Bengaluru: India Post on Wednesday opened Smart Post Kiosk, a digital post-box that provides speed and registered post services round the clock at Museum Road Post Office in Bengaluru.

Based on sources in India Post, this is a pilot project by the Karnataka postal circle and is the first such in the country.

It is reported that the kiosk will help customers avoid long queues to send speed or registered postal packages that weigh up to two kilograms and make digital payments.

Customers need to download the Smart Post Kiosk app from Google Play store or the website of the Karnataka Postal Circle and use the kiosk as per the instructions provided in the app.

After providing sender’s and recipient’s addresses in the app, a six-digit numeric code will be generated. 

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Using the code, customers should visit the kiosk and upload the prefilled addresses and choose between speed and registered post.

The kiosk will then generate a bar code based on the type of the item that the user wants to send. The bar code-affixed package should be scanned at the kiosk. This will automatically open a flap for dropping the article. Depending on the weight and the distance of the address, the kiosk will display the fees to be paid. 

Users can make the payment through UPI (Google Pay, Amazon Pay or any bank app) by scanning the QR code displayed on the screen of the kiosk. Once the payment is successful, a receipt will be generated with all the details of the package. The receipt will also be sent to the user’s phone number and e-mail ID.