Security Through Mobility: How Mobile Access Control Revolutionizes Building Security

Mobile access control systems are transforming building access management. We explore the integration of mobile access to improve security and boost efficiency

Mobile access control systems are transforming building access management and enhancing security. By using smart devices such as smartphones or smartwatches, these systems provide secure, flexible, and convenient access to buildings and properties.

But digital access systems aren’t only a clever departure from traditional keys and access cards—they offer numerous other advantages, such as centralized management, traffic flow optimization, and real-time monitoring. Let’s explore how integrating mobile access control with existing security systems can help you streamline building access, boost efficiency, and improve security—all while providing a seamless user experience.

Why Mobile Access Control Empowers Security On the Go

Property access management is complex, especially for commercial premises that house multiple businesses. Whether it’s employees, tenants, guests, clients, business associates, deliveries, or any other visitor, you must control who gets access to certain zones and grant visitors access to the right areas.

A cloud-based mobile access control system presents the ideal solution for managing access to different areas of a mixed-use commercial property by streamlining access points, improving security, and offering insights into facility usage. The usual solutions—keys, fobs, and key cards—are susceptible to damage, loss, and theft. A lost access card is a vulnerability to your business or facility. But a cloud-based mobile access control system eliminates the need for physical access cards or keys and can be managed from anywhere.

– Fact 1 – 17.3% of Cardholders report losing their credential AT LEAST once per

Fact 2- organizations with an average headcount of 40,000 people tended to
lose more than 10,000 credentials per year.
– Fact 3 – the AVERAGE time to replace a Credential is around 12.5 minutes.
Phil Coppola, HID, Business Development Director Mobile Solutions, Linkedin

Also, since people are less likely to lose a mobile phone, there’s less risk of access keys falling into the wrong hands. In the event of a lost phone, you can easily deactivate the credential remotely; in the same way, tenants can use their mobile phone-based access control system to grant and revoke guest access at any time. Authentication passcodes or facial recognition software also serves as another layer of verification backup for administrators.

Benefits of Mobile Access Control Systems

Improved User Experience

Mobile access control streamlines interoffice travel. Employees don’t need to email ahead of time and arrange in-person collection of access cards; with mobile credentials, visiting staff simply download an app or obtain a visitor pass via their email to receive access remotely.

Cost Savings

Mobile access control eliminates the need for costly security system installation and maintenance. In addition, there are no issuance costs to replace lost or fading access cards. The labor cost alone of issuing a physical card is over $50.00/User.

Consolidation of Access Management

Administrators can control access permissions through a secure management portal. The cloud server enables security managers to grant, disable and revoke access remotely, ensuring central management of licenses from any location. Organizations with multiple locations can easily manage access permissions for all buildings at once, making visitor management and flexible work plans effortless.

Building Usage Data

A robust remote access control system should offer data insights to see how and when tenants use the building. You’ll see door unlock times and entry and exit volumes, identify trends, and verify building occupancy levels. This data can help managers understand and optimize space utilization and energy usage.

What Features Do Customers Need from Mobile Access Control Systems

To ensure you choose a robust and fully secure mobile access control solution, look for the following key features.

Cloud-Based Management

Look for a secure, user-friendly cloud interface system that allows true remote management. You should be able to issue and revoke access from anywhere at any time—and set access credentials to expire within a certain time.

Enterprise Grade Security With 256-Bit Encryption

It’s still virtually impossible to hack this level of encryption with today’s computers. To ensure the security is end-to-end, look for ISO 27001-certified system architecture.

Workplace Experience Features

Mobile access control systems can go beyond security features and integrate with existing workplace apps to improve the workplace experience. For instance, employees can book meeting rooms in workplace apps on their phones and open doors with the same device. Visitors can also register before they arrive for meetings, automatically notifying their hosts.

Affordable Scaling With Your Needs

Make sure the company you buy from can support you through the system’s entire lifecycle—and that pricing options align with your budget. Some providers charge for every credential, even if only used for a few hours. Others base fees on the number of doors rather than users, allowing you to issue mobile access cards to every employee, vendor, and visitor as necessary.

