Handiscover Increases Data Insights and Scalability with AWS


Handiscover increases bookings 40 percent per month by running its machine learning workloads on AWS. The company provides an accommodation-booking website that categorizes how suitable an accommodation is for people with physical disabilities. The website is based on AWS Lambda with Amazon ECS orchestrating containerized machine learning models and Amazon QuickSight providing machine learning insights.

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“We replaced third-party software solutions for our accommodation searches with AWS Lambda,” says Mutsson. “As a result, we reallocated 20 percent of our IT team from provisioning and managing servers to development.”

Sebastian Mutsson
Chief Technology Officer

Classifying Accommodation

Startup Handiscover, based in Sweden, has built an accommodation-booking website that helps travellers who have a physical disability. Handiscover has classified over 100,000 properties in more than 120 countries, so visitors can match the accommodation on the website with the level of their disability.

Embraces Serverless and Machine Learning

Handiscover migrated the website’s infrastructure and content from Microsoft Azure to Amazon Web Services (AWS) when Sebastian Mutsson joined as chief technology officer in 2018.

Mutsson wanted to move to AWS because of services such as Amazon CloudFront, a fast content delivery network (CDN) that delivers data globally, which Mutsson says would support Handiscover’s growth plans.

Mutsson also wanted to leverage AWS Lambda for serverless computing to reduce costs and Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) to run machine learning workloads.

Raises Development Resource 20%

The Handiscover website today is based on AWS Lambda. Accommodation searches trigger multiple Lambda functions, which work with the Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) to retrieve accommodation data, including images.

“We replaced third-party software solutions for our accommodation searches with AWS Lambda,” says Mutsson. “As a result, we reallocated 20 percent of our IT team from provisioning and managing servers to development.”

Increases bookings 40% per Month

Handiscover also uses Amazon ECS to manage containerized machine learning models. The models find patterns in accommodation searches, so Handiscover can understand and better predict how demand for accommodation across locations fluctuates during the year.

This helps Handiscover ensure that accommodation availability matches changes in demand. The company analyzes data from the machine learning models using Amazon QuickSight, a fully managed cloud-powered business intelligence service.

Comments Mutsson, “Thanks to machine learning insights using Amazon QuickSight, we are matching accommodation better with demand and seeing bookings increase 40 percent per month.”


About Company Name

Startup Handiscover offers an accommodation- booking website where people with physical disabilities can determine the level of mobility needed for each accommodation using Handiscover’s classification system.

Benefits of AWS

  • Increases development resource 20%
  • Raises bookings 40% a month
  • Gains fully managed business intelligence service
  • Drives growth with global content delivery network

AWS Services Used

AWS Lambda

AWS Lambda lets you run code without provisioning or managing servers. You pay only for the compute time you consume - there is no charge when your code is not running.

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Amazon CloudFront

Amazon CloudFront is a fast content delivery network (CDN) service that securely delivers data, videos, applications, and APIs to customers globally with low latency, high transfer speeds, all within a developer-friendly environment.

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Amazon ECS

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) is a highly scalable, high-performance container orchestration service that supports Docker containers and allows you to easily run and scale containerized applications on AWS. 

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Amazon Quicksight

Amazon QuickSight is a fast, cloud-powered business intelligence service that makes it easy to deliver insights to everyone in your organization.

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