Amazon announces Alexa powered security camera along with a new delivery service

Friday, 27 Oct, 2017

The emergence of Amazon Key comes a dozen years after the introduction of the Amazon Prime membership, and its free two-day shipping service. If you want to outfit your entire home, they are selling 2-packs for $199.99 (code: 2CLOUDCAM) and 3-packs for $289.99 (code: 3CLOUDCAM). No passcodes, no fuss.

"Amazon Key gives customers peace of mind knowing their orders have been safely delivered to their homes and are waiting for them when they walk through their doors", said vice president of delivery technology Peter Larsen in a statement. They want to enter your home to deliver your package.

It's a tremendous relief to know that I will not have to worry about thieves making off with the Amazon packages on my doorstep anymore, now that I have willingly granted any number of complete strangers access to the inside of my home where virtually all my possessions can be found.

"This state-of-the-art technology doesn't simply replace a key with a digital passcode". The thought being that you can monitor the delivery process or review footage later to make sure nothing unsavory happened. You can buy a bundle that includes a Cloud Cam, compatible smart lock, and free installation for $250, though you can buy the Cloud Cam separately for $120.

The other caveat is that while Amazon is an innovator, it's not an idiot - Amazon is only enabling Amazon Key deliveries for its own drivers. Delivery associates are told to ring a doorbell or knock when they arrive at someone's house.

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The online giant introduced Amazon Key, a lock-and-camera service that enables Prime members to receive packages directly inside of their homes - even if they aren't there. When the delivery driver arrives at the customer's home, they scan the package barcode, which sends an alert through Amazon's cloud. There's an Amazon Key Happiness Guarantee in place for such grievances, but we'll have to wait and see just how effective it is.

"Amazon Key" can also be used to let " friends and family", says the group. He said millennials are already comfortable posting photos and their whereabouts on Facebook, Instagram and other social media.

Amazon Key launches in a number of cities in the USA, but if it's successful it's easy to see it coming to the UK.

Of course, Amazon wasn't just thinking about deliveries when it designed the Amazon Key system: it will soon be available to professional services as well. Amazon said the drivers would be well-vetted, while one expert said the company has built up trust with customers and younger customers were more likely to try it out.

Once an order is placed, user can select the "in-home" option in the app. Customers' packages will be dropped inside not left out on the porch or front door.