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As I’ve posted before in this group, technology is getting more integrated (and pervasive) into our lives and homes each and every day.
Now a new service by Amazon is being rolled out called Amazon Key that will allow their couriers to come into your home and drop off your box.
According to The Verge, Amazon Key relies on Amazon’s new Cloud Cam and compatible smart lock.
The camera is the hub, connected to the internet via your home Wi-Fi. The camera talks to the lock over Zigbee, a wireless protocol utilized by many smart home devices.
When a courier arrives with a package for in-home delivery, they scan the barcode, sending a request to Amazon’s cloud. If everything checks out, the cloud grants permission by sending a message back to the camera, which starts recording.
The courier then gets a prompt on their app, swipes the screen, and your door unlocks. They drop off the package, relock the door with another swipe, and are on their way. The customer will get a notification that their delivery has arrived, along with a short video showing the drop-off to confirm everything was done properly.
My initial thoughts (as well as The Verge article states) ... "will Prime customers trust Amazon to monitor their homes around the clock, and to know when it’s okay to unlock their doors for a stranger? And will the benefit of having your packages delivered quickly and securely outweigh any concerns about privacy and security customers might have?
Below video explains more... and share your thoughts in comments.
Good morning Janet and all,
Did the Great Wall of China fail because the Mongol hoards have state-of-the-art battering rams ?
This Cyber News article might be about a return to the extended family: some members are always home.
"Trust but verify."
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