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Amazon Key wants to give delivery couriers open access to your home

By Peter Chu - on 26 Oct 2017, 11:23am

Amazon Key wants to give delivery couriers open access to your home

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“Knock, knock.”

“Who’s there?”

“It’s the delivery guy from Amazon.”

“The delivery who?”

“The delivery guy from Amazon who can now enter your home unattended thanks to Amazon Key.”

Yes, not only does Amazon want to have your packages delivered to you in record time, the company also wants to ensure that your package doesn’t get looted when it’s left on the doorstep of your home, because you weren’t around to personally receive it.

Amazon Key, which is only available to Amazon Prime members, comprises of a smart lock and an Amazon Cloud Cam. It works like this: when the courier arrives at your doorstep, he needs to scan the barcode plastered on your package, which would subsequently send an access request to Amazon’s cloud.

When permission has been granted, the Cloud Cam of Amazon Key will begin recording, and the delivery personnel will simply need to swipe a prompt on their app to unlock the front door of your home. They will then step into your home, drop off your package, and lock the door on the way out.

You’ll receive a notification on your smartphone the moment your package has been delivered, complete with video footage captured by the Cloud Cam to give you the assurance that nobody went snooping around your home.

Prime members can pre-order the Cloud Cam starting today, and have it, along with the smart door lock of the Amazon Key, installed in their home for US$250 (~RM1,057). However, the Amazon Key service will only go live on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. In the near future, there will be a subscription service that will provide additional features like motion detection, zone monitoring, and video archival.

Source: Amazon via Engadget.