Based in Albany, NY, the four BuildingFootprintUSA™™ founders bring over 100 years of geospatial and data solution experience to the company and to our customers. We think about geospatial data all of the time – envisioning, designing, building, selling and supporting data solutions that we can provide to our customers.

How did we get started?
We had an idea – high accuracy geospatial data would be a great addition to the Mobile AdTech toolkit. Mobile AdTech companies needed a more accurate way to take trace data coming off of devices and turn it into context. We created our first product and released it — instant Mobile AdTech customers!

However the more exciting thing was that a Telco company came along — and then an Insurance company — and then a Utility company — and they all asked the same question —
“Can we use your data to solve our spatial problems better?”



First product release for the USA, focused on Mobile AdTech

First addressed product release for the USA



Signed up our first Insurance industry client

Signed up our first Telco industry client

Became an Esri Startup Partner

Released our first Canadian product



Added to our data solutions portfolio by partnering with Infogroup and an assessor data company

Our first webinar with Directions Magazine

Moved into our office space in Albany, in Great Oaks Offices

Made numerous trips to Target for office furniture, Price Chopper for food, Via Fresca for pizza

Signed up our first data reseller and value added partner



Joined StartupNY

Our second webinar with Directions Magazine

Our first time exhibiting at a conference! Esri UC 2019

Signed up our 5th data reseller and partner

Moved into our new office at 1 Winners Circle

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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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