Instead of competing on being the best Smart City, SCORE connects nine cities in seven different countries which are collaborating and working to improve their public services. SCORE is a tool to increase the efficiency and quality of data-driven solutions. SCORE aims to reduce the public service delivery costs by 10 %. This optimization can save the partner cities up to about €50M by 2020.

SCORE is related to the existing Smart City initiatives of the cities and it is approached by a demand-driven perspective. Common challenges across the collaborating cities are appointed and analyzed through united resources and expertise in order to create 12 innovative solutions. The solutions are tested and replicated in three transnational and urban living labs. To increase the probability of application, the city-data is standardized across the different cities and areas. By (re)using data to improve public services, open-sourced data is a key which makes data and innovative solutions re-useable for other cities. In the end all solutions are created for the benefit of all collaborating cities.

The benefit of SCORE is the critical mass of knowledge, IT competences, and other kinds of expertise from the cities. SCORE gathers knowledge that the cities would not achieve individually. But SCORE is more than efficiency and knowledge. SCORE also focuses on creating sustainable solutions with the primary focus on perspectives on traffic, waste and water. It is expected that new Smart City solutions will follow with the project for example automatization of waste management with location data, or guiding vehicles to available parking spots using sensor data and GPS.

Besides Aarhus the following cities are taking part in SCORE: Amsterdam and Dordrecht (Netherlands), Hamburg (Germany), Gent (Belgium), Gothenburg (Sweden), Bergen (Norway) and Bradford and Aberdeen (United Kingdom).