An app has been developed that allows schools in rural areas to report performance monitoring data from the solar power systems via SMS from Android phones. This is a facility that would benefit schools that have mobile coverage (any network) but there is no data coverage, or when the school has limited ability to access the Internet for other reasons.
Project contractor David Leeming explained, “The second component of the system is a free SMS gateway that relays the structured text message with the data to an online database server. Anyone interested in the data can log on and view it. Once the data is in such a database, it is possible to manipulate it in any way that is required, for instance to display reports for specific parameters at each schools in graphical format. In this case, to demonstrate the concept we are using a free service called Magpi.”
“This is perhaps something for the future as we still need to ensure monitoring and backup support is as practicable and simple as possible. But, for instance, such methods would certainly help if the project is scaled up to a large number of sites”.