8 reasons you should probably not let Amazon Key into your house

The other caveat is that while Amazon is an innovator, it's not an idiot - Amazon is only enabling Amazon Key deliveries for its own drivers. Amazon said the drivers would be well-vetted, while one expert said the company has built up trust with customers and younger customers were more likely to try it out.

As if letting digital giants like Google and Facebook into nearly every aspect of your life wasn't enough, now Amazon is offering to physically come into your house.

Concretely, " every time a driver requests access to the home of a customer, Amazon verifies that the correct driver is at the right address, at the scheduled time, through an authentication protocol encrypted", says the group of Seattle (north-west).

The entire system will work off whatever the e-commerce giant learned from building the Alexa device ecosystem and its applications in smart home systems.

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Find out if Amazon Key is coming to your city. You can buy a bundle that includes a Cloud Cam, compatible smart lock, and free installation for $250, though you can buy the Cloud Cam separately for $120. Amazon Key deliveries will only come through Amazon Logistics, not via UPS, FedEx or the U.S. Postal System, all of which also deliver Amazon packages, according to the report. Or, more insidiously, if there was a security issue with your smart lock, allowing anyone access into your home.

Once the delivery is complete and your door is relocked, you'll get a notification and can watch a video clip of the delivery with the Amazon Key app. Amazon said all in-home deliveries are backed by its "Happiness Guarantee". And with the option requiring a specific camera that it sells, the move helps Amazon tie customers even closer to its gadgets as well as the items it delivers.

Amazon.com introduced on Wednesday their latest smart home product, the Amazon Key. You can't have it, however, unless you're an Amazon Prime member.

The service arrives just in time for the holiday season, when porch piracy is at its peak. The courier will need to scan the package's barcode, with the information sent to Amazon's cloud.

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In theory this system could also be applied to other service providers such as cleaners, dog walkers or handymen.

The first is that Amazon will only allow Amazon Key delivery for around 10 million goods on the website - and only on stuff that a delivery person could reasonably carry by themselves. "While it is quite impossible for retailers to compete with Amazon on this level, they can still capitalize on making sure their convenience and personalization strategies are on par". You can also use this to let in service appointments or guests.

"Amazon Key will make it even easier to cross a major chore off your to-do list by letting the professionals at Merry Maids take care of the house cleaning while you're not home", said Nik Varty, CEO of ServiceMaster, the parent company of Merry Maids.

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