Following recent discussions on Cashless payments within the space time has been spent recently building a new cashless payment kiosk. This can currently be accessed on the registration PC or via https://kiosk.hacman.org.uk
The move towards cashless is to help us better manage space finances, keep track of stock and what sells (we will track sales at a product level not a user level eg we will know that we sold 40 mars bars in a week but not who bought them) which will inform purchasing decisions for snackspace, material etc in the future as well as reduce the need for members to remember to bring cash with them to the space.
The system integrates with the members system where your balance can be managed, topped up etc including via direct debit and you will be allowed to fall into a negative balance up to -£25 anything over this the system will prevent you from making further purchases until you top up.
It is proposed that this will become the sole way of managing payments in the space, replacing whiteboards, donation jars etc but this will come in due course once we are happy with the system is reliable.
The system requires you to login using your rfid tag simply tap it onto the fob reader on that pc and press the login button (you can manually enter it if you know yours (its shown on the members system)
If you want to demo it without using your rfid you can enter testfobs
The system supports barcode scanning of snackspace items and the browsing based on categories and this can be done currently from the registration desk PC in the space.
We are investigating ways of being able to introduce this into each of the areas that would require it in a more user friendly way than just one space PC
To top up your member balance visit the manage your balance page on the members system at https://members.hacman.org.uk
Below are screenshots of the system with some explanations and we would appreciate any feedback on how it can be improved (though lets try to keep it on topic of improvements/bugs/etc and the bike shedding to the minimum) Please note this is the first version and is still in the testing stage so issues will likely arise.