TxDOT on board with GCP Verifi system for ASTM C94-grade loads

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TxDOT on board with GCP Verifi system for ASTM C94-grade loads

A new Texas Department of Transportation Special Provision Specification notes that mixer trucks deploying sensor-enabled slump adjustment equipment like GCP Applied Technologies' Verifi automated water and chemical admixture dosing system meet ASTM C94, Standard Specification for Ready-Mixed Concrete requirements.

“Verifi gives [us] the ability to manage our concrete from the plant to the jobsite, which delivers the quality that TxDOT and other contractors, engineers, and owners demand," says Kirk Deadrick, director of Technical Services, Ready Mix for Argos USA, a key Dallas and Houston market operator. “TxDOT is leading the way by embracing innovation,” affirms GCP Specialty Construction Chemicals Vice President and General Manager Pung Chan. “The ability to make in-transit water or admixture additions will ensure the concrete arrives in spec, shaving priceless minutes of delivery time and reducing the number of rejected concrete batches. The system constantly measures and adjusts the slump, and monitors water content.” The TxDOT spec change mirrors actions of peer Florida, Illinois and Missouri agencies, she adds.

What’s Missing With the Virtualized Applications?

A Brief Outline

Application virtualization is a software technology that encapsulates computer programs from the underlying operating system on which they are executed. This software technology virtualizes hardware into multiple machines, while Cloud computing is the combination of multiple hardware devices. With a Virtualized Application, a user gets dedicated hardware, while with Cloud Native solutions, multiple hardware devices provide one login environment for users. While Cloud environments are accessible via URL, a Virtualized Private Network, or VPN, is intended to be accessed on-site only. Cloud-based software, if given permission, can be accessed anywhere with an internet connection. Shared computing resources including software and hardware, provide a Cloud environment, while Virtualized Apps only come into existence after machine/hardware manipulation. A single machine failure won’t impact Cloud infrastructure, but in a Virtualized Environment, a single node failure can impact 100s of virtual machines.

The majority of Sysdyne’s products operate using a Cloud Native.


In More Detail

Application Virtualization Requires More Support
While Virtual dispatch applications are installed on a server and use Citrix to stream the application, Cloud Native solutions are available with internet access anywhere, anytime. Citrix needs to be installed on each of the client’s computers with a shortcut for easy access.

Scalability – The Ultimate Limitation
Since Application Virtualization uses a VPN, Customers will need to manage their own VPN(s). As we all know, VPNs are not the most reliable networks and can disconnect from time to time. As VPNs do not always recover automatically, when a VPN has disconnected, users may need to reconnect the application with the server manually.
The biggest advantage of a Cloud Native solution is its scalability; It can be easily scaled out. When users increase, just add more servers to expand the database and you’re ready to go. Due to the structural difference, a Virtualized App can NOT be scaled out. A Virtualized App can only be scaled up when the database is getting bigger. Such a scale-up is supported by hardware expansion which will eventually reach its limit.

Performance May Be Compromised
While Cloud-Native only makes changes to the source code for updates, using Citrix to stream the application to a client’s computer is similar to streaming a movie. It’s data-hungry, and therefore needs much more bandwidth. Whenever there is too much traffic on the Internet or provided smaller bandwidth, it will take much longer to operate.

Almost Unusable on Mobile Devices
The costly scale-up with Virtualized Apps has a provider restrict the usage of the server, so rather than creating a Virtualized desktop, it only provides one instance for the application. This is why you can only see one screen at a time.
Even though it’s Virtualized, Application Virtualization is a Windows desktop solution – The UI is not designed to use on tablets or mobile phones. The widely used right-click function, for example, would not be functional on mobile devices.

Outdated and Unsupported
Due to the limitation of Virtualized applications, technology is moving quickly towards developing more Cloud Native solutions. Providers of legacy products, on the other hand, are actively seeking ways to Virtualize their existing products to avoid the massive R&D cost to develop Cloud Native products.
The industry’s shift to the Cloud has all new development tools, platforms, and libraries evolving to Cloud Native. Eventually, the Virtualized App will become obsolete and phased out due to a lack of support from the computer industry.

Unlikely to Offer Pay-As-You-Go Pricing
Due to the difficulties of scalability with Virtualized Applications, it is unlikely for such a solution to offer a pay-as-you-go pricing module.


Key Points The Cloud Virtualization


The Cloud can be extended as much as desired. Virtual machine configuration limits scalability.


It is very flexible for user access; Given permission, a user can access the cloud from any location with internet Proper authentication is required before accessing the virtual machines.


Cloud integration allows future expansion of Users, applications, etc. Virtualization integration allows the expansion of new machines within the same infrastructure.


Multiple users can access the network using the same link. Multiple OS can be installed on a single server/computer
 Disaster Recovery


Not dependent upon one machine. Single machine failure can bring down multiple virtual machines.

About Sysdyne

Sysdyne is the only fully interoperable cloud-native software platform purpose built for ready-mix concrete operations; from sales, to production, to delivery management, billing and analytics (BI). Sysdyne’s innovative cloud batch, cloud dispatch, delivery tracking, paperless ticketing, and customer collaboration applications help concrete producers run more efficiently and profitably. Sysdyne is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, with full product suite US based support servicing customers around the world.

For More Information, Contact:

Tim Dwyer
Sysdyne Technologies



Our fully integrated products cover the entire spectrum of concrete operations; from sales, to production, to delivery management and billing. The innovative dispatch, batch control, delivery tracking, paperless ticketing, and customer collaboration platform, help concrete producers worldwide run more efficiently and profitably.

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