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.


  • 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
  • Battling the Terrorist Threat
    On a quiet Sunday morning, a pickup full of explosives is driven to the local courthouse and detonated. Where did the truck and explosives come from? Perhaps your storage facility. From a terrorist’s point of view, a 10-by-40 self-storage unit offers easy access and plenty ...More
    June 1, 2006 Clark Stave Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Coming to a Self-Storage Near You
    Wireless has so many flavors and uses, it’s a bit dizzying: wireless handsets for our phones; Wi-Fi networks for laptops and PCs; cell phones; keyless entry for cars and offices; door alarms, garage-door openers, motion detectors, TV and radio. In self-storage, wireless ...More
    June 1, 2006 Tom Lewellen Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Info Rides the Radio Waves
    We have increasingly become a wireless world. Small high-powered transmitters change the way we do many things in day-to-day activities, including the many management activities at your self-storage. Some devices use infrared light to carry information, similar to your TV ...More
    June 1, 2006 Steve Cooper Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Peas in a Pod
    In recent years the buzz has been about incorporating the Internet with management tools, adding call centers to increase store traffic and utilizing kiosks. These all add value to the business either by slimming the accounting and record-keeping functions, increasing ...More
    June 1, 2006 Tim Seyfarth Posted in Articles, Technology