Thanks kindly for this article. My father was lost at sea 28 April 1967 as a member of Crew 10, Patrol Squadron 4. His shipmates tell me there is a marker for all of the crew somewhere in Arlington. Apps like this are very important to the families. What a great application of technology!
Anyone who has tried to find an unfamiliar gravesite knows how hard that can be without aid. It must be much worse at a cemetary the size of Arlington National. If this helps the four million visitors a year, and prevents misidentification of burial sites, then this is a very good thing.
I like the potential for this; I hope they follow through with things like service record, citations, maps of theatres. It's one thing to know a soldier received a silver star, but to read the citation as well would make for a very powerful experience.
Looks like an enormous amount of effort went into the app. The good thing, is that it only have to be done once. Keeping it updated as new burial sites are added won't be nearly the chore of the original effort.
Beth, that is a great idea. Having a more detailed "map" of a site, such as a historical site, will provide a lot of value. The nice thing about databases and computers is that they never fray or fade. That should be a welcome attribute for anyone maintaining such a site. Once the original work has been done to verify the information, it is there for good.
Nice example of how mobile can really deliver the goods, especially for targeted, information delivery. I'm sure it's the rare case of someone visiting the cemetary who doesn't have some sort of smart phone. I would expect to see these kind of apps come out for a variety of tourist sites.