Self Storage Application Development Case Study

Digitization and Automation of Self-storage Facilities

Mobile Development | Web Development | Digital Transformation | Data Analytics | App Integration

Spider Door offers end-to-end 21st century digital solutions for Self-Storage industry. It’s portfolio of solutions includes Pay Bill, Rent Unit(s), Move-In, Move-Out, Open Gate, Report issues, Auto reminder for late payments and much more, all from the personalized native apps for iOS and Android.

It seamlessly integrates with customer’s existing gate software. All activities from the app automatically syncs back to the gate goftware and vice versa.

The Client

A leading vendor of the self-storage industry, providing secure, easy, and efficient self-storage access control systems to asset owners and operators for renting storage units with 95% occupancy across the entire US.


Mobile Application Development, Digital Transformation, Web Application Development, Application Integration, Data Analytics

Tools & Technologies

Swift, Android Studio, Twilio, App Analytics, Ruby on Rails, Angular JS, Node JS, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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The Requirement

The client, a leading self-storage industry operator in the US, wanted to modernize and digitally transform its self-storage facilities operations. Since the entire industry was being operated using traditional ways and spreadsheets, the client realized the need to digitize the operations by developing mobile applications to enable easy management of its self-storage facilities.

The solution required integration with different gate software (access control systems) to allow tenants to easily Rent Units, Pay Bills, Open Gate, Receive Reminders, etc., directly from the mobile app.

Few of the critical features required in the solution to automate and digitally transform the self-storage facilities include:

  • Native mobile applications on both iOS and Android
  • Enterprise gate software integration
  • Scalable and robust web backend
  • Face-identification, digital signature, and fingerprint scanning
  • Customized deployment, matching the brand identity
  • Payment gateway integration
  • White labeling
  • Disaster recovery module development

The Solution

Blue Whale Apps partnered with the client to build the universal self-storage management application from ground-up and transform the storage management operations. With tremendous development efforts, lots of custom workflows in place, we created the applications that can work for any storage facility regardless of what gate software the storage facility is using.

  • Development of the web solution using Ruby on Rails with features like bill payment,
    push notification, unit renting, unmanned facility management, etc.
  • Design and development of native Android and iOS apps integrated with 8+ Gate
  • Enterprise back-end development with a disaster recovery system.
  • User identification functionality development with dual face authentication,
    fingerprint scanning, and digital signature.
  • Geo-fencing functionality development for all storage facilities.
  • Integration with Sailor keypad and Bluetooth padlocks.
  • Stripe payment integration for bill payments of rental units.
  • Deployment of the solution on Amazon Web Services for better scalability and
    access control.
  • Data warehousing and analytics for tracking storage units occupancy, tenants
    management, error tracking, etc.
  • White labeling of more than 200 applications across 600 units.

The Results

The iOS app development and Android app development teams along with the design team developed an easy-to-use solution for managing the storage units, digitizing the entire operations of the self-storage industry in the US. The team’s functional and technical expertise along with diligent work made this complex project a success.

  • Simple and easy-to-use solution for managing, monitoring, and renting storage units.
  • Achieved 2600+ transactions in 30 days.
  • Acquired more than 20,000 downloads across 300 storage facilities in two months’ time.
  • $3.5 million revenue generation.
  • Procurement of four new business partnerships.

The Testimonial

“I honestly couldn’t run my company without Blue Whale Apps to develop and maintain our app. Blue Whale Apps is reliable, responsive, and supportive. Organized management enhances talented programming work.”

Aaron Harwell - Owner

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