Hardware

On this page your questions regarding the optional POS hardware that you may use with the Vision range (Video Vision, Costume Vision and Rental Vision) are addressed.

All hardware should be obtained directly from the manufacturer or an authorized supplier.

Barcodes, receipts, photo capture, cash drawers, fingerprint recognition and touchscreens are all covered here, but if you have any questions that are not answered, please don't hesitate to get in contact for additional advice.



BARCODES

Reading Barcodes
Video Vision Lite, Video Vision Plus, Costume Vision and Rental Vision all allow (but do not require) the reading of barcodes in all relevant data input sections of the program.

Reading barcodes requires a barcode scanner. When connected to your computer the scanner decodes the barcode and passes the information to the computer in the same way that keystrokes are received from your computer's keyboard - the program therefore simply receives data identically to how it would arrive from a really fast typist. This means that once the scanner is in place no extra configuration of the program is needed.

Good information on the types of scanner can be found at csensors.com, although knowledge of some technical terms is assumed.



Whilst most quality brand barcode scanners can be used with Video Vision, Costume Vision, Library Vision and Rental Vision, Vision Forecasting recommends ZBA, Inc. (previously known as ZEBEX America, Inc.) barcode scanners - ZBA produces an excellent range of scanners which are durable and provide excellent reading performance.

ZBA Scanners are used in the development of the Vision range and thus, in tests, have given reliable results in the reading of all barcodes printed using Video Vision Plus, Costume Vision, Library Vision and Rental Vision with a variety of hardware configurations. In tests the ZBA Scanners used were even able to scan barcodes printed with budget priced Inkjet printers.

The scanners may be purchased at special prices for Video Vision, Costume Vision, Library Vision and Rental Vision users - please mention the program when contacting ZBausa to ensure that this special discount is applied to your purchase.

ZB-8110

This excellent value for money CCD barcode scanner features:
  • Durable and ergonomically designed
  • High intensity aiming line
  • Good read LED indicator and tone programmable beeper
  • Built-in decoder allows automatic recognition and decoding of most popular barcode symbologies
  • Scanning speed 50 scans/sec
  • Scan Width up to 80mm
  • 6ft (2m) cable length
  • Available with USB or PS2 interface

ZB-8150 Long Range CCD Scanner

The durable and ergonomically designed ZB-8150 scans from touch to 200mm and is reputedly the best-valued handheld scanner in its class and features:
  • Durable and ergonomically designed
  • High intensity aiming line
  • Scanning speed 200 scans/sec.
  • Good read LED indicator and tone programmable beeper
  • Built-in decoder allows automatic recognition and decoding of most popular barcode symbologies
  • Reading distance of 0-300mm
  • Scanning speed 200 scans/sec.
  • Available with USB or PS2 interface
  • Optional adjustable hands free stand*

*the scanner shown features the optional hands-free stand


Printing Barcodes
Video Vision Plus features a barcode printing module allowing you to print your own barcodes.

These module can work with labels of various sizes with standard Avery (or any equivalent brand) 30 to a page address labels being recommended as these are easily available (Staples, Office Depot and other office supplies stores generally have them in stock at all times) and are a good size for the barcode.

Use of the module is simple - all that you need to do is enter a list/range of barcodes that you wish to print and, after a on-screen preview, the barcodes are sent to your printer in the pre-configured layout.

The module is designed so that they can be used with a regular desktop printer without the need to purchase a specialist barcode printer. However, the programs also features functionality to allow use of a specialist barcode printer should this be preferred. At this time no specific brand/model of barcode printer is recommended.



RECEIPTS

Printing Receipts
Video Vision Plus, Video Vision Lite, Costume Vision and Rental Vision all have flexible options for receipt configuration.

Receipt options are configured using a very flexible receipt configuration wizard. This not only permits a very personalized receipt to be produced but also means that a format compatible with the vast majority of receipt printers can be created.

It is possible to print receipts to either a standard desktop printer (letter or A4 paper size) or to a specialist POS receipt printer.

The recommended receipt printer for use with all Vision programs is the Epson TM-T88 (versions III, IV or V). For more information and links to suppliers of this printer, please visit the Epson site.



Epson TM-T88V Receipt Printer


CASH DRAWERS

The standard way to use a cash drawer in a POS system is either to connect the drawer to your receipt printer or to your computer's serial/parallel port.

Almost all receipt printers will trigger standard cash drawers from a quality manufacturer if the drawer has the correct interface - please check with the respective manufacturers for full compatibility details.

Due to the ease of configuration and use, Vision Forecasting recommends use of a cash drawer with an Epson printer interface alongside an Epson TM Series receipt printer. No specific drawer manufacturer is recommended as the program communicates with the drawer via the printer rather than directly.




CUSTOMER DISPLAYS

The recommended customer displays for use with Video Vision, Costume Vision and Rental Vision are those from the Epson DM-110/210 series.



Epson DM-210 Series Customer Displays


PHOTO CAPTURE

Capturing customer photos

In order to capture customer photos in Video Vision Plus, Costume Vision or Rental Vision all you will need is a web cam. When correctly installed in Windows, all cameras by reputable brands such as Logitech should give good results.




TOUCHSCREENS

Using touch screen technology

The InStore add-on module (available for use with Video Vision Plus) can be used with a mouse however customer experience will be maximized when a touchscreen monitor is used.

Whilst a keyboard is needed for a number of tasks within Video Vision Plus, Video Vision Lite, Costume Vision and Rental Vision, most of the standard rental and return transactions can be done using a touch screen. Staff with lower levels of computer knowledge often find this type of technology easier/faster to use than a mouse and keyboard.

The touch screen monitor recommended for use with all Vision products in the 3M MicroTouch M150.


3M MicroTouch M150

Alternatively if your budget permits, the ultimate way to use the InStore module is with a kiosk terminal. Most manufacturer's kiosks should be compatible with InStore and no specific manufacturer/model is currently recommended.


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Disclaimer
Vision Forecasting presents the information "as is" as a service to its customers to help them choose hardware for their store/organization. No responsibility is taken for the accuracy of the information presented. Customers should verify the latest data for the products at the respective home page of the product's manufacturer.

The appearance of a product by a given company on this page in no way suggests that organization endorses any Vision Forecasting program, but solely that these products have in tests been found to provide good results when used with Video Vision, Costume Vision and Rental Vision.

Additionally, whilst these products have given good results in tests, due to variations in performance caused, amongst other influencing factors, by hardware configurations, Vision Forecasting accepts no responsibility whatsoever for the malfunction of any products shown on this page or the inability of the products shown on this page to correctly function with Vision Forecasting software in any individual situation.