5 Reasons Why Growing Businesses Need Keyless Entry Systems

From cost savings to improved security, digital access offers numerous benefits. We explore why keyless entry systems are the future for growing businesses.

With a greater demand for advanced security solutions, more industries are adopting mobile door entry systems. In fact, the keyless entry technology market is set to reach $5 billion in 2023, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.8% through 2033.

Keyless entry systems let users access premises using electronic or digital methods, such as smartphones, instead of keycards or fobs. However, they don’t just offer improved security and convenience. These systems help businesses:

  • Reduce costs
  • Improve building management
  • Facilitate access control
  • Ensure facility compliance
  • Streamline operations
  • Gain insights into facility use

Let’s explore why keyless entry systems are the future for growing businesses. Understanding these benefits will help you make an informed decision about whether your site needs digital access.

1. Enhanced Security: Protecting Assets and Data

Managing property access is crucial to security, but it can also be complex. Your property management team controls who gets access to certain zones and when; they must also grant visitors access to the right areas.

A digital commercial real estate access system can simplify mixed-use property management and improve security. Your team can manage cloud-based mobile access from anywhere and gain real-time insights into facility use. In addition, you can automatically update access permissions when an employee leaves or joins the company. This means no key, keycard, or fob handovers, lock changes, or risk of past employees entering the building without authorization.

What’s more, mobile access systems eliminate the need for physical credentials which are susceptible to theft and loss. And should an employee lose their phone, you can deactivate access credentials instantly and remotely.

Keyless entry systems offer role-based access, ensuring only authorized personnel can enter certain zones. Plus, a detailed access audit trail of all doors shows you who accessed which area and when. You can track this at any time from anywhere.

2. Improved Operational Efficiency: Streamlining Access Management

Managing access for hundreds of employees, customers, vendors, and guests becomes more complicated as your business grows. It’s especially difficult for mixed-use buildings and when managing more than one location.

Issuing, managing, and keeping track of access cards takes a lot of time and administrative work. In addition, the onboarding and manual signing-in process is tedious for visitors and front desk staff alike. But keyless entry systems trim the process and streamline access management.

With Sentry Mobile Access control, users receive a digital credential via a calendar invitation on their mobile device before their appointment or meeting. On arrival, they scan the QR code or tap the NFC reader with their smartphone to enter as an access card. This makes it easy to track who accessed which areas at any time.

Administrators can even assign access codes or digital keys with temporary time limits. And system managers can issue and revoke access from anywhere, making 24/7 multi-property access management a breeze.

3. Scalability and Flexibility: Adapting to Business Growth

Unlike physical keys and access cards, readerless cloud-based keyless entry systems don’t require any extra hardware to expand the number of users and locations. Employees simply download an app to use their mobile device as their access card. They can use the same device to print documents securely, book meeting rooms, and pay for items at canteens.

What’s more, property managers can create custom access schedules for different users depending on their specific needs. This flexibility means you can grant temporary access to contracted employees, for instance. And updating access authorization to reflect workers’ changing roles and responsibilities—even if short-term—takes minutes.

Keyless entry systems can also continually be upgraded with new features. This means you can invest in a mobile access control system that will continue to meet your needs as your business grows and evolves.

4. Audit Trails and Analytics: Data-Driven Insights

Each time someone uses their mobile access credential to open a door, a record is created. This lets businesses track who entered and when, which is useful for investigations, accountability, and compliance purposes.

In addition, data insights let property owners and managers see how tenants use the building. You can identify trends by viewing peak door unlock times and entry and exit volumes. By verifying building or room occupancy levels, managers can ensure physical spaces, lighting, and heating are being used effectively and responsibly.

Cloud connectivity further enables real-time access alerts to property managers, providing valuable insights into potential security concerns. With cloud connectivity, all access records and data are securely stored. Automated remote backups eliminate the risk of data loss due to hardware failures or on-site disasters.

5. Cost Savings and ROI: Long-Term Financial Benefits of Keyless Entry Systems

The cost-saving benefits of keyless entry systems go far beyond just doing away with the need for physical sets of keys. For instance, readerless mobile access control eliminates the need for costly security system installation and maintenance without compromising security. And with real-time alerts for unauthorized access attempts, your security team can immediately respond to security breaches.

With mobile access, there are no costs to replace lost or damaged access cards. And because access is automated, you may not need multiple after-hours, front-of-house staff members. Additionally, fewer administrative tasks mean you can free staff up for more strategic work. This improves efficiency and productivity and reduces labor costs.

Another significant financial benefit of keyless entry systems is optimizing space and energy use within the property. With data-driven insights about property use, peak access times, and low-use areas, you can adopt cost-saving strategies that improve your rental income or lower your power output.

Futureproof Your Access Control With Keyless Entry From Sentry Interactive

Efficiency and security are paramount in today’s fast-paced business environment. As a result, keyless entry systems have become essential for growing businesses. Not only are they more secure than traditional locks and legacy access control systems, but they also offer numerous benefits that these can’t provide. Specifically, they enhance building security, streamline processes, improve efficiency, and provide strategic data-based property insights.

Sentry Interactive’s Mobile Access provides cloud-based mobile access control and visitor management, which enhances building security with banking-level encryption and multi-factor authentication. Our visitor management platform integrates with Microsoft and Google calendars and syncs with our mobile access control platform to provide automatic mobile credential issuing when a meeting or appointment is scheduled. The visitor will automatically receive access to the doors they require for the required duration of time. The host also has the ability to manage access remotely 24/7 and access room availability with real-time access reports.

We design plans to suit your business type and size, so you can expand your mobile access solution as your needs evolve. From software-only keyless access options and virtual receptionist kiosks to corporate communication digital displays, there’s a perfect fit for you. Schedule a demo 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

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.