When automating a self-storage unit, you want everything to run as automatically as possible. For CSC, we looked into possible solutions to achieve that goal.
CSC builds self-storage solutions to equip units with features that maximize their efficiency. These are often systems that are almost fully automated but still require human intervention at times. Although there are no automatic plug-and-play systems in the self-storage industry, Aaltra looked into alternative solutions and how they should work.
Once on-site, we looked at how much is fully automated. What apps do you need to install? What hardware, technology and platforms do these companies use?
With that knowledge in mind, we worked out the entire user flow and wrote reports to advise CSC. We proposed two scenarios:
CSC develops its own solution using existing components. Making this hardware is expensive, so we researched which components CSC could combine to build their system.
We search for an existing solution that offers good value for money and allows CSC to retain data ownership. There is a plug & play system for self storage units, but it doesn't integrate well with other systems and the data is not your own, hence making it hard to stand out in a very competitive market.