Some six months ago, Amazon unveiled its Key system that is designed to make deliveries easier and more secure. But the idea of allowing UPS entry into your home has been met with some resistance. Today, Amazon is introducing a handful of new features and compatibility with eight total locks that are now on the market. Add in expanded availability for this service now totaling 37 cities, and Amazon Key is ready for the big-time.
In case you’re not familiar with Amazon’s Key service, here’s a quick breakdown. Combining a Cloud Cam, smart lock and Amazon’s Key app allows you to give delivery services, cleaning services and more access to your home at the press of a button. Amazon is pushing this as the next wave of the future for in-home deliveries.
The idea is that your UPS or FedEx delivery will be more secure within your home than outside the front door. To solve this issue, Amazon is leveraging its Key service as a way to ensure safe delivery of items while still making certain that your home is safe during and after use.
Along with today’s news that Amazon Key is expanding to new markets, the online giant is also announcing new partnerships with Yale and Kwikset. Bringing the total number of compatible locks to eight, the manufacturers are unveiling three and two models respectively. These locks feature the usual keyless entry design that can be activated via your smartphone or Amazon’s Key service.
Those interested in jumping on Amazon Key will want to take advantage of the current sale running at this time. The entry-level bundle starts at $169.99, which is down from the usual $290 price tag. You can save up to an additional $140 by adding one of the new compatible locks that was announced today. Full details can be found on this landing page.
While I’m all for early adoption of new technologies, I’m not quite sure that my home is ready for Amazon Key. I appreciate the extra steps taken to ensure safety all around here, but the reality is that there’s still a large amount of trust required between you and a delivery person. Amazon’s Cloud Cam is included to record any potential issues, but it’s not a deterrent if a delivery person really wanted to go rogue.
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Amazon Key Features—Keyless Entry, Guest Access, and Ability to Monitor and Lock/Unlock Your Door from Anywhere—Now Available Nationwide
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr. 5, 2018– (NASDAQ:AMZN) — Today Amazon announced the expansion of Amazon Key’s smart entry features to all customers nationwide, including keyless entry, remote lock and unlock, and guest access. The in-home delivery feature continues to be available only to Prime members in 37 select cities and surrounding areas.
Amazon also added a new feature to Amazon Key: entry and exit clips for guests, friends, and family. With this feature, customers have the option to view motion video clips of a person entering or leaving when the door is locked or unlocked. This provides customers with increased peace of mind and security with real-time notifications and the ability to watch the clips at their own convenience. Customers can turn on or off the entry and exit clips feature at any time in the Amazon Key App.
“Customers have told us that they love how easy it is to use Amazon Key for keyless entry and door monitoring from anywhere with the Amazon Key App,” said Rohit Shrivastava, General Manager, Amazon Key. “It’s a great service for busy families; you no longer have to worry about giving keys to service providers like house cleaners, instead you can give them their own code right from your Amazon Key App. We’re excited that customers across the country can now take advantage of these convenient features.”
In addition to in-home delivery, Amazon Key makes customers’ lives easier in many ways. No more leaving a physical key under a door mat; customers can lock and unlock their door from anywhere using the Amazon Key App with the touch of a button. Customers also have the added security of providing codes to guests for home access, managing their guest list, and assigning when and for how long a guest has access. Amazon Key customers can also use their app to view a live stream of their door anytime, use two-way audio, and receive notifications when their door is locked or unlocked. And, customers can use Alexa to lock their door, ask for lock status and view the live feed from their Cloud Cam on compatible devices like Fire TV, Echo Spot, and Echo Show.
Customers across the country can now choose from five new smart locks from leading lock manufacturers Kwikset and Yale. This expands the selection to a total of eight state-of-the-art smart locks available in three finishes as part of the Amazon Key Home Kit. Some of the new features include full touch screen keyless entry for added security and contemporary new styles to fit the aesthetic of any door.
For a limited time, customers can purchase the Amazon Key Home Kit at a special price, with savings between $109.99-139.99 per Kit. The Kit includes an Amazon Cloud Cam (Key Edition) and one of eight compatible smart locks. Customers can visit www.amazon.com/keykit to see the new lock options and order the Amazon Key Home Kit.
As before, Prime members in 37 cities and surrounding areas across the U.S. have the added benefit of being able to opt in to in-home delivery. Amazon Key in-home delivery is available on tens of millions of items sold on Amazon.com at no extra cost for Prime members. Amazon Key works with Same-Day, Two-Day, and Standard Shipping. Once set-up is complete, receiving in-home delivery is as simple as a click: customers select “in-home” while shopping and Amazon handles the rest.
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