As was mentioned in our first post, CTED is involved with numerous projects in the UAE and throughout the world. Today’s post will focus on one: SMS Find, an SMS-based search service that has been deployed in Nairobi, Kenya by Jay Chen. SMS Find allows users to access immediate information on their mobile phone without a subscription to a data plan. SMS Find is targeted at people who for whatever reason do not have access to a WAP enabled phone or a data plan.
SMS Find is a fully featured SMS search service that allows users to query anything from weather to local business listings. Branded as Nokia SMS Find in Kenya, the system also allows users to search for arbitrary factoids on the web unrelated to the basic keywords (i.e., “barack obama WIFE”).
In October of 2010 SMS Find was launched as a public pilot as “Nokia SMS Find” in Nairobi, Kenya.