We are all guilty of taking our feet off the gas when it comes to development. We spend the time patting our backs and praising the technological advancements we’re witnessing, ignoring the ocean of possibilities and innovation we could greatly benefit from.

These innovations hold the potential to profit various aspects of modern life: from important areas concerning productivity, safety, and performance, to the luxurious facets that includes entertainment and amenities. One of such elements of interest, as far as futuristic and efficient technology is concerned, are smart spaces.

Smart spaces are undoubtedly the next step in technological evolution. Why? Because the concept of smart spaces represents a new generation of buildings that are built by masons alone, but with added input from technological experts who will equip that construction with sensors and monitors. These pieces are put in place to set up technological integration that will add an interactive edge to structures, a new kind of environment that gives humans added assistance from even the walls around them.

Because of such a cooperation between man and his immediate surroundings, productivity will be boosted by the simplification of complicated processes, the increase in the efficiency of energy usage and improved convenience and speed of getting things done in these “connected” spaces.

Smart homes will be the residential hub of entertainment, safety and productivity for families and individuals in these technologically decked buildings. Hospital workers will be able to exploit the speed of transferring information and resources like prescriptions or medical reports and records to attend to patients quicker with the installation of smart hospitals. They will also be able to remotely monitor their patients with greater flexibility and caution. Smart sport centers, fields and courts will yield more accurate decisions during play and so on.

To get this secure, convenient and efficient environment, the structure must be equipped with the right technological pieces which are connected to the cloud and made compatible with elements of industry 4.0 like digital twins to improve the interaction between humans and the smarter environments.

These created smart spaces will be exclusive to their users and others that have been allowed to use it too. This will make data available to the service providers, utility suppliers, cities and others through their digital twins to improve their systems for greater efficiency while they save resources like energy through better optimized energy systems.

However, this concept has been thrown around for decades now, with no actual steps taken to bring those fantasies to life. Instead, people only have automatized control of lights, HVAC and “gadgets”.

Fortunately, the recent advent of HIQ, HEMS, HIQ Universe and VIVIOT guarantees reliable, simple, comfortable and efficient user experience for all users. With the introduction of such technological integrated systems, smart spaces might yet be a reality.

It is on that note, that the 1st International Conference had been organized by the School center of Novo Mesto under the banner of “Installations in Smart Buildings”.

Through this conference, it is expected that the integration and cooperation between the economic and educational institutions in Slovenia and her neighboring countries in the field of education as well as the implementation of installations for the automation of smart buildings.

Distinguished invited speakers like Devid Palčič, Milan Susman and Matic Sušnik will help to shed more light on energy monitoring, as well as automation of industrial, commercial and residential buildings. hey are also looking for partners in the economy who would be willing to participate in the work placement. It will also serve as a space for those looking to partner with the organizers for work placement, while the draft program will be outlined, and the prerequisites for enrollment will be presented. That conference will indeed be another definition of a ‘smart’ space.