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.


  • The Right Security Vendor
    The self-storage industry is one-of-a-kind. The time, energy and money that goes into the design and planning of a new state-of-the-art facility or the renovation of an existing building are critical to success. One of the biggest selling features for any self-storage ...More
    June 1, 2007 Robert J. Walker Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Electronic and Cylinder Locks: Working Together
    “Electronic door locks? They allow me to go fishing.” That’s what Page Rush, owner of Cornville Country Storage in Arizona, has to say about electronic door locks. His 185-unit rural facility is automated with a self-storage kiosk, keypad-controlled gate, surveillance ...More
    June 1, 2007 Rich Morahan Posted in Articles, Technology
  • High-Speed Security
    Do you understand the latest security technology available to the self-storage industry? Have your vendors explained its importance or how you can save money and create a more efficient service for customers? The latest trends in self-storage connectivity have a long track ...More
    June 1, 2007 Mark Byrne-Quinn Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Using Site Security as a Marketing Tool
    Differentiation is the key to successfully marketing your self-storage facility. By highlighting site security, peace of mind becomes a great selling point. The self-storage industry operates in a homogenous market with very little differentiation. Every metropolitan Yellow ...More
    June 1, 2007 Luz A. Berg Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Electronic Door Locks
    Self-storage experiences growing demands from customers for increased convenience, security and accessibility. The industry is also under mounting financial pressure due to increasing fixed and variable costs. To compete, many owner/ operators are entering the era of ...More
    June 1, 2007 Tim Seyfarth Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Computerizing Your Facility
    One of the most important business decisions you can make in self-storage ownership is which software to buy; but it can be overwhelming to choose from the many different options. Learn what you need to effectively evaluate programs. When shopping, it’s important to ...More
    May 1, 2007 Tom Litton Posted in Articles, Technology
  • The 5 Ps of Self-Service Kiosks
    Nowadays, self-service kiosks and self-checkout is everywhere. Know it or not, a similar self-service phenomenon is occurring in the self-storage industry. Did you know: 95 percent of gas stations now have pay-at-the-pump payment terminals? More than 65 percent of U.S. ...More
    May 1, 2007 Curtis Sojka Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Records Management and Shredding
    Hardly a day goes by when an entrepreneur doesn’t dream of a new venture, fresh profit opportunity or an exciting challenge. It must be something in our blood, because it never goes away. For example, in records and information management, several basic services are ...More
    May 1, 2007 Lee Miller Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Software Talking to Security
    About a decade ago, the companies that produce self-storage management software and security hardware/software decided to draft a universal-interface specification, enhancing the way their products communicated. As more vendors entered the marketplace, each bringing its own ...More
    May 1, 2007 John Fogg Posted in Articles, Technology
  • REAL ESTATE ROUNDUP
    In today’s competitive business environment, maximizing your advertising and marketing budget is an absolute necessity. With Internet penetration at 70 percent and climbing, the web is increasingly becoming the advertising vehicle of choice for savvy marketers. Just look at ...More
    May 1, 2007 Cliff Long Posted in Articles, Technology