Tax Savings Announcement

BIG Deductions for Self Storage

PHOENIX, Arizona – August, 1st, 2014 – OpenTech Alliance, Inc. announced INSOMNIAC™ Kiosks and the automated ILock Access & Security system both qualify for additional tax deductions under Section 179. Section 179 is an IRS tax code that allows you to deduct the purchase or lease price of technology (hardware and software) either paid for or financed during 2014. The allowance is also very useful when you are using cost segregation and the property you are using is not “original use”.

One of the biggest deductions available to small businesses (100% first year write-off), the Tax Act effectively reduces the cost of a purchase by 35%. If you have been thinking about buying a kiosk or automated access / security equipment for your storage facility, now may be the time to act and get a great tax deduction.

INSOMNIAC Kiosks range in pricing from $1,500 to $18,000. Under Section 179, a purchase will yield savings that run from $525 up to $6,300 per kiosk. The following is an example of tax savings related to the purchase of an INSOMNIAC 570 kiosk. Also illustrated is a case in savings connected with the purchase of the INSOMNIAC ILock System (200 unit doors).

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Although it can be used by large businesses, the original intention of including the Section 179 in the recent Stimulus Bills was to be a tax relief and incentive for small businesses. The maximum deduction for 2014 is $25,000, however speculative modifications are being forecasted to raise the incentive up to post-recessional levels of $500,000 to incentivize the storage REIT’s as well.

What’s the point of section 179? The government is trying to stimulate the economy by encouraging business spending. Section 179 is your portion of the government bail-out. But there is a catch. To qualify for the deduction, a kiosk and or locking system must be in operation by the end of the 2014 calendar year. Taking advantage of this tax savings may just be the best financial decision you make in 2014. Only 106 Working Days until Section 179 Deadline… to learn more about Section 179, visit www.section179.org or contact your personal accountant.

About OpenTech Alliance, Inc: Celebrating over a Decade of Service to Self-Storage, OpenTech provides solutions that connect storage owners with tenants. Through the development of a complete line of automated Kiosks and Call Center services, the INSOMNIAC brand has become synonymous with self-storage. The company offers a wide-range of self-storage rental solutions that increase revenues and improve customer convenience, while decreasing operating costs and workload. A place to find reliable, around-the-clock support is what OpenTech has come to be for thousands of self-storage owners world-wide. For additional information, please click: OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

Press Contact:
Mike Sawyer, Director of Marketing
OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
602.324.8655
msawyer@opentechalliance.com

NOTE TO EDITORS: OpenTech Alliance, the OpenTech logo and INSOMNIAC are trademarks of OpenTech Alliance, Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. INSOMNIAC kiosks are protected by U.S. patent number 5,946,660.

OpenTech Acquiring SMS Solution TXTCollector

OpenTech Acquiring SMS Solution TXTCollector

PHOENIX, Arizona – July 17th, 2014 – OpenTech Alliance, Inc. today announced that they have entered into an agreement to acquire TXTCollector, from Hub Media Marketing, the makers of Text Messaging software that automates the collections of past due balances in the self-storage marketplace. Terms of the deal, which is the company’s 2nd acquisition in 2014, were undisclosed. The transaction is expected to close by the end of Q3 in 2014.

Text Messaging (SMS) is at the forefront in technology when transmitting payment reminders, past due notices, and or auction alerts to tenants. With eight times the response rate of email, and a much less disruptive experience for the recipient than robo-calls, the collections service has proven to be one of the most reliable and productive methods of communication with tenants.

Robert Chiti, President and CEO at OpenTech said, “Our strategy is to grow our company thru internal development, acquisition and partnerships. TXTCollector has a rapidly growing user base because it does not require any manager intervention, it is easily customizable and in many ways performs better than a collections agency. We are excited to add it to our platform and integrate it with the rest of our services. We feel it will be a solid foundation from which to develop new SMS services outside of just collections for the self storage industry.”

About OpenTech Alliance, Inc: Celebrating a Decade of Service to Self-Storage, OpenTech provides solutions that connect storage owners with tenants. Through the development of a complete line of automated Kiosks and Call Center services, the INSOMNIAC brand has become synonymous with self-storage. The company offers a wide-range of self-storage rental solutions that increase revenues and improve customer convenience, while decreasing operating costs and workload. A place to find reliable, around-the-clock support is what OpenTech has come to be for thousands of self-storage owners world-wide. For additional information, please click OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

Press Contact:
Mike Sawyer, Director of Marketing
OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
602.324.8655
msawyer@opentechalliance.com

NOTE TO EDITORS: OpenTech Alliance, the OpenTech logo and INSOMNIAC are trademarks of OpenTech Alliance, Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. INSOMNIAC kiosks are protected by U.S. patent number 5,946,660.

OpenTech Selected as Top Company to Work for in Arizona

PHOENIX, Arizona – July 4th, 2014 – OpenTech Alliance Inc, today announced that the company was chosen as one of the top employers to work for in the state of Arizona. The awards program, conducted by CareerBuilder (America’s largest online jobsite) and Republic Media (The Arizona Republic Newspaper), was designed to honor the best employers in Arizona that benefit employees. A total of 75 companies were selected based on a combination of overall satisfaction scores from an Employee Engagement Survey and evaluation from a third party questionnaire. Survey assessments encompassed topics related to HR programs, benefits, diversity, workplace-culture and employee satisfaction.

“We feel attracting and retaining talented employees is more critical than attracting and retaining customers, no offense to our customers. Our people are what make OpenTech successful and why we continue to deliver innovative solutions that improve the financial performance of self storage operators across the globe. It is their passion to provide the highest level of customer service in the industry that makes our company so special,” said Robert Chiti, President and CEO at OpenTech.

“We are proud that our employees feel so good about working at OpenTech, even though we do not buy them lunch every day or throw beer parties at the office. Their motivation is more serious. They are working on developing their skills and accomplishing their goals. Our culture is based on Doing It Right and Continuous Improvement which is evident in all of our employee’s behavior. They give it their all because they want to make the life of our customers, and their customers, simpler and less stressful,” smiled Chiti.

When asked about the chances of obtaining a position at OpenTech, Suzi Ocello, PHR, Director of Operations said, “If you align with our core values, truly believe in doing it right and have a strong desire to continuously improve yourself, OpenTech has a spot for you on our team. Of course we also have fun here, but it is more about enjoying the rewards of going above and beyond, not just for showing up. Our commitment to our employees includes lots of perks as well as opportunities to grow both personally and professionally.”

Winners were announced at a “Top Companies” breakfast reception June 27th, and the full list and related stories appeared in a special supplement inserted in the June 29th, edition of The Arizona Republic Newspaper and online website at bestcompaniesaz.com.

About OpenTech Alliance, Inc: Celebrating a Decade of Service to Self Storage, OpenTech provides solutions that connect storage owners with tenants. Through the development of a complete line of automated Kiosks and Call Center services, the INSOMNIAC brand has become synonymous with self-storage. The company offers a wide-range of self storage rental solutions that increase revenues and improve customer convenience, while decreasing operating costs and workload. A place to find reliable, around-the-clock support is what OpenTech Alliance has come to be for thousands of self storage owners world-wide. For additional information, please click OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

Press Contact:
Mike Sawyer, Director of Marketing
OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
602.324.8655
msawyer@opentechalliance.com

NOTE TO EDITORS: OpenTech Alliance, the OpenTech logo and INSOMNIAC are trademarks of OpenTech Alliance, Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. INSOMNIAC kiosks are protected by U.S. patent number 5,946,660.

OpenTech Collects $42 Million in 2013

PHOENIX, Arizona – June 29, 2014 – OpenTech Alliance, Inc. announced they have published the 2014 Self Service Technology White Paper. The 6th edition issue continues to report ongoing statistics and industry trends related to the use of self-service automation and technology throughout self-storage.

Emphasizing the growth of automation at self-storage facilities, INSOMNIAC™ kiosks have exceeded $121 million in total rental fees collected since the report was established. Moreover, customers in 2013 used kiosks to rent 34,335 storage units, make 248,838 payments, and purchase 12,669 locks. This equates to $27,408,773 in self-service move-in, payment and merchandise transactions through kiosks in 2013. The tables below illustrate kiosk transactions of new move-ins and payments made throughout 2013.

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In an ongoing effort to be transparent, the white paper was outsourced and co-authored by a number of industry professionals to reveal how self-storage owners can evaluate efficiencies and returns on investing in technology and automation. The annual report and analysis was originated in 2008 to provide OpenTech kiosk owners with performance comparisons aligned with the aggregate results of all kiosks throughout the INSOMNIAC network.

The newest study shows firsthand how facilities are benefiting from OpenTech’s point-of-sale kiosks, and now includes data on the INSOMNIAC Live! Call Center and INSOMNIAC Online, their web based rental solution (PC & Mobile). The complete 2014 Self Service Technology White Paper is available for download at the company website or by clicking here

About OpenTech Alliance, Inc: Celebrating a Decade of Service to Self-Storage, OpenTech provides solutions that connect storage owners with tenants. Through the development of a complete line of automated Kiosks and Call Center services, the INSOMNIAC brand has become synonymous with self-storage. The company offers a wide-range of self-storage rental solutions that increase revenues and improve customer convenience, while decreasing operating costs and workload. A place to find reliable, around-the-clock support is what OpenTech has come to be for thousands of self-storage owners world-wide. For additional information, please click OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

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Mike Sawyer, Director of Marketing OpenTech Alliance, Inc. 602.324.8655 msawyer@opentechalliance.com 

NOTE TO EDITORS: OpenTech Alliance, the OpenTech logo and INSOMNIAC are trademarks of OpenTech Alliance, Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. INSOMNIAC kiosks are protected by U.S. patent number 5,946,660.

