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SMS from/to Oracle

The connection between Oracle Database and Ozeki SMS Gateway is a perfect solution for SMS messaging. Ozeki SMS Gateway's Database User makes sure that incoming SMS messages can be inserted while outgoing SMS messages can be selected from database tables. Incoming and outgoing messages are handled in separate tables. The solution uses the Ozeki SMS Gateway software installed on your PC.This solution is divided into 4 sections:

Install Oracle
Create the database tables in Oracle
Configure the Oracle database connection in Ozeki
Send a test SMS from Oracle

This page extends the general guide to SMS from/to Database.

What is Oracle?

Oracle is a database management software product that works with the collection of data treated as units.

How to receive SMS with Oracle database

This SMS receiving system makes it possible to receive SMS using an Oracle Database Server. This arrangement consists of a phone that will be used to send messages, a computer with Ozeki SMS Gateway installed, a database server, and your application. The method works the following way: The phone sends the message. The computer with the Ozeki SMS Gateway will save the message in an Oracle Database Server. Your application could get the messages using an SQL Query.

how to receive sms with oracle database
Figure 1 - How to receive SMS with Oracle database

How to send SMS from Oracle database

This SMS sending system makes it possible to send SMS using an Oracle Database Server. This system consists of a phone that will be used to collect the messages from the database, a computer with Ozeki SMS Gateway installed, a database server, and your application. The procedure works the following way: Your application will send the message to the Oracle Database Server. It will store your message and the Ozeki SMS Gateway will be able to acquire it using an SQL Query. The message will be sent to the phone after it was acquired.

how to send sms from oracle database
Figure 2 - How to send SMS from Oracle database

SMS from/to Oracle (Video tutorial)

In this video, we are going to show you how you can send SMS messages from Oracle. The video will start with logging into the Oracle system and will end with an SMS sent by Oracle listed in the 'Sent' folder of the Ozeki SMS Gateway. You will learn how to log in to the Oracle system, how to create the connection between Oracle and Ozeki SMS Gateway, and how to modify the connection. The 2:13 long video is easy to understand and detailed. We are using the Ozeki SMS Gateway in most of the video, which means you will work with an intuitive user interface. You will have no problem with following the steps.

Create ozekidb tablespace

On Figure 1, you can see how you can create the table in Oracle, that will work with the Ozeki SMS Gateway. Execute the 'Create Tablespace' command that you can found below, in the 'Oracel SQL statements' section of this tutorial. It will start the table creating process with the settings provided in the ozekidb.dbf file. If you see the Tablespace created text, the process was successful.

create ozekidb tablespace
Figure 1 - Create ozekidb tablespace

Create a user

To use the connection, you need to create a new user in Oracle. Figure 2 shows you what commands create the user. You first need to use the 'Create user' commands that you can found below, in the 'Oracel SQL statements' section of this tutorial. You can create the user by giving the 'CREATE USER ozekiuser' command to Oracle. Now that you have the user, you need to provide DBA privileges to it. You can do so with the 'GRANT command' If you see the Grant succeeded text, the process was successful.

create ozekiuser
Figure 2 - Create ozekiuser

Create the 'ozekimessagein' table

The next step is to create the tables that will be used to store your incoming and outgoing messages. The first table you need to create is the 'ozekimessagein' table. On Figure 3, you can see what command you need to provide to Oracle to create your table. The commands you need to execute can be found in the statements section, in the 'Create Tabel' section. If you can see the 'Trigger created' text, the process was successful.

create ozekimessagein table
Figure 3 - Create ozekimessagein table

Create the 'ozekimessageout' table.

On Figure 4, you can see the process of creating the 'ozekimessagout' table. It will store all the messages you wish to send and all the sent messages as well. You can find the SQL statement you need to provide in the second part of the 'Create table' section below.

create ozekimessageout table
Figure 4 - Create ozekimessageout table

Create an SQL messaging application interface

Now you need to start working in the Ozeki SMS Gateway application. Open it and search for the 'Add new user/application..' button located on the left side of the home page (Figure 5). Click it and it will take you to the user/application install list. Here, you need to search for the 'SQL messaging' list item, located in the 'Application Interface' section. Click the blue Install button next to it and start the setup process.

select sql messaging
Figure 5 - Select SQL messaging

Click the Install button next to Oracle

In the Install user/application step, you need to choose which SQL database management software you wish to use with the Ozeki SMS Gateway. In this case, choose the Oracle option (Figure 6). Click the blue Install button next to the title and start the setup process.

click on install button of oracle connection
Figure 6 - Click on Install button of Oracle connection

Provide the connection settings

In the General tab of the new Oracle application interface, you will see a 'Connection Settings' group box (Figure 7). Provide the IP address and the login credentials of the data source here. It will make sure that the connection between the Ozeki SMS Gateway and the Oracle database management system will be established.

provide details of oracle database
Figure 7 - Provide details of Oracle database
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Turn on the Application interface

Now that you have successfully created an SQL Application interface, it is time to turn it on, by switching the 'Connection' switch button. If it is green and you can see a checkmark next to the icon of the application interface (Figure 8), it means that the connection is active. You will see the initialization process in the Events tab.

