Amazon is developing a “smart doorbell device” that would allow customers to grant delivery drivers one-time access to ones home to drop off items, according to a report by CNBC. The device is intended to reduce package theft due to unattended deliveries that often leave packages out in the open for hours.
While the device is described as a doorbell, it would surely need to be a smart lock, or at least have a smart lock component, to function the way it’s described by the people familiar with the matter. Many customers would likely cringe at the thought of giving a stranger access to their home, but package theft is a serious problem in some areas to the point that unattended deliveries are not an option.
Amazon has been rumored to be working on a home security camera, so it’s easy to see how the camera would work in tandem with the smart doorbell/lock to ensure the delivery driver doesn’t misbehave with their temporary access to your home.
Amazon’s current and future smart home devices can conceivably work together to provide the scenario where you receive an alert, possibly through Alexa, that a delivery driver is at your door. The alert could be accompanied with a live video feed of your front door and give you the option to unlock your door. You could then use your Echo devices to speak to the delivery driver and instruct them where to leave your package, all while watching their every move.
Most of the software components to achieve a scenario like the one just described, including push notifications, two-way communication, security camera integration, and smart lock integration are already present through Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. The introduction of an Amazon made smart lock and security camera would just make the entire system easier to setup, since it eliminates the need to link together 3rd-party devices.