The holidays have come and gone, and perhaps with them some of your intended package deliveries disappeared, too. But Parcel Guard is still around, and showing off its home security hardware at CES in Las Vegas this week.
The smart mailbox and anti-theft device from appliance maker Danby launched in Seattle back in November just before the height of shopping and shipping season. It’s another product intended to thwart the porch pirates who make off with a reported 25 million packages across the U.S. each year.
Don Twerdun, director of marketing at Danby, talked to GeekWire Sunday about the latest features on the $449 appliance.
“There’s two new things. We’ve got the two-way voice working so that if someone comes up to your front door and pushes [the Parcel Guard] just like your video doorbell, you can have a two-way conversation from the Parcel Guard to your phone,” Twerdun said. “The other thing that’s new is that now we can add a voice so that when somebody approaches, the motion detection goes off and it can say, ‘Please place parcel in the Parcel Guard’ or ‘Please ring the bell,’ or whatever you want that message to be.”
Parcel Guard looks a bit like a small refrigerator on which delivery drivers can access a drop slot, and packages are then dropped into a secure compartment, where they can be retrieved via Wi-Fi connectivity using a smartphone app. It’s billed as a better alternative than home security cameras, which just catch a thief walking away with your delivery, Danby said previously.
Twerdun said things have been going well for the new product out of the gate, but the biggest issue was getting floor space for display at national retailers because of the size of the item and the proximity to the holidays.