SMS protects the dead

Staff writer
10 Jan 2014

Modern technology is being employed to solve an age-old problem - how to protect your dead relatives.

Where once bodyguards were employed to, quite literally, stop the dead from being stolen from their graves, in South Africa a company is using SMS to alert families to any attempt to remove marble and granite headstones from graves - a problem that is reportedly rife in the city of Johannesburg.

If a headstone is moved, an embedded microchip sounds alarms in the cemetery, and alerts relatives via SMS.

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