The Best Cashless Payments System for Schools, Events and Hospitality has arrived.
Combining closed loop cashless payments with open loop credit card acquiring, seamlessly integrated into a single cashless payment system for your schools, events, markets and exhibitions. Make your events truly cashless with a hybrid of bank cards and your own branded events card or personalised smart school ID without compromising the analytics.
The Allxs Point of Sale and events management system can manage your sales, inventory, credit card payments, closed loop payments, vouchers, discounts and even sell mobile data and airtime from any stand. There is no more need to rent cash tills and credit card terminals separately when you can get an all in one integrated solution. The integrated point of sale and credit card acquiring solution prevents user error, saves hours on cash up time and delivers detailed reporting. The Allxs cashless payment system accepts all NFC tap cards right at the stand. Customers who do not have tap enabled cards or only carry cash can load an event card at the top up station.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Who is the Allxs cashless payments and event management system built for?
The system was developed for schools, events, clubs and hospitality. Allxs is an integrated payment platform which consist of a point of sale with closed loop payments, credit card payments, member account management, inventory control, remote printing, vouchers, discounts and a digital rewards currency.
What is the difference between the Allxs point of sale and a regular point of sale.
The Allxs point of sale tracks itemised sales for every order with an integrated credit card facility. This means that the order is processed on the point of sale by selecting the correct products and when credit card is selected as the payment method, the transaction is automatically referred to the pin pad with no room for error as the amount does not need to be entered manually.
How is the Allxs credit card processing system different to any other credit card terminal.
Credit card terminals only record amounts that are processed and do not provide any detailed sales data. Mobile credit card terminals are not integrated into any cash register system and are not capable of automatically reconciling the sales.
Do my customers have to load their money onto a separate card to make my event cashless.
No, your customers can use their own NFC enabled bank cards or load an events card to use at your event.
What is NFC?
NFC (Near Field Communication) is a technology that allows the exchange of communication between 2 devices by placing them next to each other. All new bank cards are NFC enabled to allow for faster payments during the check out process.
A sincere welcome back to all our schools, parents and clients. We are very excited about our roadmap for the year ahead and the new services that we will be rolling out. 2018 was a fantastic year with many new features added to the Allxs Smart School ID Cashless Payments Platform. These included recipe level inventory management, digital warehouse management, host to host banking integrations, web based print management, self-service kiosk and a mobile, table service solution. The Allxs Cashless Payments system not only makes your campus cashless everyday but will also cater to all your event requirements improving speed, safety and convenience.
Here are some of the new features that you can look forward to in 2019.
WhatsApp support has been implemented to help parents and clients with a faster and more convenient support channel. Please add 066 472 8657 to your contacts as Allxs Support. Please note that this is a message only support channel and will not receive any voice calls. We are confident it will speed up and improve your support experience.
Credit Card acquiring is now directly integrated into your Cashless POS to better accommodate parents and visitors that do not have an Allxs Smart school ID. This feature prevents credit card errors and helps to reconcile exactly which transactions were paid by credit card, automating your reconciliation process.
AXS Coin Rewards will be rolled out during the course of the first term. This digital rewards currency aims to help drive positive behavior across all the spectrum of school life. This includes rewarding healthy food choices at the tuck shop, achievements in academics, sports and culture as well as any other behaviours the community would like to reward. AXS Coins can be purchased by parents, schools and any other members of the community and can be used to reward anyone within the school community. This digital currency will be redeemable at the tuck shop for treats as well as value added services such as airtime and data right from the Allxs point of sale. Schools have the option to add their own rewards partners inside their own community as well as benefit from our growing list of partners. Movies, events and a few more surprises will be added throughout the year. In addition to driving positive behavior at schools, parents can use the system to drive positive behavior at home and reward their kids in a safe and meaningful way with a controlled set of redemption partners. Schools can also use the system to reward those parents who tirelessly support the school with their precious time.
South African venture capital firm Knife Capital announced the top twelve companies participating in its fourth Grindstone Accelerator programme. Grindstone engineers growth for South African innovation-driven entrepreneurs by shaping their companies to become more investable, sustainable and exit-ready.
Some of South Africa’s best scale-up companies have been through Grindstone with measurable results. These include ticketing solutions provider Quicket, financial inclusion business Picsa; augmented reality animation & gaming company SeaMonster; payments software provider Electrum, transport data company WhereIsMyTransport, Bitcoin blockchain anti-piracy solution Custos and radar startup iKubu (acquired by Garmin).
Over the last three intakes, the interventions of the year-long program resulted in the participating companies experiencing an average of 56% year-on-year increase in revenue while mastering business fundamentals. Andrea Bohmert, Knife Capital Investment Partner explains: “Grindstone is about measurable growth, about building a foundation that can handle both challenges and opportunities. It is about being prepared, as interesting things happen to companies that are ready and able to act on short notice.”
In this cohort, Knife Capital is taking twelve businesses through an intensive review of their strategies to provide them with the insights and tools to build a foundation for growth. “We initially set out to find ten SMEs to partner with, but the exciting and diverse range of the opportunities presented, combined with corporate partnerships reached, enabled us to open the program up a bit wider,” says Bӧhmert. “Each one of these companies is at a tipping point, with many strategic options to pursue. During Grindstone the entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to validate their growth assumptions and check these against the company’s ability to execute.”
