Rako intros new wireless Hub and wall plates at ISE 2019

posted on Wednesday, 30th January 2019 by Steve May

Rako  Lighting Control  lighting Design  ISE 2019 

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Light specialist Rako has confirmed a number of new products for ISE 2019.  

The new Rako Hub features an all new design, and builds on the feature set of current Rako ethernet bridges and Cloud Gateway. In addition to IP control for third party systems from Elan, RTI, Control4 and Savant, an astronomic time clock can be used to trigger Calendar based events. There is also integration with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and GoogleHome. The unit also support audio control for Sonos and Systemline7.

The new desktop design means integrators now have the option to show the unit, or wall mount out of view. The new HUB will be available in two versions, wireless or wired, the latter featuring a high speed RACOM RJ11 port.

Rako will also be showing visitors to its ISE booth a new range of modular push button wall plates. The ground-up redesign enables flexible button configurations, LED illumination and plate finishes. Three button sizes allow for a variety of layouts, from a simple on/off and fade, to a mixture of lighting, curtain/blind and audio selections.

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Rako Modular Keypads 2019 Crop

Rako says the new design will also allow for premium materials to be used, like quartz and glass. Surrounds can be machined from virtually any solid material, creating options for interior designers to create bespoke wall switches. Available in both Rako NFC wireless and wired versions, the new controllers are configured using the now familiar RASOFTpro programming software.

There will also be a new flush metallic range of keypads, built around an all metal screwless flush facia design. A collaboration between Rako and their Indian distributor Vinshek, the range offers specifiers a clean uncluttered look for their projects. Six configurable metallic buttons offer scene, curtain/blind and audio control options.

Rako has also announced a number of performance updates, including 10-bit dimming accuracy. This is said to eliminate the ‘shimmer’ commonly experienced when LED lamps are fading between levels. All its RMT, WMT and RLED dimmer units will now feature this technology.

Google Home and Apple HomeKit support have now been added to the Rako Cloud Gateway.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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