ENHANCING STUDENTS' ACADEMIC RECORDS MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS USING SHORT MESSAGE SERVICE GATEWAY

Ahmed Kijazi

Abstract


It is a normal practice for academic institutions to store student academic information such as examination results in a dedicated computer server system and allow students to access them when necessary. Most of these systems are web based information management systems, which they are accessible via internet only. The aim of this paper, it is to present how to enhance the existing systems by adding SMS functionality to them. The development of an enhanced system, which I named it as Students’ Academic Records Management System with Short Message Services, will be used as an example. This is a system, which provides students’ with an alternative way of accessing their academic records using short message service (SMS) apart from the internet. For developing the system, PHP has been used as a programming language, Database for storing students’ examination results and SMS request history, SMS gateway for routing requests and reply messages to and from the system and waterfall model has used as a software development methodology. This system provides the capability for students to access their examination results using SMS, when it is impossible to access via the internet. Additionally, Students’ Academic Records Management System with Short Message Services is a working system, which was tested in a real environment, and it seems to work fine.

Keywords


Short Message Service (SMS), SMS Gateway, Backup path, Internet, Mobile Network, Modem

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