Executive Summary

The Accushield sign-in and health screening kiosk was designed by Executive Directors to help Senior Living Communities, Nursing Homes, and Hospitals know who is in their buildings, enabling the creation of a safer and healthier environment. Accushield’s tablet-based kiosk replaces the manual paper logbooks with a streamlined sign-in and health screening process for all visitors, staff, third-party caregivers, and residents who enter and exit the building.

Customer Challenge

The customer was hosted on the Heroku environment and was experiencing issues with scaling to the demands of increased screening due to COVID. A decision was made to migrate the solution to AWS. ITTStar was brought in to address several configuration issues that arose during the initial migration planning and initial testing.

Partner Solution

ITTStar developed, tested and deployed infrastructure that is configured to auto-scale based on business demand. This is accomplished by utilizing Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS), as well as Elastic Block Store (EBS) and Elastic Load Balancing (ELB). In addition, a Continuous Implementation/Continuous Deployment function was deployed using a combination of Amazon CodePipleline, CodeBuild and CodeDeploy. This ensured minimal downtime for maintenance and upgrades. The new solution ensures no disruption in services, as well as proactive mitigation of potential demand issues.

The AWS environment was purpose designed with layered security as a priority. All data is encrypted in transit and firewalled to ensure unwanted access is blocked. To take this several steps further, ITTStar deployed AWS Shield Advanced to perform active Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) blocking. Any attacks of this type are actively monitored and immediately mitigated upon discovery.

Why AWS?

Accushield chose AWS as their platform for the application due to a number of reasons. These included:

  • The ability to easily auto-scale in both a server and serverless environment
  • Complete integration of a Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CICD) capability
  • Ability to include an integrated and layered security methodology
  • Overall stability of the platform

Why Accushield chose ITTStar?

We won this customer through experience, solid processes, and our strong customer service ethos.

ITTStar has previously worked on migrations from Heroku to AWS and this, combined with our strong skill set around DevOps won us the business. We also won with our dedication and service to the customer, which was very well received and praised.

Upon completion of the successful migration, the customer said “ITTStar integrated extremely well with the Accushield team and provided first rate experience. Their ability to plan and react quickly during the deployment phase of the project allowed us to ensure we were entirely successful”.

Accushield had already made the decision to migrate to AWS, but there were significant issues on the original configuration. ITTStar utilized a structured approach to testing the environment and was able to develop a much better overall architecture that met the client’s needs. In addition, by taking the time to audit their security posture, ITTStar was able to greatly improve overall solution security and provide Accushield with a much more robust solution than they originally designed.

By taking a holistic approach to design and utilizing the AWS Well Architected framework, ITTStar was able to not only meet but exceed the customer’s expectations.

Impact & Result

ITTStar's unique solution transformed Accushield’s business functioning in the following ways:

  • Accushield has performance issues using there application Ruby on Rails in heroku platform. Application, Database and all associated services migrated to AWS
  • Scalability - Accushield now can serve upto 20k users per second using AWS services ELB, RDS, ECS and EC2
  • Performance - Post migration, more than 30% of improvement observed in response times and zero errors during peak hours
  • Security - Application was protected using AWS WAF and all the best practices are followed to protect Application and DB

About Accushield

Accushield is a leader in Kiosk – based health screening technology for Hospitals, Skilled Nursing facilities, and Senior living facilities.

The Technology allows these organization to know who is in the facility and create a safer and healthier environment.

Customer Testimonial 

“ Our team at Accushield worked with ITTStar to complete our successful AWS migration.
The ITTStar team maintained a diligent, detailed, and professional approach through the entire migration, from planning to execution to follow up.
ITTStar always made us feel as if we were one team working to achieve a common goal. We recommend them highly! "

ITTStar's team has been one of the best: 

  • Provided scalable cloud solution - The performance has been fantastic. We’ve had zero downtime
  • Reduced security and compliance risk.
  • Leverage our data with advanced analytics

Sreekanth Gongalareddy, Chief Technology Officer, Accushield