Amazon announces nationwide expansion of its Amazon Key to all customers
All Amazon customers can now use the smart entry system with remote lock and video monitoring.
Amazon has announced the expansion of its Amazon Key smart entry system to all customers across the country.
This includes keyless entry, remote lock and unlock, guest access and a new feature – entry and exit clips for guests, friends and family, making the days of leaving a key under the door redundant.
This feature allows customers to have the option of viewing motion video clips of a person entering and exiting the property whenever the door is locked or unlocked, giving them peace of mind as they receive real-time notifications and the ability to watch the clips at their own convenience.
Customers can also turn on and off the entry and exit clips at any time using the Amazon Key app.
They can choose from five new smart locks from leading lock manufacturers Kwikset and Yale, increasing the selection to 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-touchscreen keyless entry for added security and contemporary new styles to fit the aesthetic of any door.
Amazon Key General Manager Key Rohit Shrivastava said, “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.”
However, the in-home package delivery service is still only available to Prime members in 37 select cities and surrounding areas.
This service allows retailers to deliver packages inside homes or apartments (even putting groceries in the refrigerator) using a digital code.
Prime members need to purchase an Amazon Key In-Home kit for $250, which includes the Amazon Cloud Cam indoor security camera and Amazon Key-compatible smart lock.
But when this service was launched last October, insurance companies raised concerns that although home insurance would cover property and liability, inviting someone into your property who may steal something, knock something over and break it, let out or be attacked by a pet, or get injured while delivering a package might not be covered under the policy.
Earlier this year, Amazon couriers started taking pictures of customers’ front doors after they had dropped off a delivery.