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.


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Effective Security Management
    Effective Security ManagementCreating a plan for protection, prevention By James Biesterfeld The security program at your self-storage facility should be managed like any other special project, but when is the right time to start planning? By far, the best time to start is ...More
    June 1, 2001 James Biesterfeld Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Staying on the Cutting Edge of Technology (For Free)
    Staying on the Cutting Edge of Technology (For Free) By R.K. Kliebenstein It recently occurred to me that with the advent of new technology, we all should to be able to dramatically reduce our office costs. Following are some ways to increase office productivity and cut ...More
    May 1, 2001 R.K. Kliebenstein Posted in Articles, Marketing, Technology
  • Self-Storage Software 2001
    Self-Storage Software 2001Making the right choice By Barry Morris The concept of "hands-on management" has changed through the years. Before the advent of technology as we know it today, many business functions, such as bookkeeping, were done manually--literally ...More
    May 1, 2001 Barry Morris Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Computer Backups
    Computer BackupsPreventing a customer-relations disaster By Michael Richards Have you seriously considered this scenario? It's Sunday morning and the phone rings. It's your manager. "Hey, boss, the office was broken into and the computer is gone. What do I do?" Do ...More
    April 1, 2001 Michael Richards Posted in Articles, Technology