The integration of QR Code technology with memorials provides an interactive visit to the cemetery.
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 22 Nov 2012 – West Rand startup company, EverMe Technologies, today announced that they have launched the latest worldwide memorialisation trend in South Africa. The integration of QR Code technology with places of remembrance, gives a long overdue face lift to memorials, which has not changed much since inception.
A discreet plaque, which contains a QR Code, is placed on any memorial (from tombstones to garden benches). When the QR Tag is scanned, with a smartphone, tablet or similar internet capable device, an online digital tribute is displayed of a life story preserved virtually. Information contained in the tribute may include an obituary, biography, photo gallery, videos and even GPS coordinates with maps to the grave location; as well as a comment section for family and friends to share their thoughts and memories.
“Our lives are more than a dash between two dates.” says Admari Wilson, Managing Director and spokesperson of EverMe. For her, it has also been a personal journey through several months of research and development, to ensure the life story of her late brother, Paul Barnard (who passed away in October 1999 at the age of 29), both lives on and is accessible to anybody who visits his grave. Her family was also ecstatic about the possibilities of the concept. They all welcomed one of the first installations of this technology on Paul’s gravestone in Pretoria North. Installation will happen within the next week during a small, close family gathering.
Admari admits that: “This new concept might not appeal to everyone”, but goes on to say: “We have implemented privacy measures, which includes optional passcode protection, so only persons to which the passcode is known can gain access to a protected tribute”. Those who are not concerned about sharing the story of their loved one with the world, may leave their tributes open for anyone to access, and more importantly ensuring accessibility for future generations. Further functionality also allows the sharing of tributes through Facebook and Twitter
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Admari Wilson at her brother’s grave in Pretoria Photographer: PHOTO: EverMe