Meaghan's Minute: Microchip Tombstones

Mon, 11/18/2013 - 10:13am
Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development


Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Tombstone Thefts are an apparent problem in Johannesburg, so a company will be offering relatives of the deceased microchips that can be inserted into the memorial.

Read: South Africa Cemeteries to Microchip Tombstones

An alarm will be triggered if the grave is disturbed, and a text message will be sent to the families’ cell phones.

According to the Associated Press, the city already allows microchips to be placed inside graves to help families locate their loved one's final resting places in the vast grassy spaces.

Now, with thefts often carried out at night and the recycled marble or granite tombstones winding up in the hands of crooked stonemasons, authorities are taking technology a step further to foil those who take "graveyard shift" a little too literally.

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