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.


  • Consolidated Software Solutions
    In the past, multifacility self-storage operators had to deal with the frustration of running separate, unrelated copies of their management software at each of their sites. There were no options for operating multiple facilities from a consolidated database. But industry ...More
    May 1, 2005 Steven Hyman Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Software & Technology Vendor Showcase
    Inside Self-Storage is pleased to express its gratitude to the software and technology vendors that support this annual edition through the purchase of advertising. Look for ads from all of the following suppliers in the body of this issue. AndraTech Software Corp. P.O. Box ...More
    May 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • The Web Advantage
    There’s no doubt the Internet has changed the way we do business. While the impact of the web has been greater for some industries than others, it’s finally affecting the self-storage industry and shaping our business landscape. One of the main reasons the web has such an ...More
    May 1, 2005 Srini Vasan Posted in Articles, Technology
  • The Importance of Data Accuracy
    “It’s that rotten software again!” When a technological problem surfaces at a self-storage facility, most operators assume the mistake lies with their management software. But often the software isn’t the problem. Believe it or not, errors can usually be traced back to the ...More
    May 1, 2005 Dallas Dogger Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Just the Facts
    I grew up with Buck Rogers, Dick Tracy and a host of comic-book heroes. Yes, I’m at that age when old dogs have to learn new tricks. Remember wrist radios, space ships, transporters and a lot of other imagined futuristic inventions? Who would have thought that many of those ...More
    May 1, 2005 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Installing Manager Upgrades
    Twenty-five years ago, I was on the management team of a small community bank. I specifically remember a meeting in 1978 in which we discussed a new product: the automated teller machine, recognized today as the ATM by every man, woman and child. Diebold, a supplier of ...More
    May 1, 2005 Rick McGee Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Construction Corner
    Construction Corner is a Q&A column committed to answering reader-submitted questions regarding construction and development. Inquiries may be sent to construction@ministorage.com . Q: In the past two months, I've had two keypads at my storage facility knocked over by ...More
    April 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Construction Corner
    Construction Corner is a Q&A column committed to answering reader-submitted questions regarding construction and development. Inquiries may be sent to construction@ministorage.com. Q: I’m having problems with tenants using the dumpster in the back of my facility to ...More
    March 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Construction Corner
    Construction Corner is a Q&A column committed to answering reader-submitted questions regarding construction and development. Inquiries may be sent to construction@ministorage.com . Q: The back drive at our facility is dark, and the camera posted there shows only a ...More
    February 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Modern-Day Marketing
    For years, we have heard the phrase “21st-century technology” used to describe unprecedented breakthroughs in business and communication. Companies that embrace modern advancements recognize their benefits and promote them to the public they serve, largely to set themselves ...More
    January 1, 2005 Raymond E. McRae Posted in Articles, Technology