SCORE partner meeting in Aarhus
The third partner meeting took place in Aarhus, Denmark from 10 to 11 April. The meeting was hosted by the City of Aarhus and took place in Dokk1. All partners except for one were represented at this meeting, where the time had come to present some of the solutions from the project so far. An example of one of the solutions is the "Citizen Science App", that, as an example, can be used for flood monitoring.
"We worked with experts to find out that there are many parameters, that need to be monitored when it comes to flooding. Some of them are possible to be monitored by using IoT devices, while some are too complex. Therefore, we are building this mobile-app that uses AI and data science, so that citizens can take a picture when they spot a problem related to flooding, and then the information will be automatically sorted based on priority, so the municipalities do not have to deal with each and every report," Dr. Dhaval Thakker from University of Bradford explains.
Another example of a solution already in a good shape is the IoT Registry presented by Jacco Brouwer from the City of Amsterdam. The IoT registry is an application with a system that visualizes metadata of IoT devices on a map. The idea is to give citizens a better transparency about devices placed in the public space, giving the citizens the most relevant information about the different devices and where they are. The IoT registry is planned to be implemented in Amsterdam, Aarhus and Ghent.
During the meeting, there was an overall understanding that the project is moving very slowly forward, but the main reason for this can also be seen as one of the strong sides of the project, as Boris van Hoytema from Foundation for Public Code states:
"What is really interesting about SCORE is that it puts policymakers, business management, designers and developers together and helps them solve problems together. In times where governments need to figure out how to change with the ever-increasing pace of the technological change, this kind of agility and ability to adapt to changing situations and to get different skills in the room and have that conversation with each other is needed."
To see a short recap from the project so far, have a look at the video below.