Cisco denies spying

Says it is not involved in NSA surveillance program or in Chinese espionage

Cisco claims no participation in the NSA spying program in the U.S., or in engaging in espionage in China, according to this post in China Daily. In a statement to the website, Cisco said "PRISM is not a Cisco program and Cisco networks did not participate in the program."

PRISM is the NSA's top secret electronic surveillance program, in place since 2007, and exposed recently by NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

In the same statement to China Daily, Cisco said it does not monitor communications of private citizens or government organizations in China or anywhere in the world, according to the post.

Cisco and China have had a stand-off since Congress blasted Huawei, ZTE and other Chinese telecommunications companies as national-security threats to the U.S.

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As Cisco volleys with the Chinese this week, it also celebrates its first "proof-of-concept" of a smart city employing an Internet of Everything. Nice, France is the pioneer, and its "Connected Boulevard" project builds on almost 200 different sensors and detecting devices, and smartphones and tablets connected in a wireless mesh.

Data is captured at distributed points throughout the city, then collected centrally and processed and analyzed for information on parking, traffic, lighting, waste disposal and environmental quality. This data is then readied for application by city managers, businesses and residences.

Early projections expect an up to 30% decrease in traffic congestion, and reductions in air pollution and increases in parking revenue, Cisco says. Synchronizing street lights on an as-needed basis results in potentially significant electricity bill reduction as well, Cisco claims.

Cisco's working with 10 ecosystem partners on this project, including collaboration with the Think Global alliance, a group of urban and civil engineering application developers and consultants encouraging collaboration between start-ups and large enterprises.

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