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A high-performance, low-cost alternative to a traditional approach takes advantage of a drop-in wireless solution to collect, sort, and route telemetry messages. A major water utility that doesn't want to be identified for obvious reasons is using an underutilized portion of the cellular network to help protect the company's plants against a terrorist attack at minimal cost. After September 11, utilities around the country have become aware of the potential danger of an attack on the water supply and some have begun to take precautions. The sheer vastness of the system with its raw water reservoirs and tens of thousands of miles of exposed aqueducts and pipeline makes it logically and fiscally difficult to police. One of the obstacles is the high cost usually involved in providing wireless communications to the many facilities located in remote areas far from elect... (more)