Amazon Key is a new way to get your Prime packages delivered right into your home. This in-home delivery option can reduce package theft, left deliveries and late packages but is it safe?
In order to make Amazon Key possibly, Amazon has launched a $120 Security camera that is connected to the internet, called Amazon Cloud Cam. They will also need another lock-type of device that allows the delivery people to enter your home. For the whole Amazon Key package, you are looking at $250.
“Each time a delivery driver requests access to a customer’s home, Amazon verifies that the correct driver is at the right address, at the intended time, through an encrypted authentication process,” Amazon said. “Once this process is successfully completed, Amazon Cloud Cam starts recording and the door is then unlocked. No special codes or keys are ever provided to delivery drivers.”
You can then use the App to check your locks status, unlock it remotely, view your front door camera and lock the door. This will allow you complete freedom from having to be home for deliveries, giving neighbors keys when you are out of town or not being able to get to the door in time.
This way everything is well vetted and any problems that arise can be verified by the camera and lock. This program will launch in the United Sates on November 8th, 2017 in selected cities. In order to check if your city qualifies for Amazon Key, simply head to the Amazon Key page and type in your zip code to see if you are eligible.
The Amazon Key will also allow you to let in any other people you want.. like cleaners, plumbers, friends, etc.
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