Sera4 Appoints Monfort Electronics Marketing as Representative Firm

WATERLOO, ONTARIO, February 24, 2021 – Sera4 has appointed Monfort Electronics Marketing to represent its keyless access control solutions in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. 


Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Monfort was founded in 1958 and the team of 10 employees has over 150 years of experience.  Monfort is focused on the systems integration market, and prides itself on delivering honesty and integrity to its customers, via its breadth of product offerings and customer service.  

Mark Clemens, CEO at Monfort, is looking forward to bringing Sera4’s portfolio of keyless access control products to his customers. “Sera4’s offering allows us to provide intelligent access control solutions in scenarios where they previously weren’t possible, due to infrastructure and connectivity issues,” says Clemens. “(Sera4’s) ability to provide intelligent access control in non-connected, remote environments is critical for our customers.” 

Sera4 protects critical infrastructure in remote places around the globe. Sera4’s keyless platform for physical access control is both easy to use and highly secure. Operating across four continents, Sera4 provides security and identity control for some of the world’s largest service providers.  

“We’re glad to welcome Mark and the team at Monfort as our representative firm for IL, IN, MI, and OH,” says Eric Corej, VP of Sales at Sera4. “We’re looking forward to working with Monfort to deliver secure, scalable, and reliable access control solutions to their customers.” 

To learn more about Monfort Electronics Marketing, connect with Mark on LinkedIn. For more information about Sera4 access control solutions or to learn about partnering with Sera4, contact us

Sera4 Certifies Power Product Services as Authorized Integrator

WATERLOO, ONTARIO, February 18, 2021 – Power Product Services (PPS), a U.S.-based technology services and solutions provider, has been certified as an Authorized Integrator for Sera4’s portfolio of access control products and solutions. 

Sera4 Authorized Integrator access control logo, with PPS logo

With offices in Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and Minnesota, PPS offers unique technology and network solutions to customers in a variety of industries, including telecom, data centers, utilities, municipalities, solar energy, and tower companies. 

Brent Broschinsky, Director of Sales and Marketing at PPS, is looking forward to bringing Sera4’s keyless access control solutions to his customers. “Sera4 is a great fit for us because we have customers that cover large areas (hundreds of miles),” says Broschinsky. “We have seen first-hand how many times (a customer) will go to a site with keys that don’t work, or the customer has to send a tech on a four-hour trip to unlock a door.” 

With a client base that manages billions of dollars’ worth of critical infrastructure, Broschinsky sees Sera4 solutions as an opportunity to bring increased security, scalability, and reliability to PPS customers. “We have seen major security issues with batteries being stolen and other equipment out of outdoor cabinets because they only have a small padlock on them,” says Broschinsky. “Our clients are also concerned with protecting their network, and the ability to unlock a Sera4 lock without providing access to the network is key. I think the security and technology of the lock is what separates it from the competition.”  

Sera4 protects critical infrastructure in remote places around the globe. Sera4’s keyless platform for physical access control is both easy to use and highly secure. Operating across four continents, Sera4 provides security and identity control for some of the world’s largest service providers.  

“We’re thrilled to welcome Power Product Services to our Authorized Integrator program,” says Eric Corej, VP of Sales at Sera4. “PPS is a customer-driven company, that provides only best-in-class products and services, and it’s an honor to be included in their portfolio of offerings.” 

To learn more about Power Product Services, follow them on LinkedInFacebook, and Instagram. For more information about Sera4 access control solutions or to learn about partnering with Sera4, contact us

Keyless Access Control: Facts and Friction

Keyless access control is changing the way we protect and grant access to critical infrastructure and remote sites. While the technology isn’t new—key cards and touch pads have been around for a while—it has evolved to bring benefits far beyond not needing to carry keys.

hand holding phone with keyless access control sera4 teleporte

Working with customers across industries and across the globe, we’ve identified the top benefits of implementing a keyless access control solution

Cost savings

Keying and re-keying locks is expensive, and those costs can add up if re-keying takes place regularly due to numerous sites, high staff turnover, and/or lost keys. There’s also the resource cost and overhead of keeping track of physical keys. Most organizations have better things to do with their time and money, and should consider the savings they can realize with a keyless solution.

Identity control

Even with the best policies, procedures, and oversight, it’s hard to guarantee that your mechanical keys stay in the appropriate hands. Keyless access control solutions provide a link between access and identity, and it’s easy to grant and revoke access to specific individuals as needed.

Our solutions create an automated access log, so administrators can reliably identify who accessed which locks, and when.

Convenience

There’s no doubt that keyless access control solutions are more convenient than traditional mechanical keys. People who need to open doors, cabinets, gates, and other access points can do so without carrying around heavy key rings; and administrators can issue electronic keys, in real-time, to anyone who needs them, wherever they are.

Operational insights

Automated access logs allow you to gain key insights into processes and operations within your business. Through these logs, you can understand how long processes take, identify discrepancies between work completed and billing, and schedule and resource jobs and projects appropriately.

This all sounds great; where does the friction come in?

Despite the significant benefits of implementing keyless access control, not everyone will be on board right away. Moving from mechanical locks to keyless, electronic locks is a big shift, and will likely raise concerns and create friction with a few of the stakeholders in your access control strategy.

Your go-to locksmith

To your locksmith, implementing locks that don’t require keys and rekeying may be bad for business. Their business, not yours.

However, we’ve worked with a number of locksmiths who are eager to evolve with the times and round out their offering with a modern, keyless solution. Your local locksmith might be more of an ally than you think!

Your operations team (or whoever controls the keys)

As mentioned above, keeping track of mechanical keys requires a lot of oversight—and a lot of human resources. Introducing a keyless solution increases operational efficiencies, and sometimes those efficiencies are found by reducing staff and/or consolidating responsibilities. When discussing a keyless proposal with your operations team, carefully consider what this means for their roles and responsibilities, and identify areas where they can now refocus their energies and freed up time. Your

Manager/Director of Security

Introducing a keyless solution may create friction with your security team, especially if they’ve been around for a while and have gotten comfortable with traditional access control solutions. Inertia and the status quo can be a formidable opponent when considering a new solution. Even if the team is open to a keyless option, existing access points may require that they manage a hybrid solution, which isn’t ideal for either the security team or for the end users.

If your team members are agile in their thinking, they can see how they can be more effective and valuable in their job with a tool like Teleporte. If they have spent decades honing habits and processes that make them effective with lock and key infrastructure, then keyless solutions may be perceived as a threat. It’s understandable that someone might be concerned about being replaced with automation. However, it’s likely that businesses will continue to modernize and team members can either resist the change or embrace it as a new opportunity to future-proof their skills.

Technicians, site visitors, and end users

You may run into friction with people who object to installing an app on their own phones for work purposes. While this may not apply when people are given work phones or an expense credit for the phone bill, your end users will sometimes be hesitant to being tracked. However reasonable it is for companies to require reliable identification for access control, some people like their anonymity and don’t want to be identified, even if they are not doing anything wrong.

Thieves

As an example, millions of dollars’ worth of copper cables are stolen each year in Latin America, and someone is profiting. Whether it’s petty thieves selling scrap metal or looking to insulate their electricity supply against unreliable utilities, or organized crime, keyless access threatens the value that they have come to enjoy.

When it comes to keyless access control, the benefits and efficiencies gained far outweigh the potential friction with internal and external stakeholders. We’ve worked with a number of organizations to help maximize adoption of keyless solutions. If you’d like to learn more about whether Teleporte is right for you, get in touch.