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I found this and thought it was interesting:
"FrontlineSMS is an award-winning, free, open-source
software that turns a laptop and a mobile phone into a central
communications hub. Once installed, the program enables users to send
and receive text messages with groups of people through mobile phones."
Apparently, the United Nations is using FrontlineSMS to help manage aid response in East Africa (specifically, the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Kenya).
More from the site: "the ability to sort contacts into groups so that, for example, an
emergency alert text can be sent out to a large group of staff at once.
It is also possible to set up key words and automatic replies with
FrontlineSMS, so the system can automatically send people important
advice and information."
FrontlineSMS requires a GSM modem or a mobile phone to be connected to a computer via Serial, USB or Bluetooth. Not all GSM modems or phones will work with FrontlineSMS. More on requirements.
Seems really promising. Anyone using it? I would have loved to try it with the adult Girl Scout volunteers I was working with... but that volunteering gig is over...
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
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