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 Internet and Self-Storage
    It has been stated that the Internet is a solution looking for a problem. And while some companies seem to have found a niche--a problem to solve--on the World Wide Web, many others have tried and failed. What about self-storage? Do we have problems the Internet can solve? ...More
    May 1, 2003 Ramona Taylor 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 see those security cameras everywhere. Are there any special considerations for ...More
    May 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Software: Choosing a Vendor and Tech-Support Package
    Recent growth in self-storage development has spawned the birth of new software packages. Our industry is perceived as lucrative for the software provider and new vendors appear often. Many soon find out they cannot make the big money and quick gains they anticipated, and ...More
    May 1, 2003 John Fogg Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Records Management: Software And More
    Perhaps you've heard about commercial records management at one of the recent self-storage conventions. Or maybe you've been reading some of the articles on the subject published in Inside Self Storage. If you have an interest in commercial records management, this article ...More
    May 1, 2003 Steve Hyman Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Remote Management
    The Internet plays a substantial role in almost any industry. With the self-storage industry catching the wave of technological advancement and change, it is safe to say operators will continue to capitalize on this area and take advantage of the many innovations changing ...More
    May 1, 2003 Jennifer Flachman Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Self-Storage Technology: Advancements Over the Pond
    I love change. I live for it. And I've always been at the front of the queue when it comes to embracing the opportunities created by the organism we call the World Wide Web.I'm on the technology bandwagon in this issue. Three years ago, as a director of the Self Storage ...More
    April 1, 2003 Andrew Donaldson Posted in Articles, Technology
  • The Software-Survival Toolbox
    It's a fact: Computer hard drives fail without warning, viruses destroy company records, and unauthorized eyes try to spy on your business. How can you safeguard your valuable files and optimize computer performance? By using a simple collection of indispensable software ...More
    April 1, 2003 Doug Carner 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: Are there any advantages to being an owner-builder? What are some pitfalls to avoid? ...More
    April 1, 2003 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 am having problems with tenants using the dumpster in the back of the facility to ...More
    March 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Say Cheese!
    They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, here are a thousand words about taking pictures. Magpix-350 A good video-surveillance system provides a broad record of your site activity. However, these video cameras won't provide an up-close view of a cut lock, damaged ...More
    March 1, 2003 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology