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big data & IoT HANDLING BIG DATA IN TOMORROW’S SMART CITIES In the future, our connected cities will enable convenience and efficiency like never before, but their success depends on how Big Data will be handled and managed, explains Andy Bowker, executive founder of ebb3. I t is estimated that by 2050, around 70-80 per cent of the predicted world population of nine billion will live in cities. With finite resources a pressing concern, governments, both national and local, and service providers are prioritising sustainability to make urban living both enjoyable and fulfilling while avoiding the mistakes of historic mass urbanisation. The ambition is to make the future city an inclusive, efficient 24 | June 2017 and sustainable environment for those who live and work in it. The Internet of Things (IoT) is increasingly viewed as the vehicle to deliver these ambitions with businesses such as Cisco and IBM collaborating with companies to develop and deploy data driven transport, waste management, law enforcement and energy solutions. Data will be the key to all this. The split-second data analysis carried out by inter-connected machine-to-machine technology that powers the automated decisions required by the smart city can only happen through the capture and use of data. By 2020, it is estimated that solution providers working to make smart cities a reality will be worth $400bn. While these developments would certainly make life easier, there has been much less said about the underpinning issue of data management. With 7.2 billion people connected more than ever before