New Amazon service gives contractors a key to your house for deliveries

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What could possibly go wrong?

I don’t care what kind of cameras and recordings you have. No responsible gun owner would let a complete stranger into their home while no one is there. No way, no how.

From Matt Day at the Seattle Times: Amazon’s retail empire was built on taking items from a website listing to a consumer’s front door. A pair of new products now aims to drop those boxes safely inside the home, a major test of how much people trust the online retail giant. 

The company Wednesday introduced Amazon Key, a program for Amazon Prime members that, when linked to an internet-connected door lock, grants entry to delivery people or other authorized folks. The service, paired with a new Amazon-built security camera called Cloud Cam, records deliveries, beaming live or recorded video to a smartphone app.

The bundle aims to eliminate the issue of packages being stolen from a doorstep and follows a similar delivery experiment that Amazon rival Wal-Mart announced last month.

It’s also the latest example of Amazon’s tactic of stitching together its services in a way that’s convenient for customers, and, ideally, makes people more likely to try other Amazon products. The company’s Alexa voice-activated speaker, for instance, can tell jokes and read the news, but it’s also geared toward getting people to place orders on Amazon’s retail site, or stream music through paid Amazon services.

Similarly, Amazon Key could create an incentive to browse Amazon’s marketplace of home service providers, some of whom, Amazon says, in the coming months will be able to seamlessly gain entry to the home when the resident isn’t there. Cloud Cam users are encouraged to enter Alexa’s world, too, with the capability to display live footage on Amazon Echo Show devices using voice commands. And the in-home delivery concept requires a $99-a-year Prime subscription.

Bundles that include Cloud Cam and a compatible smart lock start at $250. Amazon Key will launch in 37 cities and surrounding areas, including Seattle and the Eastside, starting Nov. 8.

Once the kit is installed, customers can select an in-home delivery option at checkout. Amazon will send a notification when a package is about to be delivered, giving customers the options to cancel in-home delivery and ask for the package to be left outside, to watch the in-home delivery take place live, or to view a recording later.

The program is a test of consumers’ trust in Amazon and the contractors the company will direct to deliver packages. On Twitter after Wednesday’s announcement, skeptics were out in force, worrying about lost petsstolen items, and strangers who could access their homes.

“I think people are going to have a really hard time getting over this idea of just randomly letting someone inside your house,” said Ben Bajarin, a principal analyst with technology researcher Creative Strategies. “But if anybody is willing to do that, it’s Amazon customers, and specifically Amazon Prime customers who order a lot of stuff.” 

The new service doesn’t give Amazon personnel blanket permission to unlock the front door, the company says. Visits have to be paired with specific orders. The company says Amazon Key generates a one-time authorization code that, after Amazon verifies the driver is at the right place at the appointed time, unlocks a door for a few minutes.

Amazon says Key’s delivery workers will be employed by companies that contract with Amazon Logistics, rather than the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and UPS  who deliver the bulk of Amazon’s products. (The contracting program is also separate from Amazon Flex, the program for independent drivers who deliver packages in their spare time).

The program’s contractors, Amazon says, are required to conduct background checks for their employees.

Besides granting similar home access to cleaners, dog walkers and other service providers plugged into Amazon’s home services marketplace down the road, people can program the Key system to allow in selected friends and family as well.

Charlie Tritschler, an Amazon vice president whose team oversaw the development of the Cloud Cam, said the company had built security and privacy measures into the system. “Amazon is typically in the top three companies that people trust,” he said. “We’ve worked very hard to protect that.”

Tritschler said the program began when an Amazon transportation team working on improving “literally that last foot” of delivery targeted in-home access. A camera was a necessity, they found. “What we heard from [early testers] was that they really wanted to feel secure,” he said.

Hardware teams got involved, developing the Cloud Cam to bundle with the service. Eventually, someone had the idea to market and sell the device as a separate product.

Sold separately, Cloud Cam costs $120 and includes storage of the most recent 24 hours of clips. Paid subscriptions open the option to review the past week or month of clips and link more cameras together. Those plans range from $7 a month to $20 a month.

The camera features two-way audio, giving viewers the option to talk to people on the other end of the video connection, or, say, yell at a dog to get off the couch. It also comes with night-vision and motion-sensing capability that can trigger smartphone alerts when activity is detected.