OpenTech Wins Backing from Former Kiosk Skeptic

PHOENIX, Arizona – May 13th, 2014 –OpenTech Alliance, Inc. today announced that the company earned an important endorsement from Professional Self Storage Management LLC, a leading management company with a portfolio of over 50 self-storage facilities. Former kiosk skeptic, Melvin Holsinger, President of Professional Self Storage Management, has now taken advantage of the surge in technology that is energizing the industry.<

Now a kiosk supporter, the storage icon finds himself a true believer of self-service automation. Holsinger’s company recently ordered seven (7) additional INSOMNIAC™ Kiosks to revamp U Store It Self Storage Centers throughout Texas and Arkansas in addition to Spring Creek Self Storage, a new state-of-the-art facility in Laramie Wyoming. It took time for Holsinger to warm up to a concept that was once feared to depersonalize the customer experience, overcomplicate business operations or replace the human touch.

“Closed signs can be frustrating to many, and are slowly becoming obsolete at a lot of businesses today. The kiosk is simply an extension of office hours and creates a better consumer experience,” stated Holsinger. Storage rental and service procedures are the kind of processes that once established can take years to break, so Holsinger didn’t try to break his values on high-touch personalized service onsite. Still, with more and more storage customers doing business at off peak hours, his clients desired a facility that was open to do business even when their office was closed.

“The kiosk was the most cost effective way to accomplish that,” said Holsinger. Several other paybacks weighed into the decision of buying the kiosks. “There is a competitive advantage when facing a younger generation who is used to using self service automation. The kiosk will generate newfound rentals and enable my clients to hold rate increases to a minimum,” added Holsinger.

“As more and more management companies continue to embrace technology, more and more of their clients will find that they are making their self-storage property more convenient so more people will store with them. No doubt this is just a start, we are happy to see experts in the industry, like Mel, leverage our technology and adopt the benefits of self-service,” said Robert Chiti, President and CEO at OpenTech.

About OpenTech Alliance, Inc. Celebrating a Decade of Service to Self Storage, OpenTech provides solutions that connect storage owners with tenants. Through the development of a complete line of automated Kiosks and Call Center services, the INSOMNIAC brand has become synonymous with self-storage. The company offers a wide-range of self storage rental solutions that increase revenues and improves customer convenience while decreasing operating costs and workload. A place to find reliable, around-the-clock support is what OpenTech has come to be for thousands of self storage owners world-wide. For additional information, please click OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

Press Contact:
Mike Sawyer, Director of Marketing
OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
(602) 324-8655.
msawyer@opentechalliance.com

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NOTE TO EDITORS: OpenTech Alliance, the OpenTech logo and INSOMNIAC are trademarks of OpenTech Alliance, Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. INSOMNIAC kiosks are protected by U.S. patent number 5,946,660.

OpenTech Adds Second Call Center Location and Offers 24/7 Service

PHOENIX, Arizona – May 6th, 2014 – OpenTech Alliance, Inc. today announced they have extended their call center to the Eastern time-zone and beyond as well as now offer 24/7 service. For the past year they have been building up their remote call center in Dayton, OH, which now consists of over 10 full time Storage Counselors to better service customers in the East and Midwest and provide a valuable level of redundancy for the entire operation. In addition the company is now the only vendor in the industry to offer 24/7 service.

“I guess it is somewhat redundant to say we never rest, with a brand name like INSOMNIAC and the addition of our 24/7 service, but it is true. We are always looking for ways to improve the quality and value of our service for our customers. Our 24/7 strategy is linked with our global vision to offer call center services in other regions of the world. As our customers expand the footprint of their portfolios we want to be there to support them in the regions they are doing business, so we anticipate we will open more remote call centers outside the US in the future,” said Robert Chiti, President and CEO at OpenTech.

“The investment we continue to make in our cloud based technology and online training programs are what have made it possible for us to have such a broad vision. We can now not only open up a call center anywhere in the world, we can also open individual call centers in the homes of our employees thru our Work @ Home program,” Chiti added.

About OpenTech Alliance, Inc. Celebrating a Decade of Service to Self Storage, OpenTech provides solutions that connect storage owners with tenants. Through the development of a complete line of automated Kiosks and Call Center services, the INSOMNIAC brand has become synonymous with self-storage. The company offers a wide-range of self storage rental solutions that increase revenues and improves customer convenience while decreasing operating costs and workload. A place to find reliable, around-the-clock support is what OpenTech has come to be for thousands of self storage owners world-wide. For additional information, please click OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

Press Contact:
Mike Sawyer, Director of Marketing
OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
(602) 324-8655.
msawyer@opentechalliance.com

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NOTE TO EDITORS: OpenTech Alliance, the OpenTech logo and INSOMNIAC are trademarks of OpenTech Alliance, Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. INSOMNIAC kiosks are protected by U.S. patent number 5,946,660.

OpenTech Starts 2014 with Record-Breaking Quarter

PHOENIX, Arizona – April 16th, 2014 –OpenTech Alliance, Inc. today announced record-breaking sales for the first quarter in 2014. The company’s strong growth was led by an 81% percent increase over the same period last year in INSOMNIAC™ kiosk sales. Overall, OpenTech’s Business Development Team sold more kiosks, INSOMNIAC Live! Call center services and INSOMNIAC Online rental solutions in Q1 than any other quarter since establishing the company in 2003.

“In OpenTech’s early days I was trying to sell a couple of kiosks to an industry veteran in Texas named George Watson. He asked me a question that I never forgot… What percentage of your kiosk sales are repeat business? Watson explained that he wanted to know how many operators had installed a kiosk, then after using it, wanted to buy more. George is a wise man,” said Robert Chiti, President and CEO at OpenTech.

OpenTech reported that during 2013 and Q1 2014, over 40% of their kiosks sales were driven by existing customers. The numbers clearly demonstrate that self storage operators who have already implemented a self service option at their facilities are finding it helps them rent more units and reduce costs. The near 60% of sales that went to new customers indicated that more and more operators are embracing technology and looking for ways to improve the profits of their business.

“I am looking forward to catching up to Mr. Watson at the Texas Self Storage Association conference and tradeshow later this year; because we are ready for him this time,” commented Chiti.

About OpenTech Alliance, Inc. Celebrating a Decade of Service to Self Storage, OpenTech provides solutions that connect storage owners with tenants. Through the development of a complete line of automated Kiosks and Call Center services, the INSOMNIAC brand has become synonymous with self-storage. The company offers a wide-range of self storage rental solutions that increase revenues and improves customer convenience while decreasing operating costs and workload. A place to find reliable, around-the-clock support is what OpenTech has come to be for thousands of self storage owners world-wide. For additional information, please click OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

Press Contact:
Mike Sawyer, Director of Marketing
OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
(602) 324-8655.
msawyer@opentechalliance.com

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NOTE TO EDITORS: OpenTech Alliance, the OpenTech logo and INSOMNIAC are trademarks of OpenTech Alliance, Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. INSOMNIAC kiosks are protected by U.S. patent number 5,946,660.

OpenTech Acquires Call Center Customer Base

PHOENIX, Arizona – March 31st, 2014 –OpenTech Alliance Inc., operator of the industry leading self storage call center, INSOMNIAC™ Live!, announced it has completed the acquisition of USStoragesearch.com’s (USSS) rollover call center service customer base. The two companies entered into an agreement in December of last year and have been working together for the past 3 months to transition the customer base to OpenTech’s customized service – Live! XpressRes.

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Kiosk Helps Manager Break All-Time Sales Record

OpenTech Alliance, Inc. announced that Access Self Storage a 34, 400 sqft facility in Oakland New Jersey, reported an all-time high in unit rentals over the course of a month. Surprisingly the record breaking month happened over a mere 28 days in February. Access Self Storage installed their first INSOMNIAC™ Kiosk in January of 2014 and within days they started seeing a return on their investment.

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OpenTech Partners with Carol Krendl to Design Next Generation Call Center

 

PHOENIX, Arizona – March 2nd, 2014 –OpenTech Alliance, Inc. has engaged Carol Krendl, CEO of SkilCheck Services (the industry’s leading secret shopping company) as a business consultant to take their industry leading call center to the next level and beyond. Krendl’s extensive work in the self-storage industry makes her a perfect partner to assist in progressing OpenTech’s training curriculum and to further develop the company’s cloud based sales and service application – LiveAgent! ™

“We’re excited about the opportunity to transfer our knowledge to the INSOMNIAC Live! ™ call center.” said Krendl. “SkilCheck will provide strategic planning and leadership training to call center management and customized computer based training courses for their internal team of Storage Counselors to develop a sharper and more competitive process to sell and service self-storage customers,” added Krendl.

“We are excited to have Carol contributing to our education and training process. The addition will greatly improve the skill-set of our Storage Counselors and provide our call center clients with a level of knowledge and expertise that is not currently available in the industry. Carol has been listening to and rating self storage phone calls for years, even though she is still only 29,” smiled Robert Chiti, President and CEO at OpenTech. “She has heard it all and knows what works. With her leadership we will be pushing the bar much higher in terms of sales and service capabilities in our call center. She is an owner of self storage property, has run her own management company, built SkilCheck from nothing to a very successful business, and has trained thousands of self storage managers. We are very lucky to have her on our team,” added Chiti.

In addition, OpenTech recruited Carrie Giordano, a 10 year veteran of the call center industry who also has 20 years of inbound and outbound sales leadership experience. As OpenTech’s Manager of Recruiting, Training and Retention she will be working closely with Carol to implement the new training curriculum and processes including advanced telephone sales instruction and employee performance standards that embody exceptional customer service. Giordano is currently overseeing the development of a new proprietary call scoring tool to be used internally and by call center clients. The call scoring feature will be included as a free upgrade to INSOMNIAC Live! clients through OpenPortal.

