Rio de Janeiro is the smartest city in Brazil, according to the first General Ranking of Smart and Connected Cities, presented this week during the Connected Smart Cities conference. São Paulo, where the event took place, and Belo Horizonte, occupied second and third place, making up the top 3.

On this 50-city list, the “marvelous city” stood out in the categories for Technology and Innovation, and Economy, scoring 29.9 points out of a possible 63. To keep up the growth in sustainable development, the metropolis has 38 million reais (6.9m GBP) available to invest in the fields of health and infrastructure. According to Pedro Paulo Teixeira, Rio’s secretary for Government Coordination, one of the main aims is to get cariocas, as the city’s residents are known, more involved in this.

Where mobility is concerned, São Paulo stood out, having scored 29.36 points overall to claim second place.  With 12 million inhabitants, the city was praised for public transport, accessibility – such as the provision of access ramps for those with reduced mobility, as well as cycle lanes – and also for its air and ground links to other municipalities.

Belo Horizonte, in third, scored high in the Environment category, thanks to public action and policy on health, mobility, education, the environment, technology and urbanism. According to Marcio Lacerda, the city’s mayor, these are the six strategic fields prioritized by the city’s administration.

The full ranking can be seen here.