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

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

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

This is real? They want to get into our homes? Meanwhile, the courier will receive a prompt on their app and can then unlock the door with a swipe. Technically, yes, this does mean handing access to your home to a large organization, but to be fair none of those are ever hacked. And you can create all sort of scenarios in your head where someone can take advantage of this, probably from all the movies, TV shows and real-life incidents we've seen. A courier could easily accidentally let your house cat into the wild; and an overzealous dog might be seen as threatening to an unsuspecting delivery person.

You will get a notice when the delivery is complete.

The entire system will work off whatever the e-commerce giant learned from building the Alexa device ecosystem and its applications in smart home systems. "In the coming months", the clients will also be able to program various visits (cleaning, care of animals, etc.) thanks to partnerships with companies in the home care, also argues Amazon.

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.

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Customers can track the delivery using the Amazon Key app on their mobile phones. The solution (to the reasonable home security provided by a locked front door), it turns out, is as simple as turning the place where you live into a miniature privatized surveillance-state dystopia monitored at all times by the terrifying, unaccountable mega-corporation on the far side of the omnipresent computing cloud. When a driver is set to drop off a package, Amazon uses an "encrypted authentication process" to let them in, rather than revealing your unlock code.

You can buy the Amazon Key In-Home Kit here. It's also a way for Amazon to entice you to prioritise its services.

When a courier arrives with a package for in-home delivery, they scan the barcode, sending a request to Amazon's cloud. Today it's taking the obvious next step and introducing a service that will allow Amazon couriers to open your front door and put your package safely inside your home.

The security services are marketed as a feature for your benefit, but it's also allowing a company 24-hour access and video footage into your home. "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". The ability to unlock your door is only being granted to Amazon delivery drivers, and only if they are now carrying a package that's slated for delivery to your house that day.

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