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A Communication Network for Local Community Welfare in the Philippines: An Alternative Approach Using Mobile Phone Technology
Objectives: The main objective of this study is to design and develop a communication network facility utilizing the Short Message Service (SMS) of the mobile phone. Methods/Statistical Analysis: In disseminating the SMS among the people in the local community, a mobile broadband device, and a computer station is added to the existing network structure of the mobile phone. These devices were used to receive SMS, processed and forward the SMS information to the desired recipients based on the incorporated keyword. To ensure authenticity and network security, some mechanisms such as the registration of the senders and the designated responders and classification of messages based on their sources and content are being implemented. Findings:The designed communication facility was deployed and tested in a village. Results of the study showed that the communication facility is reliable and efficient in receiving and processing of SMS and as well as the channeling of SMS information to the desired respondents. Moreover, evaluation of its acceptability and usability yields positive affirmation thereby validating the need and significance of the communication facility. Application/Improvements:The study can be extended to other towns or municipality using the same architecture. The system can also be upgraded and improved which can cater not only SMS but also Multimedia Services (MMS).
Communication Facility, Community Welfare, Local Community, Local Government, SMS Messaging.
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