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 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
  • Call Me!
    Call Me!Are customers slipping through the phone wires? By Keith Ruehle You designed the perfect ad, spent weeks negotiating with the Yellow Pages representative and, finally, the new phone book is out. Your ad is working; it's drawing calls from many prospective customers. ...More
    July 1, 2001 Keith Ruehle Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Wireless Door Alarms
    Wireless Door AlarmsBy R.K. KliebensteinThe self-storage industry is always looking for a "better mousetrap." After careful consideration of the merits of individual door alarms, I went to the marketplace to get as much information as I could about the wireless version. ...More
    June 1, 2001 R.K. Kliebenstein Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Facility Communications Systems
    Facility Communications SystemsThe fastest, easiest route to value-added service and security By Lance Comstock One of the most effective ways to move your self-storage facility into a class of its own is the installation of a state-of-the-art communications system. Yes, ...More
    June 1, 2001 Lance Comstock Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Digital Video Surveillance
    Digital Video SurveillanceNew visual technology means better protection for you By Tom Chmielewski It can ruin a perfectly good day. You drive up to your self-storage facility on an otherwise glorious morning, and there are the telltale signs left by an intruder: vandalism, ...More
    June 1, 2001 Tom Chmielewski Posted in Articles, Technology