enable oracle database connection
Figure 8 - Enable Oracle database connection

Use the 'INSERT' statement

On Figure 9, you can see how you insert a message into the 'ozekimessagout' table. It means that the inserted message will be sent by the Ozeki SMS Gateway application, with any message found in the 'ozekimessageout' table. The INSERT statement will create a database item with the properties determined in the statement. If you are familiar with SQL, feel free to modify the properties of the statement to test your system.

use insert statement to send message
Figure 9 - Use INSERT statement to send message

The Sent message

Now you have sent your first SMS message. Make sure to check the Sent folder in Ozeki SMS Gateway to confirm that the message was sent successfully. You can get all information about the message from the list of the sent messages. You can see the text of the message (Figure 10), the time it was sent, the result of the process, and the addresses of the sender and the receiver.

the sent folder stores each sent message with details
Figure 10 - The Sent folder stores each sent message with details

You should also make sure that Ozeki SMS Gateway is installed. You should also check if Oracle Database is installed. If Oracle is not installed on your machine, please download the server and client from the oracle website. You will see how to store outgoing and incoming SMS messages in your Oracle Database's tables.

You can choose from a wide variety of options to send and receive SMS messages. You can send messages through a wireless mobile link, by using an Android mobile phone or an SMS modem attached to your computer. You can also send SMS messages over the Internet using in IP SMS service. In this case you will likely setup an SMPP, CIMD2 or UCP/EMI service provider connection.

To use either of these connection methods, you need to setup a Database link on Ozeki SMS Gateway. For Oracle connections, you need to configure this link to connect to your Oracle Database server. You will need to use a connection string to specify the connection details.

Each Database Connection needs it's own Database User.
The Database User belonging to an Oracle Database has the following connection string format:

Connection string type:Oracle
Connection string:Data Source=127.0.0.1; User ID=username; Password=pwd123;
(Other 'Connection strings for Oracle')

In the connection string the 127.0.0.1 IP address should be replaced with the IP address of the machine where Oracle Database server is running and do not forget to use the login credentials belonging to your Oracle Server's account.

By including 'Unicode=True' to the connection string, you can use unicode characters like NVARCHAR2. Make sure that NLS_CHARACTERSET and NLS_LANGUAGE parameters are set to your language. You can also try to set HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ORACLE\HOMEID\NLS_LANG registry key to UTF8.

Now the connection should be configured between Ozeki SMS Gateway's Database User and your Oracle Server, so it is time to create two database tables both for incoming and outgoing message by creating a proper database table structure:

Oracle SQL statements:

CREATE TABLESPACE:

CREATE TABLESPACE ozekidb
DATAFILE 'C:\oraclexe\app\oracle\oradata\XE\ozekidb.dbf'
SIZE 40M autoextend on;
Figure 1 - Create tablespace 'ozekidb'

CREATE USER:

CREATE USER ozekiuser
IDENTIFIED BY ozekipass
DEFAULT TABLESPACE ozekidb;
	
GRANT DBA TO ozekiuser;
Figure 2 - Create user 'ozekiuser' and grant access to tablespace

CREATE TABLE:

CREATE TABLE ozekimessagein (
    id int,
    sender varchar(255) default NULL,
    receiver varchar(255) default NULL,
    msg varchar(160) default NULL,
    senttime varchar(100) default NULL,
    receivedtime varchar(100) default NULL,
    operator varchar(120) default NULL,
    msgtype varchar(160) default NULL,
    reference varchar(100) default NULL
    );
CREATE index index_id1 ON ozekimessagein(id);
CREATE SEQUENCE X;
CREATE TRIGGER ozekimessagein_auto BEFORE INSERT on ozekimessagein
    for each row
    when (new.id is null)
    begin
    SELECT x.nextval INTO :new.id FROM DUAL;
    end;
    /
CREATE TABLE ozekimessageout (
    id int,
    sender varchar(255) default NULL,
    receiver varchar(255) default NULL,
    msg varchar(160) default NULL,
    senttime varchar(100) default NULL,
    receivedtime varchar(100) default NULL,
    operator varchar(120) default NULL,
    msgtype varchar(160) default NULL,
    reference varchar(100) default NULL,
    status varchar(20) default NULL,
    errormsg varchar(250) default NULL
    );
CREATE index index_id2 ON ozekimessageout(id);
CREATE SEQUENCE Y;
CREATE TRIGGER ozekimessageout_auto BEFORE INSERT on ozekimessageout
    for each row
    when (new.id is null)
    begin
    SELECT y.nextval INTO :new.id FROM DUAL;
    end;
    /
Figure 3 - Create table structure

The 'id' field should be maintained to support faster SQL updates.
The size of the message can be set higher than 160 character if it is necessary.
The 'msgtype' field can also be changed.

To sum it up

Congratulations, you have completed this task of connecting Oracle to the Ozeki SMS Gateway. Be proud of yourself!

Now you can set up a system where you can use Oracle to send SMS messages through Ozeki SMS Gateway. This gateway software is a powerful yet easy-to-use software mostly used by the industry because of its outstanding reliability.

If you wish to learn more about the software solutions that Ozeki offers, make sure to visit ozeki-sms-gateway.com.

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