To start off the year we’ve release the Auron SMS Agent for Android. This is an Android app that allows you to send and receive SMS messages from your PC through your smartphone. Basically turning your smartphone into a GSM modem.
The release of the Auron SMS Agent for Android coincides with the release of the Auron SMS Server 2021 as well as the Auron SMS Component 6.6. Both products now have full support for the Auron SMS Agent app.
The ability to send and receive SMS messages from your PC through your smartphone gives the following advantages:
- It’s often a lot easier to find cheap and/or unused Android phones
- There’s no need to rely on old 2G infrastructure or the GSM protocol
- It’s extremely easy to setup
- No internet connection needed to send / receive SMS messages
- It’s faster than a traditional GSM modem
These advantages are multiplied by the capabilities of the SMS Server and the SMS Component products. Such as completely scriptable SMS applications and the ability to easily create and schedule SMS campaigns.
With Auron SMS Server integrating an Android smartphone is just a matter of setting up an Android SMS channel. After this the channel can be used to run trigger scripts or to route SMS messages to.
With the Auron SMS Component library you can integrate the Auron SMS Agent into your own application with just a couple of lines of code. The Android SMS API works the same on every programming language supported by the Auron SMS Component.
This year has been an incredible journey for Auron Software. As the year closes we feel fortunate with the results of this journey. We’re very happy to have built many new relationships and strengthened many existing ones.
We started this year with a completely new product portfolio after acquiring the SMS and E-mail products from ActiveXperts. The SMS and E-mail Components and the SMS Server. Each product with already a large existing customer base.
The main challenge has been to demonstrate our dedication to these products and the many businesses that rely on them. With two major releases for the Auron SMS Server and many new features added to the Auron SMS and E-mail components we feel confident that we have risen to this challenge.
Also, a huge thanks to those of you that participated in our end-of-year e-mail survey. We held a short survey in November among existing users. This has resulted in a lot of very useful feedback and has definitely helped shape our current roadmap!
As per your feedback the upcoming major releases will have a strong focus on:
- Introducing rich message types such as Whatsapp
- Support for smart phones as a GSM modem alternative
- Continuing to improve web based integration options
This all in addition, of course, to the many more smaller improvements that we are currently waiting to release or have already planned.
Best wishes and a safe, healthy and successful 2021 from the Auron team!
The SMS Server is a Windows server application for sending, receiving and automatically processing SMS messages. But what if you want to access the SMS Server from a Linux system? Or directly from your website?
One option is to insert new messages into the database directly. However, this has a lot of drawbacks when you want to do so over the internet. So the next most obvious solution would be to setup a REST Web API for the SMS Server.
The case for a WEB API
Out of the box the SMS Server has a dedicated API for integrating the SMS Server with any type of back-end software. This API is COM based, which means that it’s easy to use for just about any language that can run on Windows.
But to use the COM based API you do need to have the SMS Server client tools installed and connected to your central SMS server. Having a Web API does away with this requirement. You can now connect to the SMS Server from anywhere without needing anything else to be installed.
Having a Web API available can be very useful in a number of situations:
- Sending SMS from your website
- Sending from a Linux operating system
- Offer an easy to use HTTP interface to your customers
- Sending from a different server in your network
How to setup a WEB API
You can setup a basic REST Web API in a pinch using only the tools that are available by default on a Windows Server installation. As long as you are running Windows Server 2012 or newer you don’t need any other software.
Follow this how-to to find out exactly how to setup a REST Web API for the SMS Server.
If you need any help setting this up, please contact us.
When most people think of an SMSC or SMS Center they think of expensive hardware and huge licensing and consultancy fees. While this has been the case for a long time, it all changed with the introduction of the Auron SMS Server. This post explains how to setup an SMSC using the Auron SMS Server.
The SMS Server is an exceptionally versatile SMS framework for setting up every kind of SMS application. Hospitals use it to remind patients of their appointments and radio stations use it to interact with their listeners. While at the same time more and more SMS operators use it for their core infrastructure as well.
Benefits of having your own SMSC
- Always use the most economic route to deliver messages
- Aggregate multiple low-volume SMS streams into one high-volume subscription
- Be a nexus in an application that needs to trace all messages sent
An SME is a Short Message Entity. This is any client that is able to connect to the SMSC. The SMS Server is an SME as well as an SMSC.
Packed with features and fully customizable
The SMS Server is perfect for setting up a fully functional and secure SMSC with little effort and at a very low cost. This how-to details all of the steps of how to setup an SMSC using the SMS Server.
The SMSC in this article has the following features:
- Allow any number of clients to connect using SMPP
- Route to an SMPP provider
- Secure communication through TLS
- Support Unicode and Multipart messages
- Full support for delivery reports
- No plain-text passwords by using hash functions instead.
On top of this all, the SMS Server SMSC is fully customizable.
The SMS Server uses triggers to customize the behavior of the SMSC. These triggers are scripts that are automatically generated but can be completely customized after the fact.
Need help setting things up? Contact us!
Among a host of new features the SMS Server 2020R2 now introduces full campaign management.
With campaign management you can now configure customized bulk SMS or E-mail mailings using any data source. Possible data sources include MS Excel, MS Access or any external database. Campaigns can run either manually and interactively from the SMS Server manager or automatically from the task scheduler or from a trigger.
With adding support for campaigns a lot of common use cases are now a lot easier to achieve:
- Send out incidental mailings to your subscribers to notify them of changes and/or offers
- Automatically send out reminders to coworkers, customers or patients to notify them of appointments or alerts
- Connect into most 3rd party systems to use the contact information stored there
- Use any other information a 3rd party has stored as part of your E-mail or SMS message as well.
