Setting up the Fiscal Data Module with the Flectra POS¶
The Belgian government requires certain businesses to use a government-certified device called a Fiscal Data Module (also known as a blackbox). This device works together with the POS application and logs certain transactions. On top of that, the used POS application must also be certified by the government and must adhere to strict standards specified by them. Flectra 9 (Professional Edition) is a certified application. More information concerning the Fiscal Data Module can be found on the official website.
In order to use a Fiscal Data Module, you will need a registered IoT Box. These IoT Boxes are similar to the regular IoT Boxes we sell, but they are registered with the Belgian government. This is required by law. Attempting to use a Fiscal Data Module on a non-registered IoT Box will not work. You can verify that the Fiscal Data Module is recognized by the IoT Box by going to the Hardware status page via the IoT Box homepage.
An Flectra POS app can be given certified POS capabilities by installing
the Belgian Registered Cash Register app (technical name:
pos_blackbox_be). Because of government restrictions imposed on
us, this installation cannot be undone. After this, you will have to
ensure that each POS configuration has a unique registered IoT Box
associated with it ( and ensure Hardware Proxy / IoT Box and the serial
number of your IoT Box is set). The first time you open the Point of
Sale and attempt to do a transaction, you will be asked to input the
PIN that you received with your VAT signing card.
Certification & On-premise¶
The certification granted by the government is restricted to the use on flectra.com
SaaS instance. The usage of the module from the source or a modified version
will not be certified. For on-premise users, we also support the Fiscal Data
Module in such installations. The main restriction is that this requires an
obfuscated version of the
pos_blackbox_be module we will provide on request
for Professional customers.
As mentioned before, in order to get certified the POS application must adhere to strict government guidelines. Because of this, a certified Flectra POS has some limitations not present in the non-certified Flectra POS.
Refunding is disabled
Modifying orderline prices
Creating/modifying/deleting POS orders
Selling products without a valid tax
Multiple Flectra POS configurations per IoT Box are not allowed
Using the POS without a connection to the IoT Box (and thus FDM)
Blacklisted modules: pos_discount, pos_reprint, pos_loyalty