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26 October 2017, 12:12 | Deanna Wagner
AmazonA sample notification from the Amazon Key app is shown here alerting a customer that a package was successfully delivered inside their home
The woman in Amazon's promotional video doesn't seem to have a problem with letting a stranger into her home when she's not there.
Amazon Key works with the organization's new Cloud Cam surveillance camera, a smart entryway lock and the new Key application.
"Each time a delivery driver requests access to a customer's home, Amazon verifies that the correct driver is at the right address, at the intended time, through an encrypted authentication process", Amazon explained. Amazon Key will launch in 37 cities and surrounding areas, including Seattle and the Eastside, starting November 8.
On top of that, anyone who wants to sign up for Amazon Key will have to own a compatible smart lock and one of Amazon's slick new connected cameras - the Amazon Cloud Cam.
The old-school method of leaving a key underneath your doormat is inconvenient and often anxiety-inducing, so Amazon believes its new lock-and-camera system will make accessing your home when you're not around more secure.
According to Amazon, the Key kit runs about $250 and will allow you remotely grant temporary access to people you trust, including the delivery of your package by a courier to the inside of your home. Drivers will knock before unlocking the door electronically with a handheld scanner. "All of this is just $119.99-Cloud Cam is a premium product at a non-premium price". Or use the free iOS or Android app to see your Cloud Cam on the go. Alerts can be set for when activity happens and recorded motion detection clips are safely stored on AWS for later viewing.
Available for preorder now on Amazon, the $120 US-only indoor Cloud Cam promises to do a lot of the same things as more expensive security cameras. Tiers include Basic for $7 per month/$69 per year for 7-day clip storage (supports up to 3 cameras); Extended for $10 per month/$99 per year for 14-day clip storage (supports up to 5 cameras); and Pro for $20 per month/$199 per year for 30-day clip storage (supports up to 10 cameras).
The service also offers keyless access for family and friends. It also works with Amazon's voice assistant Alexa on the Echo Show, Echo Spot, Fire TV and Fire Tablets.
Cloud Cam's night vision automatically activates when needed and features eight infrared LEDs so the whole scene is clearly visible, even in the dark. When the green LED light is on, you know your camera and microphone are on.
It's a smart security camera that does all the usual stuff security cameras do, like monitor your pets, kids or your door while you're away.
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