DroneUp is solving one of the major problems in public sector use of drones – and its paying off both for the company and for states around the country.
It’s no secret that states have many services to provide, many stakeholders, and limited funds. While drone technology is a proven tool that can save money and benefit communities, especially in extreme or emergency cases, finding the funds – and the time – to invest in aerial assets, acquisition and training of pilots, certification testing and record keeping, insurance and more for new technology is a significant challenge. Outsourcing seems like a good option: but few states can assign and handle the task of vetting their own network of local operators.
That’s where DroneUp, an end to end solution with a network of consistently trained drone service providers, meets a major need. DroneUp has just signed a contract with the state of Connecticut to provide drone solutions to their state agencies. A nationwide network means that Connecticut DroneUp operators can work on Connecticut projects, allowing the state to support their local industry. This is the latest in a series of big contract wins for DroneUp – and its getting the benefits of drone technology to people who need it, now.
The following is a DroneUp press release.
Connecticut Signs Participating Addendum with DroneUp Providing Public Sector Agencies Access to Drone Services
Virginia Beach, VA (December 17, 2019) — DroneUp, LLC signed a Participating Addendum with the State of Connecticut established as the Procurement Division Contract #19PSX0049. This begins the offering for the purchase of complete drone solutions to all state agencies, political subdivisions, and institutions in accordance with Conn. Gen. Stat. §4a-54. The award is the first of its kind for the drone industry and a highly anticipated announcement.
“We are eager to provide new drone technology services to our state, and we are excited that our local drone pilot operators will have the opportunity to provide these services,” said Greg Mooney, Contract Specialist with the State of Connecticut.
DroneUp, an end-to-end drone pilot service provider for aerial data collection was awarded the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Services Master Agreement # E194-79435 by the Commonwealth of Virginia in August 2019. The Master Agreement provides UAS (drone) services to all state agencies, institutions of higher education, and other public bodies and entities.
The services under the award are available for use by all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories of the United States through the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) ValuePoint Cooperative Purchasing Organization. The State of Connecticut will be able to use the award for the benefit of state departments, institutions, agencies, political subdivisions, and other eligible entities. For further information please see biznet.ct.gov.
DroneUp’s award includes but is not limited to service categories for Emergency Services, Law Enforcement Support, Aerial Inspection or Mapping Data Services, Agricultural and Gaming, and Agency Media Relations and Marketing. It’s anticipated that the primary users will be the Departments of Aviation, Emergency Management, Transportation, Forestry, Mines, Minerals and Energy, and all Public Universities and Community Colleges.
Tom Walker, DroneUp’s CEO, stated “We appreciate the efforts to streamline public sector access to leading-edge UAS services through this award. We look forward to supporting our hardworking state and local agencies both in Connecticut and nationwide.”
DroneUp provides end-to-end aerial data collection services to commercial industries and public sector organizations, leveraging our patent-pending platform, Mission MatchTM. DroneUp is located in 50 states with over 10,000 certified drone pilots. DroneUp is SWaM (Small, Woman-owned, and Minority-owned Business) certified as a small business by the Commonwealth of Virginia. For more information: droneup.com.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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