It might sound like a bizarre concept but picture the scenario: you are visiting your loved-one who has sadly passed away, at your local cemetery or crematorium.
You park your car, start walking up to the plot to think about their memory when on the way you are confronted with no other than a hi-tech, floor standing Touch screen kiosk
No it’s not exactly what you would imagine being installed in the grounds surrounded by headstones but as with other sectors, the cemetery industry is going all tech-savvy and modernised to keep up-to-date with the 21st century.
This is the case in the Bonaventure Cemetery, in the city of Savannah, Georgia, USA.
Newly deployed information kiosks have been installed in the graveyard, by its main entrance.
Visitors will be able to look up names on the self-service kiosk themselves to determine the exact location of the interments with cemetery maps, even when the office is closed or when staff are busy assisting other customers.
The touch screen kiosks contain records and maps from neighbouring cemeteries Colonial Park, Laurel Grove and Greenwich Cemeteries and also enable the visitor to print the information and map for a fee.
The burial records date back to 1750 and are updated daily, as the computer database has been under construction since 1995.
It is hoped the technology will save staff time and money, with the goal being to install the Kiosks in other public cemeteries and that the information will be available to consumers online.
The City of Savannah and the Bonaventure Historical Society are holding an unveiling ceremony and demonstration of the new units. They will now have access to the information for their Visitors Center.
The City, the historical society and the National park Service Preserve America Grant all helped funding the unit.
So another industry sector is jumping on the band wagon and reaping the benefits of Touch screen
Why not install it in your business too?
Businesses as well as retail, education and other industry sectors have been reaping the benefits of kiosks and touch screen technology for years.
Printing pictures from touch screen kiosks is nothing new but now social media is being used to target consumers, to follow the trends of a digital era.
Customers can print off photos directly from their Facebook account by using Socially Connected KODAK Picture Kiosks.
The kiosks have been deployed throughout Target stores alongside the new Kodak launched Social Photo Album Creator app for Facebook, the first Facebook application of its kind to come from a major imaging brand.
It gives users the ability to create a collaborative photo album with friends on Facebook.
Rolando Martinez, Eastman Kodak Company ‘s Retail Systems Solutions Americas business manager, said: “Today, pictures on Facebook are only fleeting glimpses of an event, but now with our new app consumers can tell their stories collaboratively, which leverages the real strength of Facebook.
“The new platform aligns with how consumers share photos socially and takes photo sharing from ‘my photos’ to ‘Our photos.’ The new app is perfect for shared life events such as weddings, parties or reunions.”
HOW IT WORKS
The consumer creates an album from their current Facebook photos, invites friends and family to collaborate and add their pictures to the album and can then visit a Kodak picture kiosk to connect and print from their Facebook account at the Kiosk.
So what is next for kiosks
; printing from micro-blogging site Twitter or printing pictures from social media site MySpace?