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Amazon Key for Business

In this review, we highlight the main features of Amazon Key for Business, review the pricing model, weigh pros and cons, and provide a thoughtful comparison to video intercom and access control systems.

What is Amazon Key for Business?

Amazon Key for Business is a smart fob that allows Amazon drivers to enter a building and deliver shipments without the assistance of the building’s staff. To be eligible, a building or gated community must have 10 or more units that order deliveries directly from Amazon. The premises should also have a compatible electronic access control system installed for Amazon Key to work. While Key for Business installs on existing access control systems, it does not change the existing access control experience for residents.

Pricing – Is Key for Business Really Free?

Yes, Amazon Key For Business is a free solution provided by Amazon to alleviate the burden on multi-unit and gated communities handling a large amount of Amazon deliveries. The Key for Business device, maintenance, and installation is completely free. Compatible cameras, locks, and other hardware, however, need to be purchased separately.

How Does Key for Business Work?

Amazon Key for Business installs on a building’s existing access control system. Once installed, the delivery driver can request access to the building through the Amazon delivery app on the day of delivery. Then, the driver goes through an authentication process to confirm identity upon arrival. This includes driver ID, route, location, and the time of access. They are then issued one-time, time-bound access to make deliveries.

Amazon Key for Business Features

  • Automated Access for Amazon Drivers: Amazon Key for Business integrates with existing access control systems and allows Amazon delivery drivers to request access through the Amazon delivery app. Reaching the building, the drivers can unlock the door from the app and place the packages inside. 
  • Single-Entry, Time-Bound Access: Access is only granted within the scheduled time and is valid for one entry only. The driver has to confirm that the door is relocked once they leave. Amazon Key App also allows residents or staff to unlock the door from the app for non-Amazon deliveries or other visitors. Residents can keep using the access control system normally.
  • Multi-Factor Authentication: Amazon Key for Business comes with robust security to ensure that only authorized drivers can access the building. Multi factor authentication validates the driver’s ID, route, GPS location, and time of the request before allowing access. 
  • Entry Notification and Video: Amazon Cloud Cam can be added to watch 15-second live video clips or cloud recordings of the drivers’ entry via Amazon Key App. Building managers also get a notification for each delivery and can disable or enable driver access at any time.
  • Compatible Access Control Systems: Amazon Key For Business works with most types of electronic access control systems and smart locks. It is installed at hundreds of properties across America including apartment buildings owned by Kettler, Avalon, WinnCompanies, and other real estate companies.

Amazon Key for Business Review

The biggest advantage of Amazon Key For Business appears to be its price. It reduces the headache and workload associated with handling deliveries at residential and commercial buildings, high rises, and gated communities that receive a large number of shipments from Amazon. Key For Business, however, is not a replacement for a proper visitor management or access control system. 

Advantages and Main Benefits

  • Reduces the workload and saves time for front desk and mailroom staff
  • Streamlines and automates deliveries
  • Increases delivery compliance by 80%
  • Streamlines the Amazon secure delivery experience, since packages do not have to be left outside
  • Reduced risk of Amazon package theft

Limitations

  • Partial Solution: Key For Business provides automatic access for Amazon deliveries only. You’ll still need to have another app or system for allowing programmed access to other couriers like general Fedex/UPS/USPS packages, dog walkers, cleaning services, and other visitors. This doesn’t protect non Amazon packages from theft. 
  • Building Security: Privacy is more important to building owners and residents than ever. The thought of the world’s biggest retailer having access to their building is too close to home for some. There have also been questions regarding delivery drivers being able to see building access codes, and the legitimacy of Key for Business Amazon representatives. However, Amazon has confirmed that delivery drivers never have access to building codes, and they provide a phone number to call to confirm identification should it be called into question.
  • Liability: Amazon does not take responsibility for damage to deliveries. So, additional package management measures should be in place to ensure secure delivery.

