DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF MOBILE APPLICATION RESULT CHECKER
In this project, we provide a method for communicating with students by utilising the availability of phones (with SMS capability).
We examine the use of mobile phones to deliver examination results via Mobile Application Result Checker in a university, where students who have written exams and are anxious to see their results need to get their grades in a convenient and accessible way, whether at home, on the road, or at work.
Because the mobile phone appears to be an asset that most people own and carry with them practically everywhere, it is a highly effective means of delivering information to them quickly, effortlessly, and on the move.
The MARC (Mobile Application Result Checker) result checking system not only allows students to request their results, but it also allows the grades to be delivered to their phones as soon as they become available. The system protects security by using secret information (password) and also allows access to new and old grades.
Computers with internet access have flourished in facilitating human contact. The telephone system, which was invented several years ago as the primary communication method, has advanced significantly, to the point where we now have fixed wireless phones, mobile phones, and similar devices.
With the rapid growth of mobile phones, various services such as Short Messaging Service (SMS), Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), and others have been widely available and add to the use of mobile phones.
SMS, in particular, is widely used in communication, and has recently been leveraged to provide a variety of services such as airline ticketing, banking services, commercial services such as share and sell (an added service provided by MTN Nigeria), where subscribers can easily share and/or sell airtime, and many more.
SMS is a mobile technology that allows you to send and receive text or binary messages from and from your phone. Because SMS is relatively simple to use, a user can quickly learn how to send SMS.
Schofield and Kubin (2002) contended that compact gadgets could provide a better interface for finding information than page browsing and other methods.
More than 160 billion SMS messages are exchanged each month in European countries (Mavrakis, 2004), and 48.7 billion SMS messages were delivered in the second half of 2005, increasing 50% from the previous six months, according to Resource Shelf (2006).
With 45 million short messages sent per day in Africa alone, a mobile phone with the easiest interface for voice communication is likely to fail the user satisfaction test if it lacks a reasonably adequate SMS interface. Gorienko and Merrick (2003).
The main advantage of SMS is its low cost and widespread availability, as almost everyone owns a phone. Several service providers provide mobile services, including SMS, in various parts of the world.
The cost of sending an SMS is often low, and most carriers do not charge for receiving SMS. Sometimes service providers give users a specific number of free SMS messages per month, allowing clients to send and receive an infinite number of SMS messages.
It is possible to obtain a customised dedicated line that charges a bespoke rate for messages sent to the number; it is also possible to have a number designated as toll free, allowing customers to send SMS to the number for free. All of this contributes to SMS being a very cost effective method of conveying information.
STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
Even today, especially in developing nations, the problem of checking examination results persists, with students thronging notice boards in fear. Although most universities, including those in less developed countries, now post examination results on their websites.
In less developed countries, internet access is still limited and rather expensive. Even in affluent countries where most homes have internet connection, SMS is a faster and less expensive way of disseminating exam results and other information.
According to Pramsane and Sanjaya (2006), universities can use SMS to provide educational services such as grade release, enrolling information, university announcements, and internship opportunities.
SMS has the advantage of allowing pupils to receive crucial information on the fly without having to seek it.
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE study
The following are some of the study's implications:
Convenience- Users receive their results at their leisure.
Users can get their findings from anywhere (as long as they are inside a network service reception region).
Results can be received and checked using any gsm phone.
SMS is supported by all GSM phones.
SMS saves time because it is sent on the fly.
It lowers the throughput of result checking since websites are occasionally unavailable owing to traffic or server downtime.
SMS is a faster way to deliver and receive such information.
SMS is often less expensive, and it is occasionally provided as a free service (at least for a certain time) by the service provider.
Most service providers also do not charge subscribers when they receive SMS.
Less human resources are required because the results are processed automatically.
Mobility- It is evident that most mobile phone users carry their phones with them everywhere they go.
Most individuals frequently leave their computers at home or at work, but they always have their phone with them.
OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
To create a Mobile Result Checker Application that can receive SMS from any phone on any network.
When a user makes an invalid request, the application will be able to alert them.
The application should be able to provide password security.
The programme will be pretty simple to modify.
LIMITATIONS OF THE STUDY
The following issues were observed while doing this research:
Funding: There was insufficient funding to fully conduct the research, particularly when testing the application.
Sources of Information:
A major restraint in the cause of this project was a lack of access to study materials on the issue in the school library and even public libraries.
SCOPE OF THE STUDY
The researcher will be limited to constructing a mobile application result checker that will be an Independent Service for the sake of this research; this will entail employing only a mobile phone and the application server (the machine hosting the SMS application).
This method has limited benefits, but it is simple and quick to set up. It does not necessitate service provider authorisation or connection to any third-party SMS provider.
The mobile phone use a typical SIM card with a standard phone number, and messages sent from the phone are subject to the standard fee or tariff.