Boost employee engagement and productivity with Connected Workplace Experience technology

With many companies operating from a hybrid structure today, ensuring a seamless, connected workplace has never been more critical.

Every business manager knows that efficiency, good relationships, and accountability form the backbone of a thriving and profitable enterprise. But a highly connected workplace can also power a cohesive team, retain top talent, and keep loyal customers. Leveraging the correct technologies to streamline communications and operations can achieve just this.

With many companies operating from a hybrid structure today, ensuring a seamless, connected workplace has never been more critical.

Well-functioning hybrid workplace technologies use the internet and cloud computing to connect people regardless of location, maximizing work flexibility. Moreover, innovative centralized management systems now mean that workplace operations can also be managed remotely.

These remote managed platforms streamline workplace processes and achieve the flexibility that the modern workplace accommodates today.

In this article, we’ll look at visitor and employee management solutions that can help you leverage a connected work environment through streamlined front desk operations in today’s modern workplace.

Streamline and secure visitor check-In

Healthcare facilities, hospitality establishments, education campuses, and corporate and residential buildings all require time-consuming and repetitive visitor management tasks.

Visitor details, entry and exit times, and appointment details must be recorded. Plus, there are access cards to issue, and front desk staff may need to offer additional information to guests. They also have to notify hosts or appropriate departments that the visitor has arrived.

The right technologies can reduce this task completion time and improve accuracy. By automating these tedious and repetitive chores, employees can become more productive and focus on more engaging aspects of their jobs.

But can a single system do all of this for you?

Sentry Interactive’s Connected Workplace Experience transforms front desk operations through digitization of access management, visitor check-in, and workplace communications, all controlled by a centralized visitor and employee management system. Front desk or facility managers can control meeting or event invitations and mobile access permissions, all under a single pane of glass, accessible from any location via cloud software.

Sentry’s solution makes manual front desk logs and long wait times a thing of the past. Benefitting visitors, but also your business. You’ll need fewer front desk staff and those on duty can spend their time on more engaging tasks. Rather than trying to complete guest registers, assign access, and notify hosts, they can give a friendly and professional first impression and offer personalized attention to any queries.

Connecting workplaces through automated, seamless visitor management

Digital check-in and digital reception kiosk solutions don’t just improve management between the front desk, hosts, and guests. They can also serve as information hubs for everyone in the building.

For instance, as displayed by the Sentry Interactive Edge, Sentry’s brand new eight-inch multi-touch screen tablet that can be mounted on to walls next to the internal doors of a building or be fixed to front desk countertops. The Edge and the Sentry Interactive Tower help to create a frictionless visitor and employee management experience through remote managed communications, secure 2FA digital self-check-in and support by a digital receptionist. Designed to work in a staffless workplace these 3-in-1 digital kiosk displays automate the visitor or employee check in experience whilst engaging workforces through digital displays that bring the workplace to life.

Furthermore, Sentry Interactive’s re-engineered mobile access solution, Sentry Mobile Access, allows your front desk staff to grant mobile access permissions for particular doors in a building remotely. On top of this if a visitor is invited to a meeting or room via the Connected Workplace Experience Platform or more simply than that via the Google or Microsoft Outlook calendar integration, they are automatically granted mobile access permissions to the doors leading to the room following a successful check in on the Edge or Tower kiosks.

When not being used to check in by visitors these display kiosks will show remote managed content. Customizable to whatever you want to show to engage your workforce and visitors. This could be facility maps, transportation updates, and loyalty program information. In addition, these kiosk displays can offer short questionnaires on check in around the user experience to collect feedback for areas of improvement or log  visitor compliance measures. A significant advantage of digital displays is that they run 24/7 without needing rest or requiring overtime.

In an educational setting, these kiosks function well as student portals, making it easy for new students to find facility maps, and stay updated with institutional events. Healthcare establishments, on the other hand, can use digital concierge displays to promote wellbeing initiatives or schedule real time announcements to patients or staff.

Regardless of the facility type, Connected Workplace Experience technology automates visitor and employee management, streamlines operational processes and drives engagement both internally and externally.

Using the Connected Workplace Experience for data-driven decision-making

Real-time data and automated facility reports give property managers valuable insights into property use. For instance, they can identify trends by determining peak access times. They can also verify building occupancy levels, underutilized space, and inefficient energy use.

Sentry Interactive’s Connected Workplace Experience technology logs all mobile door access data via Sentry Mobile Access as well as visitor check-in data from the Tower and Edge. This data is stored securely in the Sentry Interactive back-end management platform.

Such easy management and oversight allows property managers to track who entered, where they entered, and when to allow them to analyze and optimize.

Cloud connectivity and real-time access to data insights in a single platform also have numerous other benefits, including:

  • Remote management of multiple properties simultaneously
  • Frictionless access control
  • Real-time access alerts identifying potential security concerns
  • Automated remote backups, eliminating the risk of data loss
  • Improved accountability and compliance

Boost productivity and engagement with digital workplace technology

Let’s recap: Digital visitor check-ins, automated and streamlined visitor management, and data analytics are essentials to building a connected workplace. What’s more, connected workplace technologies facilitate communication with visitors and employees alike. It ensures that everyone has access to the information they need, whether it’s a hospital map or a university class schedule

With Sentry Interactive, mobile security access is automated, and the option of the digital receptionist streamlines a remarkable Connected Workplace Experience. What’s more, by reducing administrative tasks, you’ll see an increase in employee productivity. Staff can instead focus on more strategic tasks, which has the potential to transform workplace dynamics.

Sentry Interactive turns any establishment into a secure, efficient, and connected space. Chat with us to learn how we can customize a connected workplace solution to improve your front desk operations and revolutionize your workplace community experience.

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.