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Realtime Notification.

SMS Notification Service.

Funding Industrial cooperation    
Duration 2000-2012
Consortium Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, various project partners

Project Leader


SMS notification services commonly follow a similar pattern: A user sends an SMS requesting to take part in a notification service. The request is immediately confirmed to the user. A special event finally triggers the actual notification procedure when the user is automatically informed about concerns of interest.

The Institute of Pervasive Computing has developed a generic SMS framework for realtime notification, cooperating with major mobile network operators in Austria and Switzerland. The main focus in this framework concentrates on realtime systems, database management and fault tolerance.

The SMS notification service has been successfully utilized in several mass SMS games and running competitions within the last years. The realtime SMS result service at the Vienna City Marathon and at the Berlin Marathon can be regarded as the most prominent showcases since 2000.

The framework for SMS realtime notification establishes bi-directional, multithreaded and asynchronous connections via SMPP to mobile network operators, which route all arriving Short Messages destined to an MSISDN to the framework kernel. After parsing, evaluating and logging the incoming SMS, an automatic reply to the origin MSISDN takes the same way back via the provider to the final destination.

For running competitions the initial registration process can also be accomplished via the internet. The triggering event for starting the notification process is activated through an RFID tag every runner carries on one of his shoes.

In cooperation with international time measurement companies the corresponding result records to an RFID tag could be transformed to a textual notification and sent to the subscribers in realtime.



  • Vienna City Marathon (2000-2012)
  • Berlin Marathon (2000-2010)
  • Nestle (2003)
  • Ironman (2003)
  • Otto (2003)
  • SurfWM Podersdorf (2003)
  • Forum ONE (2002-2003)
  • Grazer Altstadtkriterium (2002)
  • Ski-Opening Arlberg (2002)