Grindstone collaborates with other top incubation and acceleration programmes in the market to augment the learning experience and continue the growth journey. The programme draws on various speakers, mentors and corporates as value-adding partners to assist in supporting these high-growth SMEs. “We were overwhelmed by the interest and deep interventions from leading South African corporates,” says Bohmert. This year Grindstone is partnering with entrepreneurial-minded organisations that include: FNB, Webber Wentzel, Creative CFO, Thinkroom Consulting, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Microsoft 4Afrika, M&C Saatchi Connect, GMG Technology, Matchboxology and Billybo Group to link into and bolster market access opportunities.
Knife Capital is also currently in partnership discussions to launch a Johannesburg-based Grindstone Programme in 2019.
What You Need To Know About Your School’s School ID Card
Why settle for less? With the implementation of the Smart Card ID country wide it was only a matter of time before these same, if not improved, technologies were implemented in schools everywhere. It is time to get your hands on the newest in School ID technologies. Here is all you need to know when deciding what type of ID suits your school’s needs.
Smart School ID Card vs Regular School ID Card
What exactly do you need from your ID cards? How secure do you need this information to be? How fast or new do you want the technology? There is no one size fits all and so this is entirely up to you and what you think your school would benefit from.
The good old mag stripe or bar code: Open a door or pull up accounts, it’s all about one-way communication. It gets the job done, however, the downside to these is that the card’s lifespan is substantially lower than that of cards with more advanced tech such as NFC or RFID.
NFC and RFID: Woah woah tech talk! Don’t be alarmed, I’ll walk you through this one. This technology provides for contactless communication from a card to a device. From a single tap, a student is quickly and efficiently able to enter places on campus, pay for their lunches, uniforms, buses, for attendance to be taken, the list goes on and on and I think you get the point. NFC and RFID have taken campus life to the next level. Schools are a fast paced environment, as I am sure I do not have to tell you, and cannot waste time on scanners not reading or mag stripes breaking. It’s in and out, just like that.
These Smart School Card IDs are coded with a unique ID linked to a particular person that can be viewed and managed from a back-end computer. This allows for unimaginable upgrades. Just think of the possibilities! Sure, you were looking for a way to identify your students on campus, but now you can control who is allowed where, monitor what they buy, when they were at school, how many buses they took, you can finally understand what is in demand at your school and which areas you need to focus on to improve your school and how students, teachers, and visitors alike experience your campus just by adding any additional information or functionality simultaneously at any time straight from your computer.
Now the really exciting part, the Cloud.
Before the Cloud, all information and data were stored and managed on site on a server by each individual IT department. This means that if you ever wanted to upgrade or increase the amount of memory etc you would have to buy a bigger and better computer and server. This also means in the case of a flood, fire, or theft, all that information is completely and utterly wiped, back to square one.
But fear not! The Cloud is here! Cloud computing saves all your data virtually, with backup systems that make your data safe and accessible at any time. Gone are the days of expensive and unreliable servers, providing you with the most convenient and cost effective access to your school’s database possible. In addition, running a cloud based system on campus allows you to have a Live Campus. What this means is you have real time information throughout campus. As soon as attendance is taken, a purchase is made, or a door is opened, this information is updated in your database in real time. Gone are the days of strenuous hours filling out forms, delayed responses, or any inaccurate information being documented.
Making Your Smart School ID a Reality
Picture this: Each student now has their own personalized, unique, and secure Smart School ID card, equipped with the fastest and safest technology to date, branded with your school information and any unique information about the student that you desire (ie student number, photo etc). With their card they enter campus with a single tap. Upon arriving to class students can tap in and out allowing attendance and movement tracking. Later in the day they need to pay for something at the uniform shop, or perhaps make a copy in the office, tap tap. Next stop is the tuckshop: with a single tap students can pick up pre ordered lunches and pay for their lunch at lightning speed. Perhaps they have to pay for a fundraiser or school outing, tap tap. Suddenly their card becomes a universal card, one that essentially controls everything on campus, and it is valuable to both them and the school.
Parents at home
Manage your child’s account online at home, at work, at Starbucks. Have full control and insight into how much your child is spending on what. Having this kind of accessibility allows parents to top up accounts with funds at a convenient time, view orders and payment history, receive emails regarding low balances or suspended accounts, set daily spending limits, manage dietary restrictions, monitor spending, and even pre order lunches online.
For Your School
Your Smart School ID makes your campus fully automated. It creates a safer and more convenient experience on campus, with access control, stock control and automatic ordering possibilities. And perhaps most importantly, your campus becomes convenient and cashless eliminating risks of theft on campus.
For Your School Functions and Events
Go above and beyond with your Smart School ID card. Set up cashless events where visitors, students, staff, and parents can book and pay for events online to automatically be linked to the Smart School ID Card or Smart Visitor Card. Simply tap the Smart School ID against a device for ticket validation and any payments during the event, these cards can be purchased preloaded with funds for the event or can be physically loaded onto the card at cash loading points. With your Smart School Card, you will improve queue times and visitor experience with easy setup vendors and improved efficiency and control of transactions across all vendors. For the first time ever your event will have real time insights and improved stock control and staff management.
Not an off the shelf product.
The Smart School ID Card is all about options. As I said, it is not a one size fits all. With this technology, you can choose! Don’t want a card? Use a bracelet. Don’t want to log in online? Try the APP. Choose a company that is willing to work WITH you on your implementation. Explore all your options and create a completely customized solution perfect for your school.