Billing and accounting system for SMS Service Providers
Ozeki NG SMS Gateway has a built in accounting system. This system
can be used to set credit limits and to implement a cost control strategy
when you use the gateway. This guide gives information on how you can
use the built in accounting functionality
Accounting / credit limits
To accounting system can be enabled for the users of the system. To use it,
you need to enable the accounting option for the appropriate user account(s).
This can be done by checking the "Enable accounting for this user" checkbox
in the "Advanced" tab of the user configuration form (Figure 1).
Figure 1 - How to turn on the accounting feature for a specific user
After you have enabled accounting for a given user you will see a new menu
item in the main menu under "users and applications/username". The name of the
new menu item is "credits". You can use this menu item to configure and
view accounting information (Figure 2).
Figure 2 - New menu item becomes available
The accounting by default works the following way: 1 credit is deducted whenever
an SMS messages is sent from the balance of the user. 0 credit is deducted if a
message is received. To modify these values, you need to configure the route
costs in the Routing/Inbound and Routing/Outbound forms. For example open the
Routing/Inbound form by clicking on the "View/Routing/Inbound" menu item.
Select a route name and click "Edit". Then click on the "Advanced" link under the
"Edit an inbound routing route" text. This will show the "Cost" field for the
selected route. You can enter the cost of the route into this field.
Accounting / reporting
If the information provided by the built in accounting functionality is
not sufficient, you can use the SQL logging facility of Ozeki NG. The
built in SQL logging option makes it possible to log all incoming
and outgoing SMS messages into a database for billing purposes.
More information about this feature is available at:
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