Voluntary organisation Disaster Tech Lab has completed the installation of an emergency internet network at 18 refugee camps in Greece.
The charity has deployed a series of network units that will provide 3G, 4G and 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity services to support both the work of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the refugees.
Disaster Tech Lab says that mobile connectivity is essential in enabling refugees to stay in touch with and locating friends and family who are making the same perilous journey, and those left behind in the war zone.
Disaster Tech Lab CEO Evert Bopp said: “After a harrowing journey, refugees arrive in Greece usually in poor health and estranged from their loved ones.
“They often don’t even know which country they’ve arrived in and are then faced with navigating the appropriate authorities and their respective procedures to claim asylum. This is hard enough, but when you consider there’s no infrastructure to support them, it seems like an impossible task.”
The charity added that the network is being managed through a cloud management portal that allows its staff to monitor performance and troubleshoot on the ground.
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