20/20 Teknology has been awarded multiple Amtrak RFPs over the last few years, one of which is described below.
Challenge: To better compete with the airline industry and provide better customer experience, Amtrak executive management decided to upgrade the Wi-Fi solution within the rail stations.
Solution: Amtrak engaged 20/20 Teknology to design a modern, reliable, and secure wireless infrastructure to provide both passengers and employees a better Wi-Fi experience in rail stations. The Wi-Fi network provides internet access for passengers and customers visiting the train stations, as well as access to Amtrak’s internal applications, video surveillance, digital signage, baggage services, and ticket processing for employees.
To ensure optimal service, 20/20 Teknology is providing a 24/7/365 managed service for the Wi-Fi network. This service encompasses monitoring, alerting, troubleshooting, maintenance, and help-desk support for the rail station Wi-Fi network and corporate network at HQ. 20/20 Tek developed customized dashboard views for Amtrak displaying real-time network performance.
Result: Improved customer satisfaction. Amtrak traffic reached an all-time high for FY18.
“20/20 exemplifies what we look for in a partner: senior engineers who think outside the box, but most importantly for us, are responsive and deliver on time. We look forward to a long and successful partnership.”
– Richard Thompson, Director Engineering
20/20 Teknology has been providing Fauquier County, Virginia, with IT Infrastructure architecture and deployment services since 2012. An example of one project is provided below.
Challenge: Fauquier IT management wanted to ensure they were providing an optimal service to their customers.
Solution: 20/20 Teknology was awarded a contract to perform an IT Infrastructure Assessment to review the current systems, applications, storage, backups, network, and infrastructure performance. The goal of the assessment and analysis was to better understand the current state of each of these defined technical areas in order to identify areas for improvement and implement best practices. The recommendations were made based on the goals of improving performance, security, capacity, availability, and ease of use.
Result: To improve security posture, the recommendations included replacing legacy firewalls with next-generation firewalls. View the Case Study Success Story video produced by Fortinet.
Another recommendation was to upgrade wireless access points for improved performance. 20/20 Teknology configured and installed both the Fortinet firewalls and wireless access points.
More recently, Fauquier County added 20/20 TeK NOC monitoring services. The driving force was twofold:
The 20/20 TeK NOC helped Fauquier County meet its requirements without needing to hire more resources.
“For courteous, professional, team interactions with our own staff and insightful technology or business recommendation, we work with 20/20 Teknology.”
– Sean Lachance, Assistant Director, Information Technology
20/20 Tek has been providing network and network security solutions and services to AARP for more than seven years.
Challenge: Executive leadership was concerned about cybersecurity breaches and their potential impact on the AARP brand and member list. IT Leadership initiated a project to procure and deploy a modern security platform that would detect and block sophisticated attacks, as well as enforce granular security policy at the application level instead of at the traditional port and protocol level.
Risks: Because of concern about the impact on production (because all applications pass through the firewalls), this migration to the new platform required significant analysis and testing. In addition, AARP had 3000+ firewall policies that needed to be validated, modified, or removed.
Solution: AARP hired 20/20 Teknology to ensure a successful migration by:
After a six-month evaluation, AARP selected the Fortinet UTM firewall, based on performance, effectiveness, and price. To meet the executive timeline, 20/20 Tek engineers quickly moved on the project and validated existing rules, defined objects and elements, cleaned up each policy set by removing any un-used or incorrectly defined elements or objects, converted existing Juniper configurations to Fortinet format, and prepared new device by upgrading each Fortigate firewall with the recommended FortiOS software.
20/20 Tek also assisted the AARP network team in reviewing and preparing all network infrastructure changes required for the deployment of the new Fortigate firewalls and the FortiAnalyzer Appliance, as well as configuring all required ancillary services and functions, including Network Time Protocol, DNS services, AAA services, Syslog and SNMP reporting and monitoring, and provided Day 2 support after each cutover.
Result: 20/20 Tek improved AARP’s security posture by segmenting network traffic and deploying Fortigate 3700s in the Maryland data center and Fortigate 1500s and 300s in both the California data center and the Washington, DC, headquarters campus. To ensure long-term success, 20/20 Tek provided detailed network topology diagrams, created reference sheet for troubleshooting, and provided hands-on training.
“What I like about 20/20 is they don’t just try to sell me something; they take the time to understand our environment, our challenges and then work with us to solve.”
– Tolu Adu, Network Architect
Loudoun Water provides drinking water and wastewater services to more than 75,000 households in Loudoun County, Virginia. 20/20 Teknology was chosen to assist in the process of assessing their current communications platforms, participate in the composing and selection process of their UCaaS RFP, and act as an extension of the Loudoun Water IT team to deploy and support the new solution.
Challenge: Loudoun Water, headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia, with 16 remote locations, had an Avaya phone system, which was costly, difficult to manage, and lacked many features, such as unified messaging and mobility.
Solution: 20/20 Teknology was selected to lead the upgrade effort. Phase one requirements definition determined Loudoun Water wanted a modern unified communications system delivered as-a-service that provided the following functionalities:
20/20 Tek assisted Loudoun Water with market research, ROI analysis, and vendor selection, and then led deployment and training.
Result: Loudoun Water had an organized, seamless migration to Fuze, complete with documentation and training materials for future reference. Loudoun Water’s management and staff are extremely satisfied with the performance and value. 20/20 Teknology has proven to be a respected and trusted advisor and continues to support and enable Loudoun Water through new design changes as requirements evolve over time.
“Your prompt response and assistance are top notch, and it’s definitely one of the reasons that we value our partnership with 20/20.”
— Mike Beardslee, Director IT
Challenge: The Marriott reservation system network was an outdated MPLS hub-and-spoke design, which required all traffic to be routed through their primary data center in Maryland. The franchise property owners demanded improved application and network performance. Marriott hired 20/20 Teknology to architect its network of the future.
Solution: The design requirements included 4000 simultaneous VPN tunnels and five 9s of uptime. 20/20 Tek architected a policy-driven DMVPN network with backup site and tertiary backup via LTE. As shown in the diagram below, the design was built on Cisco ASR 1002xes for DMVPN termination, with four DMVPN hubs to support their 4000 hotel properties.
Result: Some of the benefits include:
“20/20 Tek is an easy company to do business with. They are dedicated to a very personal level of service that helps to build a business relationship.”
— Steve Steiner, Director Networks