Not at Home? Amazon Wants to Come in and Drop Off Packages

Amazon’s Cloud Cam mounted on a wall    
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Prime customers will then select "Amazon Key" delivery at checkout.

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In fact, it led Christine Emba to expound a bit on the observation that "Amazon Key is Silicon Valley at its most out-of-touch" in the Washington Post (which, of course, is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos). Delivery associates are told to ring a doorbell or knock when they arrive at someone's house.

But the Amazon folks have got "Can I receive in-home delivery if I have a pet?" covered in a FAQ, of course. It also signals Amazon's ambitions in the growing market for home security devices, where Alphabet Inc's Nest Labs competes.

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Today's announcement of Amazon Key is the "perfect example" of the ecommerce behemoth's relentless focus on long-term thinking. The camera talks to the lock over Zigbee, a wireless protocol utilized by many smart home devices.

Amazon Key is the latest innovation out of Jeff Bezos's technology empire, and it works in tandem with the recently released Cloud Cam, and a compatible smart lock, reported The Verge.

Amazon is marketing the service as an advanced alternative to the key under the mat - you can choose who has access to your home, and you'll get a notification whenever someone comes or goes. Oh, and if you already have a full-on security system and you want to opt for the Key, you need to disable it on delivery day.

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Amazon key - shifting my anxiety over stolen packages on my doorstep to strangers hiding in my closet.

A pair of new products now aims to drop those boxes safely inside the home, a major test of how much people trust the online retail giant. The homeowner will also be sent a notification when the delivery is underway, according to Amazon.

The couriers will scan the package barcode at your front door which will allow the delivery to be verified which will then activate the Cloud Camera to start recording their actions. Customers' packages will be dropped inside not left out on the porch or front door. There are reportedly plans to integrate Key with over 1,200 service providers, from cleaners to plumbers and dog walkers.

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Beyond in-home deliveries, Amazon Key lets you grant home access to others. "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". Any time someone does use the app, the camera will start up and start recording - sending you a real-time feed of the delivery in progress. Even though they are given instructions to just slip the package inside the door, the fact that basically, a stranger can have access to your house is uncomfortable.

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