In this article, we will cover the Visitor Management kiosk apps, what they can do, and the general setup process.

How it Works
The Visitor Management kiosk application + visitor management portal offers a complete set of tools to manage guests, including the creation of visitor documents (non-disclosure agreements signed upon arrival), printing of visitor badges, and a kiosk application for visitor check-in.

Features
Visitor check-in kiosk app (for iPad or similar)
Custom document signature on tablet during check-in
Notification of a contact person during check-in
Confirmation emails (for guests) with signed document
Customizable Badge Printing (Black & White or Color, 100% customizable badge templates)
Admin portal to see logs of previous sign-ins, retrieve documents, etc.

Set-up process

The setup process for this suite generally follows the following steps:

Provision a Visitor Management Tablet Kiosk
Create your document(s) & customize your display (branding, language, etc.)
Choose your hardware (badge printer & tablet)
Set up your receptionist workstation (primarily for printing badges) w/ Kiosk Tablet
Instruct your receptionist / staff on how to sign in and print badges, verify check-in, etc.

Setting up a Tablet Kiosk
Sign in to the visitor management admin portal using your Meeting Room 365 credentials. If you like, a new account can be created for receptionists / non-admin staff to access badge printing and check-in logs.
Create a new visitor management app from the visitor management portal. This will create a default non-disclosure document, with your US state or country, and company / organization name. These can be changed.
Click on the display you just created to navigate to the "Edit Display" page.
Download the Meeting Room 365 app from the app store, to a new tablet display, and enter the display key provided on the display edit page. This is the same app used for meeting room displays. You can also preview the app from the display edit page.

That's it! You can now preview the app, customize your display (logo, style, etc.), and legal document.

Note: If you would like to remove the legal document signature step, you can simply clear all text from the NDA field(s).

Creating a Legal document / NDA

Currently, the NDA is created using Markdown & HTML, in the "Edit Display" page for your kiosk app.

Editing Markdown

If you are unfamiliar with markdown, a guide is available by clicking the help button on the document editor, and here.

If you have a document in another format, you will need to convert it to markdown. There are numerous tools on the web for doing so, including Stackedit. For most documents, you can simply paste their contents (rich text) into Stackedit and see the resulting markdown.

Variables

You can interpolate variables in your document as well. Currently, the following variables are matched:

{{name}} -- name of the visitor
{{ company }} -- company


Note: we do not provide any advice or modifications to the legal document at this time. Document credit Join Contract Club. We are not lawyers, and you will need to evaluate the usefulness of the document provided, or create your own.

Setting up a Receptionist Workstation

Only two steps are required for setting up a receptionist workstation: Printer installation and giving your employee(s) access to the Visitor Management App website, where they can print badges and verify check-ins.

For most organizations, this workstation should already exist and meet the requirements of our application. You simply need to add a compatible label printer (see below).

Choosing / Connecting a printer

We designed the app to work with the Brother QL series of printers, which are currently the most popular badge-printing devices on the market, and offer a pretty good mix of reliability, ease-of-setup, connectivity options, and inexpensive labels. There is a wireless option (w models), and our typical usage scenario suggests connecting this to either a Mac or PC, at the reception desk.



One drawback of this thermal printer, however, is quality. Image quality is acceptable for most customers, but lower than you're probably used to seeing for typical inkjet or laser printer.

For that reason, we allow complete customization to use any printer you can connect to your receptionist PC or Mac. We give you access to modify the template, and the dimensions of the label (PDF) generated.

Automatic Badge Printing

We offer a customization option for automatic badge printing, in conjunction with PrintNode -- which has a free tier for up to 50 prints per month, and provides drivers for most devices and operating systems.

Day-to-day usage

Once deployed, your kiosk will welcome visitors and give them the ability to check-in, and notify a designated person of their arrival via email.

Once checked-in, your designated person can verify the check-in from the Visit History tab of the admin portal.



From here, they can view the signed document (optional), and generate a print-ready badge.
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