The importance of interoperability when future-proofing campus access control security

From traditional keys to smart devices, managing access control remains a pivotal aspect of campus security. As educational institutions are increasingly looking to adopt modern access control solutions and future-proof their current systems, it is essential they assess credential interoperability with locks and other access security hardware they already use on campus, to avoid costly losses on investment.

In today’s market there are many smart and mobile credential solutions that only run through proprietary systems. Campuses that are running multiple different security systems may run into limitations with interoperability and restrictions on hardware options if they decide on a mobile credential provider that is closed and only works with necessary proprietary reader upgrades.

Open platforms, on the other hand, empower users to take control of the solution. Enabling smart mobile credentials to function across various hardware components and applications. Sentry Mobile Access, powered by Doordeck, is an example of an open access control software platform that unlocks interoperable mobile NFC credentials for a combination of disparate hardware or third-party applications. Sentry Interactive is the only mobile credential provider that offers a secure reader-less access control solution that can aggregate disparate access control systems, of any age.

Traditional campus building access control hardware has security vulnerabilities down to not being up-to-date. Some reader hardware still in use in campus buildings is 10, 20, even 30 years old. Software is the opposite to hardware, it’s dynamic and is continuously updated, bugs are identified and fixed without any interruption or downtime for a building. Sentry Interactive has leveraged this by turning the user’s smartphone into the active NFC reader. Instead of the user holding the passive credential, it is attached, wire-free, next to the door.

Sentry Interactive acknowledged that a user’s smartphone is the most advanced and best specced reader out there. Therefore they decided that instead of the rip and replace of readers to upgrade, they’d turn the user’s smartphone into a reader that never needs upgrading or becomes obsolete. This also means, all that’s required is a simple software update to the mobile application to fix any security concerns if they arose.

Sentry Interactive’s NFC Mobile credentials can be activated for a portfolio of hardware without the need to upgrade any systems or readers. This provides one mobile credential that students, faculty, and staff can use to access multiple doors and buildings that are controlled by different access control systems across a campus. If students, faculty and staff aren’t willing to give up their trusty key cards just yet, with Sentry Mobile Access, the current systems stay exactly how they are, therefore they have the choice of either using their old key cards or enjoying the added convenience of being able to use just their mobile.

If you are looking to future-proof your campus access control security and slowly transition your campus to a reader-less mobile NFC credential solution, but don’t want to disrupt your current system infrastructure, or face budget constraints. Sentry Interactive has a solution.

Contact a member of the Sentry Interactive team 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

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.