Tromsø (NO) – Neighbourhood Smart Parking Assisted Living ecosystem




General Details

The VICINITY consortium aims to demonstrate an extendable service for sharing available parking space through use cases set for demo site in Tromsø, Northern Norway. The city is suffering from a high traffic load during peak times on a sparsely limited infrastructure. The use case will focus on a neighbourhood of apartments and demonstrate how transport information and building data can be integrated with assisted living through agreements with car space owners and other interested partners. It will demonstrate an extendable service for sharing available parking space through enablement of the smart parking pilot, which is connected to Assisted Living and Healthcare site in Tromsø. The test site is located in a newly constructed cluster of buildings, which serves as a ‘living lab’ community for residents, elderly and young people, including citizens requiring health and assisted living services from the municipality.


Brief Description of the Site

The smart parking pilot connected to Assisted Living and Healthcare site in the city aims to demonstrate an extendable service for sharing available parking space. The test site is located in a newly constructed cluster. This is a living lab community for residents, elderly and young people, some of them requiring health and Assisted services from the municipality. The urban area is crowded with apartments, offices, a theatre and amusement activities with less and less outdoor parking space. The demo site is a small and manageable building with three entrances covered by a shared garage facility.

The smart parking pilot site is located in an underground garage facility with 32 parking places. The parking places include 2 EV charging stations, 4 handicap parking places and there is also room for several bicycles and smaller handicap vehicles.


Most of the value-added opportunities that have been offered involve sharing the parking spaces for shorter and longer periods – only if a resident wants to share his space. Health care personnel and ambulance/blue light agencies will be the first group to benefit from this new service. In addition, sharing of parking space will be offered when larger events, like conferences and concerts are taking place in this neighbourhood.

Parking administration is handled through a simple booking service for available parking space with reimbursement features for the parking space owner. The parking service requires a range of functions and features to be included by developers of IoT systems and devices. These include:

  • interfacing to the area management and digital economy,
  • access and security management,
  • public and private services related to health and assisted living.

Most of the value-added opportunities may be found to rent out parking space for shorter or longer intervals, as well as controlling the parking space. The most important aspects of the smart parking use case is displayed in the following figure.





Pilot facilities:

  • Social Housing
  • Shared Parking in Social Housing building

Use Cases


The use case addresses:

  • needs of the individual residents,
  • management of parking space,
  • proximity to access points

through intelligent transport shared parking services for neighbourhood community. Visitors will be kept separate from residents, but the needs of the user and preferred actions will have an impact on the recommended parking space. For example residents share their privately owned parking space when not in use in order to benefit for parking needs. Prioritization will be given in healthcare (e.g. special needs residence) and blue light agencies.

A camera sensor authenticates the vehicle (i.e. a camera, pin code, QR code, biometric scanner or something similar). This authorisation is done by the system based on booking and timing. A visual indicator (i.e. LED lights, a smart light, one or more digital signs) shows the way to the shared parking space. A light sensor at the parking space indicate whether the space is already booked, waiting for tenant, available, not shared or any other status message. The parking sensor on ground is sensing if a vehicle is using the parking space. Residents are being reimbursed for their parking availability service through a third party service organised by VICINITY.

In Smart-parking a network of sensors, traffic data from different sources (Traffic Control Centers, camera monitoring the traffic, open traffic data from Google, TomTom etc.) establish a picture of the current traffic situation. The smartgridsmart grid supplies real time info about availability and position of vacant areas. Expert systems assist in balancing the load, offering prioritised parking space tailored for specific user groups based on identification, restrictions, and needs.