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European unis combine for smart cities

The five-year Smart Cities and Open Data Re-use (SCORE) project aims to improve the delivery of public services

Aarhus in Denmark will be among the cities trialling the ideas that emerge from SCORE
Aarhus in Denmark will be among the cities trialling the ideas that emerge from SCORE

Researchers at the University of Bradford in the UK are joining with the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands and Aarhus University in Denmark to develop smart technologies for nine European cities.


The five-year Smart Cities and Open Data Re-use (SCORE) project aims to improve the delivery of public services with applications such as interactive dustbins that can sense when they are full, intelligent car parks that can highlight empty spaces and real-time flood-warning information data that could save lives.


These ideas will be trialled and potentially implemented in cities across Europe, including Aarhus, Amsterdam, Aberdeen, Bergen, Bradford, Dordrecht, Ghent, Gothenberg and Hamburg.


“The aim of the project is to improve the delivery of public services, using innovative software and data-sharing,” says Dr Dhaval Thakker, lecturer in computing and SCORE project principal investigator at the University of Bradford. “Our role is to use our expertise in creating IoT inspired solutions, to assist cities in developing new, and more efficient ways of delivering essential services.”


As part of the project, the SCORE partners will define 12 shared challenges to improve municipal services, covering services like the environment, water, parking and sustainable transport. They will then be tested in living labs, with the data and insights generated shared across all partners, helping them to implement these solutions.


All cities taking part are targeting a 10 per cent reduction in the cost of service provision and a 20 per cent improvement in the quality of these services, as measured by public perception. It is hoped that the smart cities taking part in the SCORE project could save up to €50m by 2021.


In one example of IoT inspired solutions that SCORE will accelerate, Dr Thakker explains how sensors offer potential to manage waste collection more effectively. “Real time information from sensors within bins allows us to tell if they are full or not,” he says.


“This data can be used by planners to make positive changes. Using big data analytics on sensor data, we can improve route planning significantly, reducing wasted journeys which can save money and reduce pollution too.”


Funded through the European Regional Development Fund, the SCORE project embraces an ‘open-source’ approach, where information, data and innovation are shared across all partners. As part of the project the smart cities will work with local partners, including SMEs to put the projects into practice.



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