Radius Networks is collecting the locations of beacons. They’re also collecting companies, announcing the purchase this week of 4DK, a provider of mobile messaging services.
On the acquisition front, the purchase is intended to expand the toolkit of services that Radius provides developers, retailers and others on the hunt for proximity services.
In the past, we’ve called Radius the Google Apps Engine for iBeacon – but this move shifts them towards something more akin to Urban Airship – a platform providing end-to-end solutions for iBeacon development and analytics.
In other news, Radius has a useful online map of beacons through their WikiBeacon site – and with 13,053 beacons identified so far, it might not provide a comprehensive list but it makes for some fun scrolling.
The challenge with tracking beacons, of course, is that it’s often only ‘beacon people’ who will install the app that detects them.
While their statistics show Singapore as the city with the most number of beacons, the fact that Washington comes in a close second might be due, in part, to the fact that Radius itself is located there – and that their staff is probably scanning for beacons as they go about their lives.
The ongoing survey is still interesting – and they encourage you to grab the Locate app to help expand its coverage.