Feeds

Oz to get satnav cemetery for Down Under dead

X marks the spot

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

An Australian council has dug-up plans to launch GPS burial sites, allowing bereaved friends and family to find the final outback resting place of a loved one with a satnav.

The burial site is in bushland attached to the Lismore Memorial Park Cemetery in New South Wales and has been created to cater for a rise in the number of people seeking eco-friendly interments. Burial sites can be picked out personally, and Lismore Council then records the location's GPS co-ordinates.

Friends and relatives will be lent a GPS device each time they wish to visit the burial site, although Register Hardware is sure some people will just opt to record the location on their own gadget. By recording the GPS co-ordinates of each burial site, the council will also ensure that GPS trackers aren’t left to rot in the ground.

According to one local report, Lismore Council also requires grave-markers to be made from natural rock, and it prefers relatives to pick coffins made from “woven wicker, plantation pine or recycled cardboard”.

The council will begin offering cutting-edge eco funerals from 1 July for about AU$2000 (£950/€1200/$1900). Conventional burials cost around $3000 (£1950/€2200/$2900).

But the Australian council hasn’t announced any plans to hang webcams from trees so that relatives can pay their respects without emitting carbon by travelling to the site.

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol
Study finds common pain-killer doesn't reduce pain or shorten recovery
Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists
Researchers, advocates, health workers among those on shot-down plane
Mwa-ha-ha-ha! Eccentric billionaire Musk gets his PRIVATE SPACEPORT
In the Lone Star State, perhaps appropriately enough
SMELL YOU LATER, LOSERS – Dumbo tells rats, dogs... humans
Junk in the trunk? That's what people have
All those new '5G standards'? Here's the science they rely on
Radio professor tells us how wireless will get faster in the real world
The Sun took a day off last week and made NO sunspots
Someone needs to get that lazy star cooking again before things get cold around here
Boffins discuss AI space program at hush-hush IARPA confab
IBM, MIT, plenty of others invited to fill Uncle Sam's spy toolchest, but where's Google?
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.