About OpenTech Alliance, Inc. Celebrating a Decade of Service to Self Storage, OpenTech provides solutions that connect storage owners with tenants. Through the development of a complete line of automated Kiosks and Call Center services, the INSOMNIAC brand has become synonymous with self-storage. The company offers a wide-range of self storage rental solutions that increase revenues and improves customer convenience while decreasing operating costs and workload. A place to find reliable, around-the-clock support is what OpenTech has come to be for thousands of self storage owners world-wide. For additional information, please click OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

Press Contact:
Mike Sawyer, Director of Marketing
OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
(602) 324-8655.
msawyer@opentechalliance.com

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NOTE TO EDITORS: OpenTech Alliance, the OpenTech logo and INSOMNIAC are trademarks of OpenTech Alliance, Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. INSOMNIAC kiosks are protected by U.S. patent number 5,946,660.

 

Anne Ballard’s Owners Report 20% More Revenue with OpenTech Call Center

PHOENIX, Arizona – February 19th, 2014 – OpenTech Alliance, Inc. announced that Top Operator, Universal Storage Group (USG), recently reported statistics on their portfolio of self storage properties that recognizes the impact of the INSOMNIAC™ Live! Call Center. “The OpenTech Call Center has contributed to an increase in revenue of about 20%. We see the call center as a bottom line benefit with a net effect to rentals each month, which helps us push our unit rates higher,” said Anne Ballard, President of Marketing, Training and Developmental Services at USG.

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Kiosk Helps Independent Storage Owner Raise Occupancy by 13%

 

PHOENIX, Arizona – February 1st, 2014 –OpenTech Alliance Inc. today announced the notable success of Affordable Self Storage, a Class-A, fully automated property located in Douglasville, Georgia. With over 400 units, occupancy rates in December of 2013 totaled 94%, representing a 13% improvement over the same period last year. Owner Laurence McCoy attributed the surprising increase to a number of automated self-service features and sales conveniences that the facility offers. “Our occupancy improvements were much higher than what we (or the industry) had projected for 2013. The results clearly show a growing consumer preference for a self-service option like our INSOMNIAC™ Kiosk,” said Laurence.

With several other business interests in addition to the storage property, McCoy relies on the kiosk to easily manage the facility remotely when attention is needed somewhere else. “For less than the cost of a part-time manager ($699 per month), we use a kiosk and call center to help us rent units and service tenants 24-7. We have dealt with many part-time managers in the past, and the technology we use never calls in sick, comes in late, makes accounting errors or steals,” said Laurence.

The INSOMNIAC AssistantManager also backs up the phone lines to reserve units, receive payments and make appointments when the manager is tending to customers or when the office is closed. “The system integrates seamlessly with our SiteLink property management system and gives us a great competitive advantage. At an average of $1,000 for each new rental, it is a phenomenal return on our investment. By being open when our competitors are closed, we’re not missing out on any new customers, and are capturing more market share,” added Laurence. McCoy estimates that of the 8-10 new rentals per month through the kiosk, over 50% are incremental sales.

Robert A. Chiti, President and CEO at OpenTech said, “Affordable Self Storage is a perfect example of an engaged operator that has committed to self-service technologies… and it’s paying off.”

About OpenTech Alliance, Inc. Celebrating a Decade of Service to Self Storage, OpenTech provides solutions that connect storage owners with tenants. Through the development of a complete line of automated Kiosks and Call Center services, the INSOMNIAC brand has become synonymous with self-storage. The company offers a wide-range of self storage rental solutions that increase revenues and improves customer convenience while decreasing operating costs and workload. A place to find reliable, around-the-clock support is what OpenTech has come to be for thousands of self storage owners world-wide. For additional information, please click OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

Press Contact:
Mike Sawyer, Director of Marketing
OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
(602) 324-8655.
msawyer@opentechalliance.com

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NOTE TO EDITORS: OpenTech Alliance, the OpenTech logo and INSOMNIAC are trademarks of OpenTech Alliance, Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. INSOMNIAC kiosks are protected by U.S. patent number 5,946,660.

 

OpenTech CEO Brings Technology Expertise to SSA Board

 

PHOENIX, Arizona – January 15th, 2014 –OpenTech Alliance Inc. announced that Robert A. Chiti, President and CEO at OpenTech, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Self Storage Association (SSA), the non-profit trade organization of the self storage industry. As such, Chiti will help to support and govern more than 60,000 facilities throughout the U.S. and International self storage industry.

“I am honored to be voted to the SSA Board! I look forward to contributing to the success of the self storage industry not only as a vendor, but now as a member of the SSA Board. I am excited about the opportunity to work with and learn from the SSA staff and active board members. For over a decade, OpenTech has been sponsoring and attending SSA events. As a member of the association, we have gained significant value and would urge every vendor in the industry to become a member and support the organization.” said Chiti.

Chiti founded OpenTech in 2003 and is responsible for meeting profit goals of the business, daily oversight of operations, long term strategic planning, and the continued development of the company culture. He leverages his 25 years of technology and business experience to help self storage owners improve the performance of their properties. In addition, Chiti currently serves on the Board of Directors for the California Self Storage Association (CSSA). Robert is a regular presenter at both national and state self storage conferences and author of many industry related articles.

J.R. Clisham, Chairman of the SSA Board of Directors and owner of CT Self Stor said, “Robert and I served on the SSA conference committee together for several years and I am happy to have him on the board during my term as Chairman. Over the past 10 years he has demonstrated a strong commitment to the SSA and the industry. I am certain he will bring valuable perspective to our board.”

Founded in 1975, the SSA serves a $145 billion (market cap values) and $18.5 billion (revenues) self storage industry including owner-operators, facility managers and vendors in the self storage industry. The SSA represents some 3,000 direct member companies and another 3,000 indirect member firms (via nineteen (19) affiliated associations) that own and operate a total of some 20,000 facilities in the US, Canada and 16 other nations. Direct members range from individual facility owner-operators to multiple-facility operations, to the industry’s largest publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). For more information, visit SelfStorage.Org

About OpenTech Alliance, Inc. Celebrating a Decade of Service to Self Storage, OpenTech provides solutions that connect storage owners with tenants. Through the development of a complete line of automated Kiosks and Call Center services, the INSOMNIAC brand has become synonymous with self-storage. The company offers a wide-range of self storage rental solutions that increase revenues and improves customer convenience while decreasing operating costs and workload. A place to find reliable, around-the-clock support is what OpenTech has come to be for thousands of self storage owners world-wide. For additional information, please click OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

Press Contact:

Mike Sawyer, Director of Marketing

OpenTech Alliance, Inc.

(602) 324-8655.

msawyer@opentechalliance.com

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NOTE TO EDITORS: OpenTech Alliance, the OpenTech logo and INSOMNIAC are trademarks of OpenTech Alliance, Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. INSOMNIAC kiosks are protected by U.S. patent number 5,946,660.

 

Self Service EXPERTS Enhance Online Rental/Payment Solution

 

PHOENIX, Arizona – January 1st, 2014 – OpenTech Alliance Inc. announced the release of INSOMNIAC™ Online V2, an enhanced version of their web/mobile rental and payment solution that comes with a new pay per rental pricing model. Since its launch in 2012, hundreds of self storage facilities have been using the cloud-based service and the results have been extraordinary (click here for a free demonstration).

“Our website visitors are responding quickly to the online rental feature. They are serving themselves and we are getting immediate revenue,” said Megan Maple, Owner of Do-It Yourself Storage in Dandridge, Tennessee. “We feel INSOMNIAC Online is a real competitive advantage. During the month of November, we captured 6 new rentals straight from our website,” added Megan.

For the past 10 years OpenTech has pioneered self service rentals, payments, and customer service in the self storage industry with their on-site self service kiosks. The knowledge they have gained developing, supporting and enhancing self service technologies qualifies them as experts in the self service rental arena (on-site, over the phone, online or via mobile devices), no other company comes close.

OpenTech’s strategy is not to be a website development vendor that typically has expertise in SEO, digital marketing, graphics, etc., but instead they focus on e-commerce, PCI Compliance, fraud protection, identity verification, merchandise sales, customized lease package creation, secure document management, access control system integration, and the rental process experience.

“From an online shopper’s perspective, when they enter a facility’s web/mobile site, it is the same as if they entered the front door of the facility office, except they may be in their underwear. Not having a way for them to do what they came there to do (really rent a unit), may cause them to move on to a competitor’s online office,” stated Robert Chiti, President and CEO at OpenTech. “I am not saying everyone wants to rent a storage unit online without visiting the property, but there are some people that buy cars, shoes, jewelry, and even find their soul-mate online. These people do it ALL online, so renting a storage unit will seem pretty natural to them.”

Enhancements include:

  • Simple user interface that delivers a memorable experience
  • Real-time inventory control settings & sales features that allow facilities to strategically market available units through a number of techniques including; size, type, price or level of occupancy
  • Dynamic lease creation which collects specific information for addendums/waivers that are incorporated into the final lease package
  • Channel specific pricing, coupon codes and customizable survey questions
  • Social Media reviews and posting
  • Stored goods insurance or protection policies
  • Ability to pre-purchase merchandise (to be picked up in the office)
  • Option to setup auto-pay during rental process
  • The ability to provide consumers with access codes configured for specific gate time zones

INSOMNIAC Online integrates with all the leading property management software and access control systems, so your managers do not have to constantly go thru the process of manually shifting units around into different categories just so they show up on the website. The cost of the service is $25 per rental, the value of the service is priceless.

About OpenTech Alliance, Inc. Celebrating a Decade of Service to Self Storage, OpenTech provides solutions that connect storage owners with tenants. Through the development of a complete line of automated Kiosks and Call Center services, the INSOMNIAC brand has become synonymous with self-storage. The company offers a wide-range of self storage rental solutions that increase revenues and improves customer convenience while decreasing operating costs and workload. A place to find reliable, around-the-clock support is what OpenTech has come to be for thousands of self storage owners world-wide. For additional information, please click OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

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OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
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INSOMNIAC Kiosk Pays for Itself in less than 6 months

 

PHOENIX, Arizona – December 10th, 2013 – OpenTech Alliance, Inc., a global leader in self storage technology, today announced another successful deployment of its INSOMNIAC™ brand of self storage kiosks at Shetland Park Self Storage. Since installing the kiosk in February, it’s not too early to question whether the arrangement has worked. Over the first 10 months, the facility acquired 73 rentals directly through their self service rental station.

