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.