The project on the topic “design and implementation of
computerized SMS portal” aims at making the reader to understand the concept of
SMS portal and portal in general. When portal is mentioned, it is very wide,
but this paper is intended to concentrate mainly on the SMS portal. This
research work has enlighten more on the concept of portal systems, personal
portals, cultural portals, co-operate portals, tenders portals, hosted web
portals, search portals, stock portals, domain-specific portals, government web
portals, and desirable features of portals. Both existing and new systems are
carefully analyzed and more advantage of the new one over the old indicate that
the problems encountered in the existing system such as untimely delivery of
messages, unsecured information and unreliable storage will be brought to rest.
Base on the complexity of the system, it is recommended that the system administrator should be well trained on the effective management of the
system database and the entire portal, the system network should be well
installed, and subscription made to a reliable internet service provider, with
suitable data plan. The web portal should be updated regularly to gain fast
internet services, which enhance fast delivery of information or messages. The
system is designed with Php software, and should be adopted by the Christ
embassy Ishiagu, Ebonyi for its effective short message sending.
1.1 Theoretical Background
1.2 Statement of the Problem
1.3 Aim and Objectives of the Study
1.4 Significance of the Study
1.5 Scope of the Study
of the Research
2.1 The Concept of an E-Portal System
2.2 Types of Portals
2.2.1 Personal portals
2.2.2 Government web portals
2.2.3 Cultural portals
2.2.4 Corporate web portals
2.2.6 Search portals
2.2.7 Tender's portals
2.2.8 Hosted web portals
2.2.9 Domain-specific portals
Desirable features of a Portal
problems of Portals
2.7 Benefits of E-Portals
SYSTEM ANALYSIS AND DESIGN
3.1 Research Methodology
3.2 System Analysis
3.2.1 Analysis of the Existing System
3.2.2 Problem of the Existing System
3.2.3 Analysis of the Proposed System
188.8.131.52 Advantages of the Proposed System
184.108.40.206 Disadvantages of the Proposed System
3.3.1 Input Layout
SYSTEM IMPLEMENTATION AND DOCUMENTATION
1.2 Choice of
1.3 Analysis of
1.5 System Requirements
RECOMMENDATION AND CONCLUSION
5.1 Constraints of the Study
1.1 Background of Study
Short Message Service (SMS) is a text messaging service component of phone,
Web, or mobile communication systems. It uses standardized communications
protocols to allow fixed line or mobile phone devices to exchange short text
messages. SMS was the most widely used data application, with an estimated 3.5
billion active users, or about 80% of all mobile phone subscribers at the end
of 2010. The term "SMS" is used for both the user activity and all
types of short text messaging in many parts of the world. SMS is also employed
in direct marketing, known as SMS marketing.
SMS as used on modern handsets originated from radio
telegraphy in radio memo pagers using standardized phone protocols. These were
defined in 1985 as part of the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
series of standards as a means of sending messages of up to 160 characters to
and from GSM mobile handsets. Though most SMS messages are mobile-to-mobile
text messages, support for the service has expanded to include other mobile
technologies, such as well as satellite and landline networks.
SMS portal is a web system that
provides the functions and features to identify the users or members and
provide them with easy, intuitive, and personalized information and services that
are of primary relevance and interests to them. Hence, the main purpose of
setting up a SMS portal is to bring the vast information and service resources
available from the source or the portal administrator to many concerned members
in an effective manner.
In the Christ embassy there is need
to have a portal that will aid the sharing of different information timely.
1.2 Theoretical Background
Adding text messaging functionality to mobile devices began
in the early 1980s. The first action plan of the Group GSM was approved in
December 1982, requesting that, "The services and facilities offered in
the public switched telephone networks and public data networks should be available
in the mobile system. This plan included the exchange of text messages either directly
between mobile stations, or transmitted via message handling systems in use at
The SMS concept was developed in the Franco-German GSM
cooperation in 1984 by Friedhelm Hillebrand and Bernard Ghillebaert. The GSM is
optimized for telephony, since this was identified as its main application. The
key idea for SMS was to use this telephone-optimized system, and to transport
messages on the signaling paths needed to control the telephone traffic during
periods when no signaling traffic existed. In this way, unused resources in the
system could be used to transport messages at minimal cost. However, it was
necessary to limit the length of the messages to 128 bytes (later improved to
160 seven-bit characters) so that the messages could fit into the existing
signaling formats. Based on his personal observations and on analysis of the
typical lengths of postcard and Telex messages, Hillebrand argued that 160
characters was sufficient to express most messages succinctly. SMS could be
implemented in every mobile station by updating its software. Hence, a large
base of SMS capable terminals and networks existed when people began to use
SMS. A new network element required was a specialized short message service
center, and enhancements were required to the radio capacity and network
transport infrastructure to accommodate growing SMS traffic.
