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Big Data and Cybersecurity, Howest University College West Flanders & Ghent University

Ghent University - Increasing computer power and the professional need to extract objective information from collected data have led to complex databases and 'big data'. Simultaneously, statistical science has become a large discipline with well developed methods and techniques for a wide range of data structures. Knowledge obtained from correctly analyzed data allows to predict, adjust and even optimize processes based on empirical evidence. On the other hand, inefficient or incorrect data collection and analysis can lead to inferior or misleading conclusions with possibly far-reaching consequences. Ghent University houses several research groups which tackle this new paradigm, from medical researchers to IT engineers and marketing experts. Their research is helped along by collaboration with iMinds and the availability of supercomputing infrastructure.


Howest University College West Flanders - discovering touristic gems through big data
RouteYou works on a unique platform which offers recreational routes and navigation (walking, (motor)biking, canoeing…). You can consult these through the RouteYou website and smartphone apps. Not only can you cover these routes or search for the most beautiful routes but you can also make your own routes and share them with whom you like. At the moment, there are more than 4 million routes offered on this platform. More than 1.2 million make use of this platform and especially during the summer season. Typical for the RouteYou platform are the steep usage peaks. E.g. on Sunday mornings, on a sunny day… when people use recreational routes the most. During these peak moments, RouteYou discovered that they were at the limits of their database architecture (PostgrSQL). Because of this, their platform became unstable. As a consequence, clients were unhappy and decided to no longer use RouteYou. So on a longer term this would lead to a loss of income for RouteYou. At RouteYou, they started looking for solutions. Not only for the problems experienced during peak moments but also because RouteYou is working on their further expansion (inter)nationally. RouteYou turned to the Sizing Servers Lab for their experience on Big Data. Sizing Servers did research on several database technologies and the consequences of implementing them. Sizing Servers suggested Elasticsearch as a perfect match for their platform. In short, thanks to the knowledge of Sizing Severs on Big Data in general and Elasticsearch more specifically, RouteYou was able to take suitable decisions on their database environment.



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