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Amazon Key offers package delivery, inside your home

28 October 2017, 12:58 | Antonio Miles

The Amazon Cloud Cam app Amazon

The Amazon Cloud Cam app    
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The camera has night vision, so you can tell if it's panic room time or just your friendly neighbourhood Amazon delivery person leaving the next Mario game inside your house.

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.

The new product works with Amazon's new Cloud Cam, an Amazon Key app, and a smart lock, to allow delivery drivers to drop off packages inside Prime customers' homes when they aren't around.


Amazon Key deliveries will only be from Amazon, not other shipping services or the U.S. Postal Service.

Prime customers will then select "Amazon Key" delivery at checkout.

The whole thing doubles as a friends and family access system.


While Amazon can direct its delivery employees to enter a home, the homeowner can control who else can come in when they aren't around. This allows the delivery person to swipe a button on the app that unlocks the door. The kit comes with an Amazon Cloud Cam (Key Edition) and an Amazon Key-compatible smart lock provided by Kwiskset or Yale. All of this is done through an encryption process, and once the process is complete, the Cloud Cam begins recording, and the door is unlocked for the employee to enter.

Amazon's solution is called the "Amazon Key". The company will offer free in-home installation, but says it's simple enough for customers to install themselves.

"These individuals are thoroughly vetted, with comprehensive background checks and motor vehicle records reviews".


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



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