Red, Yellow and Green Lights: Good for Stoplights, Bad for Self Storage Keypads

Red means stop, yellow means caution, and green means go (or hit the accelerator and hurry up!). The traffic light or stoplight was patented in 1910 by Earnest Sirrine, but we all understand what the colors mean when approaching a stoplight. That is an example of an ideal user experience. Similarly, self storage keypads play a big role in providing an ideal CX for your tenants.

Self Storage Legislation Update Part 3: New Changes to Lien Laws

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See new changes to self storage legislation in Texas and Louisiana that impact lien laws. Don’t add the liability of a wrongful lien sale to your storage operation. Read the article today to learn what changes have been passed into law and how they will impact your self storage business in 2021 and beyond.

Self Storage Legislation Update Part 2: More Changes to Your Self Storage Lien Laws

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Legislative efforts are currently in motion in more than half the nation’s states that may impact self storage lien laws. Stay up-to-date on critical changes that impact your self storage business to avoid the risks associated with a wrongful lien sale. Read more for upcoming changes that will impact operations in Alabama, Kansas and Virgina.

OpenTech Alliance Signs Letter of Intent to Acquire Adigma, LLC

OpenTech Alliance has entered into an agreement to acquire Adigma, LLC, a leading digital marketing and technology company in the Silicon Slopes tech hub of Utah. The transaction is projected to close in the next 45 days. The principals at Adigma have notably contributed to the success of industry leaders like Extra Space Storage (EXR), National Storage Affiliates (NSA), SmartStop and more.

Self Storage Legislation Update: Changes to Your Self Storage Lien Laws

How will storage auctions online change with these new storage lien laws in select states? Read more below | OpenTech Alliance

Legislative efforts are currently in motion in 27 states that may impact self storage lien laws. With the risks associated with a wrongful lien sale, it is critical to understand what efforts are in place and how they will impact your self storage business. Read more for upcoming changes that might apply to your state.

Self Storage Security Systems: Extra Space Invests in INSOMNIAC® SmartEye

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OpenTech Alliance announced a strategic partnership with Extra Space Storage to reduce security threats at high-risk facilities. INSOMNIAC SmartEye, OpenTech’s highly effective security solution that leverages artificial intelligence and professional monitoring services to detect, intercept and prevent crime, has played an integral role in reducing incidents at these locations.

How Metro Self Storage Uses Online Storage Auctions & Review Services

See how you can use online storage auctions to help recuperate costs | OpenTech

StorageTreasures, LLC expanded their relationship with Metro Storage LLC (dba Metro Self Storage) to refine and reduce risk at every stage of the lien sale process. The veteran company has conducted auctions online since 2015 and leveraged an auction review service to minimize lien sale liability for nearly 10 years.

B&C Storage Upgrades Access Control to Support Remote Rentals

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OpenTech Alliance helped growing operator B&C Storage upgrade access control across their portfolio with INSOMNIAC CIA. With a varied portfolio that offers every type of storage and a changing business model that favors remote management from a central location, they needed an access control solution that could help them deliver a seamless customer experience.

OpenTech Makes Security Monitoring Affordable for Storage Operators of All Sizes

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OpenTech Alliance announced expanded INSOMNIACTM SmartEye security services with a new highly-affordable self-monitoring package.With monthly monitoring costs starting at just $25 per monitored camera, storage operators are now able to protect their employees, tenants and assets with the help of remote video access and active incident alerts.

OpenTech Adds Water Sensor Integration to IoE Platform

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OpenTech Alliance announced a new water sensor integration for their intelligent platform of smart-connected self storage solutions, the OpenTech IoE (Internet of Everything). The new integration helps operators find water leaks on their storage property to prevent significant damage to their facility and loss of customer goodwill from the destruction of tenant belongings.

Storage Operator Invests in Kiosks to Safeguard Operation Long-Term

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OpenTech Alliance has partnered with Maryland-based Self Storage Services, Inc. over the past 10 years to ensure they’re always open for business. The product that has proven vital to their operations during the current pandemic, and one they anticipate will be key to future success, are OpenTech’s INSOMNIACTM self-service kiosks.

OpenTech Releases PTI Keypad Integration

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OpenTech Alliance announced the launch a new PTI keypad integration that allows operators to connect existing PTI® Apex or VP keypads to INSOMNIAC CIA. The integration to INSOMNIAC CIA grants operators access to the IoE Control Center and eliminates the computer problems and never-ending software updates that they experience with older PC-based solutions.

OpenTech Offers Online Rental Tool at No Cost

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OpenTech Alliance announced it will provide its online rental software to self storage operators to rent units when their office is closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The software can be quickly embedded in a storage operators’ website and be available to rent units immediately. The e-commerce platform, INSOMNIAC Online, is available to storage operators free for 6 months.*

Update Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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March 16, 2020 An open letter to our customers: We understand many of you are concerned about the health and wellness of your families, employees and storage customers as you deal with the impact of the COVID-19 situation. We too are concerned about our team, which is why we started implementing the standard precautions in […]

Heartland Storage Group Streamlines Operations with Self Storage Technology

See how Heartland Storage changed their self storage experience with business software, kiosks and more | OpenTech Alliance, Inc.

