Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Amazon Launches Service That Allows Delivery Drivers To Open Your Front Door

Amazon Key to Allow Delivery Agents Inside Your Abode KCK residents will soon have the opportunity to try 'Amazon Key' test program
Kelvin Reese | 27 October, 2017, 00:58

Amazon Key not only offers in-home deliveries but also will eventually offer in-home services, such as cleaning and pet-sitting. Once granted, the smart lock unlocks the door and the connected camera begins recording.

Denver is expected to be among the cities where Amazon starts letting customers give package carriers access to their homes. Perhaps we'd better start getting used to it then.

Those are a few of the questions I've been fielding from my own family while trying to convince them to let me test out Amazon Key and Cloud Cam at our house.

Still freaked out about the thought of Amazon coming into your house?

How delivery actually works: Here's the process, as explained in Amazon's help pages.

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Amazon's new home delivery service is being met with a great deal of skepticism.

Don't worry, though - you probably won't have to wait too long until Amazon is delivering your packages by drone. Amazon's announcement of the new service has triggered a wave of concern and parody from people who aren't comfortable with the notion of Amazon controlling access their front doors. "These individuals are thoroughly vetted, with comprehensive background checks and motor vehicle records reviews". Amazon may promise to make good, but as anyone who's had a home break-in knows, it's a traumatic experience that often leaves the victim feeling violated. If you've got a security alarm system, Amazon's solution for this issue is basic: Turn it off on delivery day.

In conjunction with Amazon Key, the company also debuted its Cloud Cam on Wednesday, which is an intelligent indoor security camera that features 1080p resolution, night vision, two-way audio, a wide viewing angle, and activity clips from the last 24 hours via the Amazon Cloud Cam App. Customers can keep track of their packages through an Amazon Key app, which sends out real-time notifications of when a courier arrives. Dogs don't take kindly to strangers entering the home, and cats may try to bolt through an open door. Unfortunately, the update was sent to models for which it was not compatible, and it rendered the locks inoperable.

It will be interesting to see just how accepted Amazon Key becomes, and how many customers it will ultimately have. It similarly enables online grocery orders to be delivered inside your home and perishables inside your refrigerator.

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