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Footmarks Talks Strategy, Funding & the Future

This week was a big week for Footmarks. After many months of fundraising, we’re thrilled to announce we closed our seed round at just over $1.85 million, with funds coming from several strategic investors. To mark this significant milestone, we sat down with Footmarks’ President, Todd Paris, to ask about Footmarks’ recent industry moves, new company hires, and what the team plans to do with the new investment. Footmarks Blog: The market for location analytics has evolved in recent months: Apple’s iOS8 put the kibosh on WiFi tracking, Apple Pay has given new life to NFC, and a few well-publicized beacon deployments have helped educate the public, mobile agencies, and a wide-range of industry verticals as to the potential of BLE technology. What do you think the market is looking for currently? Todd: I look at the market from two perspectives – enterprise and consumer.  For consumers we talk about…

5 Questions for Beacon Providers, Answered

Last week, TechCrunch – via inMarket’s Mark DiPaola – suggested 5 important questions retailers should pose to beacon providers “before [they] beacon.” Because, as he writes, “there have been plenty of exciting announcements touting beacons in 2014, and enormous interest in the field,” we thought we’d use this opportunity at Footmarks to allay any “confusion about how to use these devices at scale.” So – here’s those 5 questions for beacon providers, answered by Footmarks – an end-to-end platform, boasting secure and reliable patent-pending hardware and an innovative and intuitive experience platform. 1. Which apps do these beacons work with, and how many people use those apps? Footmarks’ SDK gets built into our clients’ existing apps to bring location intelligence to the client-end user relationship and enhance the app’s utility for both client and end user. As DiPaola correctly points out, the larger the app network in place, the greater…

Beacon State of Mind: Our Vision for NYC

At Footmarks, we believe bringing digital intelligence to physical spaces will usher a golden age of retail. But we also know beacon technology — free from connectivity concerns and the battery-draining shortcomings of GPS — has wide application beyond the realm of commerce. In fact, we think some of the most exciting uses of beacons today are those that improve urban living and enable smarter cities. Beacons, which use Bluetooth Low Energy to send and receive signals, are just as effective indoors as out, and afford connections between the physical world and the digital world with an unprecedented level of granularity. We’re particularly eager for our new hometown of New York City to embrace beacon technology, and so the Footmarks team has been busy brainstorming ways in which beacons could provide transformative experiences for New Yorkers, as well as groundbreaking improvements in city governance. Here are 7 verticals in which beacons could have an impact right…

As the iBeacon™ Gospel Spreads, Security becomes the Focus:

In light of Apple’s new iBeacon™ specification and MFi certification program, both implemented early last week, we thought we’d take the opportunity to highlight Footmarks’ patent-pending security features. The Footmarks secure solution remains compatible with the iBeacon and SIG standards, but provide retailers with complete control over their customers’ in store experiences. Following massive data breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus Group and a handful of other retailers at the end of last year, security has fast become the industry buzzword for 2014. Just this past weekend, Sears Holdings Corp., the multinational department store chain, announced an investigation into its own possible security breach, and the company is now one of many trying to build back consumer trust and goodwill. While credit card-related breaches have plagued retailers for years, the issue of beacon security is much newer, and comes with its own set of concerns. Beacons present much less of a…

“Smart Lighting” vs. Beacons: Footmarks Dives Into The Debate

When it comes to the development of micro-location solutions, there have been no shortage of technologies around which developers have rallied. From old-school GPS and NFC, to Bluetooth Low Energy and the rise of scalably deployable beacons, the question is not if we’ll successfully deliver contextual digital content and analytics to physical spaces, but how. Philips grabbed headlines early last week, with its announcement of an “intelligent LED in-store lighting” system the company is piloting at a retailer in Düsseldorf. The lighting unit uses visual light communication (VLC) to enable LED fixtures to relay location and product information to smartphones via a companion app (much in the way beacons use BLE). Philips has yet to reveal what technology it’s using for communication, or what devices are compatible, but coverage in the Verge for one, considers lighting and beacon technology a “surprisingly logical” pairing (albeit while questioning its cost effectiveness). Doug Thompson, over…