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Joint Communication, Sensing and Computing Enabled Smart City


Initiated in 2016 and to be finished by 2023, the project of JCSC empowered smart city aims to develop core technologies for building a green, sustainable, spectrum-efficient, and low-cost intelligent ICT infrastructure in smart cities, so as to improve people’s well-being. The JCSC enabled applications are crucial for improving the safety of people’s lives and the production efficiency in various scenarios, such as intelligent transportation system, smart home, smart logistics, physical-space monitoring, intelligent flexible manufacturing, and intelligent healthcare.
The JCSC technology enables highly efficient integration of wireless communication, physical-world sensing, and cooperative intelligent computing and it constitutes an innovative and essential ICT solution for smart cities. More specifically, the JCSC technology contributes to the transportation system intelligentization, manufacturing efficiency improvement, energy saving, carbon emission mitigation, production cost reduction, and healthcare promotion, which will ultimately improve the quality of human lives and promote the sustainable development of our economy and society.

The project has promoted the ICT infrastructure by using the JCSC technology, has made full use of the existing investment to the ICT infrastructure, and has developed the innovative physical-world perception enhanced services for all people, which are closely related to the theme of C2 in the WSIS Action Line.

The pioneering research efforts initiated by this project have achieved worldwide recognition, including that from both the industry and the academia, which imposes significant impact on the sustainable development of smart cities and the investment rewards of the ICT infrastructure. It has demonstrated significant value for improving social governance, promoting industrial upgrading, helping environmental protection, and reducing energy consumption.

Project website

Action lines related to this project
  • AL C2. Information and communication infrastructure 2022
Sustainable development goals related to this project
  • Goal 3: Good health and well-being
  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production

  • International



Start date

September 2016

End date

December 2023

Target beneficiary group(s)
  • Youth
  • Older persons
  • Women
  • People with disabilities


This project has accomplished fundamental theoretical analysis, customized methodology design, and key solution development for the JCSC technology, and our research achievements have received worldwide recognition. With the joint efforts from our project partners, the key JCSC technologies have been implemented and evaluated in Yangshan Port (Shanghai, China), which is the largest and fully automated container port with the No. 1 container throughput capability among all the ports in the world. Over eighty 4G and 5G base stations have been deployed within a coverage area of 25 square kilometers in Yangshan Port to support the cloud based integrated smart management of vehicles, roads and ships, including container ship berthing and unberthing, container off-loading, and container transfer via automated driving vehicles (ADVs) platooning. The cutting-edge technical equipment empowered by the JCSC technology has been developed by using the same function modules of 5G base stations to simultaneously realize the physical-world sensing and wideband communications for ADVs. Only software update is needed to glean the benefits of the JCSC technology, without incurring substantial hardware modifications. The field trial results demonstrated that both the sensing and communication performances can be guaranteed for ADVs to reach an impressive level. In addition, the methodologies adopted by JCSC technology facilitate its global standardization, which strengthens its replicability in other regions and countries. Therefore, the JCSC technology has the advantages of convenient deployment and low cost, which endows this project with high replicability. Thus, it is convenient to expand the applications of this project to support a plethora of services in different fields, including but not limited to transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, smart home, and so on, to promote the human well-being and the sustainable development of our society and economy.


With the development of ICT, a great many new applications are emerging rapidly. The openness and scalability of the JCSC technology can provide various services for multiple industries in the smart city scenarios, such as intelligent transportation, smart manufacturing, intelligent healthcare, smart logistics, and so on. These scenarios require high-quality communication and high-precision sensing, which urges the development and deployment of the JCSC technology. In addition, more cutting-edge technologies driven by the JCSC deployment will be further developed, such as distributed AI, cloud computing, intelligent meta-surface, and so forth. Conversely, these emerging technologies will further promote the development of the JCSC technology. The JCSC technology can help achieve the goal of high energy efficiency for the communication, sensing and computing services, while optimizing the comprehensive system performance and reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO), which promotes the sustainability of industrial production and society development.

WSIS values promotion

As one of the most innovative and transformative industries in the past decades, ICT has revolutionized all aspects of human’s daily life, economy and society. It is envisioned that this trend will continue, at least to a stage when the physical world and the digital world seamlessly converge. New ICT advances are constantly emerging to drive the development of economy, society, and people’s well-being. The JCSC technology invented in this project provides a highly innovative and valuable ICT solution that will empower the smart city services, such as intelligent transportation, smart logistics, intelligent flexible manufacturing, and intelligent healthcare, by creating a tight bond between the physical world and the digital world, hence providing various benefits of reducing resource consumption and carbon emission, promoting industrial automation and improving people’s well-being. The international collaboration in theoretical research, standard establishment and infrastructure deployment related to the JCSC technology will enable people around the world to access the affordable and ubiquitous communication, sensing and computing services. The applications of the JCSC technology in the aforementioned smart city services are feasible in practice, which fully reflects the WSIS values of leveraging ICT technologies to promote and achieve sustainable development of our economy and society.

Entity name

Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications

Entity country—type

China Academia

Entity website


VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Research Team Leader Dr. Tao Chen Address: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Koivurannantie 1, 40101 Jyväskylä. China Mobile Communications Group (CMCC) Address: No. 29 Financial Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, China, 100033. China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) Address: No.52, Hua Yuan Bei Road, Haidian District, Beijing, China, 100191.