Commercial Insights

Do you need insight into the commercial locations or activity associated with buildings?
If so, you may be:

  • A location-based marketer connecting movement data to an understanding of what is happening in a building — why are people going to a building, or what can you infer about a building based on the people who go there?
  • An insurance company attempting to understand or validate the presence of businesses within a building while underwriting a property
  • A telecom company that needs to understand what businesses are in a building to determine the value of connecting infrastructure to a building or near a building

Through any of this analysis, you may want to understand two things. First, what are the individual businesses at a location and what are their characteristics? Second, what can be said about the building based on all of the businesses that are within the building?

Business and Commercial Insight

Gaining insight into the commercial activities of a building means drawing from a wealth of information on businesses and their characteristics:  

Businesses and their Location —the foundational information for a business is its name and its location. We locate businesses to buildings using rooftop accurate geocoding, and can frequently locate the business to a specific location within the building.

Business Categorization —we provide Standard Industry Classification (SIC) codes, North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes, and extensive proprietary classification information that fully enables you to understand a business.

Ownership —businesses are either independent or part of chains. Knowing who owns a business can help you understand the attraction of a location, or the value of interacting with the business.

Business Firmographics —we have a collection of variables that help you to fully understand a business. When was the business location established? Is it a white collar firm? Is it a growing business? Is the business a green or eco-friendly business? How many people work in the business?

Contacts & Social Handles —every business relies on multiple channels, including traditional and social, to communicate about their business and attract demand. We have a full complement of contact and social handle information.

Creating Data Solutions with Commercial Information

If commercial insight and business list data are part of the solution to your business problem, our data has you covered. Get in touch with us, and let’s discuss:

  • What businesses matter to you? Every business? Just businesses that have a certain characteristic or classification?
  • What attribution matters to you? Do you need certain firmographic data, ownership information, sales data or more?
  • Do you need to analyze this information by individual business or aggregate and analyze business data rolled up to the building?
  • What geography or geographies do you care about?

We listen to your needs and curate building footprint and business data solutions that solve your business problems.

Residential Information

Residential Information

  • Single Family Home + MDUs
  • Household + Ownership
  • Age, Race + Affluence
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Physical Characteristics

Physical Characteristics

  • Building Height
  • Ground Elevation
  • Area, Stories + Year Built
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  • Geocode
  • Reverse Geocode
  • To Connect Building Footprints to Other Address-based Data
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LightBox acquires industry leader BuildingFootprintUSA™

IRVINE, CA – February 1, 2021 – LightBox, a leading provider of commercial real estate data and workflow solutions, announced the acquisition of BuildingFootprintUSA™, the premier provider of building and structure boundaries for location analytics. With this acquisition, LightBox will immediately make building footprints available to its customers.

Connecting BuildingFootprintUSA datasets to LightBox data will create the industry’s only fully integrated parcel, building structure, and property attribute datasets for comprehensive location intelligence across the commercial real estate, telecommunications, routing & logistics, and insurance markets, as well as the broader geospatial ecosystem.

“This acquisition demonstrates our ongoing commitment to innovation that serves the commercial real estate ecosystem. We’re looking to replace existing information silos with industry standard linked datasets. Our parcels and property data will now be integrated with rooftop-level geocodes, addresses, and boundaries,” said LightBox CEO, Eric Frank. “We strongly believe the future is one of connected datasets and we want to drive this change for the commercial real estate industry in the US and Canada.”

BuildingFootprintUSA was founded in 2016 in Albany, New York. The company serves customers of all size within commercial real estate, telecommunications, insurance, and mapping solutions with high-accuracy location data to facilitate accurate site selection, routing, spatial analysis and data visualization. Customers leverage building geometry, height, and ground elevation data to assist in determining potential flood risks, expanding broadband connectivity, policy planning for safety and security, and broader geospatial analytics.

“Joining LightBox gives us an exciting opportunity to grow and deliver our data and solutions to a broader segment of the commercial real estate market in the US and Canada,” said Karl Urich, founder and president of BuildingFootprintUSA. “By combining our datasets with those of LightBox, we will be able to offer the most accurate boundary, address, and geocoding dataset available.”

To learn more about how you can begin leveraging solutions that combine the best of BuildingFootprintUSA and LightBox today, please visit

LightBox is building the world’s leading real estate information and technology platform. LightBox customers comprise all types of enterprises needing authoritative real estate data and workflow solutions, including brokers, developers, investors, lenders, insurers, environmental consultants, corporations, technology companies, and valuation professionals. LightBox is backed by Silver Lake and Battery Ventures.

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At BFUSA LightBox, we develop next-generation geolocation data centered on the built environment — where people live, work, shop, and play. Our hyper-accurate building and address data helps customers make critical decisions that are highly dependent on location. Learn more about BFUSA.

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