Videos captured by Amazon’s camera are encrypted when they are transmitted and stored in Amazon Web Services servers. They are deleted at regular intervals specified by the user (people can also manually delete videos).

Customer videos will be used to train Amazon’s algorithms to better recognize the difference between people, animals and shadows for motion alerts, but only if the customer opts in, Tritschler said.

DCG

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15 responses to “New Amazon service gives contractors a key to your house for deliveries

  1. What really could go wrong!!!!???? Just give an Agenda 21 proponent the keys to your life and let them take over. The next thing will be them telling you you have to much space and should pair down in order to be sustainable.

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    • No no, not reduce your living space but FILL IT UP WITH IMMIGRANTS! (Remember, that was fat-Dem Ted Kennedy’s original idea but it was repeated in more recent times but I forget by whom)!

      Speaking of SMALL living spaces, I saw a tweet earlier from Patrick Woods @StopTechnocracy that the “TINY HOUSES” craze (metal shipping containers converted to tiny living quarters) were CRASHING property values, & so may be on the way out! 😀

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  2. And another creepy way for the liberal Company to gain access to conservatives homes. Who will be the drivers? Plants? Will they have a list of who owns guns? Amazon is friends with those wanting our rights. They have worked with the government,
    And absolutely no danger of being hacked, right?

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  3. Now, to this insane Amazon idea: No doubt some dummies will go for it, all those who put their trust in TECHNOCRATIC-Lifestyles. No thanks.

    It figures Walmart & Amazon, two globalist-loving companies, would be the firsts. Google must be insanely jealous they haven’t (yet!) figured out some reason to need to enter your home.

    Amazon & Wally will likely eventually use human-shaped ROBOTS to deliver/enter your home (no desire to steal or have sex with your dog!).

    Until then, will the privately-hired deliverers be as honest as “crisis actors”?

    Plus, all the GADGETS you described (+ “price plans”) to make this system work, sounds like a real pain, not to mention all the extra WIRELESS (=radiation) you’d have to add to your environment for this new “convenience” to go off without a hitch.

    Mind-numbing. I’ll pass.

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  4. A big fat NO! I don’t want a ” snooper ” in my house, the cleaning robot, identity theft, and now authorizing a stranger to enter my domain iS giving my life away,

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  5. Creepy! No thanks.

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  6. Besides the fact that Jeff Bezos is a commie, anything they have we can get at http://www.pricegrabber.com for the same price.

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  7. Be not afraid, NSA is watching you and your loved ones as well as your home and car, 24-7X seven.

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  8. let cars drive for you, let your cell phone think for you and know all of your personal information, allow devices in your home that listen and record you, let drones record you, allow others to know of your personal life on social media, let the chemical industry (and probably technology industry) tattoo and estrogenize you, let the terrorist govt false flag you, let the pharmaceutical industry drug you, let the school system indoctrinate you, let society transgender you, let the media PC you, let monsanto GMO you, etc…

    this “new” amazon “service” sounds like another level of CIA psyops spin, using amazon to get people used to letting down their guard to more govt intrusion….’boiling frog’ parable.

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    • MomOfIV . . . . . I think you really nailed it! Only a complete dope would fall for this new Amazon line. Why would you ever, ever allow anyone in your house even for a limited amount of minutes to do anything while you are away. The real problem we have in this country . . . is that we have far too many people who are so dementedly lazy that they want machines, and artificial intelligence to do their thinking. I am appalled at the stupidity of this notion! That’s a big fat . . . “NO THANKS” for me.

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      • it’s a shame, Auntie, that what makes complete sense to us is being rejected by this generation of folk….they are, for the most part, representative of the systematic ‘dumbing down’ of America and seem almost incapable of critical thinking for themselves and critical thinking regarding others’ intentions.
        The further they move away from the Lord, the less privileged they will be towards understanding truth and recognizing evil.
        I pray for them.

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    • AAAAAMEN!!!

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  10. As if you needed another reason to not use this service: A Seattle-based group of cybersecurity researchers has demonstrated a way to knock Amazon’s new security camera offline, a capability that could enable malicious delivery drivers for the online retailer’s new in-home delivery service to snoop around a house undetected.
    https://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon/amazon-key-delivery-driver-could-knock-out-in-home-services-security-camera-researchers-show/

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