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Amazon Now Planning to Offer “Surveillance Services” with Delivery Drones

The current surveillance capabilities offered by Amazon are already quite extensive

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Amazon paid over $1 billion for Ring, the maker of a "smart doorbell" that sends a video feed customers can check and answer from their smartphone. Wikimedia Commons

Taking its ambition of executing drone-based deliveries a notch higher, Amazon is now planning to offer “surveillance as a service” coupled with its futuristic unmanned aerial product delivery idea.

Overcoming another hurdle before achieving its target, the e-commerce giant recently won a patent to construct a drone that woud be capable of performing surveillance and property imagery as a “secondary task” after executing package deliveries, Quartz reported on Thursday.

The company thinks that a user may want to “subscribe to a surveillance system to provide surveillance as a service,” a riff on the established “software as a service” category.

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The current surveillance capabilities offered by Amazon are already quite extensive. VOA

In its patent Amazon suggests that the drone-based surveillance would be superior to traditional video-camera installations that have limited range, are liable to miss things and can be manipulated or damaged by an intruder.

Earlier in June, Amazon consumer chief Jeff Wilke had mentioned that the company could start using its Prime Air drone to deliver packages to customers within the next few months and this patent seems to be in line with the company’s vision.

The current surveillance capabilities offered by Amazon are already quite extensive. In February 2018, Amazon paid over $1 billion for Ring, the maker of a “smart doorbell” that sends a video feed customers can check and answer from their smartphone.

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The company thinks that a user may want to “subscribe to a surveillance system to provide surveillance as a service,” a riff on the established “software as a service” category. VOA

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Three months after that deal, Amazon launched “Neighbors” as a crime reporting social network that encourages users to upload videos straight from their Ring security cameras and tag posts with labels like “Crime,” “Safety,” and “Suspicious.”

In addition, the company also offers Amazon Key, a service that lets Prime members have packages delivered straight into their homes if they install its smart lock on their door and Amazon security cameras inside their homes. However, the company is often under scrutiny on charges of non-consensual and illegal user data collection. (IANS)

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Amazon Alexa May Come to Windows 10’s Lock Screen

Microsoft even started testing its first 2020 Windows 10 update ahead of “19H2” code and continues to issue builds to testers

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Amazon Alexa. Flickr

Tech giant Microsoft would allow Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa to activate on the lock screen in the next update to Windows 10.

Microsoft’s new update follows changes to Cortana in Windows 10, as it moves to a separate app in the Microsoft Store and away from the built-in search experience in the operating system, The Verge reported on Monday.

By putting Alexa on the lock screen, a Windows 10 PC would be an Alexa smart speaker even when the PC is in sleep mode.

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The logo of Amazon, online retailer is seen at the company logistics center in Lauwin-Planque, France. VOA

The tech giant plans to implement these changes to Alexa in the code name “19H2” update which is expected to arrive in September.

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Microsoft and Amazon last year entered into a partnership to integrate Cortana and Alexa.

Microsoft even started testing its first 2020 Windows 10 update ahead of “19H2” code and continues to issue builds to testers. (IANS)