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Cost-Effectiveness Conundrum​

Are Overnight Guards Draining Your Budget?

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Security is a fundamental concern for every community, but it’s essential to assess the cost-effectiveness of security measures as they continue to rise in expense. In this blog post, we’ll explore the case of an average community of 250 homes. This community spends well over $200,000 annually on 24/7 security guards while recording only 1 to 2 visitors during the night shift. 

The Cost-Effectiveness Conundrum

Let’s dissect these numbers further. With annual security expenses exceeding $200,000 and a mere 1 to 2 visitors on average during the night shift, it translates to a staggering $68 spent per visitor check-in by the guards during these hours. This financial revelation underscores the pressing need for a comprehensive reassessment of resource allocation.

Sentry Solo: A Game-Changing Solution

In response to these financial considerations, we are excited to introduce you to Sentry Solo—a revolutionary solution that not only relieves the strain on your budget but also enhances security. Sentry Solo leverages VirtualKey and VirtualKeypad technologies to replace guards during these overnight, low-visitor hours.

  • VirtualKey Technology: Say goodbye to the costly hardware expenses associated with traditional security systems. Sentry Solo offers a virtual key solution, allowing residents and visitors to securely access the community using their smartphones. This eliminates the need for expensive hardware installations.
  • VirtualKeypad Integration: Sentry Solo complements VirtualKey with a user-friendly interface that enhances your community’s security management. You can easily grant or revoke access, monitor activity, and receive real-time notifications—all from the convenience of your smartphone.


In an era where technology is reshaping every aspect of our lives, it’s time for community security to evolve as well. The cost-effectiveness of overnight security guards is being challenged by innovative solutions like Sentry Solo. With its combination of VirtualKey and VirtualKeypad technologies, this revolutionary system promises to make your community safer while freeing up resources for more pressing needs. It’s time to embrace the future of community security with Sentry Solo and ensure your community’s safety while making smart financial decisions.