Amazon Key to Allow Delivery Agents Inside Your Abode

From Amazon

From Amazon

I don't know if I want a stranger to have access to my house. Customers will utilize an August smart lock to allow delivery drivers a one-time entry into their home. It seeks to solve a common problem - the theft of packages from America's front doors.

For now KCK residents will be the only ones in the metro able to use this new service.

It will be interesting to see just how accepted Amazon Key becomes, and how many customers it will ultimately have. The key is paired with a compatible smart lock and Amazon's security camera, CloudCam.

Amazon Key will be available on November 8 in 37 cities and surrounding areas across the USA, with more locations rolling out over time.

Additionally to the confirming the deliveries (where available) the Cloud Cam will be handy for checking pets from work, monitoring your doors or rooms while on the road, or looking in on kids or babies.

To participate, you must buy a $250 security kit from Amazon. If it checks out, the cloud sends a message to the camera, prompting it to start recording. You'll be notified any time your guest locks or unlocks your door.

You'll then get a confirmation from Amazon that your package was delivered, with a short video showing the transaction.

The company is launching a new delivery service that allows couriers to unlock your front door and deliver packages when you're not home.

Delivery driver vetting: Amazon says deliveries are "made by some of the same professional drivers who you trust to deliver your Amazon orders today".

So far, I've found only one person who said he would be a customer.

How delivery actually works: Here's the process, as explained in Amazon's help pages. "Yes, I do value convenient deliveries, but I value my security more - better to strategize around postal schedules than be assaulted by a person hiding in one's home!"

Once installed, Prime members can use the Amazon Key app to lock or unlock their Kwikset smart lock from anywhere, check the lock status and receive lock notifications. Delivery associates are told to ring a doorbell or knock when they arrive at someone's house.

Amazon employees won't be knocking on doors for much longer. You do not need to provide any additional information for the driver, such as keypad codes or remote unlock. The shopper can then send a command to the Key and have it unlock the door.

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