Amazon Buys Ring to Make Homes, Deliveries More Secure

Amazon Buys Ring to Make Homes, Deliveries More Secure 600 385 C-Suite Network

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Amazon has agreed to buy smart doorbell maker Ring for US$1 billion, the companies disclosed this week. Ring last summer added an Alexa skill that allows Ring users to use the Echo Show to see and hear visitors at the front door.

The deal means Ring will be able to further its “mission to reduce crime in neighborhoods by providing effective yet affordable home security tools to our neighbors that make a positive impact on our homes, our communities and the world,” Ring said in a statement provided to the E-Commerce Times by company rep Meredith Chiricosta.

The Ring acquisition is Amazon’s latest step to secure deliveries to homes and businesses through the use of smart tech.

Amazon last fall launched Amazon Key, a service to allow indoor package delivery to customers who are not at home. It requires the purchase of a US$249 Amazon Key Home Kit, which includes the Amazon Cloud Cam and smart locks from Yale or Kwikset. Users can monitor deliveries remotely in real time or view recordings stored in the cloud.

Amazon acquired Blink, a maker of wireless home security cameras and video doorbells, late last year. Also, Nest was folded back into Google earlier this month.

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