The Top 10 Benefits of Reader-less NFC Mobile Access Control

Choosing a reader-less access control solution offers numerous benefits that can transform the way organizations manage security and access. Here are ten compelling reasons why opting for a reader-less access control solution like Sentry Mobile Access can be advantageous:

1. Seamless Integration: NFC mobile access integration seamlessly with access control systems of any age, ensuring compatibility and ease of implementation.

2. Expanded Compatibility: As the only NFC mobile credential provider outside of Apple and Google wallet apps, Sentry Mobile Access extends compatibility across a wider range of devices and platforms.

3. System Unification: Sentry Mobile Access unifies multiple disparate access control systems of all ages, providing a cohesive and centralized solution for streamlined access management.

4. Advanced smartphone NFC security: Using the smartphone as the active NFC reader eliminates the use of key cards or fobs that face the risk of getting lost, stolen or shared. There is also the added benefits of multi-factor authentication and biometric and military encryption

5. Integration Flexibility: Sentry’s NFC mobile credentials integrate with third-party applications, including tenant, building, and coworking applications, enhancing overall functionality and user experience.

6. Platform Consistency: With one platform for iOS and Android users, Sentry Interactive ensures a consistent and user-friendly experience, while also facilitating easy and cost effective setup.

7. Wireless Operation: Sentry Mobile Access’ wire-free solution eliminates the need for power or pulling cable, utilising small wireless ‘NFC door credential tiles’ placed next to existing readers for seamless NFC entry.

8. Environmental Sustainability: By avoiding ‘rip and replace’ practices, reader-less mobile credential solutions minimize plastic and electronic waste, contributing to environmental conservation efforts.

9. Continuous Updates: Sentry Mobile Access’s software-based approach ensures dynamic and continuous updates, including operating systems and security patches, without disruption to building operations.

10. Unrivalled Security: Sentry Interactive prioritizes security with NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) compliant protocols, ensuring robust encryption and protection against emerging threats, including quantum computing vulnerabilities.

A reader-less approach is the fastest route to NFC mobile access today. No time or costs are wasted with installing new readers and there are no restrictions or limitations associated with reader hardware integration. Sentry’s reader-less mobile access solution avoids barriers NFC mobile credential providers are running into when transitioning buildings to mobility, such as having to rip and replace readers installed prior to 2017 due to compatibility issues. A reader-less approach bypasses this integration and communicates directly to the access control server, the user’s Android or iOS smartphone becomes the secure active reader. 

Reader-less mobile credential solutions allow you to keep what you’ve got. Unlock interoperable NFC mobile credentials today for your existing systems with Sentry Mobile Access.

Contact the team: 

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.