Revolutionizing Access Control: A Leap Towards Seamless User Experience, Next Level Security and Sustainability

Navigating through doors with our hands full, attempting to use an access control badge. It’s a moment that often feels like a blend of art and awkwardness, reminiscent of a tightrope walker trying to maintain balance while juggling. This scenario is all too familiar to many, and highlights a critical area in need of innovation: Access control systems.

As we delve deeper into the digital era, the question arises: Is the traditional badge and reader system the best we can do for access control? With technology advancing at an unprecedented rate, it’s time to re-evaluate our approach to securing and accessing our workspaces.

Embracing the Digital Revolution: Mobile Access Control

The answer to modernizing access control lies in the technology that has become an integral part of our lives: smartphones. These devices now possess more processing power than some computers, and hold the key to revolutionizing access control. Sentry Interactive is at the forefront of this transformation, harnessing the power of mobile NFC technology to enhance security and user experience.

The Sentry Mobile Access solution leverages Near Field Communication (NFC) within the user’s smartphone for door entry. Taking a step back from unsecure and dated Bluetooth and RFID access systems. This approach not only simplifies access but also significantly bolsters security by binding access credentials to a user’s biometrically protected personal device.

Beyond Convenience and The Standard Level of Access Control Security

The benefit of moving to mobile-based access control extend far beyond convenience. The Sentry Mobile Access solution takes its security to the next level. Unlike other mobile access solutions, Sentry has turned the user’s secure smartphone into the active NFC door reader meaning there’s no need to upgrade reader system hardware when adopting mobile credentials. Furthermore, with the user’s smartphone becoming the active NFC reader, it makes Sentry Interactive the only interoperable mobile access credential provider that follows NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) compliant protocols. Ensuring robust encryption and protection against emerging threats, including quantum computing vulnerabilities. NIST provides the highest global benchmark and framework for cyber security and encryption standards, and is responsible for ensuring the White House, NSA and US military secrets remain safe. This makes Sentry Mobile Access one of the most secure cloud based mobile access control solutions globally.

Leading the Way with Innovative and Sustainable Solutions

At Sentry Interactive, we understand the importance of a seamless, secure workplace experience. Our cloud-based mobile access control platform is designed with the future in mind, providing a scalable and secure solution for today’s dynamic work environments that minimizes change and disruption to existing systems. Our interoperable mobile access software permits legacy access security systems, regardless of their age, to stay exactly how they are. Proprietary system upgrades would usually involve ripping out and replacing door readers at every access point with compatible readers for NFC smartphone entry. This generates a significant amount cost and unrecyclable electronic waste. The Sentry Mobile Access solution provides the ability to integrate and unify already installed proprietary systems, offering a clean, easy to implement, bolt on solution to NFC mobile credentials. In addition, by facilitating the transition away from physical credentials and badges, we address user experience, security concerns and environmental challenges, setting a new standard for access control.

Sentry Interactive is committed to environmental sustainability. The traditional production of plastic access badges contributes to the extensive global problem of plastic waste. By transitioning to mobile credentials, we are not only paving the way for a more secure and efficient building access experience but also contribute to a more sustainable future without ‘rip and replace’, pulling cable, installation and new reader hardware upgrades, with Sentry Mobile Access. All other access control manufacturers insist upon upgrading readers year after year to the latest and most secure access control readers. We’ve disrupted the industry and turned the reader upgrade model on its head. This initiative of reducing unnecessary electronic plastic waste aligns with our broader Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals, reflecting our commitment to making a positive impact for the planet. Sentry Interactive’s commitment to innovation and sustainability is driven by the needs of our customers. We strive to reduce unnecessary waste and enhance security.

Sentry Interactive is not just about opening doors; we’re about opening possibilities – for a more efficient, secure, and sustainable future. To learn more, contact us 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

CHAIRMAN & CEO

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.