Portal has in the recent years become
an increasingly popular term being mentioned and discussed in the IT sector and
many organizations. In the late 1990s the web portal was a web IT buzzword.
After the proliferation of web browsers in the late-1990s many companies tried
to build or acquire a portal to attempt to obtain a share of an Internet
market. The web portal gained special attention because it was, for many users,
the starting point of their web browsing if it was set as their home page. The
content and branding of a portal could change as internet companies merged or
were acquired. Netscape became a part of America Online, the Walt Disney
Company launched Go.com, IBM and others launched Prodigy, and Excite and @Home
became a part of AT&T Corporation during the late 1990s. Lycos was said to
be a good target for other media companies, such as CBS.
Portals which relied on HTML frames gave rise to a need for
web access points which either required frames or sites that had to offer non-frames
alternatives. The interest in portals saw some old media companies
racing to outbid each other for Internet properties but died down with the dot-com
bust in 2000 and 2001. Disney pulled the plug on Go.com, Excite went bankrupt,
and its remains were sold to iWon.com. Some portal sites such as Yahoo! and
those others first listed in this article remain active and portals feature
widely outside the English-speaking web (Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Russian and
other very popular sites not frequented by English-only users.) Portal
metaphors are widely used by public library sites for borrowers using a login
as users and by university intranets for students and for faculty. Vertical
markets remain for ISV's offering management and executive intranet
"dashboards" for corporations and government agencies in areas such
as GRC and risk management.
1.3 Statement of the Problem
Due to poor information dissemination
system, decision making is made hard for the church management to carry out.
Sending of messages of meetings and other church activities to the church
members, one phone number after other using mobile phones is burdensome and
takes a longer time. The use of manual systems for the sending of information
has different errors attached to it and the safety of the information is not
guaranteed because of the persons involve in the delivery of the information.
Also, the inability of the church administrator to disseminate information especially
urgently to the concern members immediately when there is need to do so.
1.4 Aim and Objectives of the Study
The aim of the study is to design and
implement a computerized SMS portal with the following objectives:
2. To develop an SMS portal for Christ embassy
3. To design means for effectively
communication to many at a time.
4. To state the importance of an SMS
portal and portals in general.
5. To find out the problems encountered
in the existing system of message sending in Christ embassy.
1.5 Significance of the Study
This research is of significance to
the Christ embassy helping them see the need for an SMS portal and its
application. It will educate them on better means of managing information in
their system. The study is also of significance to other churches,
organizations or establishment who wish to disseminate their messages in this
form. The study will expose programmers and web designers on the design of SMS
portals and the suitable means of tackling such tasks. This study will trigger further
study on the topic by other students.
1.6 Scope of the Study
The scope of this research covers
design and implementation of an SMS portal, with reference to Christ embassy,
Ishiagu Ebonyi as a case study. It focuses on the church administrator to send
messages to the concern members effectively and timely.
1.7 Organization of the Research
This research is arranged in five
chapters for easy comprehension. Chapter one considers the introduction of the
work which includes theoretical background, statement of problem, objectives of
study, significance of the study, scope of the study organization of the
research and definition of terms. Chapter two, focused on the literature review
of the work. Chapter three is on the System analysis and design. Chapter four
studied the system implementation and documentation. While Chapter five is on
the summary, conclusion and recommendations.
1.8 Definition of Terms
Portal: a web
system that provides the functions and features to authenticate and identify
the users and provide them with an easy, intuitive, personalized and
user-customizable web-interface for facilitating access to information and
services that are of primary relevance and interests to the users.
SMS portal: a
web system that provides functions and features that allow the portal
administrator to send message to intended persons.
E-Portals: An Enterprise
Portal is a Web-based interface for users of enterprise applications.
Enterprise portals also provide access to enterprise information such as
corporate databases, applications (including Web applications), and systems.
persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the
purpose of administering something.
collection of data.
body or group charged with the responsibility of planning, controlling, and
managing the scarce resources of an organization.
refers to an already processed data for decision making.
who assist their superior in carrying out an assigned task.
Information System: A complementary networks of hardware and software that people and organizations
use to collect, filter, process, create, and distribute data.
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