Iris Automation

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Iris Automation is a company that develops collision avoidance technology for operating industrial drones. The Company uses 3D environmental reconstruction and machine learning to give drones the ability to detect and avoid any moving object or obstacle in their flight path. 

HQSan Francisco, US
Employee Ratings5

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Employees (est.) (Jan 2020)45

Key People/Management at Iris Automation

Alexander Harmsen

Alexander Harmsen

CEO & Co-Founder
James Howard

James Howard

CTO & Co-Founder
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Iris Automation Office Locations

Iris Automation has offices in San Francisco and Reno
San Francisco, US (HQ)
110 Sutter St #300
Reno, US
450 Sinclair St
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Iris Automation Financials and Metrics

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Iris Automation total Funding

$10 m

Iris Automation latest funding size

$8 m

Time since last funding

2 years ago

Iris Automation investors

Iris Automation's latest funding round in January 2018 was reported to be $8 m. In total, Iris Automation has raised $10 m
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Iris Automation News and Updates

Iris Automation raises $8 million to help autonomous flying machines avoid collisions

Iris Automation, a San Francisco-based startup that’s building collision avoidance systems for industrial drones and other autonomous flying machines, has closed an $8 million Series A round of funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners, with participation from Bee Partners. Founded in 2015, Y Combina…

Bessemer Venture Partners leads Series A round for Iris Automation

Iris Automation, a portfolio company of Bee Partners, has raised $8 million in Series A funding. Bessemer Venture Partners led the round with participation from Bee Partners. Vancouver, British Columbia and San Francisco-based Iris Automation Inc is an industrial drone startup.

Iris Automation raises $8M round to prevent midair drone collisions

In October, a drone narrowly missed the wing of an airliner approaching London Gatwick Airport and almost caused a collision that the pilot said could have put the passengers’ lives at risk. It’s this kind of scenario that San Francisco-based Iris Automation Inc. is working to prevent with the help …

Iris Automation Blogs

The 3-legged “Safety Stool”

The key safety principles that drive the success of the Flight Operations team at Iris Automation Iris Automation relies on the testing of our Detect and Avoid technology, Casia, through real-world field tests conducted by our Flight Operations team. The team is based in Reno, NV, but they have trav…

My Way or the Hawaii-way

How Aloha Fridays became an Iris tradition “Every revolution was first a thought in one man’s mind” — Ralph Waldo Emerson One of the most exciting things about joining an early stage start-up is the opportunity to make an impact outside of your area of expertise. For some at Iris, it’s getting invol…

Kansas approved for first Beyond Visual Line of Sight drone flight in the nation

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) received permission to conduct the first ever Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone operation in the nation leveraging only onboard detect-and-avoid systems. This is the first-ever FAA authorized operation to fly without a requirement for v…


FAA UAS Integration Pilot Program partners, including The University of Alaska Fairbanks, Iris Automation, Skyfront, Echodyne, and Alyeska Pipeline Service Company achieve milestone in drone industry FOX, Alaska (August 1, 2019) — The University of Alaska’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilo…

Introducing our newest Iris board member⁠—Scott Smith

We’re thrilled to announce we’ve brought Scott Smith on board as an Independent Director to the company board!  Scott brings a remarkable background to the team and company. He began his career at Lockheed, went on to found his own successful aerospace startup, and was most recently the COO at Iridi…

The Journey to Casia: Part One

by Zack Goyetche, Electrical Engineer at Iris Automation As an electrical engineer who is obsessed with creating the physical, I delightedly jumped at the opportunity to design and build hardware for Iris Automation when it presented itself one year ago. This opportunity was unique in that I would s…
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Iris Automation Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was Iris Automation founded?

    Iris Automation was founded in 2015.

  • Who are Iris Automation key executives?

    Iris Automation's key executives are Alexander Harmsen and James Howard.

  • How many employees does Iris Automation have?

    Iris Automation has 45 employees.

  • Who are Iris Automation competitors?

    Competitors of Iris Automation include Insightness, Percepto and Nirenberg Neuroscience.

  • Where is Iris Automation headquarters?

    Iris Automation headquarters is located at 110 Sutter St #300, San Francisco.

  • Where are Iris Automation offices?

    Iris Automation has offices in San Francisco and Reno.

  • How many offices does Iris Automation have?

    Iris Automation has 2 offices.