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In Slovenia, promotion of IoT domain was mainly driven by the Living bits and things event, organized annually since 2011 [119]. It gathers a mix of researchers and people from industry, addressing various topics and connecting Slovenian community with leading European IoT activists.

The DIGITAL SLOVENIA strategy is a commitment for a faster development of the digital society and the use of opportunities enabled by information and communication technologies and the internet for general economic and social benefits.

Along with the strategies from its scope, it envisages measures to tackle the major development gaps in the field of digital society: faster development of digital entrepreneurship, increased competitiveness of the ICT industry, overall digitisation, development of digital infrastructure, construction of broadband infrastructure, strengthened cybersecurity and the development of an inclusive information society. It foresees priority investment in the digitisation of entrepreneurship, innovative data-driven economy and development, and the use of the internet and, in these frameworks, in the research and development of technologies of the internet of things, cloud computing, big data and mobile technologies [48].

The internet of things is an increasingly efficient uniform environment, offering extraordinary development opportunities and an extensive range of services that are useful, functional, reliable, safe and flexible. In steering development activities, we must take into account the fact that economic and general development in contemporary digital society is closely connected with the development and use of the internet and digital literacy.

The internet offers exceptional opportunities for tackling economic, social and environmental challenges, so it is a key factor for future economic and social development; thus, its deployment strongly in the public’s interest. The challenges will grow even further with the development of the omnipresent internet of things and cloud computing. The priorities at the national level are co-financing RDI projects of e-services, mobile applications and ICT solutions in the field of the internet of things.