Robotic storage facility provides unprecedented security for antiques and collectibles

Antiquarians and collectors have special storage and security needs for unparalleled safety of their prized possessions. The future of self-storage has arrived in South Florida with the construction of RoboVault, the first high-tech robotic storage facility of its kind in the world. Designed to withstand up to Category 5 hurricanes with 200 mph winds and equipped with back-up power generation, RoboVault provides a combination of technology including retinal scanning, heart beat detection, biometric recognition and private access with 24/7 security monitoring.

A fully automated robotic container retrieval system safely stores valuables ranging in size from exotic automobiles to precious artwork and other priceless items.  Adjacent rooms offer climate-controlled wine storage and private safe deposit boxes catering to individual requirements. Its combination of extraordinary storage capabilities and high-tech security features distinguishes RoboVault from all previous storage facilities.

“Self-storage has evolved over the years to reflect the customers’ needs and market trends,” said RoboVault developer Marvin Chaney, noting that initially all were one story, had no climate control and relatively lax security. “Self-storage began as a product for residential users and expanded to serve businesses of all sizes and institutional users. The product has continued to accommodate the customers’ increased sophistication, with a particular emphasis on security and climate control. This is an exciting time to apply technology in innovative ways.”

Chaney, who began his career as a CPA, has developed self-storage facilities for over 25 years, first in Detroit and then in Florida. In 1986, in response to increasing land costs, he developed the first multi-story self storage facility in Florida.

The highly anticipated facility is strategically located just north of Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport at the northwest intersection of I-595 and US 1 in Fort Lauderdale, providing easy access for those arriving or departing from South Florida. Completion is scheduled for April 2009.

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