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.


  • Inside Self-Storage Magazine 06/2004: 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 own a facility in Nebraska and am having the biggest problem with people ...More
    June 1, 2004 Posted in Articles, Development, Technology
  • The Future of Storage Security
    The Future of Storage Security The basics still reign, though technology increases options By Steve Cooper As the hovercraft slowly descends, the signal from its Little Black Box ID transmitter triggers an acknowledgement and authorization to enter. The bay door slides ...More
    June 1, 2004 Steve Cooper Posted in Articles, Technology
  • The Importance of Tenant Identification
    The Importance of Tenant IdentificationUsing card-scanning technology to protect your business and customers By Julia P. Shih In the age of post-9/11, various industries—self-storage included—are finding it necessary to implement heightened security measures, if not for ...More
    June 1, 2004 Julia P. Shih Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Protecting Your Security
    Protecting Your SecuritySave your system from vandalism, theft and defeat By Doug Carner What is your concept of self-storage security? While a measure such as razor wire will deter criminals, its presence implies a crime issue that can make your facility uninviting. ...More
    June 1, 2004 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Security and Business Threats
    Security and Business Threats By Fred Grauer The whole issue of security has become pretty frightening. It wasn’t long ago that I, like a lot of guys, was convinced I shared many traits with Superman—you know: invincible, able to leap over tall buildings, faster than a ...More
    June 1, 2004 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Big Brother Is Watching (Thank Goodness)
    This past February, I had the honor and pleasure of participating in the Inside Self-Storage Expo in Las Vegas as a seminar speaker. I met some interesting and exciting people, and got to experience the storage industry up-close and personal. After a couple of long and busy ...More
    May 1, 2004 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles, Technology
  • An Enterprise Solution
    If you are an operator of multiple self-storage sites, this article is for you. It explains how your operation can have all of its sites operating from a central database. You may have heard the term “enterprise solution,” a phrase commonly used in the computer industry. An ...More
    May 1, 2004 Steve Hyman Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Improving Operations Through Software
    In recent years, many self-storage operators have upgraded from their DOS or manual management systems to Windows programs written specifically for the industry. Stepping up to a new system should always result in improvements to your bottom line. While you may see some ...More
    May 1, 2004 Markus Hecker Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Linking It All Together
    Gone are the days when building a selfstorage facility meant little more than finding a piece of dirt, throwing up a building and chain-link fence, and putting your sign out front. New facilities call for management software, gate software, keypads, alarm systems, ...More
    May 1, 2004 Curtis Sojka Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Being the New Kid on the Block
    There are several ways to describe what it feels like to be the new kid on the block—lonely, anxious, excited, even scared. Bringing a new software package to an existing industry is not much different. The difficult part about unveiling a product—like being the new kid—is ...More
    May 1, 2004 James A. Boyd Posted in Articles, Technology