In addition to campaign management the SMS Server also adds some improvements to triggers and channels. Most notably:
Triggers now support include files. This mean that you can now have common files that define common functions or definitions that can be access by multiple trigger scripts.
Channels now have a connected, connecting, disconnected status that is visible in the manager. The SMPP Server channel can also show how many clients are connected an exactly which clients are connected at any time.
But there’s still more. Please read the release notes to get an overview of all of the new features, upgrades and fixes in the SMS Server 2020R2.
Or better yet, download the 30 day fully functional trial version to get the best idea of what the new version can do for you.
The SMS Server as well as the SMS Components can now send out free SMS messages. Both products now have connections to the Auron test and demonstration gateway preconfigured at installation.
The Auron test and demonstration gateway allows each new trial user to send out 10 free SMS messages. This way you can install the trial version and start building your application right away. No extra software, devices or subscriptions needed.
Should 10 free SMS messages not be enough then please contact us with your generated System ID and we can add more credits to your account.
To use your free SMS messages in an SMS Server trial just create a new SMPP channel and keep the default connection settings.
When trying out the SMS Component you will find the test and demonstration settings already setup in most example projects.
The test and demonstration gateway itself is of course powered by the SMS Server.
The Auron SMPP Simulator, or SMSC Simulator, is an easy-to-use windows based tool for testing your SMPP client software. The C# forms application is used to test more complicated and more demanding SMPP client scenarios like:
- Throttling behavior under high load
- Handling of delivery reports statuses
- Error handling
- Test different character encodings as well as multipart concatenation options
- Test secure (TLS) connections as well as IPv6 connections and multi-stack options.
By making the source code available on GitHub we hope to achieve the following:
- Show a broader audience the strength of our SMS Component
- Demonstrate how to use the SMPP Server option in the SMS Component
- Encourage feedback on the SMPP Simulator
Of course, you may just want to use an SMPP Simulator without having to compile it from source first. That’s why we’re still offering SMPP Simulator setup on our download page.
The SMPP Simulator is powered by the Auron SMS Component. In ‘freeware’ mode the SMPP Simulator will inject a small ‘- Auron Software’ ad into every 15th SMS message sent. To prevent this ad please purchase an SMS Component professional license.
You can now integrate the Auron Software components into your project without leaving Visual Studio.
For example, to add the SMS Component to your C# project from Visual Studio you can follow these steps:
Start by clicking on Tools -> NuGet Package Manager -> Manage NuGet Packages for Solutions
Next select ‘Browse’ and type ‘axsms’ in the search bar and click ‘Install’
You will get a pop-up to confirm the change that you are making. Click on ‘OK’ here.
Next your the package is installed and you are greeted with a friendly message from your vendor.
Finally you are ready to start using the SMS Component!
These same steps apply for installing the E-mail component. With the exception that you will have to type ‘axemail’ in the search box instead of ‘axsms’.
We’re starting off the new year with a big announcement: Auron Software has acquired ActiveXperts Software subsidiary ActiveXperts Messaging B.V.. ActiveXperts Messaging is an internationally recognized brand, known primarily for its SMS and E-mail software.
With this acquisition the following products are transferred from ActiveXperts to Auron:
- ActiveXperts Messaging Server which will now be known as Auron SMS Server
- ActiveXperts SMS Component which will now be known as Auron SMS Component
- ActiveXperts E-mail Component which will now be known as Auron E-mail component
These new products all align perfectly with the long term vision of Auron Software of becoming a market leader in communication and messaging software.
This acquisition is particularly exiting for me as CEO of Auron Software. Before starting Auron Software and for a while after starting Auron Software I have been heavily involved in the development of all three of these products. During the last decade I am proud to say that I have seen these product grow into maturity.
With these SMS and E-mail products in ActiveXperts we have been able to empower a large and diverse customer base. Now that the products are transferred to Auron Software I hope that we can continue to do the same.
We are very exited to start putting all of our effort into the continued development of these products.
Today we’re launching the new Auron Software brand identity together with a complete overhaul of the website. A lot of time and thought went into the final result and we’re very happy with this result. In this post I’ll explain some of the reasoning behind the current brand identity and website design.
The new brand now contains a logo as well as the name of our company. The logo is an important part of our identity because:
- It’s instantly recognizable
- It contains a lot of information about our company.
The new Auron logo is actually a composition of some important elements that represent Auron Software:
- Interconnected network nodes that represent messaging and communication
- The network nodes are rotated to resemble the Auron ‘A’ shape
- A 3D cube shape to indicate solidity and robustness
After having established our new brand we need a website to go with this. We are currently mostly a consultancy and software-engineering company. But this is going to change soon. We’re exited to say that we’re about to add some more products to our portfolio. More on this in another announcement in the near future. Suffice it to say that the structure of our website becomes increasingly more important.
This is an important reason for us to choose WordPress as our site backend. Which makes it very easy to add new content and maintain existing content. Together with some clever custom theming I think we’ve create a website that both has a modern look and is very easy to navigate.
The most important case in point being our Knowledge base. The knowledge base has a very easy to navigate hierarchical structure. This will be able to contain both all our howto’s, installation instructions, etc. as well as our full API reference documentation for each product.
Let us know
All in all we’re very happy about the result. But ultimately the website was built to service our customers. So please, if you find any problems or inconveniences in navigating the site. Please let us know.