The Value of Gathered Insights in Mobile Access Control

As businesses continue to rely on technology for security and efficiency, mobile access control systems prove increasingly valuable. Using these innovative systems, companies can gain important insights into security measures and make proactive improvements. In addition, they can optimize operational processes for smoother workflows.

One way companies can stay ahead of potential risks and create a safer and more efficient environment is through predictive analytics. Predictive analytics improves access control systems by providing detailed analyses of user behavior and detecting security threats, using machine learning algorithms to quickly spot irregular patterns such as multiple failed access attempts. This triggers alerts or actions to prevent security breaches. By predicting peak usage times and resource allocation, the system can also improve operational efficiency.

How Mobile Access Control Enhances Security Through Seamless Integration

Traditional silo-oriented systems can no longer compete with the integrated features of cloud-based solutions. Their ability to interoperate with other technologies helps significantly extend the capabilities of a single solution; by amplifying the features of each platform, workflows become automated, consistent, easier to manage, and more efficient.

Security professionals across industries are increasingly integrating alarm systems, tracking systems, and video surveillance with access control to form a unified and comprehensive security platform. In addition, intrusion detection systems enable the monitoring of alarms throughout a facility; during non-operating hours alarms will communicate to a central station, immediately dispatching security or emergency personnel as needed.

Visitor management is another key integration. It provides an active dashboard of visitors present in the facility, and allows authorized parties to issue visitors mobile credentials or QR codes to enter the facility. In addition, visitor management capabilities run reports on visitor activity over a defined period, helping to establish patterns and monitor inconsistencies.

Supercharge Your Facility Access Experience

Commercial buildings need strong security measures to safeguard businesses, tenants, employees, and visitors from theft, invasion of privacy, and other harm. Unfortunately, traditional building security methods pose numerous challenges, including unauthorized access due to weak access control, lack of emergency protocols, and high volumes of tenants, visitors, delivery personnel, and contractors entering daily.

But mobile access control is transforming facility access management for improved security, while providing convenience and an improved experience for employees and guests alike. A solution like Sentry Mobile Access offers cloud-based access control that does not require any new hardware to set up.

Sentry Mobile Access equips your facility with smartphone NFC door access and smart visitor management. In addition, the system provides valuable data insights—and integrates into many existing major access control brand systems.

Supercharge your facility access experience and property safety. Find out about the range of innovative features and capabilities available with Sentry Mobile Access—contact our experts today!

William Bainborough

Board of Directors

William is an experienced British entrepreneur, founder, and accomplished board executive and advisor for a number of businesses. He is the CEO and co-founder of Doordeck, the world’s only true cloud-based access control aggregator. He is also the managing director and founder of Group Secure, a leader in providing security, CCTV, and access control solutions, products, and installation for high-net-worth individuals in the UK. 

William established his first business at just seventeen and brings 20-plus years of in-depth experience and industry knowledge. He has a proven track record for building businesses from the ground up—and then leading them to profitability and a successful exit across a myriad of sectors including hospitality, retail, security, telecommunications, and e-commerce. William’s leadership, vision, and experience in creating cutting-edge SaaS-based technology platforms will prove invaluable for Sentry Interactive moving forward.

Denis Hébert

Denis Hébert


Hébert began his career at Honeywell International where he held several leadership positions including Managing Director for the Automation and Controls business in France and eventually President of the NexWatch Corporation from 1999-2002. Hébert led HID Global as President & CEO over a transformative 12-year period from 2002-2015, where he provided strategic guidance and grew the business tenfold through a mix of strong organic and acquisitive growth. Most recently, Hébert was President of Feenics Corporation which is a cloud-based access control company that was successfully sold to ACRE LLC at the end of 2021. Hébert also served on the Board of Directors for the Security Industry Association (SIA) from 2009-2020 and was nominated to be Chairman of the Board for SIA from 2016-2018. He is currently Chairman of the Board for Nightingale Security based in Newark, CA.

