Amazon's New Smart Lock Lets Amazon Delivery People Into Your House

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           The Amazon Cloud Cam and compatible locks    
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28 October, 2017

The service also allows customers to set the frequency and length of time for friends and family to access their home using the smart lock.

Amazon delivery people will receive permission to unlock a customer's door for 5 minutes.

On Wednesday, the company announced a new service called the Amazon Key for Prime members, which allows you to remotely let people into your house-particularly couriers dropping off packages. Some customers think so after the online retailer announced its newest product today: "Amazon Key".

The bundle is now avail;able for pre-order but is exclusive to Amazon Prime members. The process will not require codes and the entire delivery will be video-recorded.

When the delivery person arrives, they will knock, and then scan the package to a Wi-Fi connected lock.

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The service uses a kit, that start at $249.99, which includes an Amazon security camera, the Cloud Cam and a compatible smart lock. Note, only Prime-eligible items can be delivered in-home. Amazon Key seems ideal for customers who are out most of the day and can not be home to accept packages or those who often experience package theft.

But Amazon seems to be hoping that you won't give privacy a second thought here. However, the Amazon Key hardware is the literal key to this service-if you live in an apartment or another rented space in which you don't have the power to change the locks on a whim, you may not be able to use it at all.

Amazon says the system will be made available on November 8 in 37 cities, including Atlanta, Cleveland and Denver.

Need a package delivered while away from home? Amazon emphasizes that its workers are not allowed to enter a home.


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