set up a VPN connection to their service. After a connection is available to the SMSC, an SMS protocol is required to be able to send and receive SMS messages like SMPP.
Short Message Peer-to-Peer Protocol (SMPP)
SMPP is used as a protocol that transfers messages between applications, such as BARAZA SMS Message Server and the Short Message Service Center (SMS Center) of the GSM Service provider over an IP link. This link can be a leased line or the Internet. The IP connection between your PC and the SMSC might be protected by VPN
Baraza SMS Messaging Server in Action
The Baraza SMS solution seamlessly integrated with existing or custom made applications to provide the following applications and more;
- Mobile health
- Mobile commerce
- Mobile banking
- Loyalty programs
- Information services
- Notification applications
- Directory Services
- Telemetry applications
- Vehicle tracking systems
- Cell broadcast applications