UPGRADED: The Smart Innvoation Arena has now the best technological infrastructure to serve the company’s cluster members and research partners. Ketil Thomsen, Manager of Smart Innovation Arena, and Kjetil Lier Svendsen, Content Producer in Smart Innovation Norway, are looking forward to utilize all the new possibilites within Cyviz’ solution. PHOTO: Mari Kristine Buckholm

Cyviz Easy Platform creates a forward-thinking visualization center for Smart Innovation Norway

By Cyviz, 1 February 2022

Smart Innovation Norway is an organization that seeks to practice independent, applied research within the fields of renewable energy and information technology.

It does this through research projects and clusters that focus on Smart Energy, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Smart Cities, and Digitalization. It has over 100 cluster members, 250 research partners, and over 40 employees based in its HQ in Halden.

Smart Innovation Norway is now a key national innovation player, having initiated or participated in over 30 research projects including 14 for the EU, and the Horizon 2020 projects EMPOWER, INVADE, and E-LAND. In August 2019, Smart Innovation Norway was approved as a research organization by the Research Council of Norway.

Continuously innovating

To remain at the forefront of the sector, Smart Innovation Norway needs to support its cluster members and research partners with the best technology infrastructure. This meant updating its visualization center to a Smart Innovation Arena that allows pitching, demonstrations, simulations, conferences, meetings, and more.

Exploring Cyviz’s potential

The old center was outdated and unreliable, with a media server that needed upgrading or replacing. The center was, therefore, unable to keep up with new demands for hybrid and virtual events.

Having heard about Cyviz through the Norweigan Catapult Programme and with the CEO’s backing, the Smart Innovation Norway team decided to explore the Easy Platform and video wall as an alternative to their old media server.

The Cyviz Easy Platform is simple to customize, without the need for specialist programming skills and this made setting up the new Smart Innovation Arena a lot quicker and cost effective. The flexibility of the system means it can adapt as Smart Innovation Norway’s needs change, responding to macro changes such as the rise of hybrid and virtual events or external opportunities like integrating with new technologies.

Intuitive events and meetings

With just a few clicks, the Smart Innovation Norway team and its partners can display everything they need to on the video wall, a large, seamless 18 meter screen. They can stream events, take part in meetings and interviews, and lead workshops all from the Smart Innovation Arena.

In the post-pandemic age, this makes their events safer, adhering to social distancing and other public health measures. It also adds resilience to events, with hybrid and physical events backed up with a virtual option if needed.

Meetings and events can also be recorded for easy access later on, either to revisit what was discussed or to share with attendees who couldn’t visit in person.

With the more advanced system, the team has found further uses for the Smart Innovation Arena in training and collaborating with start-ups as part of its clusters. Simulations can be run via the Arena to explore and demonstrate products and to pitch investors.

Future plans

Due to the system’s future-proofing and flexibility, Smart Innovation Norway now has a Smart Innovation Arena that can adapt to new needs and opportunities.

The team is exploring ways to connect the Arena with other Cyviz installations globally.

– We’d like to think of it as a one-off physical center in Norway, but as an island that could link to endless possibilities across the world,” explains Ketil Thomsen.

The ultimate aim of the Smart Innovation Arena is to become the physical hub for all activities at Smart Innovation Norway. Driving greater innovation and collaboration across its extensive partner and start-up network, public organizations, and academic institutions.



Ketil Thomsen

Simulation Centre Manager

+47 952 39 453



Industry: Technology

Location: Halden, Norway

Size: 30+ research projects, 250 research partners, 100+ cluster members

Challenge: Smart Innovation Norway needed a seamless way to run its meetings, conferences, demonstrations, and more. Its old system was outdated and unreliable, which was having an impact on its ability to collaborate with research partners and present itself on a global playing field.

Products: Cyviz Solution powered by Cyviz Easy Platform.

Solution: Cyviz provides the foundation for Smart Innovation Norway’s new Smart Innovation Arena — a space that is essential for its research partners and cluster members to present ideas, collaborate, and pitch investors.