Seraphim provides software as a subscription service. That service can be experienced in an optimal way by using technology that is modern. That doesn’t mean you need a brand new computer, but if you are using a ten-year-old computer, then your experience will not be optimal. Any computer purchased in the last five years will likely be a good experience. The one factor that impacts the experience of Seraphim more than any other is screen resolution.
While we do our very best to adapt Seraphim to many kinds of resolutions, we recommend the best experience at 1920×1080 (commonly referred to as 1080p). This is the common standard of nearly any computer sold today (both desktop and laptop).
Seraphim also runs very well on computers that run at 1600 x 900 resolution. For computers that are largely running back-office tasks, we recommend 1920×1080 (1080p).
Recommended Minimum Hardware Requirements
Keep in mind, these are minimum requirements. These recommendations come from years of trial and error with many different types of hardware. If your church deviates from these recommendations, we cannot guarantee an exceptional user experience.
- Internet Speed: 40-50 Mbps internet download speed, depending on Church Size.
- Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080 screen resolution*
- Intel Core i3 Processor or higher
- Harddrive Space: 250 MB or more of hard disk space
- RAM: 8 GB of system memory
- OS: Windows 8 32 Bit and above **
*Screen sizes may vary with mobile applications.
** Requirement only for check-in printing companion applications.
Windows: Seraphim works on the following windows based browsers: Internet Explorer and Firefox ESR
Mac: Seraphim works on Mac base Firefox ESR.
The Following systems are recommended. Prices are variable and will change, we include price ranges to give you a sense of the expected expense.
|Lenovo C50-30-F0B1||Dell Inspiron i5459-4020SLV||Dell XPS 13 9350-1340SLV|
8GB Memory – 2TB Hard Drive ~$799
|8GB Memory – 1TB Hard Drive~$899||8GB Memory – 128GB Hard Drive~$999|
|HP Pavilion 23-q151||Samsung ATIV One 7 Curved DP700A7K-S02US||Surface Pro 4|
|8GB Memory – 1TB Hard Drive~$999||8GB Memory – 1TB Hard Drive~$1199||
8GB Memory – 256GB Hard Drive
Safe Check-In Recommended Equipment:
Below is the ideal safe check-in bundle. This is the equipment that Seraphim uses and tests with on a daily basis.
|Zebra GX420d Thermal Label Printer||Labels 3" x 2"||Honeywell Orbit Barcode reader with USB (barcodes only)|
|$400 - $450||$115||$150 - $180|
Brother QL-700 Professional
Brother Paper Labels
DK - 1202
IDAutomation 2PD Barcode Scanner
(barcodes and QR codes)
|$400 - $450||$16.99||$299|
We had some customers do some extensive research on Printers and Labels. Here is some information that may prove to be useful for you and your team:
- Labels for the more expensive printer (Zebra) are about ¼ the cost of the cheaper printers (Brother). Depending on the size of your church, that could save you about $2000 a year (!). So, even though the Zebras cost $400 vs $70 for the Brother printers, you basically save that your first year if you have, say, 4 printers and 300 kids being checked in. Also, the rolls are much bigger so you don’t have to replace as often (a little bit of a time saver if running a lot of kids through). They’re also supposedly built much more ruggedly.
- Additionally, you may want to look into the Zebra GX42-202510-000. It’s cheaper by about $20 compared to the GX42-202511-000 and it appears that the only difference between the two is that it doesn’t peel the label off the backing.
Cherub Mobile Hardware
Seraphim is currently making strides in "Paperless Check-in" through Cherub mobile. The product is in the latter stages of testing and will be ready for use in the near future. Below, you'll find our hardware recommendations for using Cherub Mobile on Tablets and mobile devices:
Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T280 (~$140)
- This Android tablet is relatively small but sufficient for most of the demands for check-in
- It is lightweight and ideal for carrying around.
- It is relatively inexpensive while offering decent hardware.
- It DOES NOT work well with rapid Scanning Check-In. If you were to be scanning QR codes with this device, it will have to be staggered. The processing power on this device isn’t enough to be activating/deactivating the camera at a rapid pace. Expect bottlenecking if you are using this device to be scanning constantly.
- Use this tablet as a mobile station. It can be something that an individual is carrying around, or based in an area that has light traffic and does not require rapid scanning.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A SM-T580 (~$250)
- This Android tablet is larger and significantly better hardware.
- It has great resolution and large enough to make it easy for individuals to touch.
- The hardware is great making the tablet run fast and smooth.
- It is large and difficult to carry around.
- It is more expensive.
- Use this tablet as a stationary station that is intensive on scanning.
- These devices have sufficient hardware
- The hardware and resolution are ideal
- They are relatively expensive.
We have also been testing scanners that are able to handle scanning both paper and mobile devices. We used scanners that are capable of scanning both Barcodes and QR codes on printed tags as well as mobile devices. Typically, scanners are not able to pick up barcodes from phones due to the reflection off the phone so we invested into a Symbol Scanner that has been working great for this scenario. (~$200) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NKZJ2NS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
We’re still rigorously testing these devices ensuring that our software works seamlessly with them. From an engineering perspective, our recommendation would be to purchase the Samsung Tab T580 for any station that will be scanning more than one tag in a row and then purchasing the Samsung Tab T280 for areas of light traffic and not scanning intensive. It might not even be a bad idea to buy one of each of these Android devices and simulate a service to gauge what you might expect during an actual Sunday when determining if this is a route you would like to go.
Seraphim Teller Recommended Equipment
The Seraphim Teller Software currently runs on any computer that runs a full version of Windows. The following scanner (Canon CR-50) is currently the only scanner Seraphim Supports.
$525 - $575
That being said though, Seraphim Teller interacts with an external check processor. This external system integrates with several check scanners. Theoretically, these scanners can also integrate with Seraphim Teller. However, Seraphim officially integrates with the Canon Cr-50. Please note that Seraphim cannot guarantee the functionality or compatibility of these scanners. You can check with Seraphim Support to see if your current scanner may be compatible. In the end, testing is always necessary to make sure that your scanner works correctly with Seraphim Software.