With SCORE we create smarter cities

6 March 2018
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Recently a delegation from Johanneberg Science Park participated in a kick-off in Amsterdam gathering all partners of the EU-project SCORE. SCORE aims to develop smarter cities which can effectively meet our today’s major challenges on logistics, mobility and climate changes. Through this project, where nine cities in EU collaborate, the EU hopes to increase the rate of innovation, digitalisation and citizen engagement.

So, what is the project about and what does it want to achieve? We asked Kim Lantto, Claus Mullie and Boris van Hoytema who are all involved in the project in different ways.

Could you give some examples of challenges that SCORE is supposed to address?

- For example, smart solutions for managing rapidly raised water levels or how we manage big crowds or large flows of people. We can develop new services and products through open source and shared data. Meanwhile the smart solutions must be good enough to meet the need. Otherwise the solutions won’t be efficient, says Kim Lantto from the City of Gothenburg.

During the kick-off it became clear that all participating cities were struggling with the same, global challenges and by working together in the SCORE project they can find solutions to complex problems that can only be addressed on a city-level. A solution that is implemented in Gothenburg can also be applied in a different city, reducing both costs and time. Problems are also handled differently in different cities and with different aspects and sharing knowledge and experiences within the project will be an added value.

Claus, you’re the project manager for SCORE and coordinate the project.
What do you think is the most important part in the project?

- We want to change the way public organisations can interact with the development of technology, allowing them to take a leading and structuring role. SCORE is about changing how government interacts with and invests in technology, moving away from buying closed proprietary solutions, and towards a more open model in which governments work together to develop and maintain solutions together, says Claus Mullie from Bax & Company.

So how will you achieve your goals more concrete, then?

- An open source method and the use of open data from the cities will be our toolbox. Companies already use shared and open data since they see the potential of business opportunities when they develop new products and services, says Boris van Hoytema from Bax & Company.

- The only way forward is to develop solutions together with the people who are affected by the problems. They see the problems from angels and perspectives that the planner never reach. And when they are a part of the solutions they’re also more satisfied with it, since they’ve been included in the process, says Kim Lantto from the City of Gothenburg.

Facts:
Project website

Interreg project North Sea Region
Total budget: 5 855 000 Euro
Gothenburg's budget: 520 000 Euro
Project start: 2018- 2022
Partners: Amsterdam City (project manager), Bradford, Hamburg, Bergen, Gothenburg, Aberdeen, Aarhus, Ghent, Dordrecht, University of Aarhus, University of Bradford, Amsterdam Data Science. 
Gothenburg; Johanneberg Science Park in collaboration with the City of Gothenburg (City Executive Office, Administration for Consumers and Citizens, City Building Office) 

Interreg-projekt North Sea Region

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