The are several definitions for a “Smart City”. The main issue could be put as follows: A smart city is constantly working to improve its environmental awareness. Above all living in a city should be comfortable for all citizens. A city should be fit for the future and produce credible perspectives for its citizens. First and foremost it’s important to secure and further improve its ecological, economic and social performance.
A first worldwide comparison of cities regarding innovation, technology and sustainability in 2011 listed Vienna as the world’s number one “Smart City”, ahead of Toronto, Paris and New York. To strengthen this position, Vienna launched the project “Smart City Wien” under the patronage of the Mayor of Vienna. The project combines all relevant fields of knowledge and all stakeholders involved, seeking to utilise, build on and ultimately internationalise the city’s smart city strengths. And truely we have seen some smart changes in Vienna since 2011. In fact a lot has been done to improve public transport, cycling roads, urban gardening in public spaces and bulding. 2013 Viennas smart city initiative got a fresh and new impact: The mayor of Vienna and Austrias environment minister signed a Memorandum of Unterstanding to strengthen their smart city related cooperation.
Author: Eva-Maria Forstner
Date: 4 May 2015