FireCast SmartFlow Customer Queuing System

SmartFlow helps you address queue management and social distancing challenges, whether for supporting COVID-19 social distancing or just improving customer service. For example:

  • Retail stores use SmartFlow to control the rate at which shoppers enter the store or line up at the customer service counter, helping maintain target customer counts even during peak shopping periods
  • Restaurants use SmartFlow to streamline the takeout process, automatically inviting a new customer to come up to the ordering window after the previous customer finishes their transaction
  • City permitting offices use SmartFlow to manage walk-in appointments, automatically inviting each person to come up to the counter when the permitting staff is ready to see them and giving citizens confidence that they won't lose their place in line
  • In-store pharmacies use SmartFlow to manage prescription pickups, notifying each patient when it's their turn to speak with the pharmacist and eliminating long lines at the pharmacy counter
  • Corporate offices and warehouses use SmartFlow to let visitors and vendors know when it's their turn to come inside, reducing crowding in lobbies and other waiting areas
  • DMV offices use SmartFlow to make the wait feel shorter, freeing up customers to wait outside or in their cars until a clerk is ready to see them
  • Schools and universities use SmartFlow to manage high-volume student queues, such as when students are picking up ID cards, registering for classes, entering libraries, and ordering food

Here's how it works:

When customers arrive at your venue, they're greeted by a large, ultra-bright digital sign showing your branding along with instructions for joining the queue. The QR code can also be added to your website, email newsletter, and printed signage.

 

After they join the queue, a mobile webpage keeps the customer updated with their status, expected wait time, and messages from your team.

 

Behind the counter, a store employee controls the queue using a touchscreen tablet. They can advance or rewind the queue, skip ahead or back to a specific number, or add a new person into the queue manually.

 

Once they're in the queue, customers are free to wait anywhere, rather than just standing in a line. Updates are sent to their phones in real-time, letting them know when it's time to move into the store or come up to the counter.

 

Plus, SmartFlow supports your other social distancing and safety objectives, enabling you to deliver safety-centric messaging to digital signs inside and outside the store, and even send announcements to customers who are waiting in the queue.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do my customers need a smartphone to get a number?

Nope, they can also use a basic mobile phone as long as it has the ability to send and receive text messages.

Where do my customers wait while they're in the queue?

It's up to you. Depending on the layout of your venue, you can recommend that customers wait in their cars, in a designated area outside, in a designated area inside, or anywhere within a short walk.

Can my customers join the queue before they arrive on site?

Yes, if you want to provide this option, simply add the QR barcode or texting instructions to your website, email newsletter, and other communications channels.

How do my employees manage the queue?

Using the attendant interface on the SmartFlow touchscreen tablet, your employees can advance or rewind the queue, send an announcement to all customers who are waiting, and more.

Do I need to have an employee stand at the entrance to let people in?

No, the system is designed to remove the need to station an employee at the entrance, instead relying upon the outdoor-facing digital sign to provide instructions to customers. However, you may still choose to post an employee at the entry door during periods of peak demand.

What kind of Internet connection do I need?

The SmartFlow system works with virtually any WiFi or Ethernet connection. While it doesn't require very much bandwidth, SmartFlow does work best with a stable Internet connection.

Who installs the equipment?

The digital signage equipment and touchscreen attendant tablet ship pre-configured and ready for use, so your IT department or any IT or AV installation company can install them at your venue. We're also happy to help you locate an installer in your area.

What kind of training and support do I receive?

We provide online training, as well as technical support via phone, email, and live chat. Our training and support team is based in the US.

Does it integrate with my loyalty system or curbside pickup system?

Possibly. Our team has experience developing integrations with third-party systems, and we are eager to hear which backend system you use so we can prioritize integrations.

Can SmartFlow really reduce the spread of germs?

While nothing can completely stop the spread of germs in a public place, SmartFlow is a completely contact-free queuing system. Customers only touch their own mobile devices. Attendants only touch their own tablet screen (with or without a stylus). By removing the need for people to form a physical line in order to save their place in the queue, and by replacing old-fashioned paper tickets and printouts with text messages and mobile webpages, SmartFlow can help lower the chances that germs will spread from person to person while they're waiting to enter or perform a transaction at your venue.

Who makes FireCast SmartFlow?

FireCast SmartFlow is developed and supported by WireSpring Technologies, Inc. WireSpring has been a leader and innovator in providing digital signage and interactive touchscreen systems to retailers, restaurants, hospitals, and more for the past 20 years. We developed SmartFlow to help companies manage social distancing and improve customer service in a post COVID-19 world.

Packages and Pricing

SmartFlow Standard

  • 1 queue
  • 2,000 monthly queuers included
    (about 67 people per day)
  • 1 standard indoor digital sign
    (with mounting bracket and media player)
  • 1 window-facing indoor digital sign
    (with mounting bracket and media player)
  • 1 attendant touchscreen terminal
    (with mounting bracket)
  • 3-year hardware warranty
  • Dedicated SMS number
  • Customized branding
  • Web-based management
  • Email and live chat support
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  • Online video training
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Hardware and account setup: $5,475

Software, training, and support: $295/month

Additional queuers: $0.10/each

SmartFlow Pro

  • 2 queues
  • 5,000 monthly queuers included
    (about 167 people per day)
  • 2 standard indoor digital signs
    (with mounting brackets and media players)
  • 1 window-facing indoor digital sign
    (with mounting bracket and media player)
  • 2 attendant touchscreen terminals
    (with mounting brackets)
  • 3-year hardware warranty
  • Dedicated SMS number
  • Customized branding
  • Web-based management
  • Email and live chat support
  • Phone support
  • Online video training
  • Live training webinars
  • Broadcast messages to all queuers
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Hardware and account setup: $7,975

Software, training, and support: $595/month

Additional queuers: $0.07/each

SmartFlow Omni

  • Unlimited queues
  • 10,000 monthly queuers included
    (about 333 people per day)
  • 2 standard indoor digital signs
    (with mounting brackets and media players)
  • 2 window-facing indoor digital signs
    (with mounting brackets and media players)
  • 4 attendant touchscreen terminals
    (with mounting brackets)
  • 3-year hardware warranty
  • Dedicated SMS number
  • Customized branding
  • Web-based management
  • Email and live chat support
  • Phone support
  • Online video training
  • Live training webinars
  • Broadcast messages to all queuers
  • Send messages to individual queuers
  • Historical reports
  • Data export and API access

Hardware and account setup: $14,975

Software, training, and support: $995/month

Additional queuers: $0.05/each

Last updated: June 3, 2020

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