Amazon Key has added another layer of security by updating its app to include fingerprint authentication.
The Amazon Key service, made available in the United States last November, allows customers to have their packages securely delivered inside their home without having to be there.
The app works with a smart lock and an Amazon Cloud Cam, which allows users to grant delivery access to their house and monitor everything through a security camera.
The app has now been updated to include fingerprint authentication, meaning that access to remotely lock and unlock their doors is more protected.
An Amazon spokesperson confirmed to Press Association that fingerprint authentication is now available on Android, but the company has not yet released details as to when the update will be coming to iOS.
Users can grant guests – for example cleaners or dog walkers – a code to enter their home. Amazon couriers do not use a code, but are granted access via the cloud once an encrypted authentication process has been passed and the camera has begun recording.
When Amazon Key was first announced, Peter Larsen, vice president of delivery technology, said: “Amazon Key gives customers peace of mind knowing their orders have been safely delivered to their homes and are waiting for them when they walk through their doors.
“Prime members can select in-home delivery and conveniently see their packages being delivered right from their mobile phones.”
Amazon Key is currently available in 37 cities and surrounding areas across the United States.