Public Sector

Building footprint data — comprehensive GIS data describing buildings for every jurisdictional level — can be a critical element to geospatial analysis across the public sector.

You can use our data regardless of your government level — cities, counties, regions, states and federal — to solve problems in planning, public works, law enforcement, emergency management and more.

Whether planning for a natural disaster or reacting to a disaster, you need to understand the precise locations or structures and have access to complete and updated addressing to model and assess the disaster’s impact. Critical to your organization’s analysis is an accounting of the population, prevalent construction materials, building types, and other attributes. You will need to know the ground elevation for each structure for comparison to flood and storm surge predictions.

Accurate data drives safety-minded decisions

When deploying personnel, you need to understand what’s near a targeted building or address, who owns the building, what is inside the building, and connect your organizational data to high accuracy building data. This can help law enforcement assess potential risks during surveillance, capture and rescue operations.

Questions you can answer with high accuracy data

Where do building structures impede access points for an emergency vehicle?

Where can repair crews access a facility running on an easement across a piece of property?

What will the cost be for large scale projects?

All public safety and public works applications benefit when richer data influences the decision making.

Urban and city planning, whether at the micro or macro level, is one of the most data intensive exercises in GIS

Knowing where structures already exist on property can help to identify minimum distances required from houses and property lines. Building footprint data assists in siting infrastructure that requires high accuracy, while identifying potential location constraints. With advanced 3D toolsets, planners can use height-enabled building footprint data to understand viewsheds, line of sight, shadow modeling or more for both existing and planned infrastructure.

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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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