We are creating safer and smarter Communities through Human-Centric AI Technologies.
Our Mandate:
Applying AI technologies to connect and empower communities.

IRIS Research & Development is determined to bring together communities, spark creativity and foster innovation and collaboration in solving Smart City & Municipal challenges. We believe that by leveraging existing city assets, V2X (Vehicle to Everything) IoT and open data - we can create AI-Enabled Data Points and Next-Generation Applications that solve community problems and barriers to progress, save operational and capital expenses, create opportunities and jobs, and help further Ontario’s innovation ecosystem through applied research collaborations, early adopter test pilots and commercialization of ground breaking, Canadian owned solutions in the Global market.

Our Team

Driven for Meaningful Impact

Emil Sylvester Ramos, AMBA


Emil is a serial entrepreneur and a newcomer to Canada with ambitious goals to transform how municipalities collect and use data and is on a mission of creating safer and smarter Canadian communities. Emil has extensive related experience having previously founded a specialized slope protection company and a geotechnical testing and inspection company.

David J. Keaney, CPA, CA, BCOMM


David has over 25 years of senior financial experience within the financial services industry. He has held Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer positions for one of Canada’s largest banking insurance groups, and other international Fortune 100 companies.

David Moody, MS.CS.


Over the past 25 years, David has led technology development within Internet-based companies of every size and stage of development, from early stage startups to multinational organizations. His expertise is in building sustainable, long-term solutions with the flexibility to meet the rapidly evolving technology landscape.

Tom Bering, PH.D

Lead IoT Engineer

Over the past 30 years, Tom has implemented new process control, monitoring and Internet based technologies in many applications. PhD thesis was in large- scale multivariate data analysis to diagnose production and measurement issues in high-volume automotive applications, including machine vision systems. He resolves the electrical, mechanical and software challenges in high-volume data analysis and measurement applications.

Samuel Dias, P.Eng

Civil Engineer & Pavement Lead

A design and construction professional with more than twenty years of solid experience in infrastructure project management and construction

Thiago Borges

Civil Design Engineer

Construction professional with more than ten years of solid experience in large and complex engineering projects.

Hendrik Nommik, BS.C

GIS Lead

Hendrik has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography at The University of Calgary with more than 15 years in the GIS and technology sector with significant experience with large data sets for Utility, Forestry, Teranet and other government departments. Specializing in GIS software such as ESRI, FME, QGIS, and MicroStation.

Kevin Xia, BS.CS

AI Scientist

Bachelor of Computer Science in Artificial Intelligence at Concordia University with significant experience in a number of technologies such as Tensor Flow, Cuda, Caffe, Keras, Torch, Accord.NET, Spark MLlib, Django, C++, JAVA; C#, Javascript, Python, PHP, OpenGL, Unity, React, and React-native.

Brian Keaney, Executive Director

Business Development

An experienced senior executive director with many years of business growth, partnership and relationship development.

CEO Emil Sylvester Ramos and IRIS Team wins the 2019 Lions Lair 3 month competition.

IRIS Team piloting IoT technology around Downtown Toronto while transmitting low latency, high fidelity data using Toronto’s first 5G antenna.

The IRIS team with Mark Steffler, Manager, Innovation and Partnerships, Burlington Economic Development, Anita Cassidy, Acting Executive Director, Burlington Economic Development; Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward; Kevin Xia, Full Stack Developer, IRIS R&D; Mohammed Patla, Full Stack Developer, IRIS R&D

IRIS Team at IoT Driving Dreams showcase hosted by the City of Brampton and sponsored by RIC Centre, GEOTAB and Arrow Electronics.


Media Content and Client Testimonials


  • Our irisGO™ data collection device never collects private information
  • Privacy information such as faces, cars and bikes are redacted at source and is never collected

New technologies promise to help municipalities better manage urban environments and deliver services in a more effective and efficient way. They can help to make communities more liveable, sustainable, and fair. Many involve the collection and use of large amounts of information, including personal information. Cities or municipalities that use these connected technologies are often described as “smart cities.”

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) provides independent oversight of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). This act protects the privacy of personal information by setting rules for its collection, use and disclosure by municipalities and municipal institutions. These rules also give individuals the right to access their own personal information.

IRIS R&D Group is MFIPPA compliant.