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Drones Can Help Delaware Farmers, Other Industries

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A drone on display at DelTech where a local drone company showed students around future uses of drone technology. (Photo: WBOC) A drone on display at DelTech where a local drone company showed students around future uses of drone technology. (Photo: WBOC)
Drones on display at DelTech where students explored Monday the future of drone technology for Delaware. (Photo: WBOC) Drones on display at DelTech where students explored Monday the future of drone technology for Delaware. (Photo: WBOC)
Drones that can be controlled by an iPhone app because of new drone technology. (Photo: WBOC) Drones that can be controlled by an iPhone app because of new drone technology. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del.- A buzzing new industry is making its way to Delaware, and it's ready to soar.

Drones made their way to the Delaware Technical and Community College's Terry Campus in Dover on Monday as technology companies showed students new ways they can be used.

As it pertains to Delaware, farmers can benefit greatly from the use of drones, according to Mark Ryan of Ryan Media in Lewes.

"[Farmers] can guide their equipment, move resources, chemicals, etc. in a much smarter way so they grow more food at a much lower cost," he said.

Ryan told a room of DelTech students, faculty and staff about his company's initiative with a drone navigation program.

He said Ryan Media has developed a system that allows businesses to fly drones within Federal Aviation Administration regulations and without causing problems with airplanes above.

Currently, drones can be bought and used for private use. According to Ryan Media, companies looking to use them for commercial use need to do so within FAA legal guidelines.

Jerrod Bates, who is an instructor of information security at DelTech, said some of the drones can be controlled with something as accessible as an iPhone app.

"You pick [the settings], tell is what angle flight you want to do, hit go," he said. "Put the phone in your pocket, and then the drone just follows your phone."

There are still a lot of questions about who and what drones can be used for, but their original intent is clear.

"They let us see what a bird can see from the sky," said Ryan. "That advantage is enormous not just for videography and for photography but also for data gathering."

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