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.


  • O'Neil Software Inc.
    O'NEIL SOFTWARE INC., IN ITS 20 YEARS providing records-storage solutions, has worked with hundreds of people in different aspects of the records-storage, self-storage and moving and storage industries. Clients range from the industry veteran with many years of experience ...More
    May 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, Development, Technology
  • Records-Storage Software
    Chart of Software Suppliers When selecting a records-management program for your business, there are several things to consider. First and foremost, you must select a program designed to fulfill the needs of your record center today and into the future. Too many new users ...More
    May 1, 2002 Anne Sommi Edmonson Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Automatic Rent Collection
    Modern management software can collect your rental revenue automatically, without any action by your employees. The benefits are profound: reduced overhead, accurate auditing, reduced customer costs, increased occupancies and increased rental rates. Once you learn a few ...More
    May 1, 2002 Douglas Carner Posted in Articles, Finance, Technology
  • Self-Storage Over the Web
    Joe Twentysomething suddenly wakes during the night with the realization he's five days late with his storage payment. His battered but beloved Tama drum kit, precious collection of long-play albums, family photos and Auntie Agatha's antique roll-top desk are among his many ...More
    May 1, 2002 Elaine Beall Posted in Articles, Technology
  • 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