Amazon's home invasion continues with Amazon Key

Amazon Cloud Cam    
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The Amazon Key platform could eventually be integrated with thousands of providers - from dog walkers to house cleaners - letting you schedule appointments without worrying about giving someone a physical key. The new Amazon security camera will begin shipping to USA customers on November 8.

Amazon Key is now only available to Amazon Prime Members. Amazon Key works with Same-Day, One-Day, Two-Day and Standard Shipping. No passcodes, no fuss. The new Amazon Key system allows delivery personnel to drop off packages inside Prime members' homes, providing "secure home access" when the homeowner is not available. Purchase of the In-Home Kit also grants you access to the Amazon Key app. You'll get a confirmation alert on your smartphone for the delivery, which you can watch live or view on video afterwards.

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. When a delivery driver arrives, they scan the package's bar code, which is transmitted to the cloud and in turn, starts the Cloud Cam and unlocks your door.

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The Amazon Key In-Home Kit, which includes Cloud Cam (Key Edition) and a compatible smart lock, is available exclusively to Prime members.

Amazon Key will make customers' lives easier in many ways-not just through delivery.

The new service could offer a major advantage for city occupants who've had bundles stolen from their doorsteps or simply drenched by rain.

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The roll-out service from Amazon Business is a paid annual membership program for registered multi-user business customers in the US and Germany that offers unlimited free two-day shipping on eligible items for all users on an Amazon Business account.

Amazon envisions the new service will extend beyond deliveries and into other home services. "And, for added peace of mind, in-home delivery is backed by Amazon's Happiness Guarantee". "We are thrilled to be teaming up with Amazon so that their customers in need of professional home cleaning services can take advantage of this innovative, convenient and secure service". However, today Amazon launched a new piece of hardware that doesn't carry the Echo name, but does include Alexa integration.

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking.

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