Gaining New Perspective With Drone Live Streaming

April 21, 2020 by
Gaining New Perspective With Drone Live Streaming
Unmanned Vehicle Technologies, Chris Fink

That’s right: today’s technology allows us to live stream from drones.

That means that we now know what it’s like to truly have a “bird’s eye view.” Live streaming from drones takes a camera into the sky and gives its viewers the chance to see what was once left to airplanes and astronauts.

Drones can take a camera from high to low, left and right, you name it. So not only do viewers receive that bird’s eye view, but there’s also a chance to be eye level while live streaming.

Some examples of when one can use live streaming via drones are:

Essentially, the live streaming process will never be the same, and that’s part of what we’ll get into today. Below you will find more information regarding various cases of drones and their ability to live stream.

Storm Damage Assessment & Recovery

After the tornadoes recently moved through Louisiana, Louisiana State Police flew their drone over the storm’s path to survey the damage and get those images back into their EOC (Emergency Operations Center).

As the drone flies over scenes such as this, the camera can pick up a wide range of footage. This allows more surveying to be done, resulting in an increasingly accurate evaluation of the storm and the damage it caused.

The footage provides value, and this is all thanks to drone technology. No matter the size or shape of the drone and its camera, anything is helpful when assessing disasters and creating plans of action for rescuing and overall damage relief.


It’s difficult to safely fly drones during a wildfire, given that in almost every situation, there are manned aircraft flying as well. However, if done correctly, a drone flying over a damaged area while also providing a live stream back to the command center (or even a mayor or governor) can quickly show the impact of the fire damage to many people. Those watching can then take action on what they are seeing without having to speak or coordinate with anybody on the ground.

During a wildfire, you can never have enough human resources on the ground, so if you can get that “bird’s eye view,” it’s recommended to do so to mitigate the risk to an already strained workforce. As the drone moves over the scene, the time it takes to assess the damage and the path of the fire is drastically reduced, allowing the boots on the ground to conduct an efficient attack.

This is what drone technology is meant to do. It’s intended to be a force multiplier and augment the already incredible work those in the fire service do every day.

Tactical Operations

Tactical operations include situations such as active shooters, SWAT call-outs, and so on. Anytime you have a tactical team deployed and working an operation, it’s essential to get the word (or in this case, live stream video) out to people who can help.

Whether it’s a barricaded person in a home, an active shooter, or the need to serve a warrant on a potentially violent subject, this range of situations requires immediate action. Drones are an efficient way to get a new perspective and provide essential information to those watching.

Drones provide a level of situational awareness that has never been possible before. Live streaming from a drone mitigates risk and promotes the safety of everyone involved when addressing dangerous scenarios and providing help to those who need it.

Our Takeaway

From storm damage assessment to tactical operations, drones can provide images and videos unlike anything before. Today’s technology, when combined with proven tactics used by public safety agencies, results in increased awareness and efficiency.

This technology captures moments that are essential to evaluating different settings and providing safe observation of dangerous situations.

Are you interested in using drone live streaming to take your service to the next level? We are here to help. Contact us today!

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