On the topic of using GSM networks for more than voice, our project in Uganda is now underway. This is a pilot combining the GSM service with handheld computers and an access point that will allow us to create a store and forward data network for health workers. For more information see <http://pda.healthnet.org/>.
Obviously, it remains important to stay open to all possibilities - but to keep the focus on content. What we are communicating will dictate the most effective means. Something might be urgent and be best communicated by a phone call. It might be a short statement best served by an SMS message. Perhaps it is a longer document with less urgency - in which case we can use a store and forward system like that we are using in Uganda to consolidate the traffic from many users in one phone to a central server call during a non-peak periods. In designing such systems it is important to focus on integration and on open source solutions where possible so that we don't end up with multiple incompatible and expensive systems. Holly Ladd Executive Director SATELLIFE ------------ This DOT-COM Discussion is funded by the dot-ORG USAID Cooperative Agreement, and hosted by GKD. http://www.dot-com-alliance.org provides more information. To post a message, send it to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To subscribe or unsubscribe, send a message to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>. In the 1st line of the message type: subscribe gkd OR type: unsubscribe gkd For the GKD database, with past messages: http://www.GKDknowledge.org