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  • CCTV: Separating Fact and Fiction
    When I visit with clients about CCTV (closed-circuit television) systems, I become aware of just how influential the movie and television industry is. There are things that are real and things that are not, but sometimes it gets hard to tell which is which. What we see in ...More
    June 1, 2007 Chester Gilliam Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Table of Contents - June 2007
    Security-System Components Read this primer to learn essentials for young self-storage developments. By John Fogg Security Goes Wireless Learn the steps for successfully converting from a hardwired system to wireless. By Randy Johnston High-Speed Security Use new trends in ...More
    June 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • The Right Security Vendor
    The self-storage industry is one-of-a-kind. The time, energy and money that goes into the design and planning of a new state-of-the-art facility or the renovation of an existing building are critical to success. One of the biggest selling features for any self-storage ...More
    June 1, 2007 Robert J. Walker Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Real Estate Roundup
    This month, I gathered real estate experts to discuss self-storage in the North-Central United States. Let’s hear what our local experts have to say about their respective cities and regions during these unique economic times. Our panel includes: Bruce Bahrmasel, The ...More
    June 1, 2007 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Electronic and Cylinder Locks: Working Together
    “Electronic door locks? They allow me to go fishing.” That’s what Page Rush, owner of Cornville Country Storage in Arizona, has to say about electronic door locks. His 185-unit rural facility is automated with a self-storage kiosk, keypad-controlled gate, surveillance ...More
    June 1, 2007 Rich Morahan Posted in Articles, Technology
  • High-Speed Security
    Do you understand the latest security technology available to the self-storage industry? Have your vendors explained its importance or how you can save money and create a more efficient service for customers? The latest trends in self-storage connectivity have a long track ...More
    June 1, 2007 Mark Byrne-Quinn Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Security-System Components
    As the self-storage industry has matured, our security systems have become more sophisticated too. Technology enhancements provide a variety of features for specialized applications, and making the right choices for site development can be complicated. Self-storage security ...More
    June 1, 2007 John Fogg Posted in Articles
  • The Payment Advisor
    It’s nearly impossible not to panic as you imagine the headlines and the damage this can do to your business and reputation. Unfortunately, this scenario happens a lot more frequently than most people think. First Response Let’s step back and develop a checklist of how you ...More
    June 1, 2007 Ross Federgreen Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Speaking of Sales …
    Yellow Pages, Internet ads, call centers, marketing material … Eeeek! Will the expenses ever stop? If you miss the good-old days when you didn’t have to do anything but build a self-storage facility to fill it with renters because demand far exceeded supply, then you need ...More
    June 1, 2007 Tron Jordheim Posted in Articles
  • Using Site Security as a Marketing Tool
    Differentiation is the key to successfully marketing your self-storage facility. By highlighting site security, peace of mind becomes a great selling point. The self-storage industry operates in a homogenous market with very little differentiation. Every metropolitan Yellow ...More
    June 1, 2007 Luz A. Berg Posted in Articles, Technology