This is according to a quarterly report from Proxbook, by Unacast. Previous predictions from others were around 60 million, so this is quite the exciting jump they are predicting. And according to Proxbook, who does a great job of tracking the beacon industry with their directory, beacons are certainly on the move.
Currently, they count about 4 million beacons that are deployed worldwide. According to Proxbook, there are 19 verticals. The great variety of possibilities with beacons should lead to significant expansion. Competition is heating up – especially in Europe where they have seen the most growth. They believe that 2016 will be the tipping point for beacons – from testing to full-on commercial implementation.
You can download the full report on Proxbook.