Oslo Science Park (NO) - Buildings and Smart Transport




General Details

Buildings are perhaps the objects that society spends most of its critical resources, such as energy and capital. It is where we spend most of the human resources in our urban way of living. Human resources represent about 90% of the total cost over a building’s lifetime. In a smart urban living context, we need to understand the way we use our buildings and how buildings perform. VICINITY solution could facilitate ways to cut such costs and enable better operations and management of these facilities, while involving end users.

At the Norwegian demo-site in Norway at Oslo Science Park, use cases will be tested that harvest and combine information from the interior of the facility, energy systems and smart parking to find new and better approaches to solve some of these issues through the interoperable approach VICINITY would provide.


Brief Description of the Site

In the use cases at Oslo Science Park, we will combine information from the Building, Energy and Transport domains.

Oslo Science Park:

  • Operated by OsloTech – a team of 14 people
  • Four semi-independent building stages under one roof.
  • 55 000 m2 - offices, laboratories, conference halls, parking garage
  • 240 tenants with 2400 employees. Research companies, university, technology, start-ups.
  • Heat pump, cooling systems, electric heating, HVAC, power meters, water meters.
  • About 2 500 MWh heating (delivered, incl. heat pump) and 1 000 MWh cooling per year.

The two most independent building stages will be the demo location, combined with the parking garage in the basement.

  • Most rooms in the two parts will have IEQ sensors installed. These will communicate in an RF Mesh network.
  • Data from power meters will be collected with sensors (pulse counters, ampere meters or optical devices as needed) and communicated via an RF Mesh network.
  • The energy meters and the IEQ devices will communicate in the same RF network and use common gateways to deliver the messages to an API. This API will stream data to applications, e.g. for online calculation of available energy flexibility in the buildings




Pilot facilities:

  • Oslo Science Park (Offices, Conference halls and Laboratories)
  • Startup Lab Accelerator
  • Parking Garage – Oslo Science Park

Use Cases

Building and Energy:

Functionality testing with focus on:

  • energy flexibility and efficiency,
  • space utilization,
  • optimisation of resource efficiency,
  • load and areal flexibility,
  • improvement of the health environment and life quality

This use-case will demonstrate how information from the energy part of the intelligent building system and Living Lab VICINITY Demonstration site, together with real-time information about Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) and information about buildings physics from a Building Information Model (BIM), can give an estimate of :

  • the use load of the building,
  • the performance of the building and
  • enable the calculation of a real-time estimation of the building’s energy flexibility.

This estimate will be published via the VICINITY platform to the local grid owner for load management in the local grid.


The use case will demonstrate the use of IoT technologies in a smart mobility framework: Smart parking and EV Charging combined with information and services form the building and energy domains.

Booking of EV charging and parking will be implemented for:

  • enhanced load balancing, optimization and payment for electricity,
  • energy flexibility utilization,
  • contribution to environmental sustainability,
  • space utilization optimization in the intelligent parking/charging system.

Costumer books the charging and parking time at the facility with a purpose of having a fully loaded car when leaving the building. Building manager gives the boundary conditions for the building by setting peak goals and pricing for services. Costumer arrives at designated charging bay and starts charging.