Welcome to the second in our series of blogs on digital mapping for cemeteries and memorial gardens. As mentioned in our last blog with the modern cemetery, mapping forms an integral part of both the cemetery operations and customer service delivery.
We talked about how cemetery mapping is used to optimize the utilization of space, to manage inventory, to streamline ground works and to provide easy cemetery navigation.
A cemetery mapping solution can help your business do better, but what else can you expect? How does this solution provide the practical functionality you need to better manage your cemetery?
GPS – Digital maps of your grounds with GPS locations that can be updated through handheld mobile devices, geotechnical devices and auto-calculated based on cemetery layout. Providing an accurate geospatial map of your grounds, allowing you to best utilize and plan your space.
These maps can also be printed onto daily works documents for the grounds teams and onto location maps for visitors to easily find their way around the cemetery.
Mobility: Anytime Anywhere – View your cemetery maps anywhere and anytime through any desktop browser and mobile device. All you need is a device and an internet connection (including mobile internet). This information is vital for your team and being updated instantly without having to confirm with the office, for example, is a plot is still available.
Location Detail – Link detailed information to every location in your cemetery and view this detail on your maps at the click of a button. For your sales team, this means they could see all available plots in an instance by location. For visitors, it can provide information on Points of Interest within the grounds.
On-Screen Measurements – Drag and drop pins on your screen to measure distance or area on the fly either at your desk or in the field without a tape measure. Managing your cemetery and grounds has never been easier from your desk.
Points of Interest – Add significant locations in your cemetery – these could be architectural, historical or social; allow visitors and staff to view them and the interesting facts about them through your maps. This technology can also be used to provide self-guided tours for visitors and grow community engagement and interest in your grounds.
Deceased Search – Provide visitors with an easy way to find the location of loved ones through kiosks, computers or mobile devices and provide them the ability to easily navigate to the location. Email / text this information directly to visitors so they can navigate their own way through the grounds.
Images – Add any type of image to your cemetery records and display them through your maps. This can be used to show photos of deceased persons or headstones to capture the family history and relationships. Or use it to showcase the cemetery's Points of Interest. Making your maps more interesting for your local community and increasing community and customer engagement.
The key functionality above is just some of what you can expect with a mapping solution and how you can streamline many of your business processes with this technology. Cemetery mapping is changing the way cemeteries do business; with a never-ending need to improve service delivery and to manage revenues and costs, every tool available to a cemetery should be embraced to achieve great results.
Keep an eye out for more blogs on cemetery mapping coming soon.
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