Smart Villages Network (Mreža pametnih vasi) is strategically located in three distinct regions across Slovenia, serving as a vital link connecting the east and west of the country. As an open innovation ecosystem, this Living Lab utilises iterative feedback processes to drive innovation throughout the entire lifecycle, with a strong emphasis on creating sustainable impact. Our primary focus revolves around enhancing wine and honey production through smarter approaches. To achieve this, we actively engage in co-creation, prototyping, testing, and scaling-up of innovative ideas and businesses, thereby fostering collaborative growth and delivering diverse forms of joint value. Our overarching goal is to achieve sustainable production, which involves a dedicated focus on three critical aspects: environmental preservation, economic viability, and positive social impact.
In the vineyards, advanced technology takes centre stage as we deploy sensors to collect various viticultural parameters. These IoT sensors relay real-time data to a secure server and are seamlessly integrated with a user-friendly web platform and smartphone app, allowing end-users easy access to the information collected. On the other hand, for honey production, we also employ IoT technology. We provide beekeepers with a professional digital multiparameter meter, designed for convenient mobile measurement of hive status in three beehives, empowering them with valuable insights for efficient beekeeping practices.