In our previous blog post about choosing the right hardware for self-service check-in kiosks, we discussed the main requirements you place on the self-service check-in process and what your budget is for the hardware, regardless of whether you buy or rent devices.
The combination of answers to those questions will pretty much determine what kind of setup you will employ for self-service registration, and what you need to purchase or rent. If you use run.events in combination with color printers, such as Epson CW C-3500, Swiftcolor SCC-4000D, or Canon CX-G6400, it will print your badges in the design associated with the attendee type. This way, your sponsors, speakers, and VIP attendees can have different badge colors and badge designs than your regular attendees. On the opposite end, thermal printers such as the Zebra, Brother, or Dymo models can only print in black color, and you cannot switch the paper cassettes with different pre-printed badge designs between prints in timely manner, which effectively means that all the badges that come out from one device will necessarily have the same design. Of course, run.events enables you to include the attendee type in the data that you are printing on your badges, so you can print "ATTENDEE", "EXHIBITOR", or "VIP" in large, easily visible font, but even with that the badge design will essentially remain the same.