This project is an iPad app that wraps the existing checkin kiosk for The City. You can find out more about The City (http://onthecity.org) children’s ministry module in general at http://www.onthecity.org/features/childrens-ministry/.
In order to scan barcodes, the app uses the camera. There is a scan window available, to help the user see what they are scanning, but does not need to be open to scan. While the app can scan a wide variety of barcodes, some barcodes, especially 1d barcodes, will take longer to scan. QR codes should work the best.
The following barcode types are supported:
Code 39 Mod 43
In order to print labels, you will need to use either the Brother QL710W (http://amzn.to/KWikq8) or QL720NW (http://amzn.to/KWijTj) label printer, which supports wireless printing directly from iOS.
- While new barcodes scan quickly and reliably, as they get worn, especially on a keychain where keys rub off on the barcode, scanning can become much more difficult. In general, a dedicated barcode scanner will always scan faster than the camera.
- The app uses the same web based checkin system that you would use on the desktop. This website is not designed specifically to work on the iPad, or with the app.
Tap and hold on the “Kids Check In” title to get to the settings for the app.
From there, enter your church’s subdomain, and kiosk password. Since every church’s kiosk username is the same, you do not need to enter it.
Also from here, you can select the printer to use and what barcode types the app will scan. If you do not select a printer, or select “AirPrint”, printing quality will be lower, and the user will be asked to pick a printer every single time. If you don’t see your printer in the list, make sure that the printer and the app are connected to the same wireless network. Limiting the number of supported barcode types may increase the scanning speeds for some types.
When you tap save, the kiosk will reload automatically. At any time, you can tap “Start Over” to go back to beginning of the checkin process.
From here, the process of checking in kids is much the same as it would be on a PC. To scan barcodes, simply place the barcode in front of the front facing camera and wait for the beep. If you are having difficulty scanning, tap “Scan”, to get a preview of what the camera sees. For best results, hold the barcode about 6" away, hold it still, let the camera focus, and keep it in the center of the window. If the Scan button is grayed out, that means the app is not on a page that takes a barcode.