SMS Gateway is an efficient way to manage SMS communications with your entire school community, including students, parents, teachers and other important contacts.

It’s easy to set up and helps you schedule, authorise, send and record all your SMS activity. Defined user access controls, quoting features and budget settings ensure that you remain within your approved SMS communications budget. Enhanced functionality such as unlimited sender identities, reusable SMS templates, cost profiles and advanced logging means you can tailor and track each message you send.

SMS Gateway is managed using a dedicated applet within your iSAMS control panel. It supports international characters and is designed to work with an unlimited number of outbound providers. There is also support for local providers in countries outside of the UK.

Key Features

Current status

A snapshot of your SMS activity, including graphs detailing inbound and outbound messages by day, cost breakdown by date, credit availability, and provider, user and module usage.

View batches

Each message is sent as part of a batch and can be viewed easily. Authorised users can see a breakdown of the batch status (posted, errored or sent) and the delivery status (failed, delivered or received).

Authorisation queue

Any messages that require authorisation before being sent are listed here. You can authorise messages by batch or by individual message. Authorisation can be granted via email for ease and speed.

Security groups

Authorise certain tasks by user or according to the security groups already set up in iSAMS. The feature covers actions such as setting outbound/inbound messages, sender identities, authorisation requirements and more.

Costs & totals

View all cost breakdowns by month, user and module, including the counts for posted, errored and sent messages. Sent counts are also broken down by failed, delivered and received.

Cost profiles

Cost profiles give you control over message sending. These can be set by user or group, and limits can be set by day, week, term or year. Alerts can be sent when the available balance drops below a set value.

Logging

View detailed information about the logging (outbound, inbound, callbacks, module) of each message, including author, gateway, sender identity, recipient, body, credit, cost, status and more.

Message composing

Create message templates, schedule message delivery dates/times, and manage batch allocations. You can also choose whether a message will be sent as Unicode.

Emergency broadcast

Send predefined emergency messages to all staff, students, parents and custom groups. Use the main application within iSAMS or send via the iTeacher App.

Credit records

Where a credit pack has been purchased, a detailed breakdown of all transactions is stored and can be viewed here.

Sender identities

Create unlimited numbers of unique sender identities (eg SENIOR SCH, JUNIOR SCH) and attach permissions as required.

Outbound providers

Create as many outbound providers as required, with permissions.

Debug tools

Quickly debug outbound and inbound problems. Test each section of the gateway.

Pricing

You can choose from several pricing structures, depending on your SMS needs. And SMS Gateway can link with any third-party mobile provider.

Choosing a custom provider local to your school brings more flexibility. We’re happy to advise on pricing, availability and how to choose a custom provider.

“iSAMS is an integral part of Sevenoaks School’s strategy for high quality student data”

Sarah Williamson, Director of Information Systems – Sevenoaks School

“Since moving to iSAMS the day-to-day management of our school data has improved significantly, increasing efficiency across the school.”

Mark Smith – Technical Services Manager, Cheadle Hulme School

iSAMS has been a huge success and it has revolutionised the way in which we manage information and communication between staff, pupils and parents

John Willetts – MIS Manager and Timetabler, Sherborne School

“iSAMS is the most intuitive, flexible and user-friendly school MIS that I have come across in my career so far. They are progressive and up-to-date with the latest technologies and recently with the release of their apps, it has positively transformed the way we manage various in-house processes and improve our parental engagement & communication.”

Benoy Ittyavirah - Director of IT, Staff Training & Development, Wycliffe College

“Sherborne Girls was an early adopter of the ISAMS product and we have been very happy with how the product range has grown. The fact that it is compatible with other systems such as SOCs, AccessIt Library, the Room Booking System, the Parents Evening System, CPOMS and TimeTabler has made integration across school departments much easier.”

Louise Orton - Deputy Head, Teaching and Learning, Sherborne Girls