JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An Israeli-developed app offers turn-by-turn voice directions to help visitors navigate large graveyards in search of a loved-one’s resting place.
Finding the exact location of a grave for a visit or to attend a funeral can be difficult in a large cemetery that is constantly changing. The “Gravez” app, which aims to help reduce that stress, is only available in Israel for now, but its developers plan to expand globally.
“It will change everything,” said Yehuda Hanfling, a service manager for Chevra Kadisha, the main group that oversees Jewish burials in Israel. “People who haven’t been to graves for years and want to reach (the grave) get lost because graves have been added, paths have been added everywhere,” Hanfling said.
Chevra Kadisha began operating the app in September.
The app developers, Corido, used drones and image processing tools to map over 1.3 million graves in 30 cemeteries in Israel so far for pedestrian and vehicle navigation,…
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