Postal Corporation of Kenya recently unveiled a Mobile-based postal service dubbed “Mpost” that allows consumers to use their mobile numbers as postal address, a move that has seen them triumph Oracle Innovative Awards.
Mpost is a patented innovative product developed by Taz technologies that allows you to enjoy Postal Services on the go at your convenience through your mobile phone; Posta Mkononi, eliminating the need to have a physical P.O.Box.
The 2017 ICT Innovation Awards that registered over 400 hundred entries were sponsored by Oracle Corporation which is one of the most trusted providers of innovative solutions to enterprises and one of the few organizations that have invested heavily in research and development.
Judges were drawn from the ICT fraternity to review each complete entry against the set product criteria already launched into the market and companies under the ‘growth stage’ and ‘expansion stage’.
The new innovative solution also enables Kenyans to receive mails and parcels notifications via their mobile phones. The Postal Corporation of Kenya [PCK] in partnership with Taz Technologies, introduced the new mobile platform for the Kenyan market to help drive digital inclusion in the Postal and Courier service sector.
After registering through a short code *890*90#, your phone will act as a mobile post office.
MPost is expected to deliver Government documents like Identification Cards, NHIF and NSSF cards processed by Huduma Centres to any of the 622 post offices or at a location preferred by the user.
Huduma Kenya Chief Executive Dennis Mutuku says subscribers of the service get alerts when the documents are ready for collection and choose locations using an SMS interactive service.
“It will improve the efficiency of how we deliver documents once they are processed by government departments to the Kenyan citizens. The documents can be delivered to a preferred location through a courier,” said Mutuku.
MPost has so far signed up 31,000 subscribers during the one-year trial period in Kibera, with 1,300 mail delivered.
The service, which has been developed by Taz Technologies, is the first of its kind in the world, says its CEO and Founder Abdulaziz Mohammed. “Almost 4,000 transactions have happened in the last one year and we are now working with the Uganda Postal Limited to implement the same solution.”
The service costs Sh300 per year and can be accessed by dialing *890*90# on a Safaricom line with plans to expand to other networks.
MPost has also partnered with Pata Ajira to facilitate employment of young people.