Meeting Growing Demands: Can You Scale With Cloud-Based Mobile Access Control?

Cloud-based mobile access control systems offer many benefits, including cost, security, and convenience. You can also scale these systems to match demand.

Most companies use access control systems to protect their facilities. But as an organization grows, the entry systems must keep pace with its evolving needs. A new generation of cloud-based mobile technology can scale to meet the growth demands of companies more easily than ever.

Sentry Interactive’s cloud-based mobile access control system is faster, less expensive, and easier to install or upgrade against anything else on the market today. This makes it the ideal solution to meet dynamic needs of access management. Let’s face it: organizations change, so you need a system that can change with you.

Scalability Benefits: Harnessing the Flexibility of Cloud-Based Mobile Access Control

With access control systems based in the cloud, it’s relatively easy to expand your solution. As your needs increase, simply add more users through the software application. With Sentry Interactive’s cloud-based mobile solution, you can quickly install more wireless door credentials as needed to secure more rooms.

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Cloud systems offer scalability benefits for many other areas as well. For example, think of how easy it is to add users to office software, media streaming sites, or practically any other service.

Sentry Interactive’s technology can handle any security requirement based on its flexible cloud native solution. It allows for proprietary access control systems to be converged into a single pane of glass for management. Whether you’re managing a gym franchise, healthcare center, office complex, university, or any other facility doesn’t matter. Moving your access control system to the cloud offers the most effective and efficient way to manage your access control ecosystem. Consolidating buildings and multiple sites under a unified view offers the ultimate in security management and monitoring.

It costs much less to scale up a cloud-based solution than a conventional approach that requires physical credentials. Gone are the substantial costs of producing new access cards or fobs. Instead, you have budget-friendly pricing options that scale with your company. And no matter how many different sites you have or where they’re located, you can manage the whole cloud system remotely. No other access control solution provides scalability as easily as Sentry Mobile Access.

Expanding Access Control Without Any Physical Hardware Infrastructure Changes

A Sentry Interactive cloud-based mobile entry system makes adding doors to your access control network easy. Instead of making extensive hardware infrastructure changes —HID reports new door locks and reader hardware and installation costs range between $4,000–$5,000, and a cost of $53 per user to add for access—it’s now only a matter of quickly deploying mobile access and wireless door credentials, making the Sentry Interactive Solution unique in its simplicity and ease of install.

Bringing additional doors online with the Sentry Mobile Access cloud-based system has additional cost-saving implications as well: the cloud technology enables the use of smartphones for building entry, reducing the cost of issuing new keycards and fobs.

For larger companies, office space management has become an important issue. With the transition toward hybrid work environments, there are more challenges now than ever to getting the most out of available desks, offices, and conference rooms.

It’s all the more important to arrange floor use well. Mobile access control systems like Sentry Interactive Mobile Access can integrate with property management solutions to enhance your space management.

Streamlining Access Control Management

Cloud-based mobile access control systems help companies scale up or down. This technology lets you easily add or remove doors, users, and other resources from the access control network without disrupting operations. Again, the system’s simplicity makes it more efficient and adjustable than alternatives.

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The ease of adding or removing doors streamlines your access control management. You can freely control who may enter which doors at any time. Forget wasting time and resources on complex processes. As your organization grows or changes Sentry Interactive’s affordable solutions make it easy to adjust.

The Benefits of Comprehensive Access Control

Mobile access control dramatically improves building security and boosts efficiency. Smartphones and similar devices already include powerful security features like multi-factor authentication. Now, they can also be a convenient way to control building entry. If someone loses their mobile device, simply deactivate that person’s credentials. You no longer have to worry about lost, stolen, or damaged keys or fobs.

Cloud-based (native)access control systems that are built around mobility can be managed from one central location. You can also monitor real-time events and use the insights to optimize traffic flow. For instance, you can examine the number of people going through each door and respond to trends. It’s a smarter way to determine who can go where.

Streamlined access control management also makes it easier to manage employees and visitors. It’s especially valuable for multi-tenant sites and large properties—a high-tech solution that can easily automate the flow of people.

Finally, a modern system like Sentry Interactive’s Mobile Access is much more convenient. It doesn’t require people to carry anything beyond what they would already have with them, their smartphone. There’s also no need for front desk staff to keep a register of issued visitor passes and distribute new or replacement access cards to staff. And because everything’s done instantly through the cloud, all these advantages can be scaled on demand.

Scalability Options: Factors to Keep in Mind

In growing your cloud-based mobile access control systems, consider a few things to make the process go smoothly. For instance, proper planning will pay dividends when it’s time to expand, as will careful system design and vendor support.

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Of course, a cloud-based system does pose some risks. For instance, moving sensitive data to an internet-connected environment could become an easy target for cyberattacks. You’re also at risk for data leakage or loss.

A good provider can help you mitigate these risks. Companies using public/private key infrastructure maintain a persistent connection to ensure data stays secure throughout its entire journey. You should also conduct a cybersecurity risk assessment to uncover vulnerabilities in your system’s security. In addition, limit user access controls to only those functions needed for their specific role.

An effective solution from Sentry Interactive incorporates high-quality system design with support to deliver fast scalability. Banking-level security protects all processes, and internal policies align with the ISO27001 information security standard. The platform is based in certified, independently audited facilities and complies with data protection regulations.

The cloud interface makes managing doors and users effortless. You can also issue or revoke credentials at any place or time. It’s a well-rounded solution that you can scale up at will.

Get Scalable Workplace Security with Sentry Interactive

Cloud-based mobile access control systems offer greater scalability than traditional systems. Sentry Interactive’s cloud infrastructure, and NFC technology facilitates mobile entry for multiple buildings as easy as if you were managing just one. Administrators can remotely add or remove users and quickly increase or decrease the number of doors.

Sentry Interactive’s innovative access control system saves more money than older legacy access control systems that use access control cards, badges and fobs. The new innovative method also increases your security and convenience. Regardless of how quickly your company has to scale, it’s now possible to meet your growing access management needs.

Leverage the flexibility and scalability of readerless access control systems. They work seamlessly with all major pre-installed and new access control hardware. Contact Sentry Interactive now to improve your access control management and boost security.

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.