The Future of Smart Access: Commercial Trends to Maximize Operations

By integrating readerless smart access technologies, you can transform the way your facility operates. We explore how they work and how you can benefit.

Today we live in a mobile-first society. In nearly every facet of our lives—communications, work, shopping, paying bills, navigation, the list goes on—smartphones have become a built-in part of our daily routines. Now, many businesses are seeing the value in adding one more facet to these devices: smart access control.

Robust mobile-enabled access control systems leverage smart technologies to streamline complex facility management, reducing operational costs, improving security, and enhancing user experiences. While many large companies are aware of new proptech innovations, the scale of implementing change across their organization is overwhelming and costly—not to mention the lengthy hardware lead time delays.

This is where readerless smart access systems are a game changer. Without the need for replacing electronic wired door readers, organizations can improve security and property management efficiency at scale. The readerless smart access solution, Sentry Mobile Access, takes security a step further with cloud data security protocols designed by banking-level encryption experts.

Let’s explore how solutions like Sentry Mobile Access work—and how your business can benefit from leaving legacy access control systems behind.

Mobile-Enabled Access Control: Convenience and Security at Your Fingertips

Mobile access control uses mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches as a tenant’s credentials to securely manage access into and within buildings.

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Since smartphones and other devices are less likely to get lost, damaged, or forgotten, they’re a lot more reliable than standard keys, fobs, and access cards. Companies don’t need to issue physical keys or cards and don’t need to worry that they’ll land in the wrong hands—especially when granting access to visitors. If a mobile device gets lost, administrators can remotely revoke access to that device instantly.

Smart access systems eliminate the cost of issuing key cards and reduce administration and the need for multiple reception staff to manually log visitor access.

Full-time employees, tenants, or facility members download an app to their smart device to enable touchless access control. Guests, on the other hand, can receive a digital access pass sent to their smartphone for the time of their appointment. These technologies streamline access, eliminate bottlenecks, and reduce wait time, thus improving visitor experiences.

Cloud-Based Access Management: Centralized Control and Scalability

One of the most complex aspects of managing a commercial or mixed-use property is controlling who gets access to specific areas. But the centralized control of cloud-based access systems makes it much easier to ensure that only authorized tenants can access certain floors or zones.

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Centralized cloud based access management system

A cloud-based smart access control system connects to the network for remote access management of one or multiple properties. Administrators can access the control platform from anywhere via a web-based interface or mobile app. This allows property managers to monitor property access and usage in real-time. They can grant or revoke entry without physically being on-site and set automated access schedules, perhaps by issuing automatically-expiring guest passes or locking off access to a facility at specified times of day.

In addition, they can instantly cancel access to past employees and onboard new staff with the needed authorization. Setup is, therefore, easily scalable as business needs change. Managing multiple facilities from anywhere on a single platform greatly improves productivity and efficiency. It reduces the chance of overlooking details and neglecting certain areas.

How Sentry Mobile Access Provides More Security for Access Control

While smart access offers a host of benefits, the primary reason most businesses implement the technology is to simplify and improve security. A robust smart access control system should offer the following security features and benefits:

  • Integration with other security tools and technologies, such as cameras and alarms
  • Real-time monitoring and alerts for potential security risks
  • Role-based access through ID access control (such as digital ID badges)
  • Compliance with industry regulations and standards
  • Backups of access data in multiple cloud server clusters (minimizing data loss and leakage)
  • Effective threat detection and response capabilities
  • Improved workplace morale, productivity, and efficiency due to safe working conditions

To ensure consistent mobile access security, Sentry Mobile Access offers a role based, hierarchical security model that integrates multi-factor authentication for sensitive systems. All access is registered and audited for suspicious activity.

Integration with IoT and Smart Building Systems: Streamlined Operations and Automation

In addition to improved security, streamlined access management, and an enhanced user experience, smart access systems like Sentry Mobile Access offer another monumental benefit for business and property owners. Integrating with IoT and smart building systems can significantly improve overall building management and reduce operational costs.

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Property Managers analysing space utilization insights

Property managers can make strategic decisions about the use of the facility with on-demand overviews of who is in the building, data regarding peak and low access times, and key insights into high-use areas. Smart systems can also automate heating, lighting, and air conditioning functions to activate at certain times of day or only when rooms are occupied, significantly reducing utility costs.

Managers can determine patterns and spot irregularities in their smart building by running reports on access and usage activity. They can also identify underutilized areas that carry untapped revenue potential.

Mobile access control systems that integrate with existing third-party workplace apps additionally improve the workplace experience and streamline diary and task management. For instance, employees can use their smart building app to book meeting rooms, access printing, and on-site canteen vouchers plus enter rooms and register attendance with their mobile as a result of an open SDK mobile access integration .

Leverage Smart Access to Maximize Operations

Smart access technologies have revolutionized building management. However, not all systems are created equal—and one stands above the rest: Sentry Mobile Access.

Sentry Mobile Access’ smart access solutions offer cloud-based access control without the need to set up new wired hardware across your facility. The readerless mobile access system works with a wireless NFC door credential instead, that simply sticks next to an existing reader, meaning no rip and replace.

The system equips your facility with touchless smart access, remote visitor management, and valuable data insights. In addition, Sentry integrates digital calendars such as Google and Outlook for effortless visitor access and improved visitor authentication.

By integrating new smart access technologies, you can transform the way your facility operates.

Contact our team to customize the best solution for your enterprise needs.

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.