The rate at which people use SMS messages is increasing at so fast a pace that they may exceed the rate at which E-mails are transmitted through the internet in the nearest future. E-mail to SMS is also becoming increasingly popular due to the mobility provided by new ubiquitous systems. Unfortunately present method for sending E-mail to SMS using available software does not allow for flexibility since proprietary software used for this purpose are not made available to subscribers. It has therefore become imperative to develop open freeware software that can be made available to users interested in tailoring the software functionalities to suit their purpose. We developed a web-based gateway system that for sending E-mail to SMS. Bulk SMS was purchased and HTTP is employed as middleware using SMS API of ebulksms.com and bulksms.com. With the advent of mobile network communication system, users have been offered lots of services such as ability to send multimedia messages like SMS, Video, Data files, Images e.t.c. This project describes the design and implementation of a system (Result Alert System) that conveniently provides examination results to students with the use of Email and SMS technology via their Mobile phones and devices. Mobile phones and devices are necessary assets, most especially to students as it makes communication and the spread of information a lot easier. Result Alert System takes advantage of some of the technologies that Mobile devices provide, technologies such as the Email and Short Message Service (SMS). The implemented system allows registered students to access their results, including past results, provided they are available in the system’s database.
1.1 Background Of Study
We are living in the era of information revolution, with a lot of devices such as computers and mobile devices sprouting everywhere thereby making it easy for information to be communicated, and the education sector is not left out in this growing development. Computers and mobile phones have become an unavoidable part of our lives. There are a lot of things which we can do with these technologies. With the rapid development of mobile phones come several services like the Short Messaging Service (SMS), Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) and others, which are readily available and add to the usefulness of mobile phones. The availability of such communication mediums in any institution makes it possible for information to be passed on to students as soon as they are available. Result Alert System is a system that can be used to overcome the limitations most of our institutions of higher learning face in making the examination results and grades available to students. The major advantage this system offers is that students can receive valuable information on the fly, easily and conveniently. SMS and E-mail play a major role in the implementation of this system. SMS and email have become important services today due to their usefulness in conveying information from one place to another in a very fast and easy way (Olusanya and Onazi, 2015).
Alert is a colloquial term used to define a machine-to-person communication that is important and/or time sensitive. An alert contains user-requested content such as a reminder (important), a notification (urgent), and ultimately an alert (important and urgent). Alert messaging or alert notification is the delivery of alerts to recipients.
Alert messaging emerged from the study of Personal Information Management (PIM), the science of discovering how people perform certain tasks to acquire, organize, maintain, retrieve and use information relevant to them. Alert notification is a natural evolution of the concept of RSS which makes it possible for people to keep up with web sites in an automated manner. Alerting makes it possible for people to keep up with the information that matters most to them.
Alerts are typically delivered through a notification system and the most common application of the service is machine-to-person communication. Very basic services provide notification services via email or SMS. More advanced systems (for example AOL) provides users with the choice of selecting a preferred delivery channel such as e-mail, Short Message Service (SMS), instant messaging (IM), via voice through voice portals and more. Novel approaches provide users with the ability to schedule their own alerts (for example Google Calendar). The most sophisticated service providers embrace all capabilities, aggregating a multitude of reminder, notifications and alert, catering the delivery system to the specific context of the content being delivered thus enabling users to create sophisticated scenarios.
1.2 Statement Of Problem
Up till today, especially in developing countries, there exists the problem of checking examination results through notice boards in anxiety. Although most secondary school and universities, even those in less developed countries now make examination result available on websites. The level of internet availability in less develop countries is still low and quite expensive. Even in develop countries where most homes have internet access, most secondary school and universities now provide examination result on their website and this is a very common practices. While website seems to be a very good options in countries where internet is readily available, its impact could be less felt and it can be quite expensive in countries with poor internet access. In such places student will have to pay for internet services to check their grades. Similarly, the privacy that should be uphold with respect to results publishing is not through public display.
1.3 Aim of The Study
The aim of this study is to design and implement of common entrance examination result alert system through or SMS for Patterson Memorial Baptist Grammar School Idi-aba Abeokuta.
1.4 Objectives of The Study
1. To provide a user-friendly website for Patterson Memorial Baptist Grammer School.
2. To implement a system that provides easy way in which result of each student is forward to their GSM phone via SMS.
3. To facilitate the development of information technology
4. To improve the Site Engine Optimization of the Patterson Memorial Baptist Grammar School website.
1.5 Significance of The Study
Projects provide a flexible framework for engaging students in exploring curricular topics and developing important 21st century skills, such as communication, teamwork, and technology skills. In addition, students are motivated by the fun and creative format and the opportunity to make new friends around the world. For a faculty/department, a school portal enables quick and easy management of results and forwards it to student through SMS.
1.6 Scope of The Study
The research will center on the design and implement of common entrance examination result alert system through or SMS for Patterson Memorial Baptist Grammar School Idi-aba Abeokuta.
1.7 Limitation of The Study
Usually, every work has some limitations and this study is not exempted. The two major limitations of this study are the high programming technique as well as financial constraints. The high programming technique constraint in PHP, JQUERY and MYSQL prevents the researcher to have an in-depth study and analysis on the subject matter. While the issue of financial constraint limits the frequency of investigation to/from the institution toward gathering the necessary information relevant for the study.
1.8 Definition Of Terms
SMS: – It stands for Short Message Service and is also commonly referred/called to as text message. With SMS, you can send a message of up to 160 characters to another device.
MMS: – It stands for Multimedia Messaging service and this type of text messaging is an evolution of the SMS. With a MMS, you can send message in including pictures, Video, or audio content to another device.
Email: – It is a message that contain text, files, images, or other attachments sent through a network to a specified individual or group individuals.
Alert: – It is a notification that a threshold has been reached.
HTML CODE: – HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language. It is a type of computer language that is primarily used for files that are posted on the internet and viewed by web browsers. HTML files can also be sent via email.
Markup language: – A markup language is a combination of words and symbols which give instructions on how a document should appear. For example, a tag may indicate that words are written in italics or bold type.
Web browser: -A Web browser is a software program that interprets the coding language of the World Wide Web in graphic form, displaying the translation rather than the coding. This allows anyone to “browse the Web” by simple point and click navigation, bypassing the need to know commands used in software languages.
File extension: – A file extension is the suffix at the end of a filename that tells a computer, and the computer user, which program is needed to open the file. Also called a filename extension, this suffix preceded by at least one period, is generally one to five characters long but the norm is usually three characters in length.
Email: – Email, also sometimes written as e-mail, is simply the shortened form of electronic mail, a protocol for receiving, sending, and storing electronic messages. Email has gained popularity with the spread of the Internet. In many cases, email has become the preferred method of communication.
TCP/IP: – This often used but little understood set of operations stands for Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol. TCP/IP is the combination of the two and describes the set of protocols that allows hosts to connect to the Internet. In actuality, TCP/IP is a combination of “more than those two protocols, but the TCP and IP parts of TCP/IP are the main ones and the only ones to become part of the acronym that describes the operations involved.
TEXT FILE: – A text file is a computer file that stores a typed document as a series of alphanumeric characters, usually without visual formatting information. The content may be a personal note or list, a journal or newspaper article, a book, or any other text that can be rendered accurately in typewritten form.
Hyper Link: -A hyperlink is a graphic or a piece of text in an Internet document that can connect readers to another webpage, or another portion of a document. Web users will usually find at least one hyperlink on every webpage. The simplest form of these is called embedded text or an embedded link.
WWW: – acronym for World Wide Web.