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August Access is a service that will allow delivery drivers to drop off packages inside...

By Polycount ยท 6 replies
Jan 9, 2018
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  1. Back in October, Amazon officially announced their Amazon Key service - a $249 kit that lets Amazon Prime customers give delivery drivers one-time access codes that allow them to leave packages just inside the front door instead of on the porch. The included Amazon Cloud Camera records the entire time, for security purposes.

    In partnership with same-day delivery company Deliv, smart lock maker August will soon offer their customers a similar -- albeit more limited -- service. Dubbed "August Access," this service will work in much the same way as Amazon Key, with customers providing Deliv's drivers a one-time home access code. The use of this service will require ownership of an August smart lock, a Yale residential lock or certain commercial locks.

    "Through this unique partnership, we are bringing a bit of magic to the shopping experience," Deliv CEO Daphne Carmeli said in a statement. "Deliv provides the last mile fulfillment solution for a broad retailer network across the country while August Home supplies the technology to take the final step into the home for a totally seamless experience, start to finish."

    To ensure the security of a user's property, August claims there will be a "camera feature" to allow a customer to monitor a delivery driver's actions live or review the recording at a later date although the company hasn't elaborated on what form this feature might take just yet. Beyond that, the August Access FAQ suggests the use of the company's Doorbell Cam for an additional layer of security.

    Although services like Amazon Key and August Access could reduce the odds of a shady individual swiping their package, allowing a stranger into their home -- even if that stranger is being monitored -- is still a risk some consumers will likely never be willing to take.

    If you're interested in giving August Access a shot, you may be in for a bit of a wait. Though Deliv and August have been privately testing the service for some time now, there's no word on when a public version of the service will roll out.

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  2. BSim500

    BSim500 TS Evangelist Posts: 527   +987

    No. Nor will it be for the dozen other variants of incredibly lazy courier firms amusingly trying to sell a $249 "let us into your home package" as a substitute for attempting redelivery, leaving with a trusted neighbor, an external garden locker or simply arranging more flexible delivery times in the first place...
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  3. TekGun

    TekGun TS Booster Posts: 161   +29

    Yea... no.
  4. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,261   +358

    What we need is a additional mail box. The size of a large package, just for packages. Have it lock when its closed, leave it open when your expecting a package.
  5. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,425   +2,885

    I have a "one time" lock box on my back deck where the delivery driver can open it one time to insert packages, close the box, and it cannot be opened again except by me. You can buy the lock for about $50 at many locations and install it on just about any kind of container. A lot less fuss and nobody gets in my house for any reason. I have to wonder why we haven't seen more on this kind of product out in the open market???
  6. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,277   +566

    This may never have happened to you but what would happen if there was more than one delivery in one day, assuming you couldn't get to it until after the deliveries? I suppose any deliveries after the first one would have to be left out in the open. Also, I imagine that occasionally some packages might be larger than your box. It's not a bad idea, just not perfect.

    That said, I don't anticipate me letting any delivery person inside my house when I'm not there.
  7. commanderasus

    commanderasus TS Addict Posts: 225   +97

    You can deliver after we have fed the cat

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