sms,MMS, and Push Notificstions

prothero at earthlearningsolutions.org prothero at earthlearningsolutions.org
Tue Aug 15 11:13:57 EDT 2017


My big question at this point is what is required on the server side? I looked at onesignal, which looks like a really nice API provider, but I need to be able to allocate a load of time to learn the various ways of accessing it, like REST, cURL, etc. I'm stumbling around now with those technologies, but will have to make a more systematic learning effort if I am going to proceed in that direction.

Best,
Bill

William Prothero
http://es.earthednet.org

> On Aug 15, 2017, at 7:42 AM, Mike Kerner via use-livecode <use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
> 
> app push is pretty easy/straightforward in LC, but there are multiple QR's
> out to add features/fix things on them.
> 
> On Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 11:01 PM, William Prothero via use-livecode <
> use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
> 
>> Thanks, Stephen:
>> What we are using as a preliminary solution is a mass sms and/or MMS texts
>> and identical voice calls to our 49 numbers, initiated by one of several
>> possible initiators who are called if a fire is observed. We are using
>> eztexting.com <http://eztexting.com/> for the texts and voiceshot.com <
>> http://voiceshot.com/> for the voice messaging. It’s very inexpensive for
>> voice $9/mo and 12c for each call. The texts are low cost too. We can enter
>> several preset messages that we can choose from, depending on the immediacy
>> of action that’s required. So, I figure that there are two tries per event
>> and we should get most of the folks. I think another alert channel would be
>> push notifications, but for now we’re sticking with voice and text. We
>> expect the alerts to be very rare (we hope). I think a custom app that
>> could initiate these actions more automatically would be quite nice, but
>> the IT for it would take more of an investment than I’m willing to make,
>> and there is no money in it unless it would take off in the app store, and
>> if I made it general enough for most neighborhoods.
>> 
>> For a bare bones, primitive system, text messages could be sent out and
>> initiating a voice call to the group voice provider could be built in. It
>> has to be easy and fast for the alert initiator, who would most likely be
>> packing up for evacuation at the same time. Push notifications would be
>> nice too. One problem is that the initiator’s phone number always appears
>> in the voice call and text notification. If a more descriptive sender, like
>> “ALERT-XX”, it would be better, but that would most likely require setting
>> up a dedicated alert server, and I don’t want to tackle that at this time.
>> 
>> Best,
>> Bill P.
>> 
>>> On Aug 14, 2017, at 4:18 PM, Stephen Barncard via use-livecode <
>> use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>> If I were to create an emergency alert app, I'd make something that
>> stayed
>>> alive and was always verifying the existence of a central entity - web
>>> site, server etc. and the fail safe is that the user would be alerted
>> when
>>> out of range.   An 'always on' executable that would have to be carefully
>>> crafted to not take up too much battery energy, yet ping headquarters
>> for a
>>> change every few seconds, then go into alert mode when the latest check
>>> reveals the emergency.
>>> 
>>> It would be part of the routine of the wearer (fireman, whatever) to
>> 'check
>>> in' with the server and verify correct operation, then just keep it
>> running
>>> all day. The data would be minimal and UDP packets have incredibly low
>>> latency - even a voice alert could be sent real time - VOIP.
>>> 
>>> I have no idea how the power usage would be handled in that case - the
>>> continuous  pinging could drain the battery too quickly depending on how
>>> it's done. But there is the challenge!
>>> 
>>> --
>>> Stephen Barncard - Sebastopol Ca. USA -
>>> mixstream.org
>>> 
>>> On Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 3:25 PM, William Prothero via use-livecode <
>>> use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>>> Thanks. Looks interesting. It also looks like I'd have to learn a lot to
>>>> get it implemented. I’ve been using cURL to access an API for water
>> meter
>>>> readings, and it’s painful, but would probably get easier.
>>>> 
>>>> This looks like a good provider, tho.
>>>> Best,
>>>> Bill P
>>>> 
>>>>> On Aug 14, 2017, at 1:42 PM, Simon Smith via use-livecode <
>>>> use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>> I would look at push notifications. onesignal.com looks quiet good,
>> just
>>>>> not had a chance to play with it yet.
>>>>> 
>>>>> I have found that SMS messages are too unreliable when it comes to
>>>>> emergency notifications, sometimes they come through, sometimes they
>>>> don't
>>>>> and sometimes they come through an hour or so later.
>>>>> 
>>>>> Simon
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> Carpe diem
>>>>> 
>>>>> *Simon Smith*
>>>>> m. +27 83 306 7862
>>>>> 
>>>>> On Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 9:19 PM, ELS prothero via use-livecode <
>>>>> use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>>> I’m curious. Has anybody done much with push notifications on mobile?
>>>>>> There is a lesson on the livecode web site which is quite detailed,
>> but
>>>>>> leaves out the server side of the equation. I have been thinking about
>>>> an
>>>>>> emergency alert app and am exploring how difficult it would be to
>>>> implement
>>>>>> various communication technologies. Texts seem pretty straighforward,
>>>> but I
>>>>>> was thinking that push notifications might get more attention.
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> The goal is to get the information to the recipient’s brain. It can
>> get
>>>> to
>>>>>> the device, but unless the last (weak link) is traversed, the alert is
>>>>>> ineffective. The target time for this is 15 minutes.
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> I’ve Googled the heck out of these topics and there are really nice
>>>>>> expensive services that can do the job, but we don’t want to pay the
>>>> high
>>>>>> fees. Others are marketing oriented, not optimized for emergency
>>>> services.
>>>>>> A custom app could be ideal, especially with increasing wildfire
>>>> activity
>>>>>> worldwide.
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> Ideas and info?
>>>>>> Best,
>>>>>> Bill
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> William Prothero, PhD
>>>>>> Professor Emeritus
>>>>>> University of California, Santa Barbara
>>>>>> http://earthlearningsolutions.org
>>>>>> 
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