Jim DiNardo (J. DiNardo Consulting), who directs self storage operations for Shetland Park said, “Over 75% of our new kiosk revenue came in when the office was closed. At an average of $1,000 per rental, the kiosk has more than paid for itself already.” DiNardo added, “Even though the rental office is open only from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, we’re not missing any opportunities to rent.” Located in Historic Salem Massachusetts, Shetland Park is the North Shore’s premier business center that offers a variety of services including a state-of-the-art self storage facility that opened in 2009 with less than 100 units. Since then, the facility has grown aggressively to 700 units with plans to continue expanding.

Continued growth only increased the pressure on management to come up with new strategies; and they did. In addition to installing the kiosk, Shetland Park Self Storage implemented a remote call center to handle reservations and process payments 24-7 by phone. Also, a new website & companion mobile website to engage online visitors whose computers & smartphones give them ready access to rent & pay 24-7.

“We’re very pleased with the success of the kiosk so far and our customers really seem to like using it,” said John Kelly, Vice President at Shetland Park. “With the added ability to do business on our website from a PC or a smartphone, we’re making it as easy as possible to rent storage with us. We continue to see steady growth in our self storage operation, and we’re attracting customers from all over the North Shore. It’s pretty clear that demand for self storage units in Salem and around the North Shore is strong, and renters prefer our modern, yet very affordable, storage facility,” added Kelly.

Robert Chiti, president and CEO at OpenTech gave Shetland Park Self Storage credit for acting with a multichannel plan to increase profits. “At a time when rentals are on an upswing, Shetland Park Self Storage is executing a perfect plan to maximize occupancy. Considering the rising growth in automation, self storage facilities can either fight with the status quo, or embrace the shift to technology in order to rent every unit in the house,” said Chiti.

Shetland Park embarked on this strategy with plenty of expertise, as DiNardo has worked in the self storage industry for over 24 years as; the Operations Manager & Partner for The Storage Depot, a consultant to the industry, and most currently as Operations Manager for Conroy Development, in addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Self Storage Association (SSA) and co-founding the Massachusetts Self Storage Association (MASSA) back in 1998.

By trying so many new things at once, Shetland Park Self Storage can help the industry gauge the effectiveness of new strategies, while providing traditional manned facilities a glimpse of what other self storage rivals may implement in the years ahead.

About OpenTech Alliance, Inc. About OpenTech Alliance, Inc.: A pioneer in self storage automation, OpenTech Alliance is the leading developer of innovative self service solutions for the self storage industry. Their trail was blazed by offering facilities 24 hour self service automation through a complete line of INSOMNIAC™ Kiosks. Today, the innovation continues with a full range of self service rental solutions that include; Self Storage Cloud Services, INSOMNIAC Live! Call Center, INSOMNIAC Online web & mobile applications, LiveAgent! software products and the INSOMNIAC ILock system. OpenTech products and services increase revenues, reduce operating costs and improve customer convenience for self storage businesses. For more information please click OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

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OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
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Storage Owners Choose Automation over the Sale of Facility

PHOENIX, Arizona – July 10th, 2013 –OpenTech Alliance, Inc, today announced the successful transformation of Store Oronogo Self Storage, a two hundred unit facility located in Oronogo Missouri. The overhaul highlights a new business model that emphasizes maintaining relationships between tenants and ownership on a never-ending basis. As customer convenience continues to move toward the top of tenant expectations, resident owners Gene and Jane Mitchell, found more and more tenants wanted to do business during off peak hours.

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OpenTech Unveils In-Store Bilingual Office Assistant

 

PHOENIX, Arizona – April 2nd, 2013 –Today at the 2013 SiteLink User Conference in Las Vegas, OpenTech Alliance Inc. announced the immediate availability of their newest self service solution the INSOMNIAC™ 50 – the In-Store Bilingual Office Assistant. Following almost a decade of developing self service technologies that generate new rentals from outside of the rental office (Web, Mobile, Kiosk & Call Center), OpenTech is now moving their technology inside the office and straight to the countertop.

50imgThe 50 is a wireless, interactive touch screen computer that delivers real cost saving and enforces an unparalleled consistency in the rental process. Consumers can rent units, make payments (check, cash, and credit card), sell insurance, purchase merchandise, access their accounts, and much more. The best part is the lease documents are signed electronically and stored securely in the OpenTech Self Storage Cloud. Managers can monitor or control the entire process from their desktop PC, including entering data, selecting options, and even point out unit locations on the digital property map.

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“The countertop has always been one of the most important spaces at a self storage facility. A tool like this can eliminate lots of paperwork, printing, copying, and filing; freeing up managers to spend more time building personal connections with customers and marketing their facilities through community participation. This is a great first step to going paperless as well as providing documents electronically for customers. Maybe most valuable is the consistency and reliability the tool brings to the lease completion process, no more missing or incorrect information. What will these OpenTech guys think of next?” said Anne Ballard, Universal Storage Group President of Marketing, Training and Developmental Services.

After years of talk about the need to improve time management and or speed-up office lines during rush hours & high seasonal periods, the INSOMNIAC 50 seems destined to be a big part of that answer. Designed to improve manager production and customer satisfaction, the In-Store Bilingual Assistant simultaneously reduces wait times and managers’ workload while streamlining the payment and rental process.

The INSOMNIAC 50 is a plug-and-play kiosk that can be quickly installed on the countertop or inside the rental office in minutes. The sexy, high tech tool includes; English and Spanish text and voice prompts, onscreen keyboard and signature capture, credit card reader, digital camera and a bright 15” touch-screen integrated within a Windows™ based computer. The 50 is custom equipped with the same user-friendly software that operates the entire line of INSOMNIAC Kiosks and is backed by the industry-leading Technical Support Team at OpenTech.

The In-Store Office Assistant costs $1,500 to purchase, $750 for Setup, Training, and Customization and $75 per month for the INSOMNIAC Software as a Service subscription.

About OpenTech Alliance, Inc. About OpenTech Alliance, Inc.: A pioneer in self storage automation, OpenTech Alliance is the leading developer of innovative self service solutions for the self storage industry. Their trail was blazed by offering facilities 24 hour self service automation through a complete line of INSOMNIAC™ Kiosks. Today, the innovation continues with a full range of self service rental solutions that include; Self Storage Cloud Services, INSOMNIAC Live! Call Center, INSOMNIAC Online web & mobile applications, LiveAgent! software products and the INSOMNIAC ILock system. OpenTech products and services increase revenues, reduce operating costs and improve customer convenience for self storage businesses. For more information please click OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

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OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
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Independent Facility Owners Making Big Money with INSOMNIAC™ Kiosks

 

PHOENIX, Arizona – March 23rd, 2013 –OpenTech Alliance, Inc. today announced that the top 100 performing facilities with less than 300 units rented an average of 6 new units a month in 2012 thru their INSOMNIAC™ bilingual kiosk, while the top 100 performing kiosks overall rented an average of 12 units a month in the same year. Further analysis of data used to create the 2012 Self Service Whitepaper highlighted this performance of independent operators.

Despite a lower budget, shorter office hours and lack of a big corporate brand, many independents continue to compete effectively with the use of self service kiosks. Three operators stole the show in 2012; Frontier Self Storage in Adkins Texas, Pak-A-Nut Self Storage in Bellingham Washington and Self Assured Storage out of Omaha Nebraska, averaging over 20 rentals monthly at their kiosks.

Brandon Rose, owner of Frontier Self Storage employs a facility manager to answer phones, make appointments and show units from 8:00am to noon. Management is also on call to assist tenants 24-7 when needed. Rose has learned much from his tenants without ever hearing a word. Kiosk transaction data showed that over ½ of the facility’s new rentals and payments are processed through the kiosk between 7:00pm and 7:00am. “We’re in the relationship business but interaction with customers needs to be when they want it; if they want it. The majority of our tenants do not require repeated contact and have a great feel for the convenience of our self service kiosk,” said Rose.

Self Assured Storage also employs a part time manager, while the Pak-A-Nut Self Storage property is fully automated and operated without an on-site manager. Seven years ago, Pak-A-Nut Self Storage purchased the INSOMNIAC kiosk and opened their doors as one of the first facilities to be operated from a remote location. Owners Jeff & Charlot Harman answer the phone and oversee the facility with help of a state-of-art security & surveillance system and the use of Smartphone’s. When their customers use the kiosk they can reach the Harman’s with a simple click of a button anytime they need assistance. “The definition of convenient is different for every tenant. We pride ourselves in providing a rental, payment and access experience that is convenient for every tenant. Our kiosk provides this level of convenience 24-7,” said Charlot.

As a courtesy to the entire self storage industry, Jeff & Charlot and Brandon have extended their welcome to connect with independent owners, corporate properties, facility managers and kiosk users alike to share best practices moving forward (contact phone and email are contained in the website links above).

About OpenTech Alliance, Inc. About OpenTech Alliance, Inc.: A pioneer in self storage automation, OpenTech Alliance is the leading developer of innovative self service solutions for the self storage industry. Their trail was blazed by offering facilities 24 hour self service automation through a complete line of INSOMNIAC™ Kiosks. Today, the innovation continues with a full range of self service rental solutions that include; Self Storage Cloud Services, INSOMNIAC Live! Call Center, INSOMNIAC Online web & mobile applications, LiveAgent! software products and the INSOMNIAC ILock system. OpenTech products and services increase revenues, reduce operating costs and improve customer convenience for self storage businesses. For more information please click OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

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OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
(602) 324-8655.
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Storage World Operates 9 Facilities using 5 Kiosks

OpenTech Alliance, Inc. announced today that Storage World, a leading self storage operator in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, has successfully implemented OpenTech’s INSOMNIAC™ AssistantManager throughout their entire portfolio of 9 facilities. The AssistantManager is a self storage solution that incorporates the use of onsite self service kiosks along with an integrated offsite sales and service call center.

