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We’re bringing the future in sight to the entire UAS industry. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately.

Innovation at Iris Automation

A quick look at where we’re at in June 2020 by Alexander Harmsen, CEO & Cofounder Iris Automation In light of Iris Automation’s selection as a finalist for the 2020 AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards in two categories, including the top prize—XCELLENCE in Innovation, I want to share an overview of the current state of affairs and […]

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A Detailed Walk-Through of How to Obtain a BVLOS Waiver

by Trever Linn Flying Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) requires special regulatory permissions by Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) around the world, such as the Part 107 waivers issued under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), or Special Flight Operations Certificates (SFOC) from Transport Canada. These permissions are considered and issued on a case by case basis. […]

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#HelloCasia

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-avoid solution to enable Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations for autonomous […]

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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 to enable Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations for autonomous vehicles. For […]

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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. Specifically, these are 5+ feet tall, […]

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Mission:Values

By Stephanie Lacy-Price People & Communications Specialist at Iris Automation Finalizing our company values and building them into our culture is the work I’m most proud to have taken on during my time at Iris and has formed the bridge between my personal and professional lives. Values are integral to any organization, but not inevitable —  […]

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Flight Simulator: Episode 1

By Eric SchaferSimulation Architect at Iris Automation Like human pilots, artificial intelligence autopilots practice not crashing in a simulator. Having transitioned from many years of movie visual effects (crashing encouraged) at Industrial Light & Magic to simulation in the Aerospace industry (crashing frowned upon) at NASA Ames and now Iris, my expectations for simulator realism […]

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Diversity and Inclusion at Iris Automation: Q & A with the founders

CEO Alex Harmsen and CTO James Howard open up about D&I What does diversity and inclusion mean to you? Alex: To me, the single largest contribution from diversity is creative thought. Very simply, without diversity in thought, experience, culture, and background, the company would stagnate – we just wouldn’t be able to achieve our vision. James: […]

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Iris Automation Selects Robotic Skies for Aftermarket Installation and Maintenance Services

San Francisco – May 22nd, 2018: Iris Automation (www.irisonboard.com), the leading provider of collision avoidance systems for commercial drones, today announced that it has selected Robotic Skies Inc. (www.roboticskies.com) as an aftermarket installation and field maintenance partner for its line of avionics products designed for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). As part of the agreement, Robotic […]

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Iris Automation wins AUVSI’s Startup of the Year

[UPDATED: May 3rd, 2018] This month Iris was named Startup of the Year after competing as one of 5 finalists in the Startup Showdown at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL conference in Denver, Colorado. Each startup had 6 minutes to pitch their business to a panel of judges. Iris was up against strong competition, pitching our collision avoidance […]

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