- 9 January 2019
- Transport / Logistics Services
Amazon has launched a number of products associated with its Key by Amazon offering that allows keyless entry into residential and business properties. The new offerings include Schlage Encode Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt, the first WiFi-enabled smart lock for Key; Key for Garage with Chamberlin Group (CGI); compatibility with the Ring app for access control; and Key for Business, a smart fob for drivers delivering Amazon packages to commercial and residential properties.
“For the past year, we’ve been thrilled to see how customers have benefited from Key by Amazon. We started with the idea of in-home package delivery and quickly learned that our customers found peace of mind and delight from the control Key gives them over their most important place—their homes—even when they aren’t there themselves,” said Rohit Shrivastava, GM of Key by Amazon. “Key puts security, convenience, and control in the hands of our customers and we are excited to expand Key and open up more possibilities for them.”
Amongst the products is the Schlage Smart WiFi Deadbolt that is the first wifi-enabled smart lock for Key that is there for any customer seeking a ‘keyless life’ without any new hub or hardware. The owner can allow a range of people to enter the building with a fob, including those accessing the building for deliveries.
“Even with all the advancements in the category, we recognized there was still a gap in simple, secure, high performance and cost-effective, all-in-one access solutions,” said Lee Odess, Vice President, Solutions Providers Business at Allegion, maker of Schlage locks. “Schlage Encode was designed to provide homeowners with one trusted device—no gateway or hub needed—that could make keyless entry simpler and more convenient than ever before.”
Using the Ring app, people will be able to lock and unlock their door remotely having established the visitor’s ID via viewing them on camera. “Giving customers the ability to lock and unlock their Key-compatible locks directly from the Ring app is a no-brainer,” said Jamie Siminoff, Chief Inventor and Founder of Ring. “Ring’s customers already regularly use two-way talk on Ring devices to scare off would-be thieves or other bad actors. With the integration of Key, they’ll also be able to use the Ring app to open the door to neighbors, family, and service providers they do want coming and going, no matter where they are.”
The Key for Business is a smart fob carried by delivery personnel with Amazon packages. A code can be sent to the fob and they will have temporary access at a certain time window to access your property. Key for Business works with most building access systems and is currently available to hundreds of buildings across the country, including apartment properties owned by WinnCompanies, Avalon, Kettler, and more.
“Our residents order a high volume of packages from Amazon, requiring frequent access by delivery drivers to our communities,” said Karen Hollinger, Vice President at AvalonBay Communities, Inc. “To help ensure that packages aren’t ever delayed in reaching our residents, we’ve enabled the Key for Business technology at key doors and gates. This reduces work for our associates and provides a more secure digital verification of driver activity.”