Why You Need Frictionless Access Control Systems To Secure Your Business

Discover how frictionless access control systems are boosting efficiency, providing a more robust security environment, and enhancing user experiences.

Businesses have always faced security threats. But in today’s digital-first society, the implications of a potential breach loom large. Sensitive information is housed on-site; valuable products and assets are hosted in offices, and the safety of both employees and visitors is paramount. These concerns have many building managers considering upgrades to their access control systems.

Frictionless mobile access control gives businesses greater visibility into all activity within their space. As a result, security personnel can spot incidents promptly and respond immediately.

What’s more, taking quicker action to resolve or mitigate breaches can save companies from substantial financial and reputational damage. However, implementing modern security measures first requires integrating advanced visitor and building management systems.

Comprehensive security infrastructure demands robust access control protocols—but the enhanced security needed to protect buildings today can’t come at the expense of daily operations for visitors and employees. The solution? Access control systems that can prevent breaches without causing friction for authorized individuals.

Streamlining Business Operations: The Role of Frictionless Access Control Systems

The goal of frictionless security is to ensure the safety of both people and property. However, this objective shouldn’t inconvenience those trying to access the spaces they’re authorized to use. Rather, the approach aims to combine robust prevention and mitigation measures while maintaining ease of access for employees and visitors. So, with convenience in mind, frictionless access control systems that provide mobile access and software-defined access control solutions are becoming popular.

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In fact, frictionless access control is projected to grow at a CAGR of 12.6% between now and 2031, hitting a market cap of $50.4 billion. This exponential increase in popularity is largely driven by technology advancements that simultaneously improve frictionless building security and visitor convenience. For example, they enable users to enter authorized spaces with their smartphone. This isn’t just more convenient; it’s also more secure. Potential bad actors can swipe keycards or fobs, but people pay greater attention to where their phone is.

Cloud-based access management systems also make your organization more efficient by eliminating the delays caused by issues with legacy solutions or misplaced access cards. In addition, it streamlines visitor management protocols by allowing authorized users building or room access from their phones.

Enhancing User Experience: Leveraging Apple Watch and Smartphone Use for Seamless Access and Workplace Management

Integrating smart access control with third-party building management systems opens up a world of potential uses that can make building access more convenient and secure. For instance, you can integrate mobile access control with coworking, workplace, and tenant experience apps to provide more granular access management to specific amenities or spaces within a building. Employees may need special access to specific rooms, or members may need additional access to pools or gyms.

Solutions like Sentry Mobile Access embody the concept of smart access management systems. Authorized individuals can use their phones to gain access to authorized spaces via a wireless NFC door credential; the cloud-based software integrates with major legacy systems to provide a secure, centralized, and easy-to-use access control system.

Mobile access allows authorized individuals to navigate secure spaces using their personal devices. This serves not just to make compliance with security measures more convenient for visitors and employees, but also allows building managers to leverage the power of a digitally integrated security ecosystem to enhance the sophistication of their administration.

Integrating access control with workplace booking software such as Nexudus also promotes workplace efficiency. Users can book meeting rooms or desk spaces ahead of time through their devices. This gives both staff and visitors the speed and convenience of finding and unlocking the workspaces they need from their phones or smart wearable.

Other software integrations, such as Coworks, enable building or customer experience managers to continuously monitor occupancy, usage and capture tenant or visitor visibility. Alternatively, companies such as HqO allow building managers and employees to book conference rooms, improve workplace and community engagement, communicate building information and provide digital concierge services via the tenants, employees or visitors smartphone.

Simplifying Administrative Tasks: Centralized Management of Access Control

Centralized access control systems allow security staff to monitor and log events from one platform in real time. This cuts back on the amount of administrative labor necessary to maintain robust, standardized security policies, facilities management and front desk services. Security managers or front office staff can configure the system to meet the exact needs of the building by integrating multiple workplace management software solutions under one cohesive platform.

In addition, mobile access control systems help security personnel to grant access to take care of tasks through issuing time limited mobile credentials to authorized users for specific floors and doors. This gives staff more time to conduct other duties and reduces potential front desk and visitor management labor costs for companies.

Finally, implementing centralized workplace management systems also comes with an improved return on investment (ROI) for buildings. The technology doesn’t require the production or consistent replacement of keycards or fobs. Instead, employees and guests use their mobile phones to access their workspaces. This enables businesses to improve their security levels while simultaneously cutting costs.

These technological advances provide enhanced security measures that don’t waste time or resources for authorized employees and visitors.

Providing Frictionless Access Control With Advanced Integrations

The realities of building management today come with a heightened degree of necessary precaution. Yet, despite the increased threat levels many businesses face, advanced security technology make buildings more secure than ever.

Frictionless access control systems provide a better user experience for employees and visitors, while simultaneously presenting a more robust and united front to unauthorized entrants. The convenience they provide makes an average day in the office more efficient by automating certain tasks like securing meeting rooms, managing visitor and employee workplace flow and experience.

However, to garner these benefits, building managers must integrate technology powerful enough to support a frictionless experience. This is where smart building access and front desk solutions providers like Sentry Interactive come in.

Sentry Interactive provides mobile access control management, digital front desk support, visitor management and digital workplace communications to streamline security and building management. Contact us today to learn more about our advanced workplace management solutions.

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

Board of Directors
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

President and CEO
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.