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Thursday, 14 August 2008 22:12

General Overview

QTComms is a bulk SMS sending, to targeted recipients, application. Apart from sending SMS’s the application have functions to manage recipients into groups, and sub-groups for easy selection of targeted recipients. It also have the ability to schedule transmission for later automatic transmissions or re-transmissions. There are also functions for setting up recurrent messages for automatic transmission when the preset dates are reached i.e. birthday greetings on an annual base or monthly account or submission reminders.

The application sends the SMS’s via a GSM modem activated with a simcard. For the best rates telemetry bundles or packages are available from most GSM service providers. The included ability to handle delivery reporting facilitates transmission analysis. SMS’s can be send in GSM or the much faster GPRS format if the service is available on your service provider’s network. SMS’s can also be received and are stored together with senders and transmission information. To achieve the maximum out of the system it should be running on a continuous basis especially to allow transmissions of recurrent messages on non business days and receive SMS’s at all hours.

Present day desktop computers running the Windows NT family operating platforms i.e. Windows 2000, Windows XP etc. is required. The application has full network capabilities and can be populated on a LAN with a workstation allocated as an application server connected to the GSM equipment. User login is compulsory and security levels for users can be set as required. A log of all user activities are kept and information on recipient management and message scheduling are kept with user reference and time stamps. An on-line help facility and help files are available for user assistance.


Functions and Specifications

Recipient Administration
Recipient Info
Recipient info (Name, Account Reference, Type i.e. supplier, client etc.)
Contact info (Tel No’s, address)Annual and monthly recurrent messages dates (i.e. birthday messages)
Search facilities on Names, Cell No, Account / Reference No, Tel No. etc.
Linked Sub-Groups
Message history
1.2 Sub-Groups
Sub-group name and contact info
Classification according to Province, Region, Type
Import of recipients info from formatted text / spread sheet files
Search facilities according to Name, Contact info, Region and province
Message history
Recipient Linking
Recurrent Messages (Annually, monthly) setup and scheduling
1.3 Groups
Group name and contact info
Classification according to Province, Region, Type
Search facilities according to Name, Contact info, Region and province
Message history
Sub-group Linking

2 Message Centre
2.1 Message Search
Search facilities on Dates, Status, Phrase in Message etc.

2.2 Message Registration and editing
Add / Setup new message with parameters

2.3 Transmission scheduling
Set time and date for first transmission.
Set time and date for all subsequent transmissions.

2.4 Reception List Selection and Editing
Select all Recipients linked to selected groups.
Select / add Recipients linked to selected sub-groups.
Select / add individual Recipients.
Edit / Remove selected Recipients.

2.5 Delivery Reporting
Transmission Statistics
Transmission failures (Number errors)
Delivery failures
Setup and configuration

3.1 Types and regional setup
Registering of Group Types
Registering of Sub-group Types
Registering of Recipient Types
Registering of Provinces
Registering of Regions

3.2 GSM modem configuration
System Management functions

4.1 User registration (Adding users, Editing and Removal
User name password
Access level and user type

4.2 System security setup
Module and menu naming
Add, Change (Edit) and access level registration

4.3 System Login Register
Register of all users logged in and times spent.
Trail of functions accessed.

4.4 Database maintenance

4.5 System parameters

5. System Requirements

5.1 Computer requirements - Base / Application server
Pentium 4 -  2GIG or higher (Celeron processors are not recommend)
512 MB Ram
CD Rom
Comm ports to accommodate needs
1 GB Hard disk space (Enough for normal use)
Windows NT Family Operating system (Windows 2000 recommended or Windows XP Professional (Home Edition not recommended)

5.2 Computer requirements - Network workstation
512 MB Ram recommended
Windows NT Family Operating system
CPU to Support operating system

5.3 Uninterrupted Power Supply - for Base / Application server
Suitable rating to sustain supply for approximately 30min while sending SMS’s. Power failures during transmissions can cause data corruption and terminate transmissions of scheduled messages.

5.4 GSM Modem.
Wavecom Fastrack WM1308B or equivalent.
Power supply connection to PC to make use of UPS power.

5.5 GSM Sim Card
Minimum 16k but preferably a 32k GSM Sim Card.
Telemetry package for lowcost SMS service.
Pin codes must be removed.

6. System Specifications.
No of Recipients Approx. 30 million
Valid SMS number lengths 7 - 14 (excluding + sign for international no’s.)No of Groups No limit
No of Sub-groups No limit
No of messages No limit
No of Transmission schedules No limit
Message length 180 characters
Recurrent Messages Annual 1 per sub-group
1 date per recipient
Montly 1 per sub-group
1 date per recipient.
Network users (Concurrent logins) 2 Included with base system
95 Optional additional
Transmitting GSM Modems 1
Receiving GSM Modems 3
SMS Transmission modes: GSM All networks
GPRS mode where network are compatible
Approx. Transmission rates (per hour)
GSM mode Delivery reporting Off 500
GSM mode Delivery reporting On 500
GPRS mode Delivery reporting Off 2500
GPRS mode Delivery reporting On 1500
Performance is also dependable on hardware specifications and GSM / GPRS network traffic which is again a factor of the time of the day and day of the week and month.

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