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.) (Oct 2020)51(-5%)
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, 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

3 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 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.

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 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…

Soft Landing: Coming Out On Top

How I came out as trans while a business leader in tech It’s the middle of June, late in the morning when the summer fog starts to burn off and concede to the California sunshine filtering softly through the window. I’m sitting across from Alex, my boss and CEO of the company I moved to […]


Meet Casia, our Detect and Avoid system for BVLOS operations May 2019 marked one of the hugest accomplishments in Iris Automation’s history to date — launching Casia, the product we’ve been working towards since our inception. Casia is the first commercially available computer vision detect-and-avoi…

Iris Automation announces Casia, the first turnkey collision-avoidance solution for the commercial drone industry

Providing the “eyes and brain” for drones, software enables missions beyond visual line of sight SAN FRANCISCO — Iris Automation, an artificial intelligence and safety avionics company, today announced the launch of Casia – the first commercially available computer vision detect-and-avoid solution t…

A Look Inside the Iris Reno Office

By Taylor Westerman In the midtown area of the ‘Biggest Little City’ sits the University of Nevada, Reno’s Innevation Center. Today I’m excited to take you on a tour of our Reno office and perhaps in doing so will have you asking, “where can I sign up?” Four months ago I moved to Reno and […]

Educational Robotics, Iris, and You

A story about learning through teaching by Katie Widen Imagine walking into a basketball stadium or a high school gym — the bleachers are packed with students and adults in groups of the same tee-shirt, and they are cheering, gasping, and intently focused on the spectacle in front of them: robots. 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 51 employees.

  • Who are Iris Automation competitors?

    Competitors of Iris Automation include Near Earth Autonomy, Ception 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.