No 'dead spots' as cemetery goes 'hi-tech'

No 'dead spots' as cemetery goes 'hi-tech'
Manila South Cemetery is equipt for this year’s Undas with CCTV units and Wi-fi hotspot.

MANILA, Philippines - Nearly everything can go high-tech these days-even locating the tombs of the departed at one of Metro Manila's biggest public cemeteries.

At Manila South Cemetery on Friday, visitors stayed connected as there were no "dead spots" in the 25-hectare cemetery, thanks to its free Wi-Fi Internet service.

Except that by noon, the system bogged down.

But the service not only enabled access to the Internet via phones and laptops but also assisted friends and relatives of the departed through a computerized database of those buried at the cemetery and the location of their tombs.

On Friday, a "data verification" table was set up near the gates of the cemetery located in the heart of Manila to assist visitors who may need directions to their loved ones' final resting place. At least six laptops connected to the database were laid out on the table, manned by cemetery staff.

Signages with the available free Wi-Fi connections and their passwords were also posted on the table.

Of the 300,000 to 400,000 people buried in the cemetery, 90 per cent have already been included in the database, cemetery administrator Daniel Tan told the Inquirer.

"We have also installed closed-circuit television cameras and implemented a nametag system for the kids," Tan said.

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