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 Savvy Traveler
    For most of us, travel is a business necessity. This month's column is your survival guide, filled with inside tricks and tips that will save you precious time, money and sanity. Split-City Ticketing As a business traveler, I often book airline reservations with minimal ...More
    April 1, 2002 Douglas Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • System Alert!
    If you are using DOS-based management software, your computer may be several years old and nearing the end of its life cycle. When your computer dies, your business productivity will instantly suffer. You can dramatically reduce this risk by switching your files over to a ...More
    March 1, 2002 Douglas Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Get Organized With PDAs
    In the course of my business, I attend a lot of office and vendor meetings, during which the various attendees generally brandish their organizational "toys"--their PDAs, or personal data assistants. A few years ago, a PDA was little more than an electronic address book. ...More
    February 1, 2002 Douglas Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Digital Recording
    Security cameras. You've seen them or, more correctly, they've seen you. Security has always been an important issue. Since Sept. 11, video security has become more significant than ever.Modern technology expands your options to resolve previously impossible situations. If ...More
    January 1, 2002 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • The Face of Change
    One of the inherent beauties of self-storage is its intrinsic simplicity. I have often advocated blending new technology with good real estate to make the best possible, or "best in class," self-storage project, but it isn't always easy to balance the two. The physical part ...More
    January 1, 2002 RK Kliebenstein Posted in Articles, Technology
  • The Humanized Computer
    Those of you familiar with the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey will remember HAL 9000, the computer that was an interesting combination of trusted servant and omnipotent master. Although portrayed as ludicrously futuristic, the day of the HAL-9000 computer is rapidly ...More
    December 1, 2001 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Protect Your PC
    Protect Your PCPart II By Doug Carner Last month's TechTalk column provided simple steps to vaccinate your business computers against malicious scripting viruses. This month you will learn how to safeguard your web surfing and business e-mail against deadly computer ...More
    November 1, 2001 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Installation
    Installing a new roof on an existing self-storage facility used to be a nightmare. It meant the self-storage owner and roofing contractor faced a variety of liability issues. After all, removing an old roof from a self-storage facility to install a new one left tenants' ...More
    November 1, 2001 Michael E. Trunko Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Protect Your PC
    Protect Your PC By Doug Carner This is part one of a special two-part TechTalk. It is a must-keep column for you to share with everyone you know who owns a personal computer running Windows software. It seems as though we read about a new "killer" computer virus ...More
    October 1, 2001 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • QuikStor Security & Software
    QuikStor Security & SoftwareEnterprise Suite: corporate office and management software QuikStor Security & Software, based in Sherman Oaks, Calif., is pleased to introduce its new Enterprise Suite corporate office and management software. Features of the package ...More
    September 1, 2001 Posted in Articles, Technology