In an attempt to cut down on theft, deliveries that get damaged or lost when left outside and to support their customers' peace of mind, starting on November 8, Amazon is rolling a service called Amazon Key that allows Amazon delivery personnel to gain access through Amazon Cloud to place Amazon purchases directly inside a customer's home.
On the heels of announcements by Nest, Ring and others who have recently expanded their offerings in the do-it-yourself security market, tech giant Amazon on Wednesday launched its first DIY home security products as it officially released the new Amazon Cloud Cam and Amazon Key service. Once this process is completed, the cameras starts recording and the door is unlocked.
It probably won't be long before Amazon gets into the security business, possibly using its Alexa platform, which already works with smart-home devices.
The set-up also allows users to let friends, family and other visitors - cleaners, pet sitters, dog walkers etc - into their homes when they are not there.
It will be interesting to see just how accepted Amazon Key becomes, and how many customers it will ultimately have.
Denver is expected to be among the cities where Amazon starts letting customers give package carriers access to their homes. When a delivery is at your front door, when you are not home, a barcode is scanned sending a request to your Cloud.
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Customers can install the In-Home Kit themselves or take advantage of free professional installation.
If you're anxious about trusting the delivery driver, all you have to do is turn to your phone.
Honestly, I'm pretty sure at this point, we will literally be able to have Amazon pizza delivered right to our laps without ever leaving the couch.
Butler was pretty adamant in her rejection of the very idea of opening her home to a stranger delivering a package, but after explaining how Amazon says it will work, she's all for it. Together they watch a video that depicts how the whole front-door delivery works.
Yes, Amazon turns on your home camera and unlocks your door for you.
The Amazon Key help pages answer more questions, including whether to use Amazon Key if you have a pet with access to the front door, or aren't comfortable shutting off your security system on delivery day.