To help Ukraine, Google rolls out an Air Raid Alerts system
At the request of the Government of Ukraine, Google has started rolling out a rapid Air Raid Alerts system for Android phones in Ukraine. The Android notifications will be based on the alerts already being sent by the Ukrainian government.
Under the Air Raid Alert system, Google has initiated air raid alerts for Android users in Ukraine directly on their phones before expected attacks happen near them.
Kent Walker, President, Global Affairs at Google said, “This work is supplemental to the country’s existing Air raid Alert systems, and based on alerts already being delivered by the Ukrainian government.”
He added, “Tragically, millions of people in Ukraine now rely on airstrike alerts to try to get to safety.”
Google said that to help the increasing number of refugees in the region, it is developing ways for businesses to flag if they are providing services to refugees.
Google said, “Beginning today, hotel owners in countries neighbouring Ukraine can indicate on their Business Profile whether they’re offering free or discounted accommodations for refugees. Local businesses can post to their Business Profile on Search and Maps to offer various services and aid to refugees from Ukraine.”
“As we compile this information over the coming weeks, we’ll make it possible for people to quickly find these places on Search and Maps,” Google added.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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