United Parcel Service Inc. said on Tuesday that it began a pilot project in partnership with Latch, which provided smart locks for safe compartments in multi-home buildings in Brooklyn. The trial was expanded from preliminary tests in Manhattan.
“It can be difficult to securely deliver packages in high-density, multi-family urban residences, especially when people are not at home. Smart access devices give us a keyless way to deliver packages to buildings and leave packages safely in lobbies or building package rooms,” said Jerome Roberts, UPS’s vice president, responsible for product innovation.
The delivery person uses a code for the particular condominium to leave the item and the event is logged. Doors within the building can be unlocked from a mobile device by authorized personnel and tenants, while the system is equipped with wide-angle cameras for recognition. The company said it hopes to develop the service for general use in the United States.