OpenTech Alliance Inc., a Phoenix-based provider of self-storage kiosks and call-center services, has partnered with PTI Security Systems Inc. to be the exclusive distributor of PTI's electronic door-lock system for self-storage. Now branded the INSOMNIAC ILock, the wireless, battery-powered lock secures the door on individual storage units by preventing movement of the hasp to the open position.
Nicknamed MAXX—and presented as a virtual "little brother" to OpenTech's Megan customer-service technology—the new door-locking system provides security and access for occupied units as well as automated overlocking and protection for vacant units. With the ILock, if an existing tenant becomes past due on rent, he is automatically denied access his unit.
Over the past two years, the system has been used successfully by self-storage operators who wish to automate their operations. My Stuff Storage in Clinton, Tenn., was built to run exclusively via the ILock. "My Stuff Storage operates using self-service automation and minimal staff. 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," said facility owner Bill Schubert.
Established in 1979, PTI develops and manufactures access-control and security systems for self-storage and other industries. The company's Digitech and PTI branded products include access controllers, keypads, software and more. The company has installed more than 25,000 security systems in more than 30 countries.
OpenTech develops and provides automation and service solutions for the self-storage industry, including seven models of INSOMNIAC self-service kiosks, self-storage cloud services, INSOMNIAC Online Web and mobile applications, the INSOMNIAC Live! call center, and the INSOMNIAC Self Storage Network for online storage reservations and rentals.