On November 28, the Lviv IT Cluster provided more than 1000 routers and internet access points to the Lviv Regional Military Administration as part of the Shelter Link project. The goal of the initiative is to provide shelters with internet for teachers and students.
Thanks to this project, almost all schools and kindergartens in the Lviv region with bombshelters will receive devices for internet access. In the Lviv region, the number of shelters in schools and kindergartens amounts to 1000, notes Maksym Kozytskyi.
“In the times of war, we clearly understand that it is critically important to have access to the internet: in the shelters and in the Unbroken sites (facilities with power and internet that can be used during blackouts). We thank our partners and benefactors for such generous help. 1000 devices will enable to set up access to the internet in more than 500 objects,” states Maksym Kozytskyi.
The Shelter Link project – is much more than just about access to the connection. It is also about economic resilience. During the air alarms, parents naturally worry about their children. That is why it is essential to equip shelters with wi-fi routers. It was hard to find such a large amount of devices in Ukraine. The Cluster team had to change the model and agree on it with the providers.
“It is essential that parents stay in touch with their children, which will enable them to work uninterruptedly, grow the economy, and pay taxes which ensures the region’s economic stability. Our community will keep joining the initiatives that help to win this war and enhance the Lviv region’s resilience to the enemy threats and hazards,” adds Stepan Veselovskyi, SEO of Lviv IT Cluster.
The major part of the Shelter Link project was funded by DataArt and the partners. The company is a Lviv IT Cluster member. Besides that, with the support of the partners, the company is actively joining the support of health facilities in the region.
“DataArt is represented in Ukraine’s market in many cities. And we’re very pleased to be active members of our community, helping not only our employees but all Ukrainians. For our executives and investors is very important to support Ukraine in these uneasy times,” says Valeriy Volkov, Head of the R&D Center in Lviv at DataArt.
During the next few weeks, internet access will be set up in the shelters of the Lviv region’s schools and kindergartens. In the case of a blackout, the routers will work in the Unbroken sites, which can be established in these shelters.