[Koha] Koha software based self-check

chrisc at catalyst.net.nz chrisc at catalyst.net.nz
Thu Mar 10 09:00:40 NZDT 2011

> Hi!
> 2011/3/9 Lori Bowen Ayre <lori.ayre at galecia.com>:
>> Is anyone out there using the Koha OPAC as a self-checkout station?  I
>> ask
>> because I know this can be done with Evergreen (King County Library
>> System
>> is doing it) and it makes a self-check station cost $300 instead of
>> $2000.
>> All they did was tweak the OPAC a bit and put a scanner (or RFID reader)
>> on
>> a low end PC and bingo...self check.
>> Has anyone tried that?
> Have you seen Koha's "very basic self checkout module"?
> http://koha-community.org/documentation/3-2-manual/?ch=x7980
> You can see a demo of it here:
> http://head.bibkat.no/cgi-bin/koha/sco/sco-main.pl
> Login as username demo, password demo.
> Since all the checkout requires is the card number of a user, it seems
> awfully easy to tamper with the accounts of other users than your own
> with this system...
Thats why you don't have a keyboard attached. Just a barcode scanner, then
it's exactly the same as any other selfcheck machine.

The danger is in letting people type cardnumbers in, (if you opened a self
check machine and connected a keyboard, same thing ;)) So I would put the
pc in a locked cabinet so people can not tamper with it (like plugging in
a keyboard)


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