Chandana Jayathilake at the University of Wayamba and Tim Barlott at the University of Alberta have now established a text messaging testbed in Sri Lanka to provide rapid response capabilities for the project team.
The testbed uses free and open source software FrontlineSMS to provide a flexible and rapidly configurable platform to support two-way and multi-way text messaging features for mobile phones.
The intention of the testbed is to provide a means for individuals or groups in the agricultural sector in Sri Lanka to explore and evaluate new ways to enhance knowledge mobilization through text messaging. This might involve text message alerts, networking and distribution of short messages to subscribers, information requests, and a range of other possibilities.
The testbed is available at no cost to interested individuals or groups in Sri Lanka or involved in agriculture in Sri Lanka for carrying out short term demonstration or pilot projects. We hope that this capability will create partnership opportunities for the project to begin to work more closely with agricultural communities of practice in Sri Lanka and beyond.
Anyone interested in trying out the system can contact me or my colleague Nuwan Waidyanatha.