Enhancing Capabilities: HOW Drone Lights IMPROVE Public Safety MISSIONS

In the realm of public safety, time is often the determining factor between success and failure. Every moment counts, especially during critical situations such as high-stakes pursuits or search-and-rescue missions. The Story County Sheriff’s Office understands this challenge all too well, which is why they have embraced Tundra Drone’s lighting solutions to enhance their capabilities, particularly during challenging nighttime operations.


The Challenges of Utilizing Drone Technology at Night

Story County Sheriff’s Office emphasizes the importance of having access to comprehensive information, particularly in scenarios where dispatch reports provide only a partial picture of the situation at hand. While drones with thermal cameras have proven valuable in identifying heat signatures, they fall short in providing detailed visual information, such as verifying individuals or potential threats accurately.


The Role of Drone Lights in Public Safety

Recognizing the limitations of thermal cameras alone, the Sheriff’s Office has integrated drone lights from Tundra Drone into their operations.

We’ve discovered that combining drones with spotlights greatly enhances our capabilities.


These aerial lights offer clarity and illumination in the darkness, providing crucial details that thermal imaging alone cannot capture, such as color of clothing, signs of life or potential weapons, especially if the subject is behind glass or in a dense forest. By combining drones with spotlights, the Story County Sheriff’s Office can obtain a clearer view of their surroundings, ensuring more successful missions.


Enhanced Situational Awareness in the Dark

The integration of aerial spotlights not only aids in locating missing persons or suspects but also enhances the safety of ground personnel. By providing a bird’s-eye view of the situation, these drone lights enhance their situational awareness in the dark, allowing them to make informed decisions and navigate hazardous environments more effectively.


Tactical Advantage and De-escalation

Moreover, the presence of spotlights on drones offers a tactical advantage in various scenarios, including apprehending fleeing suspects. By illuminating the area or momentarily plunging it into darkness, law enforcement can influence the behavior of suspects, potentially leading to peaceful resolutions and de-escalation of tense situations.


Safety and Efficiency

Ultimately, the use of lights from Tundra Drone enhances safety, efficiency, and effectiveness in the Story County Sheriff’s Office’s operations. By providing visibility in the darkness, these lights minimize risks to both human assets and unmanned aircraft, resulting in safer and more efficient missions.



The Story County Sheriff’s Office exemplifies the enhancing capability of drone lighting technology and its impact on law enforcement and public safety missions. By embracing lights from Tundra Drone, they have improved their ability to make informed responses and operate effectively in the dark, ultimately leading to safer communities and more successful outcomes.

To learn more about how Tundra Drone’s Automoving light solutions can enhance nighttime capabilities for public safety, visit Tundra Drone’s product page.


Products in use

Tundra Drone Automoving Light for DJI Mavic 3T – Tactical Responder Kit (Large Operations Kit)

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Anti-collision (STROBE) lighting

We designed the Automoving light unit to include powerful built-in anti-collision (strobe) lighting for safe and easy night flying.

Maintain visual line of sight
The powerful built-in anti-collision lighting makes it easier to maintain visual line of sight of your drone. Fly more safely and reduce the risk of drone operations at night.

Become visible to other aircrafts
Two strategically placed anti-collision (strobe) lights provide other aircraft with awareness of your drone´s presence during night.

Designed for high visibility
The green high-intensity anti-collision (strobe) lights, flashing 60 times per minute, are designed to provide high visibility from 3+ statute miles distance, for safer night flying.


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