We're putting the BoxLock to the test
It's an internet-connected padlock that's designed to protect your delivered packages. The lock is placed on a container that delivery people stow your boxes in, and when it's unlocked, only the person who put it there can access it.
The BoxLock uses a bar-code scanner to read package labels, and it sends notifications when a shipment arrives, letting you know that the lock is opened. The lock also lets you grant access to your receptacle to friends and family so they can display an approved bar code on their phone or tablet to unlock the box.
A Smart Solution to Porch Pirating
According to BoxLock, porch pirates are a real problem, and 30 percent of Americans have been victims of them. A new company called BoxLock wants to make sure your packages stay safe when they're delivered at home by keeping them secure from porch pirates.
Once you've set up your account, BoxLock will connect to your package carriers' websites to let them know that they need to scan the tracking number for the delivery. They're working on getting package carriers to understand how the system works, and that's probably a big part of the reason it hasn't caught on as quickly as they'd like.
Easily Reprogrammable for More Delivery Options
The BoxLock app has an easy-to-use interface that allows you to program your lock with all of the carriers in your area, and then if you need to change the delivery address, you can do it from anywhere using the same account. The app also has a feature that allows you to change the name and email of the recipient, which is handy if someone else will be receiving your package.