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.


  • Selecting a Computer System
    While most people developing a new facility consider computer-system decisions an afterthought, you’ll save time and money if you begin the process long before breaking ground. The computer system includes hard drives, network cabling, switches, routers, backup devices, ...More
    September 21, 2006 Tredd Barton Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Document This
    A professional record center provides content accessibility and accuracy. News-grabbing headlines have thrust records management and corporate accountability into the spotlight. Today’s world is one of terrorist attacks, fraudulent accounting, natural disasters, and ...More
    September 21, 2006 Christine Spisto Posted in Articles, Technology
  • 09/06 PRODUCTS/SERVICES
    If you have a product or service you would like featured in this section, e-mail detailed information and a high-resolution digital photo, if available, to storagenews@vpico.com. Barantec Inc. Everswitch Keypads Barantec Inc. has developed a specialized keypad system ...More
    September 21, 2006 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • PhoneSmart Holds Contest Around Lead 300,000
    PhoneSmart Sales Solutions held a contest for people to guess when the company would write its 300,000th lead or reservation on behalf of industry clients. ...More
    September 7, 2006 Posted in News, Technology
  • OpenTech Partners with C&A Solutions
    OpenTech Alliance Inc., maker of the INSOMNIAC self-storage kiosk, formalized a partnership with C&A Solutions LLC, which provides credit card and check processing. ...More
    July 14, 2006 Posted in News, Technology
  • DVR USA
    Today’s storage facilities rely on closed-circuit television (CCTV) to provide 24-hour surveillance, a proven marketing advantage over properties with lesser security. DVR USA now brings its expertise to the self-storage industry, offering the latest in video-compression ...More
    July 10, 2006 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Tackling Computer Maintenance
    Discussions of self-storage maintenance usually center on doors, roofs and landscaping. But every operator should also be concerned with keeping computer systems primed and running as smoothly as possible. Computer maintenance entails a four-fold attack against ...More
    July 10, 2006 Tredd Barton Posted in Articles, Technology
  • RoboVault Offers High Security Storage
    Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-based RoboVault offers customer goods protection from fire, theft and Category 5-plus hurricanes. ...More
    June 13, 2006 Posted in News, Technology
  • Products
    If you have a product or service you would like featured in this section, e-mail detailed information and a high-resolution digital photo, if available, to storagenews@vpico.com. Trac-Rite ZAP Motor Operator Trac-Rite Door Inc. introduces the new ZAP space-saving motor ...More
    June 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • People
    Barry Gorenstein Storage Investment Management Inc. (SIMI), based in Stillwater, Minn., appointed Barry Gorenstein vice president for operations. He is responsible for customer service, staff development, training, audits, inspections, policy, systems and procedures, ...More
    June 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, Development, Technology