Amazon Key for Business vs. Swiftlane Intercom and Access Control

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Amazon Key for Business is an add-on solution to access and delivery management. Swiftlane Access Control and Video Intercom, on the other hand, is a comprehensive common area solution. It supports programmable automatic entry for delivery drivers, dog walkers, cleaning crews, and other visitors and guests. Swiftlane Video Intercom also allows residents and staff to see and speak with visitors and allows remote access from the Swiftlane App. 

While the two solutions are different from one another, below is a comparison of the two systems. This comparison should help in identifying the access needs of any particular building.

Amazon Key for Business
Swiftlane Access Control
Product Type
Amazon temporary access
Touchless access control, visitor management and delivery management
Cost
Installation and maintenance is free; video capabilities are sold separately
Requires installation plus door relay and reader cost
Management
Primarily management of Amazon deliveries
Complete access control and visitor management dashboard
Connectivity
Installs on existing access control system
All-in-one access control and visitor management
Programming
None needed
Cloud-based via Swiftlane App
Outdoor Hardware
IoT module that connects to the electronic door lock
Smart reader that provides access control and video intercom
Video Capability
Amazon Cloud Cam (needs to be purchased separately)
Built-in video intercom with remote door unlock
Mobile Access
For Amazon drivers only
For all visitors and employees
Single-Use Pins
None
Available for all types of delivery management
Access Control
None
Built-in mobile, PIN and face recognition credentials
Door Relay
Existing system or Amazon compatible locks
Swiftlane door controller works with any existing electronic door lock
Multi-Factor Authentication
Available for Amazon drivers
Available for tenants and delivery people
Temporary Access
Amazon Key App
Temporary digital pin codes available; Intercom-based authorized access; Remote door unlock for visitors via the Swiftlane app
Warranty
Might void your access control system warranty
Comes with built in warranty for the system
Support
No ongoing support options listed
Local, on the ground support and online support
Product Type
Amazon Key for Business
Amazon temporary access
Swiftlane Access Control
Touchless access control, visitor management and delivery management
Cost
Amazon Key for Business
Installation and maintenance is free; video capabilities are sold separately
Swiftlane Access Control
Requires installation plus door relay and reader cost
Management
Amazon Key for Business
Primarily management of Amazon deliveries
Swiftlane Access Control
Complete access control and visitor management dashboard
Connectivity
Amazon Key for Business
Installs on existing access control system
Swiftlane Access Control
All-in-one access control and visitor management
Programming
Amazon Key for Business
None needed
Swiftlane Access Control
Cloud-based via Swiftlane App
Outdoor Hardware
Amazon Key for Business
IoT module that connects to the electronic door lock
Swiftlane Access Control
Smart reader that provides access control and video intercom
Video Capability
Amazon Key for Business
Amazon Cloud Cam (needs to be purchased separately)
Swiftlane Access Control
Built-in video intercom with remote door unlock
Mobile Access
Amazon Key for Business
For Amazon drivers only
Swiftlane Access Control
For all visitors and employees
Single-Use Pins
Amazon Key for Business
None
Swiftlane Access Control
Available for all types of delivery management
Access Control
Amazon Key for Business
None
Swiftlane Access Control
Built-in mobile, PIN and face recognition credentials
Door Relay
Amazon Key for Business
Existing system or Amazon compatible locks
Swiftlane Access Control
Swiftlane door controller works with any existing electronic door lock
Multi-Factor Authentication
Amazon Key for Business
Available for Amazon drivers
Swiftlane Access Control
Available for tenants and delivery people
Temporary Access
Amazon Key for Business
Amazon Key App
Swiftlane Access Control
Temporary digital pin codes available; Intercom-based authorized access; Remote door unlock for visitors via the Swiftlane app
Warranty
Amazon Key for Business
Might void your access control system warranty
Swiftlane Access Control
Comes with built in warranty for the system
Support
Amazon Key for Business
No ongoing support options listed
Swiftlane Access Control
Local, on the ground support and online support

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