Merry Christmas 2018

Dear readers,

I wish to share a wonderful experience and a miracle.

I landed on Manila on 26 Nov, 10 p.m. I took Grab Car from airport to my hotel. After half an hour upon checking in, to my horror, I realized that my laptop bag was missing!

My bag had these valuable items:-
a) laptop with confidential files, intellectual properties, working e-mails, and passwords;
b) Public Bank security token;
c) HSBC security token;
d) house keys;

I started to panic but then calm down.

I had contacted the Grab car driver who dropped me at hotel to check if my laptop bag was left in his car. But he answered no.

I seek help from the hotel’s security to check the CCTV recording, it didn’t show me carrying laptop bag while checking in.

So the only place that I might have left my laptop bag was at the airport. So at 12:25 am in the morning, I took Grab taxi back to the airport and searched at these places:-
a) Grab booth;
b) Globe (TELCO) booth;
c) toilet of the baggage collection area
unfortunately, my laptop bag was not there.

Before going to airport I had prepared myself for the worst case scenario. I didn’t have any high expectations because Philippines is a poor country.

Finally, I asked for the direction to the lost and found office. And to my surprise, my laptop bag was there.

I had left it at the Grab counter, outside of arrival hall. Usually in this public area without any CCTV and security guard, my bag would have definitely gone. Not only I found my bag, all items in my bag were intact.

You can say that I had good fortune but I believe that it was a miracle.

Have you lost something? I wish that in this Christmas and in the coming new year, you will experience a miracle — something valuable that you have lost is found.

Merry Christmas!
Kong Leng

MOBITEK S80 SMS Modem — Send SMS via SQL Statement

Problem: Many 3G modems allow you to send SMS via graphical user interface but not able to integrate with your software or system.

 

Solution: MOBITEK® S80 SMS Modem

MOBITEK® S80 allows you to integrate with your software or system send SMS via SQL statement.

  1. To send out SMS
    Insert into Outbox (Message, Mobile, DateTimeQueue, Status) 
    values (‘Hello!’, ‘0163311600’, mm/dd/yyyy hh:mm am, ‘P’)
  2. To read all new SMS
    Select * from Inbox where Status = ‘New’

 

How It Works?

  • Your application will connect to a MS Access database file.
  • SMS Engine — Basic Edition (Windows software) connects to both MOBITEK® S80 and with the database file.
  • Whenever there is a new record in the [outbox] table, SMS Engine — Basic Edition will pick-up and instruct MOBITEK® S80 to send out as SMS.
  • Whenever there is a new incoming SMS recevied by MOBITEK® S80, SMS Engine — Basic Edition will automatically insert into [inbox] table

 

More Advantages of SMS Engine — Basic Edition 

  1. Rapid Development: no need to waste time in developing a programme to handle incoming and outgoing SMS.
  2. SIM Unlock: enter the PIN, and the SMS Engine will unlock the SIM card.
  3. Polling: set the frequency of database polling – this will control the speed of the sending and receiving SMS.
  4. Delivery Status Report: a report will accompany with each outgoing SMS to report whether the SMS is delivered or not.
  5. Routing: able to configure multiple mobile number prefixes (by comma separated).
  6. Direction: to speed-up the broadcast, SMS Engine can be configured to send SMS only.
  7. Query Balance: if prepaid is used, the credit balance can be queried.
  8. Reload: if prepaid is used, a top-up can be performed.
  9. For more information, refer to https://www.mobitek.my/main/software-development-kit/mobitek-sms-engine-basic-edition/

 

New version 6 is available for existing customer to download. Please reply to this e-mail to receive the download link.


COM Port Number of MOBITEK S80 Modem Will Change If USB Port is Changed

MOBITEK® S80 for SMS Over 3G Network

 

OBJECTIVE: to test if restarting Windows 10 causes COM port number of MOBITEK S80 SMS Modem to change.

 

TEST METHOD TEST RESULT
  1. Use MOBITEK S80 (no SIM card required)
  2. Use your Lenovo laptop running Windows 10
  3. Connect S80 into USB port no. 1
What is the COM port number?

COM 9

  • Restart Windows 10
What is the COM port number after restart?

COM 9

Does COM port number change after restart?

NO

  1. unplug S80 from USB port no. 1
  2. plug into USB port no. 2 (different one)
 What is the COM port number?  COM 7

  • Restart Windows 10
 What is the COM port number after restart? 

COM 7

Does COM port number change after restart?

NO

CONCLUSION

Restarting Windows 10 doesn’t change the COM Port Number.

It is common that that the COM port number will be changed if you plug the modem into another USB port. As long as that MOBITEK S80 is using the same USB port, COM port number will be the same.