Amazon Announces Cloud Cam Home Security Camera

Thursday, 26 Oct, 2017

Tying the camera in with the in-home delivery service gives people a reason to buy it, said Garner.

Any new user added to an existing Amazon Business account with Business Prime Shipping will be automatically enrolled in this membership. Just say, "Alexa, show me the [camera name]" to easily see the feed from anywhere in the house. And, in the coming months, Amazon Key will provide customers with easy and convenient professional service scheduling with thousands of providers.

The company said that through an encrypted authentication process, each delivery driver that requests access to a customer's home is verified so that it is the right driver, at the right address and on the set time.

While other vendors already offer the ability to remotely unlock a door via some IoT kludge, Amazon's involvement has the potential to simplify aspects of the transaction.

Amazon has unveiled a new service called Amazon Key, and it's very similar to Walmart's new straight-to-your-fridge delivery... with a more limited range.

Prime members who sign up for Key will be alerted by a forthcoming Amazon Key app when a delivery driver arrives with a parcel and can watch the delivery live or view a recorded video clip later.

This state-of-the-art technology doesn't simply replace a key with a digital passcode.

For $119.99, Amazon is offering an indoor security camera capable of 1080p video, two-way audio, wide viewing angles, night vision, activity clip recording, and 24 hour livestreaming via the Amazon Cloud Cam App.

The online shopping giant has long sought ways of improving delivery convenience for customers - including a trial with Audi in 2015 in which packages were deposited in auto boots. It's not immediately clear whether the Amazon Key Happiness Guarantee would cover medical costs for gnawed couriers.

As if its line of Echo, Alexa and Dash devices wasn't pervasive enough, Amazon has developed another gadget created to infiltrate the home: Amazon Key, which via a connected security camera and smart lock can enable couriers to leave packages inside your home. Amazon Key In-Home Kit starts at $249.99.

Inc. said in-home delivery will be available November 8 in 37 cities, including Atlanta, Cleveland and Denver.

The Amazon Key program is the latest addition to its Prime membership.

Don't want Amazon boxes sitting on the porch? With that, you'll get an Amazon Cloud Cam and a compatible smart lock to mount on your door.

The company said the smart lock can also be used to let in out-of-town guests who want to make themselves at home.