This page provides information on how to setup Ozeki NG – SMS Gateway, if you
wish to send, for instance, to your employees, birthday
wish SMS messages with the use of Microsoft SQL Express database server.
It is recommended to get familiar first with how you can send messages by using
SQL Express. Concerning this, you can find information at the
SMS messaging with SQL Express page.
To set up the birthday SMS service, we assume that a working SMS service
provider connection is already configured in your Ozeki NG - SMS Gateway, and a
database user is also setup. The database user is connected to the SQL Express
Figure 1 - System architecture
You can see the system architecture of the birthday SMS service in Figure 1.
Here you can see how the system works in this case. First,
Ozeki NG applies a query (1) to the database table regarding the people
who have their birthday the current day and have not yet received a birthday
SMS message. The database then submits this information to Ozeki NG (2).
The software sends the birthday message to the SMSC (3), from which
the people having their birthday receive the birthday SMS message (4) to
their mobile phones.
To have the birthday SMS message service, first you need to have a database
containing the birthday information. This table is referred to as birthday table
in the following sections. The table definition should be as follows:
CREATE TABLE birthday (
id int identity(1,1),
After the birthday table has been defined, we create it in the database server
using an SQL command shell.
Put some test data into this database table you have just created.
INSERT INTO birthday (customername,customerphone,birthdate) VALUES ('Elisabeth','+3620111111','1980-01-01');
INSERT INTO birthday (customername,customerphone,birthdate) VALUES ('Mark','+3620222222','1982-04-29');
After this, you need to configure Ozeki NG - SM Gateway to send birthday
reminder messages based on the information that our database contains.
For this, you should adjust the commands in the configuration form of the
The first command is used to pick up messages.
Click on the SQL for sending tab of the configuration form of the database
user. Modify the SELECT statement as follows:
SELECT id,'',customerphone,'Happy birthday' from birthday where
(lastnotified is null));
The second command is used to update the “lastnotified” information in the
birthday database table.
Click on the tab of the Sending statement and modify the statement:
UPDATE birthday SET lastnotified=getdate() WHERE id=2
This update will make sure that the birthday reminder is sent out once only.
Finally, the other SQL commands should also be modified to work with the
Click on the Sent tab, and modify it as follows:
UPDATE birthday SET status='sent' WHERE id='$id'
And you should also modify the other commands the way described above (Not
sent, Delivered, Undelivered).
To test if you have set up the service properly,
you can send a birthday message if you set the date to the birthday of one
of the persons in our example. Let us choose Mark.
After setting the date of the computer, on which you are running Ozeki
NG - SMS Gateway, to 2009-04-29, you can see in the databse user's
Events window that the message was found in the database, and it was
accepted for delivery. If you look into the database table, you will see that
the "lastnotified" field was updated.