When cell phones became a nearly obligatory possession, people found joy in identifying incoming callers. Great management software can do the same thing with your access control. When your software and security are intertwined by a common company, the keypad sends a real-time feed of incoming and outgoing tenants directly to your software program.
You’ll never have to miss that tenant you were “meaning to talk to,” because your security system and software will tell you he’s there. Or, avoid that grumpy tenant, as your pay-at-the-gate feature prevents an unpleasant exchange. Regardless of your management style or how interactive you care to be with your tenants, the keypad is customizable enough to cater to any approach.
At its core, access control is about eliminating unauthorized presence. True, keys and locks are still a common form of access control, but a keypad’s customization gives it versatility. Self-storage access control is a matter of who, where and when. Who do you want on your grounds, when will they be allowed there, and where do you want them to go?
To begin, who, when and where can be customized. Assigned key codes can be programmed to allow tenants in at certain times, and proximity key fobs can be programmed in a similar way. For example, customizable time zones can limit a tenant’s access to office hours while employees are allowed 24 hours. You can have as many time zones as you want, so you may give a business 24-hour access, where another tenant only has access from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Perhaps another customer gets extended hours for a fee.
Keypads can also be used to design zone-specific access. If a tenant has a unit in building A, why should he have access to any other building? Anyone caught peeking over the shoulder of a tenant to steal an access code will be unable to run rampant when he finds the code doesn’t work on most of the buildings. What if the codes for the gate and the buildings are different? Some hooligan could hop a fence to no avail, finding every building inaccessible.
Reaching even greater levels of security, a facility can place keypads on elevators or stairwells. Secure access at the front gate, the building entrance, and then the elevator might just persuade that paranoid tenant to believe there’s enough security for the family heirlooms on floor three. Certain codes can allow access to only specific floors. Just because a tenant can get an elevator door to open doesn’t mean he can travel to any floor he pleases.
Finally, consider security for the wine cellar, or that muscle car the wife said to get rid of when the kids were born. Storage units that house specialty or high-price items can offer exclusive security with a customizable keypad specifically assigned to a single unit or group of units.
From being aesthetically pleasing to dictating the movements of tenants and eradicating unwanted intruders, keypads are truly versatile. A staple in the technology of security, it continues to act faithfully in old roles while showing that it is useful in new ones. Who says you can’t teach an old keypad new tricks?
Russell Fike is an account representative for QuikStor Security and Software, a company specializing in security and software in the self-storage industry since 1987. For more information, call 800.321.1987; visit www.quikstor.com.