New Security Industry Association (SIA) member Sharry provides touchless mobile access, reception management, tenant engagement and enterprise access solutions. The company is headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic, with additional global offices and teams in the United States and Brazil.
SIA spoke with Kevin Wilhelm, country manager at Sharry, about the company’s history and offerings, the security industry and working with SIA.
Tell us the story of your company.
Kevin Wilhelm: Sharry was started in Prague in 2016. Initially Sharry focused on creating an app that allowed people to communicate with other tenants more easily for things like restaurant deals, bike sharing and other community features.
We identified that a big part of being in a community is the ability to move around it more easily. As a result, we became a mobile credential-first enterprise experience platform that uses the mobile credential as the key feature to support adoption and app usage.
What solutions/services does your business offer in the security industry? And what makes your offerings/company unique?
KW: We offer an enterprise experience platform with a focus on physical security and how people interact with their spaces. As a result, we partner with leading manufacturers in the credential industry and physical security access control space to offer solutions that feel unique but remain supported by trusted partners every step of the way.
What is something we might not know about your company – or something new you are doing in security?
KW: We recently launched our employee badge in Apple Wallet with HID – this is a great improvement in terms of security and the user experience.
What do you think are the biggest opportunities in the security industry right now?
KW: Continued migration to the cloud and integrated services.
What are your predictions for the security industry in the short and long term?
KW: A focus on the identity of the individual and how that is tied to a credential across multiple platforms and use cases.
What do you enjoy most about being at your company – and in the security industry?
KW: It is constantly evolving, both from a technology perspective and from a solution perspective. In that I mean it is not just the new better read speed of a technology, but how that opens up new use cases as well.
How does your organization engage with SIA? What are your plans for involvement in the next year?
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