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OpenTech Delivers Feature Rich Kiosk at Lower Price Point

PHOENIX, Arizona – February 5th, 2013 –OpenTech Alliance, Inc. introduced their latest in the line of innovative self-storage kiosks – the INSOMNIAC 570. The new INSOMNIAC 570 can be installed thru the wall or on a pedestal and comes equipped with a full line of user-friendly features. The 570 is a perfect self service solution for self storage operators that want all the bells and whistles but cannot afford the INSOMNIAC 900 model.

The 570 series is an on-site Service Center that completes new rentals, processes payments and also implements the e-lease process (paperless or print). Dynamic components allow the kiosk to stage a virtual tour of the facility and practice some fine salesmanship by consistently offering the new renter a lock & tenant insurance 100% of the time.

Packed with a punch, the 570 features a 15″ color touch screen display, digital signature capture, fingerprint scanner, 4.5″ printer, lock dispenser, VOIP phone, credit card scanner, bill acceptor, check reader and stereo speakers. The kiosk also includes a built-in video surveillance camera so facilities can record every kiosk visitor. Flexible installation options and a compact design enable the INSOMNIAC 570 to suit both indoor & outdoor environments.

“We continue to invest in innovation to help reduce the cost of our hardware so our self service solutions are within reach of every self storage operator,” said Robert Chiti, OpenTech President and CEO. “What we believe is simple; if your facility is open longer than your competitor and more convenient you will rent more units. The ultimate would be to have staff on duty 24 by 7 but as employee costs increase it is not financially practical, so we will continue to deliver new self service solutions that operate on-site, on the Internet and on whatever is next,” added Chiti.

The new INSOMNIAC 570 is offered at a base price of $13,250 or $387 on a 48 month lease.

About OpenTech Alliance, Inc. About OpenTech Alliance, Inc.: A pioneer in self storage automation, OpenTech Alliance is the leading developer of innovative self service solutions for the self storage industry. Their trail was blazed by offering facilities 24 hour self service automation through a complete line of INSOMNIAC™ Kiosks. Today, the innovation continues with a full range of self service rental solutions that include; Self Storage Cloud Services, INSOMNIAC Live! Call Center, INSOMNIAC Online web & mobile applications, LiveAgent! software products and the INSOMNIAC ILock system. OpenTech products and services increase revenues, reduce operating costs and improve customer convenience for self storage businesses. For more information please click OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

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OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
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North Reading Storage Rents 236 Units through Kiosk

 

PHOENIX, Arizona – December 20th, 2012 – OpenTech Alliance, Inc. today announced that in 2012, North Reading Storage, a 400 unit self storage facility located in Reading Pennsylvania (population 88,000), has exceeded 236 new move-ins exclusively through their self serve kiosk while managers were busy or away from the office.

Based on the average rental rate of $84, with a typical stay of 11 months, North Reading generated approximately $218,000 in revenue through self service automation alone. The onsite INSOMNIAC kiosk also collected an average of 90 transactions monthly in cash, check & credit card payments, totaling over $90,000 in revenue. New tenant merchandise purchases through the kiosk dispersed 158 locks upon move-in for $1,580. David Paul, Owner of North Reading Storage said, “The new technology has saved us tremendously on our staffing cost and relieved us from having to be on site 7 days a week.” Prior to installing the kiosk in January of this year, two managers would staff the office Monday through Sunday. Today, a remote manager only opens the office 3 days a week on Monday, Friday and Saturday.

Located in the heart of Reading, the urban facility is always busy. “Our tenants prefer the convenience of self service; we are still open for business 24-7 and the kiosk never sleeps,” said Paul. The kiosk is custom equipped with Live! Megan Plus, a voice & video feature which provides real-time, face-to-face customer care when managers are unavailable. “This new feature is fantastic, especially for our bilingual tenants, the OpenTech team of Storage Counselors make the technology user friendly for everybody,” added Paul.

About OpenTech Alliance, Inc. About OpenTech Alliance, Inc.: A pioneer in self storage automation, OpenTech Alliance is the leading developer of innovative self service solutions for the self storage industry. Their trail was blazed by offering facilities 24 hour self service automation through a complete line of INSOMNIAC™ Kiosks. Today, the innovation continues with a full range of self service rental solutions that include; Self Storage Cloud Services, INSOMNIAC Live! Call Center, INSOMNIAC Online web & mobile applications, LiveAgent! software products and the INSOMNIAC ILock system. OpenTech products and services increase revenues, reduce operating costs and improve customer convenience for self storage businesses. For more information please click OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

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OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
(602) 324-8655.
msawyer@opentechalliance.com

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Canadian Independent “Stow-It” goes Paperless with INSOMNIAC Kiosk

 

PHOENIX, Arizona – December 4th, 2012 – OpenTech Alliance, Inc. announced that Stow-It Self Storage is moving towards greener pastures while introducing tenants to their new assistant manager, the INSOMNIAC™ 900 Kiosk. At the same time, Stow-It managers are excited to be joining the paperless movement to preserve Canadian Maple Leafs and save some bucks.

Located in the rural community of Port Elgin (Ontario Canada), property managers were skeptical at first to implement the new paperless process and raised concerns on the possibility of adverse side effects on customer relationships. Steve Levack, Owner of Stow-It Self Storage said, “Going paperless entirely through the machine and even faceless at times, required a solution to make the process both tenant and manager friendly.” After some great planning, Levack was able to unveil a process that favored customers and onsite managers.

Levack’s vision to route all consumer transactions through the kiosk was originally planned to house all data and sales documents in one secure place. Making the model more efficient led to removing filing cabinets and assisting managers by eliminating the drawn out task of taking payments. “Collecting money is not our manager’s top priority, its sales,” stated Levack. After deciding to go paperless, encouraging his manager to use the technology became less of a challenge.

The on-site kiosk has been modified to facilitate paperless transactions by distributing all receipts, lease agreements and tenant billings via email. Still, the office sends a small amount of paper receipts by mail upon request. Prior to moving in, every phone & online reservation is steered directly to the kiosk for activation and facility access. Managers also guide tenants to the kiosk to complete on-site reservations when working face to face. When managers are occupied or unavailable, the INSOMNIAC kiosk VOIP phone provides real-time customer care with an OpenTech Storage Counselor to customers needing assistance.

“I live two hours from the facility and am away more often than not. I would strongly encourage other self storage owners to operate in this fashion. The initiative has helped us reduce the costs of paper, ink, toner and man-hours related to the payment, rental and bookkeeping process. Saving time for both our customers and managers is something you can’t put a price on,” added Levack. Fringe benefits of the system enable Stow-It to rent units and take payments entirely through the kiosk on Sundays and after 5:00pm on weekdays when the office is closed.

About OpenTech Alliance, Inc. About OpenTech Alliance, Inc.: A pioneer in self storage automation, OpenTech Alliance is the leading developer of innovative self service solutions for the self storage industry. Their trail was blazed by offering facilities 24 hour self service automation through a complete line of INSOMNIAC™ Kiosks. Today, the innovation continues with a full range of self service rental solutions that include; Self Storage Cloud Services, INSOMNIAC Live! Call Center, INSOMNIAC Online web & mobile applications, LiveAgent! software products and the INSOMNIAC ILock system. OpenTech products and services increase revenues, reduce operating costs and improve customer convenience for self storage businesses. For more information please click OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

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OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
(602) 324-8655.
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A-1 Surpasses One Million in Sales through INSOMNIAC Kiosks

 

PHOENIX, Arizona – November 27th, 2012 – OpenTech Alliance, Inc. today announced that A-1 Self Storage has exceeded the $1,000,000.00 mark in kiosk transactions for 2012. En-route to reaching 1,000 new move-ins, the A-1 team of INSOMNIAC™ Kiosks (15 in total) is projected to handle over 10,000 consumer transactions by year end. The milestones emphasize the ongoing success of modern self-service technology throughout the self storage marketplace.

A family owned company, headquartered in San Diego, Caster Properties, Inc, operates 42 self storage facilities throughout California under the A-1 Self Storage brand. Brian Caster, President and CEO of Caster Properties stated, “Adding the convenience of on-site self service at our facilities has become a bona fide competitive advantage. We are making it very easy for customers to do business with us, we’re always open.”

Using self service kiosks does not mean a compromise in the level of customer service; to the contrary, it results in a higher level of convenience and customer satisfaction. A-1 call center agents greet kiosk users proactively and are available to provide real-time customer care using the VOIP phone built into the kiosk. Soon, kiosk users and A-1 agents will be able to not only talk with each other; they will be able to see each other using the Live! Megan Plus service which includes a two-way video option. At stores with kiosks, A-1 has been able to close their office two days a week and still rent units while the office is closed.

“Caster Properties has been a customer of ours for several years and they are consistently looking for new ways to improve the level of convenience & service they offer their customers. They have been a driving force behind many of the new enhancements we have made to our products. We are very happy to see that their investment in our self service solutions is paying handsome dividends,” said Robert A. Chiti, President and CEO at OpenTech. “Our strategy is to offer solutions that make a material impact on the economics of operating a self storage business, A-1’s accomplishments are proof we are on the right path” added Chiti.

