FrontlineSMS

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frontline-sms-1.jpg
Name
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FrontlineSMS
Tool Class
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SMS, Data Collection, Mass Communication
Developer
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Occam Technologies Inc
Date Created
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2005
Still Maintained?
Do the developers of the tool continue to work on it, adding features and fixing problems?
Yes
Open Source?
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Yes
Platforms
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iOS, Android, PC, Mac, Web, Linux
Website
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http://www.frontlinesms.com/
Payment Structure
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free, subscription
Languages Supported
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English, Arabic
Skill Level Needed
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  • Intermediate - The tool allows the user to perform many tasks without knowledge of advanced concepts, but about an equal amount of functionality requires advanced knowledge. Some training may be required to use the tool.
  • Advanced - The tool requires advanced knowledge or training in order to use most of its functionality.
Intermediate

Tool Description

FrontlineSMS is an open source SMS-based Data Collection tool that enables peacebuilders to collect information from audiences that don't have access to the Internet.

frontlinesmsintro.jpg

What Makes This Tool Different from Others in its Class?

Like other SMS-based Data Collection tools, FrontlineSMS can gather infromation from text messages. As an open source tool, FrontlineSMS is theoretically deployable without paying a subscription fee (although users will need to be of a certain technical level in order to set this up.) Other services like EngageSPARK offer the ability to both collect and distribute messages via SMS and IVR - these are a paid service. Frontline requires less set-up time than a utility like Voto Mobile or Twilio.

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