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What's Fresh in Self-Storage Security: Overlocks, IP Technology and More

Chester Gilliam Comments

In March, I attended the Inside Self-Storage World Expo in Las Vegas as well as the International Security Conference (ISC West), where one could find everything that’s anything to do with the security industry. ISC West featured all the latest equipment and trends, with Internet-protocol (IP) equipment being the highlight of the show. But before we discuss what’s new in IP, let’s look at the products unveiled at the ISS Expo.
Overlock Systems

Chamberlain Access Solutions featured its new wireless overlock system, AccessMaster Overlock. This unit allows self-storage owners and managers to automatically place or remove an overlock on a tenant’s unit. This is one of the more innovative approaches to the problem of keeping up with overlocks. It also helps solve a number of problems with kiosks and pay-at-the-gate systems that have become more popular in the last several years.  

The overlock system is integrated into the property-management software, much like an alarm system. When a unit comes into overlock status, the software, working in conjunction with the security-access system, sends a wireless signal to the unit. The overlock system then locks the slide latch so the door cannot be opened, even when the tenant’s own lock is removed. Once the unit comes out of overlock status, the management software sends another signal, causing the overlock system to unlock the slide latch.

The overlock system consists of a battery-powered locking unit, wireless repeaters and software. The locking device attaches to the facility’s roll-up door, in line with the slide latch. The repeaters are installed as required throughout the site and do require a power source. These are different from the repeaters used with some wireless door-alarm systems. Installation for the locking device is done from outside the unit using a drilling template and rivets; there’s no need to open the door.

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