we don't do hardware - we do software.
But we can advise on what hardware works well with our software for you to then source and purchase.
The following list has actually been tested for compatibility by our engineering team.
1D barcode scanners (bluetooth)
for reading barcodes like this:
higher quality solution:
lightspeed recommended scanner
this will also work with BRM.
more details here
Magnetic Stripe Readers
these are not payment processors - but simple data entry devices to save you manually typing in card data.
They can be used in conjunction with Stripe to store card details easily (and perhaps subsequently take payments)
You will need a 3-track magnetic credit card reader
you will want something like this
Remember, we recommend that you run the BRM back-office on a desktop or laptop - with a mouse and keyboard. You will want it for advanced operations like swapping bikes, reconciliation, and inventory management.
Having said that, we have developed certain workflows to work specifically with tablets;
automatic recording of maintenance using barcodes.
self-registration of clients (they input their own data direct into BRM)
EVO flow for bike checkout. Scan bikes into a tablet.
So what tablet should you use?
The short answer is pretty much anyone you like, as long as it's recent (last 2 years)
has WIFI (to connect to BRM servers) and bluetooth (to connect scanner)
BRM runs in the browser, even on tablets so can be either iOS (Apple iPad) or Android (e.g. Samsung)
choose according to your budget, bearing in mind they can easily be stolen if not locked up!
FYI - we have bought 'Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T580NZKAXAR 10.1-Inch 16 GB, Tablet'
How do you generate barcodes?
Once you know what format you're going to use, you then need to produce the labels.
for just testing you can generate them online, e.g. use this site:
For larger shops we recommend you purchase your own printer. It will come with software to actually create the barcodes.
we have had excellent results with this printer: Brother - PT-P750W
(but you can use other printers you like of course!)
- we recommend around 18mm width for putting on bikes
- we use Brother TZ tape with excellent results (durability; sun, water and scratch resistant)
- we recommend to place them near the headset on the top-tube then you can scan them even when a rider is on (if necessary)