ABI Research said that in the third quarter of this year some big names bought into the technology.
Those include McDonalds, Carrefour, IKEA, Pizza Hut, and H&M.
Another trend leading to their use is that Group, Facebook and Google are bringing their beacon strategies to market.
Patrick Connolly, a principal analyst at ABI, said that most vendors are shipping multiple contracts in the 10s of thousands.
There’s evidence of a strong push for the beacons in India too, he said. InteractionOne has just deployed a 1,000 beacon network.
Applications straddle more than 20 vertical markts including industrial, vending, hospitals and airports.