The Unmanned Self-Storage system is finally here!
In 2014 SC Solutions started developing the unmanned solution.
In 2016 SC Solutions launched the Unmanned Self-Storage System. Our first pilot was in Switzerland. Due to the fantastic results, in 2017 we released the Unmanned Self-Storage for commercial purposes.
In 2019 a total of about 3000 units throughout Europe are equipped with our Unmanned Self-Storage System.
SC Solutions has been working on the Unmanned Self-Storage for years, and has now started to roll out the system throughout Europe.
How great would it be when you will only need to go to your Self-Storage for checkups and cleaning? How would it be to have a completely automated and unmanned Self-storage?
How does unmanned Self-Storage work?
- After a tenant books a storage space, he or she will receive a text message with a link to download the Smart Access App, together with a verification code.
*When the link is clicked, tenants will automatically be brought to their phones app store, where they simply need to click on install.
- The tenant enters this verification code into the Smart Access App.
*When the app is downloaded, entering the verification code is the first thing that will be prompted.
- The app will automatically know who the tenants is, what storage unit they have, and what access locations the tenant has access to.
*Because of this, tenants will only be allowed to enter access locations, that you gave them access to. These rights can always be changed.
- Tenants will be able to open doors to get into the Self-Storage building and to open their storage unit doors.
*Tenants will be able to give other apps access to their storage unit.
- Tenants store their goods, close their door and leave the Self-Storage building, using the app again at the building exit.
After the tenant leaves, there are two scenarios possible, when a Boxwatcher system is used.
Manual arm option
With the manual arm option tenants will rearm the alarm on their storage units after leaving their unit via their smartphone. The simply click on the activate alarm button in the app. (this option will make tenants aware that you offer them something extra that other Self-Storages might not have: individual unit security)
With the auto arm option, the alarms will re-activate when no movements have been detected inside the storage unit after a certain time. These times can be edited by the Self-Storage owner.
Locks and Boxcontrollers
The locks that open the storage units communicate with the Smart Access app via Boxcontrollers. These boxcontroller also have an input on which the following devices can be connected:
- Smoke/fire detection
- Water detection
- Air humidity sensor
- SC Switches
*SC Lock and SC Boxcontroller
The locks can be installed on almost any type of swing door. The Boxcontrollers can be placed in any type of storage unit.
Boxwatchers are our individual unit security devices. Boxwatchers are specially developed for Self-Storage and will guarantee you a tight security system on the basis of movement detection. The New Boxwatcher Digital is a completely new product. Every Boxwatcher Digital now possesses a microprocessor which make it possible to change the sensitivity of every individual boxwatcher. They now also have a signal light which will light up when movement is detected and they have been made light sensitive. The only thing that did not change is the easy way of installment and the price.
Since Boxwatchers are designed to work together with Boxcontrollers, SC Solutions will always advise here customers to use Unmanned Self-Storage systems by SC Solutions, in combination with the Boxwatcher. With a boxwatcher present, you will also receive a much better insight in the system, since movements of tenants will tell you a lot about the behavior of tenants. In an unmanned Self-Storage facility, good security is also of the essence.
When a tenant enters the building by pin code, proximity tag or smartphone, the boxwatcher of that tenant’s storage unit will keep scanning for movements but not sound alarm, to try and detect suspicious behavior.
Boxwatcher also have, just like boxcontrollers, an extra input on which Smoke detection, water detection, air humidity and temperature sensors can be connected.
When a tenant leaves the Self-Storage, and the auto-arm function of the alarms is preferred, a Boxwatcher must be present inside the storage unit.
Manager and employee apps
Integration with StoreIT - Store 365
SC Solutions has a software linkage with Store-IT/Store 365 and Space manager that are optimized for the Unmanned Self-Storage system by SC Solutions. People can choose, reserve and pay for a storage space on the internet, after which they will automatically receive the text message for installing the Smart Access app.