The first prototypes of self-service postal offices ( 1993 - 1994 )

During years 1993 and 1994, and with the purpose of modernizing and offering a better service to the users, the Spanish Postal services tested in Madrid ( Conde de Peñalver Post Office ) three prototypes of self-service postal offices, where the user could obtain stamps ( klüssendorf type ATMs ) and other postal items, to weigh shipments, to post sending, ... The machines accepted the payment by coins and banknotes or credit cards and they printed a receipt. 

  • Prototype PROSETECNISA. Used in Madrid from the November 10, 1993 to the December 3 of the same year. It printed ATMs type Klüssendorf - Jacobeo with 4 digits ( the labels with two digits in the face value had two asterisks in front of the value ) and there are several varieties for the receipt. 

  • It was equipped with a specific button for the printed matter postage rate, that were of 13 pts. in 1993. The short sets would be, for the ATMs coming from this prototype, of 5 values ( 13, 17, 28, 45 i 65 Pts. ).
    It was indeed in this prototype in which it appeared a roll with the error in the Xacobeo's label, where the eye of the Pelegrín is crossed by his pilgrim's staff.
  • Prototype INESC. The Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Portuguese company, created a computer system that located only one asterisk in front of the first number of the face value ( despite it had two or three digits ). It was tested in Madrid from the January 12 to the February 11, 1994.
  • In this case, the printing was not by pressure or blow, but through a 8 pins printer.
    It included a key or button for the printed matter, with a face of 14 pts.( 1994's postage rate ), reason why the short sets is also formed by 5 values ( 14, 18, 29, 55, 65 Pts. ).
  • Prototype IBM. It was used in Madrid from January 31 to the February 11, 1994. It issued stamps or ATMs with 4 digits ( two asterisks in front of the face values with two digits ). Also it printed a receipt with a special design.

  • Again the short set is of 5 values, because it includes the printed matter postage value ( 14, 18, 29, 55, 65 Pts. ).
    Information on the prototypes : Boletín ACEPE nº 7

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