About OpenTech Alliance, Inc. About OpenTech Alliance, Inc.: A pioneer in self storage automation, OpenTech Alliance is the leading developer of innovative self service solutions for the self storage industry. Their trail was blazed by offering facilities 24 hour self service automation through a complete line of INSOMNIAC™ Kiosks. Today, the innovation continues with a full range of self service rental solutions that include; Self Storage Cloud Services, INSOMNIAC Live! Call Center, INSOMNIAC Online web & mobile applications, LiveAgent! software products and the INSOMNIAC ILock system. OpenTech products and services increase revenues, reduce operating costs and improve customer convenience for self storage businesses. For more information please click OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

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Mike Sawyer, Director of Marketing
OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
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All Seasons Self Storage Switches to INSOMNIAC Live! Call Center

 

PHOENIX, Arizona – October 27th, 2012 – OpenTech Alliance, Inc., the leader in self service solutions for the self storage industry, announced that All Seasons Self Storage has selected INSOMNIAC™ Live as their new centralized call center.

The independent operator had been using a prominent self storage vendor for several years, and after much evaluation and due diligence, came to the conclusion that he wanted more. “There was a realization among my team that our occupants and prospective tenants required more specialized knowledge at a more rapid response when calling our facility,” stated Alan Ambrose, Owner of All Seasons Self Storage.

The switch to INSOMNIAC Live! improved customer response times exponentially, and the call center experience offered much more than a generic presentation with limited range to service tenants. The callers now feel as if they are speaking with an employee of All Seasons Self Storage and can get answers and personal service without having to make a second call or wait for a call back from the manager.

OpenTech’s Self Storage Cloud service INSOMNIAC LiveAgent! empowers Storage Counselors with immediate access to comprehensive information about the facility. Ultimately, the solution is built to offer callers real time unit pricing, business policies & procedures, competitive advantages over nearby facilities, photos of your property, directions to your facility, promotions, special offers and more. “The more we looked, we realized that INSOMNIAC Live! was the service we wanted to connect with our callers. It was a combination of these attributes that ultimately led to our decision to make the change,” continued Ambrose.

Robert A. Chiti, President and CEO at OpenTech Alliance, Inc. said, “We have been able to create the next generation call center by delivering what self storage operators want, prompt service from a knowledgeable person. We are proud that we have made a positive impact on All Seasons Self Storage’s business.”

A proud sponsor of the 5th Annual Southeastern Self Storage Convention & Tradeshow, OpenTech will be exhibiting the INSOMNIAC line of self service rental solutions at the Holiday Inn, Wrightsville Beach on October 28th-30th, 2012 (Booth #303).

About OpenTech Alliance, Inc. About OpenTech Alliance, Inc.: A pioneer in self storage automation, OpenTech Alliance is the leading developer of innovative self service solutions for the self storage industry. Their trail was blazed by offering facilities 24 hour self service automation through a complete line of INSOMNIAC™ Kiosks. Today, the innovation continues with a full range of self service rental solutions that include; Self Storage Cloud Services, INSOMNIAC Live! Call Center, INSOMNIAC Online web & mobile applications, LiveAgent! software products and the INSOMNIAC ILock system. OpenTech products and services increase revenues, reduce operating costs and improve customer convenience for self storage businesses. For more information please click OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

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OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
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OpenTech Kiosk & Call Center Combo Plays Role on a Winning Team

PHOENIX, Arizona – October 20th, 2012 – OpenTech Alliance, Inc. announced the progression of a 2 year development with American Self Storage to meet the demands of the modern self storage business. Headquartered in Santa Barbara California, The Laurel Company is a property management firm that that operates 10 self storage facilities under the American Self Storage brand. In the face of a prolonged recession, American Self Storage continues to persevere while wading through the effects of a municipal bankruptcy in Stockton (California).

The mission to modernize facilities began in 2009 with the installation of their first INSOMNIAC™ Kiosk, while further implementations of the INSOMNIAC Live! Call Center followed. A two-punch solution that makes use of a self service kiosk and centralized call center, the INSOMNIAC AssistantManager is an effective combination that supports facility managers to rent more units and service customers.

Effectively, self service automation and OpenTech Storage Counselors are strategically empowered to assist managers during the work day, after business hours and on Sundays & Holidays when the office is closed. As a back-up, the call center fields roll over calls made direct to the facility, while at the same time, providing personal assistance at the kiosk. The strategy ensures that customers are assisted immediately on inquiries, rentals and with transactions at both consumer touch points.

“We made a decision to pilot two kiosks and later integrate a centralized call center to assist our on-site managers,” said Dennis Peterson, President of The Laurel Company. “We have watched the progression evolve and continue to measure our return on investment closely,” added Peterson. Over the past two years, the INSOMNIAC AssistantManager solution, has converted over 155 new rentals in Stockton alone.

Recognized repeatedly as a “Top Operator” in the United States, core corporate competencies and strong site management have played a big part in the American Self Storage success story. Still, the INSOMNIAC AssistantManager has earned a position on the team in the role of an assistant, as Dennis (a former Combat Command Officer with the U.S. Marine Corps) and American Self Storage continue to flourish in the City of Stockton.

OpenTech, a proud member of the California Self Storage Association and sponsor of the CSSA 10th Annual Conference, will be on hand to participate in the October gala.

About OpenTech Alliance, Inc. About OpenTech Alliance, Inc.: A pioneer in self storage automation, OpenTech Alliance is the leading developer of innovative self service solutions for the self storage industry. Their trail was blazed by offering facilities 24 hour self service automation through a complete line of INSOMNIAC™ Kiosks. Today, the innovation continues with a full range of self service rental solutions that include; Self Storage Cloud Services, INSOMNIAC Live! Call Center, INSOMNIAC Online web & mobile applications, LiveAgent! software products and the INSOMNIAC ILock system. OpenTech products and services increase revenues, reduce operating costs and improve customer convenience for self storage businesses. For more information please click OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

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OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
(602) 324-8655.
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Independent Self Storage Operator “Killing It”

PHOENIX, Arizona – October 15th, 2012 – OpenTech Alliance, Inc. announced that Renaissance Enterprise (an independent owner with two facilities in rural Texas) has acquired 75 new tenants through the INSOMNIAC™ Online rental service in less than 6 months. In April of 2012, Renaissance began piloting the online sales concept through the OpenTech Self Storage Cloud. Shortly after, online visitors responded favorably and unit rentals have been flying high ever since.

INSOMNIAC Online quickly transformed the independent operator’s website from a marketing brochure to function as a self service cash register that never sleeps. No longer in “reservation” mode, the facility’s home page is now equipped to provide shoppers with the ability to actually complete unit “rentals” online. At the cost of $75 dollars per month, INSOMNIAC Online is a very affordable service. With an average unit rental valued at $900, a single incremental rental pays for the service for a whole year, making INSOMNIAC Online a “killer deal” for Renaissance Enterprise.

OpenTech President and CEO, Robert A. Chiti stated, “In the past, an operator’s rental strategy was to get the prospect to the facility counter, during office hours. With our self service solutions, operators are expanding their strategy with additional touch points or sales channels to include self service options at their facility, on their website and thru mobile devices. As the Tech Savvy segment of the market continues to grow, so will the value of offering them what they want, when they want it and that is what self service is all about.”

As self service consumers continue to multiply, usage statistics through the INSOMNIAC self service solutions (kiosks, internet and mobile) are at all-time highs. For nearly a decade, OpenTech has developed self service technology exclusive to self storage operators to prepare for this uprising. “Self storage operators are learning that they can’t see or get the chance to talk with many of their prospects, because they are online or show up at the facility after hours. It is these customers Renaissance is capturing by providing them with a level of convenience that they obviously wanted,” added Chiti.

A proud member of the Texas Self Storage Association, OpenTech will exhibiting their INSOMNIAC line of self service rental solutions at the TSSA Annual Convention and Tradeshow, October 14-16 2012 (Booth #325).

About OpenTech Alliance, Inc. About OpenTech Alliance, Inc.: A pioneer in self storage automation, OpenTech Alliance is the leading developer of innovative self service solutions for the self storage industry. Their trail was blazed by offering facilities 24 hour self service automation through a complete line of INSOMNIAC™ Kiosks. Today, the innovation continues with a full range of self service rental solutions that include; Self Storage Cloud Services, INSOMNIAC Live! Call Center, INSOMNIAC Online web & mobile applications, LiveAgent! software products and the INSOMNIAC ILock system. OpenTech products and services increase revenues, reduce operating costs and improve customer convenience for self storage businesses. For more information please click OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

Press Contact:
Mike Sawyer, Director of Marketing
OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
(602) 324-8655.
msawyer@opentechalliance.com

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NOTE TO EDITORS: OpenTech Alliance, the OpenTech logo and INSOMNIAC are trademarks of OpenTech Alliance, Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. INSOMNIAC is protected by U.S. patent number 5,946,660.

OpenTech Releases New Version of OpenPortal

PHOENIX, Arizona – September 29th, 2012 – OpenTech Alliance, Inc. released an updated version of its Self Storage Cloud service, OpenPortal v1.5. OpenPortal is a manager’s toolbox for configuring OpenTech products & services, maintaining facility content, viewing training guides & instructional videos, and generating real-time business intelligence. OpenPortal is a free service for OpenTech customers.

Enhancements on the 1.5 release include a dynamic “Copy To” feature that simplifies management of multi-facility content. A Live! Lead Tracking module allows managers to follow and document progress on rental prospects. The Cloud service offers the ability to request real-time assistance from the OpenTech Support Team. New modules include Customer Notification and additional reporting features in a fresh and easy to navigate interface.

Connie Gowers, Manager of Allstate Self Storage, a frontline user of the portal said, “Navigation is user friendly, reporting is accurate and I like the feature of being able to copy information across all of my facilities at once. It really saves me time when I need to update content for multiple properties on the fly.”

In addition, a powerful sales framework was built in to store facility policies, business hours, emergency alerts, special offers and an endless supply of facility attributes. This gives facility managers the power to share detailed information with OpenTech Storage Counselors on a real-time basis.