Stephen Taylor Matthews

Board of Directors
Stephen is a very accomplished attorney, member of the Texas State Bar, licensed commercial real estate broker, and an avid philanthropist. He is an experienced executive board member, serving in leadership positions for more than 20 community councils and corporate boards—ranging from Boy Scouts of America to the ABBA Business Leaders Council, and most recently the American Bank BOD, the Real Estate Council of Austin, and the Marbridge Foundation BOT. With more than 35 years experience, Stephen and his firm, Barrond & Adler, L.L.P. are devoted to eminent domain cases in Texas.

Jon Davis

Board of Directors

Mr. Davis is an Experienced corporate board member, having served on boards of public, private equity-backed, and venture-backed companies. Jon possesses deep industry expertise in dairy, food processing, food technology and manufacturing, and food, beverage, and entertainment services. 

During Jon’s tenure of 25 plus years, he’s led operations, research and development, and mergers and acquisitions. He’s served as CEO and has been the founder and active board member for many successful enterprises—from startups to billion-dollar corporations. While COO and CEO of Davisco Foods International, Jon built a state-of-the-art cheese plant which was awarded the United States Dairy processing plant of the year in 2005 by Dairy Foods magazine. Currently, Jon is active with several non-dairy projects, including investments in local real estate, the Wayzata Brewworks, and his latest venture the new CōV restaurant in Edina’s Galleria.

Joe Caldwell

Founder and Chairman of the Board

Joe is an American entrepreneur, investor, and accomplished executive. He has co-founded, founded, and led many successful businesses, including US Internet, a leading fiber internet service provider, Securence, a leading provider of email filtering software, and Ravon, an industry-leading digital voice communications service. 

It was Joe’s venture, Municipal Parking Services (MPS), that inspired him in 2020 to start Sentry Interactive, an advanced touchless and staffless detection platform.

Caldwell currently serves as CEO and Chairman of the Board for Municipal Parking Services (MPS), a global tech company based in Austin, TX responsible for inventing and patenting technologies that assist in parking and security enforcement.

Joe was named one of Minnesota’s 500 Most Powerful Business Leaders for the past two years—and is a seasoned corporate board member. He’s served on boards of public, private equity-backed, and venture-backed companies—and has deep industry expertise in all aspects of digital technology.

Jason Bohrer

Jason Bohrer

Board of Directors

Jason Bohrer is one of the visionaries behind our mission to bring people back together safely and securely, in any environment, through Sentry’s advanced digital communications and detection platform. With over two decades of senior leadership experience, Jason’s track record of success spans across sales, operations, product innovation, strategy, and technology for domestic and global companies like Bexar Technology Partners, CPI Card Group, HID Global, and Motorola, Inc. Prior to launching Sentry Interactive, Jason was actively involved with several key technology transitions across multiple industries, including the contact and contactless EMV transitions in the U.S. payments industry and the adoption of smart card and mobile technologies in the global access and identity market. Jason was an inaugural member of the University of Chicago Executive Institute and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. He also serves as the Executive Director for two industry-leading not-for-profit organizations: the Secure Technology Alliance and the U.S. Payments Forum.
Brent Terry

Brent Terry

Chief Operating Officer
Brent Terry leads the operations and solutions organizations at Sentry. This includes all product innovation, development, and operations management. A veteran in the technology space, Brent has more than 30 years of experience across a myriad of industries, like physical security technology and building automation, SAAS, hardware and software product development, internet, digital TV, interactive TV, digital media, telecommunications, and medical products and services. Prior to Sentry, Brent has spun up successful startups and led high-performing teams for some of the biggest global, Fortune 500 companies, including ARRIS, Conerco, Motive Communications, SeaChange International, and IBM. Brent holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Louisiana. He also is the committee Chairman and Program Director for a non-profit organization responsible for the rollout of smart cards for physicians and first responders.