SCORE talking collaboration and replication for smarter communities at the CxC festival

20 January 2022 - Published by SCORE comms
Four of our partners represented SCORE at the CxC festival online this January 12th, 2022, sharing their experiences on replication and the collaboration of open source solutions for smart communities. The CxC festival is an annual event of the Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) network, bringing together the community of members and partners, open for all to join.

By Juliette Ténart

A new year has started and it marks the special and final year of the SCORE project. As the team prepares for the project to come to a close, the focus is now on finishing activities, reflecting and sharing our learnings with other communities. With the CxC festival in the second week of January 2022, the SCORE partners are already working towards these end-of-project goals. In the annual festival organised by OASC, a close network of the SCORE community, our partners presented our key findings and experiences in replication of open source solutions. 


Experiences from replication of the open source QR code toolkit

Firstly, Kim Søvø, head of Aarhus City Lab in the city of Aarhus, described their experience replicating the QR code toolkit solution - developed by District09 in collaboration with the city of Ghent. 

QR codes are far from new. They provide physical objects or places with a digital interface  and can be especially useful to cities for tracking inventories and interacting with citizens. Though cheap and easy to implement, QR codes are often bound to a specific app or usage domain or even provide a link to a specific, hardcoded URL. 

In order to benefit from the many potentials of QR codes, District09 came up with a solution through the SCORE project - the open source QR Code Toolkit. The city of Aarhus was pleased by the ease-of-use and flexibility of the QR code toolkit and approached District09 to replicate it in a quick and easy step (see more information about replication in SCORE). 

Aarhus intends to use the SCORE QR code toolkit to mainstream its use in a municipal context. They aim to increase transparency and interaction with citizens on the data being collected in the city, and finally, to integrate it into the Danish open source tool OS2iot developed by OS2 - a Danish Public Digitalisation Network building open source solutions through managed collaboration with private companies. 


Collaboration and approaches to increased transparency on IoT devices 

To give another perspective and example from the SCORE project, Samaneh Beheshti Kashi (responsible for ITS Projects at the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg) shared her city’s collaborative experience on the IoT registry in SCORE. 

The city of Amsterdam created their own IoT registry which aims to offer more transparency to citizens on the devices placed in their city and provide information on why certain devices are located where they are, what data is being processed and who has access to it, all of it on a map. 

The cities of Ghent, Aarhus and Hamburg, also working towards more transparency of IoT devices in the public, replicated and redeveloped Amsterdam Registry’s and made it even more generic, thereby increasing its reusability. 

In the example of the city of Hamburg, sensors displayed on the registry include: 

  • Sensors: photovoltaic, energy, temperature measurements 

  • Infrared sensors

  • Sensors for the availability of bikes at rental stations 

  • Occupancy sensors for electric charging stations

  • Traffic light signals. 

Sensors can be filtered by the location, the type of sensor, the use and functionality or even the year of installation. 


Learnings and reflection

The session ended with some learnings and reflection remarks by Evdoxia Kouraki, project manager at Johanneberg Science Park, and Justine Ottevaere, data and information specialist at the city of Ghent: 

  • Sharing is caring! It was not a given, but the SCORE project and partners have over the years become a very close community where sharing became easier, and the benefits of it have paid off. 

  • Mind the balance - common and generic vs local and specific. Although urban challenges might seem similar across the North Sea, there are many ways to solve them. 

  • Things don’t go as planned in innovation, but make the best out of the situations, share the good and the bad to the smart community out there. 

More learning points on replication of open source solutions can be found here.