Though automated gates, security cameras and individual unit alarms are now standard in self-storage security, technology allows the development of new tools. Among the advancements gaining attention from self-storage operators is the automated door lock.
Chris Aiken, owner of Safe Place Self Storage in West Lebanon, N.H., chose to try the INSOMNIAC ILock security and access system at his facility. Manufactured by PTI Security Systems and distributed by OpenTech Alliance LLC, this wireless system is battery-powered and provides individual unit security and access control. The system can secure a vacant unit from the manager's office, automating the overlock process. It also has another feature operators like: If an existing tenant becomes past due, there is no way for him to access his goods, even if he manages to get onto the property.
The ILock integrates with a facility's access-control system, allowing locks to automatically engage and disengage when a tenant gains access at the gate keypad. “The decision to install a security and access system inside the gate has been a game-changer due to our business model,” Aiken says. “Simply put, our old-school manual tasks related to security, access and facility management on the premises have been replaced with modern automation."
Bill Schubert, owner of My Stuff Storage in Clinton, Tenn., built his indoor facility to run exclusively with the ILock system. “My Stuff Storage operates using self-service automation and minimal staff,” Schubert says. “The INSOMNIAC kiosk and ILock limits our payroll expense to two to four man hours per week, and offers our customers a secure experience when renting and making payments. The technology allows us to operate 365 days a year without being in the office all the time.”
Storage Express operates a completely automated, drive-thru facility in Bloomington, Ind. Instead of a traditional office and onsite staff, it uses the ILock system and an INSOMNIAC self-service kiosk. PTI’s StorLogix system controls access to the facility, allowing current tenants to enter and unlock units through an external keypad. “This is our third property with ILocks," says Jefferson Shreve, company president. "We feel the technology offers us a cost-savings, an added level of security and increased customer convenience.”
Automated locks add another level of security and greater convenience for tenants and staff, facilitating overlocks and general unit security. "The INSOMNIAC ILock system is ideal for traditional facilities and will become a true lifesaver to people with remote sites," Aiken says.Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., PTI offers integrated hardware security solutions for self-storage customers worldwide. Phoenix-based OpenTech develops self-service solutions for the self-storage industry, including kiosks.