February 22, 2018

Amazon Wants To Enter Your Home When You're Not There

26 October 2017, 12:37 | Rudolph Thomas

The all-new Amazon Cloud Cam available for pre-order today

The all-new Amazon Cloud Cam available for pre-order today

Same goes for Amazon Key. The online retailer will alert customers when the delivery is about to happen so they can watch it live on their phone.

On Wednesday, Amazon announced another new service, Amazon Key, for Prime members that radically improves the convenience of receiving deliveries. The courier then receives a push notification on their app, swipes the screen, and the door unlocks. No access codes or keys are ever provided to delivery drivers.

Amazon Key works in two parts: choosing in-home delivery while checking out on Amazon and providing access to your home through Amazon's new Key in-home kit, which includes a smart lock provided by Kwikset or Yale and a special version of the company's new Cloud Cam security camera. Will my package actually be on my porch when I get home? Delivery via this method is available at no extra cost for Prime members. You can also select "Block Access" in the Amazon Key App at any time up until the package is delivered.

If that's not enough, the in-home delivery service also is backed by the Amazon Key Happiness Guarantee, essentially a 30-day window to file a claim if your property is damaged in the process. Customers can install the In-Home Kit themselves or take advantage of free professional installation. The company said that it will launch in 37 United States cities on November 8.

The Amazon Key program is just a few days away from its debut.

The roll-out service from Amazon Business is a paid annual membership program for registered multi-user business customers in the USA and Germany that offers unlimited free two-day shipping on eligible items for all users on an Amazon Business account.

The service also offers keyless access for family and friends. The Amazon Key platform could eventually be integrated with thousands of providers - from dog walkers to house cleaners - letting you schedule appointments without worrying about giving someone a physical key. And with the option requiring a specific camera that it sells, the move helps Amazon tie customers even closer to its gadgets as well as the items it delivers. The company teamed up with security company August Home to make grocery and other shopping more convenient. $249 is a reasonable price for a 1080p smart home security camera with night vision and the accompanying smart lock (which includes a keypad and traditional keyhole).

Cloud Cam works seamlessly with Alexa on Echo Show, Echo Spot, Amazon Fire TV devices, and Fire tablets.

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