The digital touchscreen kiosk, which is equipped with protection against the elements, can help users find burial locations and provide other information about the person they are visiting.
Cemetery board seeking donations for kiosk project
The Grant cemetery board is accepting donations to acquire a digital touchscreen kiosk for the Fairview Cemetery.
The Cemetery Board of the City of Grant holds regular meetings monthly on the second Tuesday of each month at noon at city hall.
The current information board at the Fairview Cemetery has been a topic of discussion at several meetings as to what can be done to update it and make it more user friendly. In doing so, the board came across a company that offers a digital solution that would stand the test of time.
The company is called Windy Prairie Systems based out of Indianola, Neb. They have terrific rapport with several of the surrounding communities, according to city superintendent Edward Dunn.
Windy Prairie Systems offers a Digital Touchscreen Kiosk that is able to stand alone with no protection needed from the elements. It is equipped with a tough metal shell, high glare touchscreen, a cooling unit for hot summer months and a heating system for cold winter nights.
It also comes equipped with a battery backup system in the event of power loss.
The system would allow users to quickly type in a name and find the location of a loved one with a map showing the burial location and other information as provided by the family of the deceased.
“Not only would this decrease the amount of time it takes to find someone, it would also allow the City to update records overnight as the system would run on an internet network,” Dunn said.
Designated staff can enter, delete or edit current burial data and other information on a secure site overnight, which will be automatically downloaded for the next day.
Information can even be taken from the Windy Prairie Systems website and linked to a local webpage for viewing public information.
The software combines burial data, obituaries, photos, videos, notable burials, upcoming events, cemetery history, rules and regulations.
It even provides veteran burial information, including branch of service, ranking, service dates, wars fought in, medals and honors awarded with a description of each and more.
The total cost for the unit including mapping of the cemetery, uploading the current directory and annual maintenance is approximately $29,999.99.
The Cemetery Board will be taking donations made payable to the City of Grant at Pinnacle Bank or the City Office.