Technology

With technology rapidly evolving, it’s critical self-storage managers and owners be tech-savvy. They should be able to competently navigate their facility’s management software for day-to-day operations and advanced reporting. Many management software programs remain Windows-based platform, but now operators can also choose Web-software applications. Self-storage operators are revamping their websites for better search-engine optimization for organic search results, and some are experimenting with pay-per-click advertising and third-party self-storage directories. Operators are boosting their facility websites to include real-time reservation and payment modules and other customer relationship management systems, along with blogs and articles with tips for consumers. Most operators recognize we live in a world filled with automation and consumers who want what they want when they want it. These operators are experimenting with unmanned sites, including self-storage kiosks and automated self-storage retrieval systems. Self-storage security is no longer restricted to keypad access and security gates. Today’s facilities have sophisticated video-surveillance systems with digital video recorders, individual door alarms, online remote monitoring, unit overlocks and network video recorders.


  • Updated Centershift Website
    Centershift, a provider of Internet-based software solutions, has launched a new website in anticipation of the release of its STORE Enterprise and STORE Advantage solutions later this year. ...More
    October 25, 2007 Posted in News, Technology
  • News
    To include a press release in an upcoming issue, please send your info to the ISS News Center at storagenews@vpico.com. Buchanan Raises $100,000 for Save the Music Foundation Buchanan Storage Capital’s parent company, Buchanan Street Partners, raised $100,000 for the VH1 ...More
    September 1, 2007 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Product Showcase: Automated Locker Retrieval
    When you send a boomerang flying, it returns right back to its point of origination. The same holds true for Boomerang, the self-storage automation system. Confused? Hold on to your hat, because you’re about to enter the next dimension of self-storage. It’s called Automated ...More
    September 1, 2007 Drew Whitney Posted in Articles, Technology
  • OpenTech Releases Statistics on Self-Storage Kiosk Use
    OpenTech Alliance Inc., developer of the INSOMNIAC self-storage kiosk, released detailed kiosk-usage numbers for the first six months of 2007. ...More
    August 8, 2007 Posted in News, Technology
  • Zippi and OpenTech Provide Kiosks at Storage Facilities to Promote Online Sales
    Zippi Networks Inc. and OpenTech Alliance Inc. have partnered to provide kiosks at select self-storage facilities that allow customers to sell their unwanted items online. ...More
    July 30, 2007 Posted in News, Technology
  • Simply Self Storage Places INSOMNIAC Kiosks in Shopping Malls to Draw Customers
    OB Cos./Simply Self Storage is taking an innovative approach to customer acquisition by placing INSOMNIAC self-storage kiosks, produced by Opentech Alliance Inc., in several shopping malls. ...More
    July 26, 2007 Posted in News, Technology
  • Connecticut's Planet Self Storage Gets Solar Energy System Thanks to Grant from CCEF
    Planet Self Storage of Newington, Conn., will be installing 27.72-kilowatt DC solar photovoltaic system thanks to a $128,000 grant awarded by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. ...More
    July 9, 2007 Posted in News, Technology
  • Upgrading to Super Software
    At the end of January, Microsoft announced the release of its next-generation PC operating system, Windows Vista. This is the first desktop operating system the company has released since Windows XP, and it contains many innovations. One of the most visible improvements is ...More
    June 13, 2007 Chris Lautenbach Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Managing for Dollars
    The right rental office software can go a long way toward increasing site profitability. Don’t use price as the determining factor when evaluating new software. Before you buy, run the demo, call the vendor for a tour and explanation of benefits, and ask lots of questions. ...More
    June 1, 2007 Linnea Appleby Posted in Articles, Technology
  • CCTV: Separating Fact and Fiction
    When I visit with clients about CCTV (closed-circuit television) systems, I become aware of just how influential the movie and television industry is. There are things that are real and things that are not, but sometimes it gets hard to tell which is which. What we see in ...More
    June 1, 2007 Chester Gilliam Posted in Articles, Technology