“The sales features close the information gap between our onsite managers and the INSOMNIAC Live! Call Center. OpenPortal gives the OpenTech Storage Counselors accurate and up to date information when selling and servicing our tenants,” added Gowers.

About OpenTech Alliance, Inc. About OpenTech Alliance, Inc.: A pioneer in self storage automation, OpenTech Alliance is the leading developer of innovative self service solutions for the self storage industry. Their trail was blazed by offering facilities 24 hour self service automation through a complete line of INSOMNIAC™ Kiosks. Today, the innovation continues with a full range of self service rental solutions that include; Self Storage Cloud Services, INSOMNIAC Live! Call Center, INSOMNIAC Online web & mobile applications, LiveAgent! software products and the INSOMNIAC ILock system. OpenTech products and services increase revenues, reduce operating costs and improve customer convenience for self storage businesses. For more information please click OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

Press Contact:
Mike Sawyer, Director of Marketing
OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
(602) 324-8655.
msawyer@opentechalliance.com

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NOTE TO EDITORS: OpenTech Alliance, the OpenTech logo and INSOMNIAC are trademarks of OpenTech Alliance, Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. INSOMNIAC is protected by U.S. patent number 5,946,660.

Storage Pros Selects INSOMNIAC Live! Call Center

Industry Call Center Experiences Steady Growth as Top Operators Seek Quality of Service

PHOENIX, Arizona – September 4th, 2012 – OpenTech Alliance, Inc. announced that another leading self storage brand, Storage Pros Self Storage, has chosen the INSOMNIAC™ Live! Call Center as their remote assistant manager for their entire portfolio of owned and managed stores. Headquartered in Farmington Hills Michigan, Storage Pros Management LLC is a privately-held company that operates 50+ self storage facilities in 6 states throughout New England, the Midwest and the Southeast.

David M. Levenfeld, President and CEO of Storage Pros said, “On any given day, we have 50+ active managers on-site multitasking. We find it difficult to expect a high level of consistency and quality from our managers when they are attempting to answer phones while servicing clients, away from the desk, having lunch or when the office is closed. We feel that having centralized assistance, people positioned to answer and act immediately, will standardize our customer experience and improve efficiency at all of our sites.”

Ian Burnstein, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Storage Pros said, “We became an OpenTech customer last year when we purchased our first INSOMNIAC kiosk. Since then we have found OpenTech’s beliefs, vision, and integrity to align very well with ours. While their technology expertise and future direction for the LiveAgent!™ application is very impressive, the level of integration with our property management software, SiteLink Web Edition, convinced us make the decision to select OpenTech as our call center partner. “

The Self Storage Cloud service, LiveAgent!, gives OpenTech Storage Counselors; real-time access to Storage Pros unit inventory, pricing, business rules, competitive advantages and much more. It processes reservations, payments and soon rentals in real-time directly into the property management system at each facility in the Storage Pros network. In addition, it automatically pops the Storage Counselor screen with tenant information so the customer experience is similar to talking to on-site manager.

OpenTech is constantly enhancing and updating LiveAgent! with the ultimate goal of closing the information gap between on-site and off-site staff, thus creating mutual respect and confidence. “Our property managers are critical to the success of our businesses, so developing a strong bond between them and the OpenTech call center team is a must. We feel the LiveAgent! software ensures our managers and the OpenTech Storage Counselors are in sync,” added Burnstein.

Robert A. Chiti, President and CEO at OpenTech said, “Together, we have created a game-plan to assure Storage Pros that their calls are being serviced immediately and precisely in the manner that they expect. We are proud to have been selected to be their call center partner.”

About OpenTech Alliance, Inc. About OpenTech Alliance, Inc.: A pioneer in self storage automation, OpenTech Alliance is the leading developer of innovative self service solutions for the self storage industry. Their trail was blazed by offering facilities 24 hour self service automation through a complete line of INSOMNIAC™ Kiosks. Today, the innovation continues with a full range of self service rental solutions that include; Self Storage Cloud Services, INSOMNIAC Live! Call Center, INSOMNIAC Online web & mobile applications, LiveAgent! software products and the INSOMNIAC ILock system. OpenTech products and services increase revenues, reduce operating costs and improve customer convenience for self storage businesses. For more information please click OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

Press Contact:
Mike Sawyer, Director of Marketing
OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
(602) 324-8655.
msawyer@opentechalliance.com

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NOTE TO EDITORS: OpenTech Alliance, the OpenTech logo and INSOMNIAC are trademarks of OpenTech Alliance, Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. INSOMNIAC is protected by U.S. patent number 5,946,660.

 

Uncle Sam Giving BIG Money Back on Kiosk & ILock Purchases

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PHOENIX, Arizona – August, 22nd, 2012 OpenTech Alliance, Inc. announced INSOMNIAC™ Kiosks and the ILock System qualify for an additional tax deduction under the IRS Tax Code Section 179. The Tax Act effectively reduces the cost of a kiosk by 35%. Today, Section 179 is one of a few incentives contained in the recent Stimulus Package that actually helps small business. Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and software on purchased or financed leased plans, during the current tax year. Limit on equipment purchases is $560,000 and also includes a Bonus Depreciation at 50%.

131 Days until Section 179 Deadline

Tax savings are scheduled to expire on December 31st of this year. Order now and start renting more units by the end of the year.

Jerry Jones, “The Self Storage CPA”, represents a specialized accounting & tax advising group that has spread the map to become a reckoning force in the self storage industry. Said Jones, “Section 179, better known as let’s write it off this year, is a great deal for self storage owners. If you are considering a kiosk or any type of automated equipment, what better ROI can you have, than being able to write it off (100%) in the current year, and collecting rents up front? There are guidelines you need to follow. The allowance is also very useful when you are using Cost Segregation and the property you are using is not ‘original use’. Taking advantage of this tax savings may just be the best financial decision you make in 2012.”

INSOMNIAC Kiosks range in pricing from $1,500 to $18,000. Under Section 179, a purchase will yield savings that run from $525 up to $6,300 per kiosk! The following is an example of Tax Savings related to the purchase of an INSOMNIAC 570 kiosk at a 35% tax bracket. Also illustrated is a case in savings connected with the purchase of the INSOMNIAC ILock System (300 unit doors).

Cost of INSOMNIAC 570 Kiosk: $13,250.00

Cost of INSOMNIAC ILock System: $33,700.00

Section 179 Deduction: $13,250.00

Section 179 Deduction: $33,700.00

Cash Savings on Purchase: $4,637.50

Cash Savings on Purchase: $11,795.00

Cost of Kiosk after Savings: $8,612.50

Cost of System after Savings: $21,905.00

 

To qualify for the deduction, a kiosk and locking system must be in operation by the end of the 2012 calendar year. To learn more about Section 179, visit www.section179.org or contact Jerry at jerry@jerryjonescpa.com or call 775-828-0767.

About OpenTech Alliance, Inc. About OpenTech Alliance, Inc.: A pioneer in self storage automation, OpenTech Alliance is the leading developer of innovative self service solutions for the self storage industry. Their trail was blazed by offering facilities 24 hour self service automation through a complete line of INSOMNIAC™ Kiosks. Today, the innovation continues with a full range of self service rental solutions that include; Self Storage Cloud Services, INSOMNIAC Live! Call Center, INSOMNIAC Online web & mobile applications, LiveAgent! software products and the INSOMNIAC ILock system. OpenTech products and services increase revenues, reduce operating costs and improve customer convenience for self storage businesses. For more information please click OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

Press Contact:
Mike Sawyer, Director of Marketing
OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
(602) 324-8655.
msawyer@opentechalliance.com

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NOTE TO EDITORS: OpenTech Alliance, the OpenTech logo and INSOMNIAC are trademarks of OpenTech Alliance, Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. INSOMNIAC is protected by U.S. patent number 5,946,660.

 

OpenTech to Unveil ILock at SSA Show in Caesars Palace

PHOENIX, Arizona – August 17th, 2012, OpenTech Alliance, Inc. announced it has partnered with PTI Security Systems Inc. to be the exclusive distributor for their electronic unit door locking system – now branded the INSOMNIAC ILock. The strategic partnership combines PTI’s quality manufacturing capabilities with OpenTech’s sales and service infrastructure. The INSOMNIAC ILock will be formally unveiled at the upcoming SSA Fall Conference & Trade Show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, September 5-7 (booths 414-420).

The wireless, battery powered ILock secures the door on individual self storage units by preventing movement of the hasp to the open position. The multi-talented technology performs much like an on-site security guard to the extent that the system is nicknamed MAXX. Megan’s little brother, MAXX, provides an added level of security that helps self storage operators differentiate their facility and increase rental rates. He also provides individualized unit security & access, automated overlocking and protection for vacant units.

Over the past two years, the system has established a proven track record of providing operators with an impressive return on their investment. Chris Aiken, owner of Safe Place Self Storage in New Hampshire, gives the ILock high marks. “The decision to install a security & access system, inside the gate, has been a game-changer due to our business model,” stated Chris. “Simply put, our old school manual tasks related to security, access and facility management on premise has been replaced with modern automation. The INSOMNIAC ILock system is ideal for traditional facilities and will become a true lifesaver to people with remote sites,” added Aiken.

Bill Schubert, owner of My Stuff Storage in Clinton Tennessee, takes pride in offering the most technologically advanced, secure & customer friendly facility in the region. The all indoor storage complex was built to run exclusively with the ILock. “My Stuff Storage operates using self service automation and minimal staff,” stated Schubert. “The INSOMNIAC kiosk and ILock limits our payroll expense to 2-4 man hours per week and offers our customers a secure experience when renting and making payments. The technology allows us to operate 365 days a year, without being in the office all the time. And, if an existing tenant becomes past due, they cannot just tailgate into the facility, gain access to their unit and vacate the property with an outstanding account balance. By leveraging technology, My Stuff Storage is on track to become profitable within our first year of operation,” added Schubert.

