Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) just made it easier for your delivery person to deliver your package inside your home through Amazon Key.
The company has rolled out a camera and compatible lock that grants your delivery person access to your home in order to combat porch pirates, who steal packages from unsuspecting victims.
The technology uses Amazon’s new Cloud Cam to record everything that happens when a courier arrives with your package for in-home delivery. The first thing they have to do is scan a barcode and send a request to Amazon’s cloud.
If there are no issues, the cloud would then grant permission by sending a message back to the camera, which initiates its recording sequence. The courier then receives a push notification on their app, swipes the screen, and the door unlocks.
The process is followed by them dropping off the package, re-locking the door with another swipe, and the customer will then get a notification that their delivery has arrived. A short video showing the drop-off will be sent to the home owner’s home.
Yale and Kwikset locks are used for Amazon Key, but the connected camera was created by Amazon, which is another statement from the company proving that it wants to be taken seriously in the smart home industry.
The Key app and delivery service will be available Nov. 8, and you can preorder the camera today. For $249.99, you get a bundle with the lock, the camera and free installation.