@Garcia: Atmel AVR based design tools are free and very complete too!! -- I'm sure you can use it over the Arduino boards
I haven; tused them, but my understanding is that you are correct -- the Atmel tools can be used to program the Arduino ... on the other hand, the Arduino IDE is 100% geared up to the Arduino, so why not stick with that?
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.