No sooner has Andy Tatton achieved his Crestron Certified Programmer status, which opens the door to the exclusive Crestron Master Programmers programme, but Oliver Hall has been awarded Silver Masters' status. Until this year, Silver status was awarded to those master programmers who had attended the invitation-only annual Masters' Training held at Crestron's regional headquarters 3 times. There is now an additional test requirement where the candidate's programming and design skills are put to the test along with product knowledge of Crestron hardware and software tools to ensure that those awarded Silver status are keeping up with the fast pace of Crestron's evolving technology.
Oliver's test required him to demonstrate a thorough understanding of Crestron's new integrated development platform - "Studio" - and the revolutionary new Smart Graphics user interface elements. Of course, given that we're developing unique and innovative Smart Graphics controls ourselves, this wasn't too much of a challenge. Our analogue clock is already very popular and we'll have a number of other fully theme-able controls available in the near future.
Crestron Master Programmers are also expected to play an active part in Crestron's product development cycle and we're continuing to develop stronger links with the European HQ in Belgium and Crestron HQ in New Jersey as the most active contributor to the Smart Graphics development labs.