About PTI Security Systems: Established in 1979 and with over 25,000 systems installed in over 30 different countries PTI has proven itself to be the World Standard for Self Storage Security and Access Control. Self Storage customers recognize PTI’s branded Digitech and PTI controllers, Keypads and Software as complete end to end solutions integrating the latest technology to help secure and efficiently control access and security to all types of site configurations. For more information please click PTI Security Systems or call (800)523-9504.

About OpenTech Alliance, Inc. About OpenTech Alliance, Inc.: A pioneer in self storage automation, OpenTech Alliance is the leading developer of innovative self service solutions for the self storage industry. Their trail was blazed by offering facilities 24 hour self service automation through a complete line of INSOMNIAC™ Kiosks. Today, the innovation continues with a full range of self service rental solutions that include; Self Storage Cloud Services, INSOMNIAC Live! Call Center, INSOMNIAC Online web & mobile applications, LiveAgent! software products and the INSOMNIAC ILock system. OpenTech products and services increase revenues, reduce operating costs and improve customer convenience for self storage businesses. For more information please click OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

Press Contact:
Mike Sawyer, Director of Marketing
OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
(602) 324-8655.
msawyer@opentechalliance.com

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NOTE TO EDITORS: OpenTech Alliance, the OpenTech logo and INSOMNIAC are trademarks of OpenTech Alliance, Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. INSOMNIAC is protected by U.S. patent number 5,946,660.

 

OpenTech Offers $225 for Renting Units in the Cloud

PHOENIX Arizona – June 29th, 2012 – OpenTech Alliance Inc, industry leader in self storage automation, has released their INSOMNIAC™ Online Demonstration utility. The free and interactive presentation offers both property owners and self storage managers a functional view of the latest self service solution designed to rent storage units on personal computers & mobile devices. INSOMNIAC Online, a Self Storage Cloud service, was created as a solution to align storage operators with the online consumer sector and target the demands of new buyer behaviors.

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Platinum Storage Group Selects INSOMNIAC Live! Call Center

PHOENIX, Arizona – June 21st, 2012 – OpenTech Alliance, Inc., announced that the Platinum Storage Group, which operates under the Storage Direct brand, has entrusted them to handle all the incoming calls for Platinum’s self storage facilities. Platinum Storage Group is a privately-held, real estate company headquartered in Laguna Hills, California. Founded in 1997, by Skip Elefante, Platinum Storage Group has developed an excellent reputation for their management, acquisition and development services in the self storage industry. Today, Platinum operates a national platform consisting of 94 self storage facilities across 16 states and is actively expanding its portfolio through new acquisitions and third-party management.

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Self Storage Operators Rent Units with INSOMNIAC Online

PHOENIX, Arizona – February 28th, 2012 – OpenTech Alliance, Inc. announced its INSOMNIAC software is now available over the Internet. OpenTech has leveraged 8 years of experience in completing unattended rental transactions to develop INSOMNIAC Online. The INSOMNIAC software that rented over 22,000 units last year on kiosks now runs in the Self Storage Cloud and rent units over the internet and on mobile devices. INSOMNIAC Online integrates with all the leading property management software programs, so operators have the freedom to select the software that best suits them and if they decide to change programs they do not have to spend thousands of dollars to redevelop their web and mobile site.

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Self Storage Operators Rent Units with INSOMNIAC Online

OpenTech Launches New Self Storage Cloud Service

PHOENIX, Arizona – February 28th, 2012 – OpenTech Alliance, Inc. announced its INSOMNIAC software is now available over the Internet. OpenTech has leveraged 8 years of experience in completing unattended rental transactions to develop INSOMNIAC Online. The INSOMNIAC software that rented over 22,000 units last year on kiosks now runs in the Self Storage Cloud and rent units over the internet and on mobile devices. INSOMNIAC Online integrates with all the leading property management software programs, so operators have the freedom to select the software that best suits them and if they decide to change programs they do not have to spend thousands of dollars to redevelop their web and mobile site.

Infinite Self Storage was the first company to implement the new service for their entire portfolio of 23 properties. “Our company has proactively embraced technology and we continue to look for ways to become more competitive and serve our customers in ways that are more convenient for them”, stated Steve Lavery, Vice President for Herman and Kittle Properties, owners and operators of the Infinite portfolio. “Renting units without the assistance of a manager is not a simple task, but OpenTech’s online rental service takes all the pain out of the process.”

“I feel innovation that makes a real impact is based on a broad range of experiences, opinions, and beliefs, so we enjoy listening to self storage operators and collaborating with them to help us develop solutions to their unmet needs. The team at Infinite are definitely thought leaders and they played a significant role in the development of this new service”, commented Robert A. Chiti, OpenTech President and CEO.

INSOMNIAC Online will allow consumers to rent units in real-time, make payments, sign up for tenant insurance, update accounts, access gate codes and much more. The service also includes integrated fraud detection to ensure the identity of the new tenant. Self storage operators will no longer have to settle for just getting reservations online that are little more than sales leads, now they can actually close the deal and collect a full month’s rent immediately.

Optionally, facilities with a kiosk can have the consumer use it to sign their lease, provide a fingerprint, scan their driver’s license, purchase a lock and if the gate code was not provided during the online rental process, it could be provided at the kiosk. Consumers can also get personal assistance from a remote Storage Counselor thru the kiosk, if needed. For security purposes the entire transaction is digitally recorded.

INSOMNIAC Online is one of OpenTech’s new cloud based computing services and is licensed on a pay as you go model. Contact an OpenTech Business Development Manager to start renting units online.

OpenTech is a sponsor of the 2012 SiteLink User Conference on March 13 at Bally’s Hotel and Casino and will exhibit at the ISS World Expo on March 14 – 16 at booth numbers 525, 527 and 529.

About OpenTech Alliance

OpenTech’s innovative solutions increase revenues, reduce operating costs and improve customer convenience for self-storage businesses. Their solutions include 7 models of INSOMNIAC self storage kiosks ranging from $5,500 to $18,000, INSOMNIAC Live! call center services ranging from $25 to $450 per month and the INSOMNIAC Self Storage Network for online storage reservations and rentals. For more information on OpenTech, please visit OpenTechAlliance.com or call (602) 749-9370.

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OpenTech Hosts Industry’s First Open Self Storage Cloud

PHOENIX, Arizona – February 22nd, 2012 – OpenTech Alliance, Inc. announced it is creating the industry’s first self storage specific cloud based computing platform. The Self Storage Cloud will be an “open” architecture that hosts a multitude of integrated software applications and services from different vendors designed to help self storage operators lower their operating costs and increase their revenue.

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INSOMNIAC Kiosks Collected Over $21M in Rental Fees in 2011

PHOENIX, Arizona – February 9th, 2012 – OpenTech Alliance, Inc. announced today that it has exceeded the $70 million mark in rental fees collected by its INSOMNIAC™ kiosks. Approximately $21 million was realized in 2011 by self storage operators throughout the U.S. and Canada. In an ongoing effort to be a transparent company, OpenTech has released these detailed kiosk usage numbers giving the self storage industry the opportunity to see firsthand how consumers are benefiting from an on-site self service option. The complete 2011 Kiosk Usage White Paper is available for down load at the company website or by clicking here.

During 2011, consumers used INSOMNIAC kiosks to rent 23,331 storage units, make 193,574 payments, and purchase 11,502 locks representing a total of $21.3 million in self service transactions. The two tables below illustrate the transactions of new rentals and payments made throughout 2011.

2011 Move-Ins

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2011 Payments

2011KioskPayments

In 2011, on average INSOMNIAC kiosks rented 4.3 units per facility per month. OpenTech attributes this 26.4% increase in rentals to the Live! Megan service, offered at no additional charge, as part of the monthly Maintenance and Warranty Service (MWS) program. “Our stated goal is to achieve 6 new rentals per kiosk per month, as you can see we are already getting close. At the ISS Expo in March, we will be demonstrating our new two way video service that offers kiosk users the personal touch of an on-site Assistant Manager, which we believe will help us exceed our goal. Stop by and visit us at booth # 525,” said Robert A. Chiti, President and CEO of OpenTech.

OpenTech has developed a Success Guide of “Best Practices” to help self storage operators get the most value from their kiosk. By leveraging these proven best practices, the top 100 performing kiosks processed 97,745 total transactions alone; this includes rentals, reservation completions, payments and merchandise purchases. These kiosks are already averaging over 8 new rentals per month per facility.

OpenTech’s kiosks never take a day off, a huge benefit for customers needing to rent a unit or make a payment on a holiday. In 2011, INSOMNIAC kiosks rented 567 units on holidays when most self storage facilities without a kiosk rented 0 units because they were closed. In total, the kiosks collected $567,311 in rental fees during the 11 major holidays proving self storage customers are active people that want to do business at their convenience.

kioskPayments2011

The pie chart to the left illustrates how customers pay when they use a kiosk. With all three forms of payment being used, the need for providing consumers with an on-site payment option that supports all forms of payment is a must and a competitive advantage. While credit cards are the preferred method of payment, checks and cash still make up almost half of the total payments.

OpenTech products and services increase revenues, reduce operating costs and improve customer convenience for self-storage facilities. The company products and services include 7 models of INSOMNIAC self storage kiosks ranging from $5,500 to $18,000, INSOMNIAC Live! call center services ranging from $25 to $450 per month and the INSOMNIAC Self Storage Network for online storage reservations and rentals. For more information on OpenTech, please visit OpenTechAlliance.com or call (602) 749-9370.

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OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
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NOTE TO EDITORS: OpenTech Alliance, the OpenTech logo and INSOMNIAC are trademarks of OpenTech Alliance, Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. INSOMNIAC is protected by U.S. patent number 5,946,660.