The first global comparison of cities in terms of innovation, technology and sustainability ranks Vienna as number 1 of so-called Smart Cities, ahead of Toronto, Paris and New York. The ranking, which was conducted by the US climate strategist Boyd Cohen and has been recently published by the online magazine Co.Exist, was based on acknowledged criteria and analysed all studies existing in this field. It reaffirms once more the City of Vienna's leading role in urban development, which was already recognised by the Mercer Study, where Vienna was ranked in the top position for several times, being awarded the title of "most liveable city in the world", and by the World Smart Cities Award 2011, where Vienna reached a top position.
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