Create the Right Setup for CDM+ Check-In/Check-Out

CDM+ Check-In/Check-Out was released 15 months ago and has generated great interest from our users. The flexibility of CDM+ Check-In/Check-Out was the subject of the lead article in the December 23, 2008 CDM+ Connection. Since that article, which encouraged thinking outside the infant nursery, we have heard from users exploring the use of CDM+ Check-In/Check-Out for worship attendance, at a soup kitchen, and for small group ministries, to name just a few examples.

One of the first questions the CDM+ sales team is asked with regard to Check-In/Check-Out is, “What computer equipment do I need to use it?” The answer depends on how you intend to use Check-In/Check-Out. I always ask, “What are your intentions for its use?”

You must consider:

  • Who (or what groups) you are going to
    check in or out
  • How many people you will process
  • The layout of your building

    Infant nursery check-in, for example, would likely use—at the very least—the staffed check-in mode requiring a computer logged into CDM+. Most churches or ministries would add a small label printer, such as the Dymo Labelwriter, at this station.

    Older children get a kick out of self check-in. The setup for small group check-in, such as for a Bible study or Sunday School class, may expand to the use of self check-in with a kiosk. A kiosk is simply a touch-screen monitor connected to a computer, incorporating the mouse and keyboard into the screen. With self check-in, it is generally suggested that a nearby staffed check-in station be available to handle visitors and new members who are perhaps not already entered into CDM+.

    The number of people you will check in or out and in what period of time ultimately determines how many stations you will need. One user has related that they have one staffed station and 2 self check-in stations available for approximately 70 young adults to check in.

    Wired and wireless barcode scanners in conjunction with check-in stations can speed up the process, allowing more people to check in over a shorter time period.

    CDM+ Check-In/Check-Out provides support for a wide range of additional hardware—label printers, check-in kiosk stations, barcode scanners, even ID badge printers. None of these, however, are absolutely required to use CDM+ Check-In/Check-Out.

    The CDM+ sales staff will be happy to discuss these considerations and can provide pricing. Please give us a call at 877-891-4236.

    The first 2 screens of a self check-in setup for an adult Sunday School