IoT in general has taken off quickly over the past few years, but experts at the recent IoT World highlighted that the enterprise part of the market has been particularly robust of late \u2013 it\u2019s not just an explosion of connected home gadgets anymore.\nDonna Moore, chairwoman of the LoRa Alliance, an industry group that works to develop and scale low-power WAN technology for mass usage, said on a panel that she\u2019s never seen growth this fast in the sector. \u201cI\u2019d say we\u2019re now in the early mass adopters [stage],\u201d she said.\n\n\u00a0The technology itself has pushed adoption to these heights, said Graham Trickey, head of IoT for the GSMA, a trade organization for mobile network operators. Along with price drops for wireless connectivity modules, the array of upcoming technologies nestling under the umbrella label of 5G could simplify the process of connecting devices to edge-computing hardware \u2013 and the edge to the cloud or data center.\n\u201cMobile operators are not just providers of connectivity now, they\u2019re farther up the stack,\u201d he said. Technologies like narrow-band IoT and support for highly demanding applications like telehealth are all set to be part of the final 5G spec.\nPartnerships needed to deal with IoT complexity\nThat\u2019s not to imply that there aren\u2019t still huge tasks facing both companies trying to implement their own IoT frameworks and the creators of the technology underpinning them. For one thing, IoT tech requires a huge array of different sets of specialized knowledge.\n\u201cThat means partnerships, because you need an expert in your [vertical] area to know what you\u2019re looking for, you need an expert in communications, and you might need a systems integrator,\u201d said Trickey.\nPhil Beecher, the president and CEO of the Wi-SUN Alliance (the acronym stands for Smart Ubiquitous Networks, and the group is heavily focused on IoT for the utility sector), concurred with that, arguing that broad ecosystems of different technologies and different partners would be needed. \u201cThere\u2019s no one technology that\u2019s going to solve all these problems, no matter how much some parties might push it,\u201d he said.\nOne of the central problems \u2013 IoT security \u2013 is particularly dear to Beecher\u2019s heart, given the consequences of successful hacks of the electrical grid or other utilities. More than one panelist praised the passage of the EU\u2019s General Data Protection Regulation, saying that it offered concrete guidelines for entities developing IoT tech \u2013 a crucial consideration for some companies that may not have a lot of in-house expertise in that area.