Something from CES 2020 I’m certainly buying is a Yale Smart Shipping Box

Yale Smart Delivery BoxSource: Yale

There are a lot of boxes try on some your own porch or at the end of your driveway to keep deliveries safe. Not necessarily a hard concept to figure out; we’ve all of been doing it for years with an easy mailbox. But having a larger edition that can be locked isn’t quite as easy. It looks like Yale’s new Smart Delivery Box has the simple part all determined.

No codes in order to mess with or any special delivery directions are needed. It’s auto-magic.

Yes, UPS and FedEx along with other delivery services can use codes plus unlock boxes or scan pub codes or even even unlock your house or garage to drop off a package. Yet what Yale is doing is so easier — you pair it by having an outdoor camera and unlock this manually (not so simple), or else you set it so it is unlocked till it has been opened once.

You can always unlock it with an application (of course there is an app for everything), but setting it up therefore the UPS driver can open the particular lid, put in my package, so when the lid is shut this locks until I unlock it really is pretty genius. And as someone who really does most shopping online and has had a package stolen from my porch, I think a simple solution that needs simply no installation is just what I need.

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The only disadvantage is that it’s a big, ugly plastic-type box that a thief could grab, run off with, and bust open up with a crowbar. The picking up plus running off part is easy to solve with a couple of concrete anchors plus lag bolts, but the crowbar component isn’t anything that could be changed. I am aware that a locked plastic bin is most likely going to make a thief look for a simpler target and it doesn’t have to be made from titanium to be a deterrent, but I would still like to see a metal edition.

Anyone with a crowbar can probably wreck one of these things, yet no thief wants to do all of that in front of a camera.

The ugly part is easy to cope with — Krylon Fusion paint for plastic comes in all sorts of surface finishes and is easy to spray on.

It’s not too expensive, either. I’m not so happy that I need to spend money since some people will steal anything that isn’t bolted down, but the whole shebang with a Yale Wi-Fi Bridge inspections in at $129. That’s a great deal cheaper than most of the stuff I actually get shipped here for work, along with the stuff I buy for me personally. Besides, having a treasure box that you could lock on your porch is a cool concept.

Once they are available, Items pick one up and let everyone understand what I think about it. Paired with a good outdoor security camera or two, it should make my house one that robbers will drive past instead of preventing to snoop.

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