South Dakota Signs Participating Addendum with DroneUp Providing Public Sector Agencies Access to Drone Services

Virginia Beach, VA (January 7, 2020) — DroneUp, LLC and the State of South Dakota have signed a Participating Addendum for the NASPO ValuePoint contract for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle services established as the Contract Number 17379. This begins the offering for the purchase of complete drone solutions to all state agencies, commissions, political subdivisions, institutions, and local public bodies allowed by law. The award is the first of its kind for the drone industry and a highly anticipated announcement.

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 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 South Dakota is now able to use the award for the benefit of state departments, institutions, agencies, political subdivisions, and other eligible entities. For further information: https://www.naspovaluepoint.org/portfolio/unmanned-aerial-vehicle-drone-services-2019-2024/droneup-llc/

DroneUp’s award includes but is not limited to service categories for Emergency Support 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 Agriculture & Game Management, Emergency Management, Transportation, Forestry, Mines, Minerals and Energy, and Public Universities and Community Colleges. 

Tom Walker, DroneUp’s CEO, stated “South Dakota allows businesses to thrive through education and innovation. DroneUp looks forward to supporting our hardworking state and local agencies both in South Dakota and nationwide.”