RoboVault, a fully automated, high-security self-storage facility touted as the first robotic self-storage facility in the world, opened in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., this week. Decked out with high-tech features such as fingerprint scanners and heartbeat detectors, RoboVault is the next evolution of self-storage, according to company President and CEO Marvin Chaney. The 155,000-square-foot project cost more than $22 million to build.
The facility was created with the affluent collectors in mind, intended to store art, wine, vintage and exotic cars, and other priceless items. Once customers enter the gates, they encounter a series of computerized keypads and fingerprint scans before they can go further.
An automated container-retrieval system transports and stores customers’ valuables. The facility has approximately 3,400 units in the form of safety-deposit boxes, wine-storage units and large steel containers.
RoboVault is one of several storage facilities developed by Chaney, who has more than 25 years experience in the self-storage industry. He is credited with developing and building South Florida's first high-rise storage facility in Oakland Park in 1986.
Source: Sun-Sentinel.com (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), High-security $22 million storage facility opens in Fort Lauderdale