Today, Amazon also announced another way for Prime members to receive their packages. The new ones Amazon Key system allows delivery workers to drop off packages in Prime members’ homes, providing “secure home access” when the homeowner is away. Amazon Key works in two parts: choosing home delivery while checking out on Amazon and providing access to your home through Amazon’s new Home Key app, which includes a smart lock provided by Kwikset or Yale and a special feature of the company’s new headquarters. Cloud Cam security camera.
The old-school way of leaving a key under your front door is inconvenient and often anxiety-inducing, so Amazon believes its new lock-and-camera system will allow access to your home when you’re not safe. more. Prime members can purchase a Key copy of Cloud Camera and smart lock for a total of $249, and can install it for free. With a lock on your door and an indoor security camera monitoring the entrance, the indoor app can allow authorized people into your home.
Amazon delivery workers don’t have to give a passcode to enter the house; instead they request home access, and Amazon’s records ensure that the employee is at the right address at the right time. All this is done through an encryption process, and once the process is complete, Cloud Cam starts recording, and opens the door for the employee to enter. Customers can stay on top of domestic deliveries with real-time alerts and by watching video of the delivery either in real-time or after it has been completed.
While Amazon can direct its delivery workers to enter a home, the homeowner can control who else can enter when they’re not around. You can give friends or family temporary, frequent or temporary access to your home and also allow other workers, such as dog walkers, cleaners, and others, into the home on certain days and times.
This system is another way that Amazon is making it easier for customers to receive packages quickly and securely. Amazon recently announced the Hub, a locker system for apartments, that provides another type of secure package delivery that doesn’t require letting a stranger into your home. The Amazon key seems to be the best for customers who go out a lot during the day and cannot be home to receive packages or those who often experience package theft. However, the Amazon Key app is actually the key to this service—if you live in an apartment or other rental space in which you don’t have the ability to change the locks on a whim, you may not be able to use it at all.
The initial cost to use otherwise the home delivery system may turn off some users. $249 is a reasonable price for a 1080p smart home security camera with night vision and an accompanying smart lock (which includes a phone key and home key). However, the added upfront cost may deter some from initially embracing Amazon Key. Amazon is also selling a $119 version of the Cloud Camera that isn’t key-activated (and doesn’t include a smart lock), for those looking for another smart home security camera option.
Amazon Key will launch on November 8 in 37 cities around the US and work with Same-Day, One-Day, Two-Day, and Standard Shipping orders. First time customers can enter their ZIP code on the Amazon Key app at home paper product to see if they live in a supported area and pre-order the Koko app.