Amazon is getting into the Smart Home Security space with its Alexa-enabled Cloud Cam and Amazon Key service that allows you to remotely manage guest access to your home.
Amazon and Alexa are positioning to take over the reigns of the smart home in more aspects than just entertainment and controlling your lights. Already you have Alexa-enabled devices like Fire TVs and tablets, the Echo smart speaker, Fire Tablets, and more. And now the company want to help you with home security by allowing you to remotely manage guest access to your house.
Amazon Cloud Cam and Amazon Key
While the Cloud Cam can operate on its own as an indoor security camera, it’s best when paired with the Amazon Key service. The tandem works with Alexa so you can let delivery drivers in your house so they can drop off your packages. In fact, you can give access to anyone you trust through the system.
Starting this week, you can order the standalone Amazon Cloud Cam ($119.99) which is motion activated and has 1080p HD resolution, night vision, and two-way audio. Or, you can get the Cloud Cam Key Edition kit which includes the camera and compatible smart lock. The Amazon Cloud Cam and Key Service is free for the first 30 days and is billed at $69.99/annually after that. This service has three different plans that offer advanced services like person detection, specific alerts, up to 30-days of cloud storage, and the ability to manage multiple cameras.
Keep in mind that for the full service you need to be an Amazon Prime member and the service is only available in select cities and surrounding areas. To check if your location is included, head to this Amazon Page and type in your zip code to check eligibility.
To get a better idea of how the service works and different scenarios where it could be helpful during your busy day, take a look at the following video:
Does having the ability to remotely let delivery drivers and others into your home remotely from your phone appeal to you? Or, do you think this idea goes a little too far for your privacy preference? Let us know your take in the comment section below.