Amazon launching "Key" service in US

When the delivery driver arrives, Amazon verifies the address and delivery time and allows him or her into your home.

The other caveat is that while Amazon is an innovator, it's not an idiot - Amazon is only enabling Amazon Key deliveries for its own drivers.

It can sometimes feel like Amazon is trying to take over our lives.

Amazon wants to enter your house, this time physically to drop off your packages.

While in-home delivery may solve the problem of porch pirates, it nonetheless allows a stranger to enter your home while you are away, a trade-off that some consumers may not be willing to make.

The entire system will work off whatever the e-commerce giant learned from building the Alexa device ecosystem and its applications in smart home systems.

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Amazon recommends that the Amazon Cloud Cam be installed inside your home within 25 feet of your smart lock and facing your front door.

The kit includes an Amazon Cloud Cam and one of several compatible smart locks by manufacturers Yale and Kwikset.

The company created a gateway between the outside of the house and the interior of the home, where Amazon is already present via its speaker connected Echo is activated by the voice command of the Alexa, which allows you to listen to music, send emails or control connected devices of the house. AWS cloud power means that over time you will see more advanced detection, alerts, and other new features become available in the service and on the camera itself. "No access codes or keys are ever provided to delivery drivers", according to Amazon's release.

Although he acknowledges the potential security risks of a service like Amazon Key, Mortimer believes the offering overall has a "strong value proposition" and removes much of the risks associated with home delivery.

When a courier arrives with a package for in-home delivery, they scan the barcode, sending a request to Amazon's cloud. It points out that Amazon Key could also be useful when it comes to letting in dog walkers, pet sitters and house cleaners.

The Amazon Key app also grants access to people you trust as an alternative to putting a key under the doormat. Amazon is planning to sell them in bundles and offer a subscription service for customers who want video archives and advanced home monitoring, putting the product in direct competition with Alphabet's Nest brand and others in the smart home space, like Ring and Logitech. "While it is quite impossible for retailers to compete with Amazon on this level, they can still capitalize on making sure their convenience and personalization strategies are on par". Amazon will notify you just before the delivery, then authorise the delivery, and unlock your door.

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