Pilot Manager Peter Geršič pointed out that the area of Češča vas is an ideal environment that allows spending time in nature and performing sports activities on areas surrounded by greenery and forest, which is a great advantage compared to other cities and we can be proud and exploit natural resources. The Sports Recreation Centre in Češča vas will include a park for motoric activities, a place for gatherings and picnics, an equestrian center, a multi-purpose hall, an indoor swimming pool and a camp site with the main purpose to encourage movement in nature and a healthy lifestyle not just competition-oriented exercise.
Novo Mesto’s Pilot has a strong digital component: information technologies will support the entire operation of the centre. The facilities of the sports and recreation centre will be managed through a common platform, which will include a system for managing communication with the users and for collecting and managing data collected through Internet of Things sensors installed throughout the centre. The sensors for tracking and detecting the movement of visitors will allow for an overview of the flow of people. Public screens installed in the centre will display real-time data on climate parameters and air quality, as well as programme schedules and other activities taking place. A central website with an overview of the offer, occupancy of facilities and activities taking place in the centre, a reservation system for all facilities and a platform for managing data and visitors is under construction. All the clubs and societies that will carry out activities in the centre will be posted on the website so that the users will have the opportunity to join their programmes through the reservation system. A digital twin which is a digital copy of the centre where the visitors will be able to explore the centre’s facilities with the help of an avatar is also being prepared. Furthermore, with the GoNature game for smartphones the visitors will have an overview of the offer and the facilities of the sports centre, the history of Novo Mesto and obtain useful information about Natura 2000.
The Health & Wellbeing digital platform was also presented at the event. The platform will show the movement trend that is the result of different sports activities in the centre. The HoloLens augmented reality glasses were also presented, the product that allows us to display and interact with real scenes with information and virtual objects in real time. The participants were able to test the use of the glasses and were surprised by the possibility of intertwining the real and virtual worlds.