The 'Amazon Key' Would Let Delivery People Open Your Front Door

28 October, 2017, 00:59 | Author: Archie Newman
  • The Amazon Cloud Cam app    
   Amazon

In a move aimed at protecting packages from would-be thieves, Amazon is rolling out a security camera/smart lock bundle that would allow deliveries to be left inside the home.

Amazon unveiled a new service today that will let its couriers deliver boxes inside your home when you're not around.

"Once set-up is complete, receiving in-home delivery is as simple as a click: Customers select "in-home" while shopping and Amazon handles the rest".

"Schedule permanent access for your family members or give temporary access to recurring visitors like dog walkers, house cleaners, or out-of-town guests".

"Amazon verifies the delivery driver through an authentication process, turns on Cloud Cam to record, then grants access for the driver to deliver your package just inside your front door".

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The startup cost to use the otherwise free in-home delivery system may dissuade some users. "You'll be notified any time your guest locks or unlocks your door", Amazon said in an online press release. This allows the delivery person to swipe a button on the app that unlocks the door. Amazon Key works in two parts: choosing in-home delivery while checking out on Amazon and providing access to your home through Amazon's new Key in-home kit, which includes a smart lock provided by Kwikset or Yale and a special version of the company's new Cloud Cam security camera.

Amazon Key launches in a number of cities in the U.S., but if it's successful it's easy to see it coming to the UK.

Others worry about letting a stranger inside their home and hackers.

Amazon says the system will be made available on November 8 in 37 cities, including Atlanta, Cleveland and Denver.

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