Heartland Storage Group, the self storage division of HAN Capital, has reduced labor costs and streamlined operational activities across their portfolio with the help of OpenTech technology. With notable backgrounds in finance and investments, Heartland Storage Group’s owners leverage technology to help them reduce operational expenses while maintaining their high standards for customer service.

OpenTech Alliance Adds Unit Alarms to IoE Platform

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OpenTech Alliance announced the launch of INSOMNIAC Unit Alarms, a new integration for OpenTech’s IoE (Internet of Everything). Unit Alarms provides owners and operators the ability to quickly and easily upgrade older individual unit door alarm systems without the need to rewire the property – maintaining their initial investment while taking advantage of the data and real-time reporting available in the IoE Control Center.

Extra Space Selects StorageTreasures.com as Exclusive Online Auction Partner

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OpenTech Alliance announced Extra Space Storage has chosen StorageTreasures as their exclusive online auction partner. Extra Space, the second largest operator of self storage facilities in the U.S., has converted over 1,000 stores from live to online auctions to date. All facilities that switch to an online auction process in the future will do so on StorageTreasures.com.

Life Storage Signs Exclusive Agreement with StorageTreasures

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Life Storage, Inc. (NYSE: LSI) has signed an exclusive agreement to use StorageTreasures.com as the online auction platform for their full portfolio of 800+ facilities. Life Storage, one of the largest self storage companies in the world, leverages technology to allow their field teams to be more efficient and customer focused.

OpenTech Adds Overlock Solution to INSOMNIAC® CIA Access Control

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OpenTech Alliance announced a new integration between the DaVinci Lock® System and INSOMNIAC CIA, scheduled for released in Q4. As part of the OpenTech IoE (Internet of Everything) intelligent platform, the DaVinci Lock integration will allow storage operators to automate tenant notifications during the rental and overlock process without investing hundreds of dollars into a new system.

Public Storage Orders More INSOMNIAC® CIA

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OpenTech Alliance announced today that Public Storage, the world’s largest owner, operator, and developer of self-storage facilities, has placed a second order of INSOMNIAC CIA systems, the industry’s first cloud-based access control solution, as the company continues to rollout CIA to its entire portfolio.

OpenTech Expands INSOMNIAC® CIA With Wired Alarm Mux

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OpenTech Alliance will showcase a new wired alarm mux (code-named A96) at Booth #318 at the 2019 Self Storage Association Fall Conference and Trade Show on September 4th and 5th. The A96 is currently being tested and scheduled for release in Q4. It is anticipated to range in price from $499 to $799 and can be configured in either 96 or 48 channel mode. The company will begin taking orders for the new product in September.

Top Operator Personal Mini Storage Arms Portfolio with INSOMNIAC® CIA

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Personal Mini Storage will replace existing access control across all 43 of their self storage locations with INSOMNIAC CIA. Central Florida’s largest family-owned storage operator, Personal Mini cites CIA’s lightning suppression and Exclusive Lifetime Protection as key factors.

OpenTech Alliance Adds INSOMNIAC® SmartGate to IoE Platform

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OpenTech Alliance launches INSOMNIAC SmartGate, a new integration for the OpenTech IoE (Internet of Everything). When combined with INSOMNIAC CIA, SmartGate allows owners and operators to receive alert notifications when a gate or other device does not open or close when requested, or when it is opened or closed manually.

iStorage Upgrades Facilities to INSOMNIAC® CIA

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OpenTech Alliance announced iStorage has selected INSOMNIAC CIA to replace existing access control systems across several of their facilities by the end of 2019. iStorage, owned and operated by National Storage Affiliates Trust (NSA), will install CIA at over 20 facilities in the Michigan region over the next few months. 

Integrated IP Camera Available with INSOMNIAC® CIA Access Control

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OpenTech Alliance now offers the first access control keypad with an integrated IP camera. With most self storage operators already actively using or with plans to implement IP camera systems over obsolete analog video technology, the enhancement, an exclusive feature of INSOMNIAC CIA, is available now.

INSOMNIAC® Kiosks Key to Expansion for 24 Hour Self Storage

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OpenTech Alliance has helped Tennessee-based 24 Hour Self Storage flourish with INSOMNIAC Kiosks since its establishment 6 years ago. Founding partners Nicholas Lillios and DJ Cord, who own and operate various commercial, retail and residential properties, were committed to creating an automated business model before venturing into self storage.

INSOMNIAC® 120 Joins Next Generation of Self Storage Kiosks

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OpenTech Alliance announced the release of the INSOMNIAC 120, the newest addition to the next generation line of self-service INSOMNIAC Kiosks, the 20 Series. The INSOMNIAC 120 offers a small size with stellar performance. Compact in design, this model mirrors many of the benefits of its larger counterparts.

Maximize Your Revenue and Enhance Operations with Customer Data

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Data is an asset in any successful business. Cloud-based services have created connections that not only serve the needs of consumers, but is a tool companies have long leveraged to their benefit. The self storage industry is no exception. A critical link is missing from the equation – data that identifies how customers actually utilize self storage.

OpenTech Alliance Adds INSOMNIAC® SmartDoor to IoE Platform

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OpenTech Alliance announced the launch of INSOMNIAC SmartDoor, a new integration for OpenTech’s intelligent platform of smart-connected self storage solutions, OpenTech IoE. SmartDoor is the first and only self storage office analytics system that provides actionable insights on consumer traffic, whether your office is open or closed.