9 December, 2023

Sentry Interactive: Revolutionising Front Desk and Access Control in the Contemporary Connected Workplace

In today’s evolving workplace landscape, both occupants and property owners are witnessing substantial shifts. The U.S. office vacancy rate has escalated to a staggering 18.2% in the second quarter, the highest in three decades, with office attendance now 30% lower than before the pandemic. This trend highlights the critical need for a seamless, integrated workplace experience to enhance engagement, retention, and space occupancy.

Reflecting the findings of JLL’s Future of Work Survey, an overwhelming 77% of organisations recognise the importance of offering flexible, remote, and hybrid work options as key to attracting and retaining top talent. With the increasing demand for dynamic, hybrid, and coworking spaces, companies are facing a plethora of challenges. Managers are under pressure to ensure the workplace operates effectively, aiming to increase both flexibility and productivity. The challenge lies in bridging the gap between the physical and digital aspects of the workplace, creating a need for a space where technology and environment blend to enhance efficiency, security, and user interaction.

Evolving Workspaces in the Connected Era

Integration in the modern workplace extends beyond connecting systems; it’s about developing an ecosystem that employs technology to facilitate effortless, intuitive user interactions. This approach leads to enhanced building automation, superior visitor experiences, and efficient access management. Investing in a connected workplace solution that ensures such fluid integration can significantly improve the user experience, fostering a relationship based on ease and trust, bolstered by secure and reliable systems.

As the preference for hybrid work environments grows, companies are increasingly on the lookout for innovative solutions that can seamlessly blend with their existing software infrastructures. These solutions are designed to meet the unique challenges of the contemporary work environment, striving to create spaces that are flexible, efficient, and conducive to collaborative work.

Sentry Interactive: At the Forefront of Integrated Workplace Solutions

In the rapidly changing domain of workplace software solutions, Sentry Interactive has established itself as a leader, offering a comprehensive connected workplace experience. It adeptly integrates with coworking and flex space management software, tenant experience apps, and smart building ESG-focused platforms via its Software Development Kit (SDK).

Sentry Interactive marries user-friendly design with state-of-the-art technology to deliver a suite of solutions that form an all-encompassing platform. This platform is engineered to streamline workplace operations, cut down front desk operational costs, and amplify returns on investment.

Their holistic solution integrates front desk operations, facilities management, digital communications, a digital receptionist, and bespoke calendar integration with Microsoft Outlook and Google Calendar. It also facilitates mobile access compatible with existing access control hardware, thereby obviating the need for new hardware installations. The result is a comprehensive and unmatched experience for everyone from front desk staff to tenants, employees, and visitors.

A distinctive feature of Sentry Interactive’s solution is its integration of mobile access and visitor check-in with calendar functions. This innovation simplifies scheduling, visitor management, and building access, pivotal in today’s ever-changing workplace environments. It ensures effective management of appointments and visitors, optimising front desk resources and space utilisation.

The platform’s inclusion of NFC Technology allows for seamless mobile access for both iPhone and Android device users, ensuring compatibility with major legacy access control systems. This not only provides a cohesive user experience but also streamlines access control for managers, marking it as essential in modern, connected workplaces.

Sentry Interactive also offers an array of hardware solutions, enhanced by its award-winning software platform. The Edge is a versatile 8″ multi-touch screen, ideal for wall or counter-top placement. The premium 55″ touch screen Tower revolutionises front desk operations, significantly improving the experience in lobbies and receptions, and securing a significant return on investment.

As an integral partner for PropTech organisations, access control OEM manufacturers, the wider security sector, and enterprises navigating the complexities of the modern workplace, Sentry Interactive’s ‘Connected Workplace Experience’ is not just robust and reliable; it’s forward-thinking, poised to equip businesses for a smooth transition into the future of work.

To find out more about Sentry Interactive’s Connected Workplace Experience platform and how it delivers secure, efficient, and seamless workplace solutions, contact the Sentry Interactive team here.


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