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Standardize shortcodes for rapid needs assessments?

Hello all,I recently read with interest how short 2-digit numeric codes were being used to standardize data collection (see:…Continue

Tags: standards, shortcode

Started Jul 23, 2012

SMS messages with embedded geolocation?
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Here's the situation...CoAid would like to develop a network of volunteers within India that will act as an early warning system to tell a command center where disaster response supplies need to be…Continue

Tags: gps, geolocation, geocode

Started this discussion. Last reply by randal zobel Jun 15, 2010.

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Jul 23, 2012
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Standardize shortcodes for rapid needs assessments?

Hello all,I recently read with interest how short 2-digit numeric codes were being used to standardize data collection (see: http://cu-csds.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/Bulletin-86-nonsensitive1.pdf).This started me thinking how the FSMS community could help create a worldwide standard for numeric codes when gathering and reporting data.For example: <location_code>…See More
Jul 23, 2012
randal zobel replied to Steve Neill's discussion SMS messages with embedded geolocation?
"I like this idea. I'll be in touch if I could find info in my place"
Jun 15, 2010
Jubal Harpster replied to Steve Neill's discussion SMS messages with embedded geolocation?
"Hi Terry. We have been trying to tackle this very problem by first asking people where they are via SMS. It becomes a two stage question with the 'Where' first followed by the 'What'. We are using a mix of GeoNames and the…"
Apr 2, 2010
Wolf replied to Steve Neill's discussion SMS messages with embedded geolocation?
"It is called 'AFTrack' and is running on a Symbian S60 phone. http://www.afischer-online.de/sos/AFTrack/index.html You can send the pos via SMS or via HTTP-uplink to a dedicated site. But HTTP-upload requests a minimum GPRS service and is…"
Mar 4, 2010
George Mu'ammar replied to Steve Neill's discussion SMS messages with embedded geolocation?
"Wolf, what software were you using to embed the gps position in the sms ?"
Mar 4, 2010
Wolf replied to Steve Neill's discussion SMS messages with embedded geolocation?
"I've been in Egypt the last weeks and along the tracks through the desert the cell towers are in a line - so no triangulation for location based services is possible! But with my bluetooth GPS device and a peace of software I have triggered to…"
Mar 4, 2010
Terry Gibson replied to Steve Neill's discussion SMS messages with embedded geolocation?
"yes that's helpful George - I agree that this approach could only work with agreement with networks and I understand that the information has to come from them. I'm talking to the UK provider Virgin mobile at the end of the month and may…"
Mar 4, 2010
George Mu'ammar replied to Steve Neill's discussion SMS messages with embedded geolocation?
"That mapamobile I think will only work in the UK because they have agreements with local providers to access the location data. This location data is not relayed, ie only the provider of the sim card that sent the SMS has that info and (depending on…"
Mar 4, 2010
Terry Gibson replied to Steve Neill's discussion SMS messages with embedded geolocation?
"hiya - I may be barking up completely the wrong tree - here goes . . . the theory I'm working on is that while the location isn't embedded in the sms, by receipt of it you also have the mobile phone number, and it is then possible to…"
Mar 4, 2010
Anthony Papillion replied to Steve Neill's discussion SMS messages with embedded geolocation?
"Terry, I might be missing here so, if I am, please clue me in. But if you can't install on the phones themselves you might not be able to get even the triangulated geolocation since the phone has no way to automatically send it or insert it…"
Mar 4, 2010
Terry Gibson replied to Steve Neill's discussion SMS messages with embedded geolocation?
"Thanks Anthony and everybody there are two branches of possibilities (I think) - one which depends on being able to install additional functions (API) etc onto GPS enabled phones, and the other (base station triangulation) which doesn't need…"
Mar 4, 2010
Lyndon Voigt replied to Steve Neill's discussion SMS messages with embedded geolocation?
"I think this would be an invaluabe feature and while it would be technically challenging to put georef info into a plain sms, I can't see why it wouldn't be possible to do as a feature of the java forms client. The location API for J2ME…"
Mar 3, 2010
Anthony Papillion replied to Steve Neill's discussion SMS messages with embedded geolocation?
"Hi Terry, The problem, as Ken said, is that not all phones provide access to the GPS system. If they do, then grabbing the GPS coordinates and pushing them to a SMS message would be simple. Yes, you would have to install the app on all of your…"
Mar 3, 2010
George Mu'ammar replied to Steve Neill's discussion SMS messages with embedded geolocation?
"This is certainly possible if you have an agreement with the service provider, since they have this information, but it is not relayed in the SMS. Once I opened Google Maps mobile and it showed my location 15 km away but precisly on top of a…"
Mar 3, 2010
George Mu'ammar replied to Steve Neill's discussion SMS messages with embedded geolocation?
"Hi Steve, I was looking into this some time ago. There are several non-free solutions, but depend on an internal GPS (we are using bluetooth GPS so I didn't follow up). I spoke to Nokia support and they told me that some phones (again with…"
Mar 3, 2010

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