Amazon to launch new delivery service that could curb theft

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It also grants access to the people you trust. If the courier information and the barcode on your package match, the Cloud Cam starts recording and the courier unlocks the door with an app. Customers then get a notification accompanied with short video footage of the Amazon courier in your house.

Amazon says its new service allows your packages to be delivered safely into your home and away from would-be thieves.

Amazon Key deliveries will only be from Amazon, not other shipping services or the U.S. Postal Service.

The whole thing doubles as a friends and family access system.

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When the delivery person arrives, they will knock, and then scan the package to a Wi-Fi connected lock.

Amazon Key is available to prime members at a cost. Amazon Key works in two parts: choosing in-home delivery while checking out on Amazon and providing access to your home through Amazon's new Key in-home kit, which includes a smart lock provided by Kwikset or Yale and a special version of the company's new Cloud Cam security camera.

Their system is a bit simpler: the delivery person is given a one-time code, which opens the door and alerts customers on their smartphones after the carrier enters. So she orchestrates the preparations remotely-using the Amazon Key app on her phone to let in a cleaning crew and a courier delivering her mom's present. "You'll be notified any time your guest locks or unlocks your door", Amazon said in an online press release. Amazon recently announced Hub, a locker-like system for apartment complexes, that provides another kind of secure package delivery that doesn't require giving a stranger access to your home.