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, CA, US
Employee Ratings5

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Employees (est.) (Jul 2021)51(-1%)
Cybersecurity ratingAMore

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, CA, US (HQ)
110 Sutter St #300
Reno, NV, US
450 Sinclair St
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Iris Automation Financials and Metrics

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Iris Automation total Funding

$23 m

Iris Automation latest funding size

$13 m

Time since last funding

8 months ago

Iris Automation investors

Iris Automation's latest funding round in December 2020 was reported to be $13 m. In total, Iris Automation has raised $23 m
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Iris Automation News and Updates

Iris Automation Launches Canada Pathfinder Program to Advance Commercial Drone Operations Readiness, Approvals

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Recognizing the challenges organizations face advancing commercial drone services to perform long distance and remotely piloted missions, Iris Automation has launched the Canada Pathfinder Program, an all-in-one solution to streamline the...

Iris Automation joins World Economic Forum's Global Innovators Community

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Iris Automation has been invited to join the World Economic Forum's Global Innovators community, an invitation-only group of the world's most promising start-ups and scale-ups that are at the forefront of ethical technological and business model...

Iris Automation Announces First Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) Drone Waiver In South Africa

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Iris Automation today announced that customer United Drone Holdings (UDH) has been granted the first BVLOS flight approval by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) to conduct long-range commercial flights with vertical take-off and...

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.
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Iris Automation Blogs

How Drones are Impacting Land Mine Reduction Globally

The problem In the 1980’s, over a million PFM-1 land mines were dropped into Afghanistan during the Soviet-Afghan War. These land mines have green ‘wings’ that allow them to flutter to the ground, easily detonate, and are mostly made of green plastic, making them both attractive to children and diff…

FAA Selects Iris Automation to Participate on New BVLOS Aviation Rulemaking Committee

Compliments BEYOND program with further industry, regulator collaboration for safe deployment of unmanned aircraft systems in national airspace San Francisco, Calif. (June 11, 2021) – Iris Automation has been selected by the Federal Aviation Administration to participate in the FAA’s BVLOS ARC (Avia…

Iris Automation Recognized for Aviation Excellence, Gives Back to Reno

by Mark Genung, VP of Operations at Iris Automation We’re thrilled to announce that Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NCET) recently named Iris Automation the 2021 winner of “Aerospace Company of the Year” in their annual NCET Tech Awards. This is another huge honor from NCET foll…

Unified Surveillance: The Comprehensive Detect-and-Avoid Solution

An edited version of this article was originally published on on June 1, 2021. Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) will enable repeatable, scalable and regularized operations. Detect-and-Avoid (DAA) technologies, in turn, enable BVLOS ops. The…

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The Complete Pocket Primer on Spain’s Drone Laws

Spain offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. As such, it is a top destination for vacationers who love flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). From Mulhacén Mountain in the south to the beaches on the island Majorca in the Mediterranean, Spain has it all—and then some. The country…
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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 51 employees.

  • Who are Iris Automation competitors?

    Competitors of Iris Automation include Third Insight, Avision and Near Earth Autonomy.

  • 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.