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ESCO Announces Introduction of Wireless, Mesh-Based Wide Area Network

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE:ESE) today announced that it has acquired a minority interest in Firetide Inc., a leading provider of wireless infrastructure mesh networks, and through its Aclara RF Systems Inc. subsidiary, has entered into a strategic alliance agreement with Firetide.

Aclara and Firetide have developed a revolutionary wide-area network (WAN) for utility customers based in part on Firetide's proven wireless networking technology.

Aclara, a leader in Intelligent Infrastructure(TM) solutions for electric, gas and water utilities introduced the Aclara Smart Communications Network solution at the recent Autovation 2009 Trade Show in Denver.

Aclara's Smart Communications Network solution is a high-bandwidth, high-speed, standards-based flexible communication system that will employ TCP / IP communication protocols as well as IEEE 802.11 technology for wireless communications. Designed for gas, water or electric utilities, this network solution will bring together existing utility assets and applications into a single, two-tiered network architecture that will replace multiple low-to-medium bandwidth systems currently used to communicate data.

The Aclara Smart Communications Network provides an ideal interface between utility and IT resources and back-office applications for SCADA control and monitoring systems, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems, home-area networks and mobile workforce applications.

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