On the way to tomorrow’s fully integrated self-service storage facility are incremental improvements in incorporating ancillary systems. Dovetailing into the total solution, controls and monitoring for lighting and HVAC systems will join others in providing an automated environment or a combination of systems that can be controlled remotely from virtually anywhere.
Most of the functional controls are already available and in use by progressive owners; more facilities will likely follow suit. Enhancements will arrive just in time to ensure that each owner can keep up with the competition and stay abreast of the demands for regulatory compliance.
High-security, self-service systems, remote operations and automation controls will continue to bring innovation and change. The fundamentals remain the same.
We watch. We respond. Access-control systems keep the bad guys out and let the good guys in. Alarm systems alert those responsible for the property when there’s a threat. Video surveillance systems help us keep an eye on things.
Tomorrow’s systems will do the same things, but they’ll do them better. Innovation will make it easier, or less expensive, or more convenient. Grab a handhold. It should be an interesting ride.
Steve Cooper serves as part of the marketing and sales team at Digitech International, a Chamberlain Group Company, the home of security systems used to help tenants feel comfortable in thousands of locations around the world. For more information, call 800.523.9504; visit www.digitech-intl.com.