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SIM card invalid: GSM network registration failed

error on connecting a phone to FrontlineSMS:"SIM card invalid: GSM network registration failed"if you see this message, and yet your SIM card works on other phones or with other programs, you have…Continue

Started Apr 16, 2009

solution for SMS receiveing problem with some SIM cards - remove PIN

Hi All,we've found that if your SIM card has a PIN code required, the current version of FrontlineSMS won't work. In the instances we've investigated you can send SMS, but cannot receive.The short…Continue

Started Apr 13, 2009

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Ben Whitaker replied to Tariq Khokhar's discussion FrontlineForms: Collection without coverage, transmit data later?
"Hi Tariq, for most phones, a lot of data can be stored before upload. An original Nokia 3100 from 2003 is a very low powered phone, so it may not do so well if you take a very large set of forms. The newer Nokia 3110 Classic shouldn't have…"
Dec 16, 2009
Ben Whitaker replied to Monika Rosenbaum's discussion Forms trouble: Mobile request SMS is treated as text SMS (AI+gCUAAAECAQAlDQIAAA==)
"when you install FLSMS forms handler on a phone, you need to send the "get forms" comand message from the client handset so that your FLSMS server knows where to find the forms program on your phone. If you have reinstalled the program,…"
Dec 8, 2009
Ben Whitaker replied to Chouaibou GUEYE's discussion Problem to put a Frontline sms form in my nokia 5310
"fantastic - well done for solving that one Isaac - at least now we can interpret those error messages better."
Dec 8, 2009

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Work at Masabi, involved in building the new FrontlineSMS system.
Very excited about people extending Frontline into server systems and building more interactive services through it, using scripting.
Also involved in encrypted SMS systems, and credit card transactions from mobile, such as transport ticket selling frmo the mobile. See our website for more info, or read our blog at http://blog.masabi.com
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At 5:11pm on April 13, 2009, Ben Whitaker said…
well, although the open source version of FLSMS is completely in the clear, we also produce end-to-end encrypted mobile messaging applications with similar ability, but with the encryption to protect the information, if required.
http://www.masabi.com/tech_encryptME.html

In most of our secure applications the purpose of the encryption is to provide secure banking or credit card payments to the latest international banking security standards, but they would be just as applicable for information exchange.

The benfit of coupling with distributed systems like FLSMS and SMS, and the low-specification phone support of FrontlineForms (the downloadable forms client for old and new phones) is that you don't need expensive smartphones, and you can set the system to work from anywhere you can send SMS.

We have a distributed system architecture that allows safe information exchange between parties via SMS where the central server, mobile network systems and any relaying systems are not a party to the data exchanged, and the vulnerabilities of the GSM A5 encryption algorithms are not an issue to data security, and the system can cope with the dissappearance of the central servers and operate islanded (quite key in most FLSMS deployments).

If you are interested in a further chat, send an email to ben@masabi.com.
At 3:15pm on April 13, 2009, Ken Backes said…
Looking at both open and encrypted--THE major sticking point for info sharing among gov't entities is security of info (and vulnerability to hacking)...in military terms, the less "permissive" the environment we operate in, the higher security we need.
 
 
 

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