New Kordz SlimCat™, a Complete One-of-a-Kind Network Cable System that Delivers All the Power of Category 6 in Half the Size

Kordz’s new SlimCat™ line features Category 6 Ethernet cable that’s skinnier than others, along with matching crimp connectors and keystone sockets.    

Hong Kong, China; Barcelona, Spain (January 31, 2023)Backed by 20 years of global manufacturing experience and deep knowledge of the systems integration industry, multi-award-winning professional-grade cabling manufacturer Kordz understands what systems integrators need to design and install robust, reliable networks quickly and efficiently. Its latest innovation, SlimCat™, comprises bulk-reducing 4mm diameter Category 6 cable, and specially designed RJ45 crimp connectors and RJ45 keystone sockets for robust, compact end-to-end connectivity.  

A one-of-a-kind cabling solution developed to streamline installation in smaller spaces or where retrofitting cable is difficult, SlimCat™ fills a void in the industry while supporting 100W PoE++ and delivering 1Gbps network connectivity up to 50 meters. Illustrating the company’s strong belief in the value of robustness, the new SlimCat™ system incorporates Kordz’s 2000-cycle latch, the same one used in the patented connector in Kordz’s popular patch cords. 

“For some projects, standard Category 6 cable is too bulky to install easily and discretely. Structured cabling is a mature and saturated market, so we decided to approach the category differently by developing a complete Category 6 networking system of products that takes up significantly less space to reach areas that other cabling solutions can’t,” says James Chen, Kordz Managing Director. “The diameter of the unshielded 28AWG SlimCat™ cable is half the size of 23AWG and 24AWG network cable, highly flexible with a 32mm bend radius, and when paired with the SlimCat™ Keystone RJ45 Socket, performs to ANSI/TIA-58.2-D Category 6 permanent link standards up to 50 meters. As always, systems integrators can rely on the Kordz promise of ‘Connectivity Assured.’” 

The SlimCat™ system comes with a lifetime warranty and complies with both EU and US fire rating standards. Components are conveniently packaged in standard lengths in an easily identifiable Reel-in-Box.  

Components included in the SlimCat™ line include: 

  • PRO SlimCat™ Category 6 U/UTP Network Cable 
  • PRO SlimCat™ Category 6 RJ45 Crimp Connector 
  • PRO SlimCat™ RJ45 Strain Relief 
  • PRO SlimCat™ Keystone RJ45 Socket 

Like all Kordz products, each component of the SlimCat™ system has been individually tested during each phase of production for quality assurance and adheres to the latest performance standards and fire ratings.  

Kordz will debut its new SlimCat™ Category 6 cabling system and showcase its other innovative connectivity solutions during ISE 2023 in stand #2F450. There, show attendees can partake in the company’s 20th birthday celebration and systems integrators are invited to take ‘The Terminator’ cable termination challenge for their chance to win a variety of prizes. To learn more about Kordz’s premium professional-grade cabling, please visit www.kordz.com. 

About Kordz
Kordz’s professional-grade products are designed, engineered, and constructed to enable industry partners to focus on the big picture, not the little hurdles. The company’s extensive line of robust, fast, and effective cabling and networking components deliver the seamless interoperability and digital experiences today’s tech-savvy end-users expect and dramatically simplify deployment for systems integrators. By offering a wide range of professional cabling solutions backed by expert technical support, Kordz helps systems integrators around the globe meet the evolving cabling requirements of a wide range of residential and commercial environments. For more information about Kordz, please visit kordz.com and follow the company @kordzglobal on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube 

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Kordz Leads Next – Generation Cat6 and Cat6a Networking with New 28AWG Cable and Professional Briefing

Kordz delivers the products and support systems integrators need to advance their Cat6 networking projects with faster, easier installs and top-notch performance.   

Hong Kong, China; Barcelona, Spain (January 31, 2023) – Dedicated to providing systems integrators with the premium cabling products, tools, and support they need to deliver exceptional connectivity to their customers, Kordz has developed a comprehensive, insightful Professional Briefing on the history, evolution, recommended practices, and growing use cases of 28AWG Cat6 and Cat6a cable in computer networks. Particularly helpful to integrators faced with fitting cable through tight spaces and challenging retrofit situations, the thinner, more flexible form factor of 28AWG cable offers greater installation ease than bulkier traditional 23 and 24AWG cable. The paper, Kordz Professional Briefing: The Application of 28 AWG Category 6 and 6a Cable for Small and Medium Sized Networks, is available to systems integrators at https://www.kordz.com/whitepapers/. Replete with fresh, relevant content, it provides integrators with a strong working knowledge of 28AWG cable that can be applied to current and future small to mid-sized networking projects. The Professional Briefing also details Kordz’s new Cat6 28AWG networking solution, PRO SlimCat™, as a turnkey system for fast, reliable end-to-end connectivity that meets all current networking standards and is PoE++ compliant up to 50 metres.  

“Computer networks have come a long way since their inception in the late ‘70s. Network cable technology has progressed along the way, leading us to the next generation of Cat6 and Cat6a cable — a 28AWG solution that delivers all the advanced performance required of today’s users in a thinner, more flexible cable that’s easier to handle and install,” says James Chen, Kordz Managing Director. “Systems integrators looking to stay ahead of the technological curve should embrace new 28AWG as a viable alternative to their standard network cable. Our PRO SlimCat™ line coupled with our informative Professional Briefing gives them all the knowledge and tools they need to progress their skills and offerings to the latest generation of Cat6 cable.”  

As outlined in the Professional Briefing, utilizing thin, flexible 28AWG Cat6 cable can simplify installation in high-density equipment racks, tight bend radiuses, and cramped wall spaces. Despite being half the size of other Cat6 cable, it supports the data rates and bandwidth requirements of current networking standards. Discussed are 28AWG solutions including Kordz PRO and PRS Patch Cords, as well as its new PRO SlimCat™ system.  

About PRO SlimCat™ Cat6 System
Kordz’s latest innovation, PRO SlimCat™, comprises bulk-reducing 4mm diameter 28AWG Cat6 cable and specially designed RJ45 crimp connectors and RJ45 keystone sockets for robust, compact end-to-end connectivity. Simplifying retrofit installation, the thin, flexible cable fills a void in the industry while supporting 100W PoE++ and delivering 1Gbps network connectivity up to 50 metres. The PRO SlimCat™ system comes with a lifetime warranty and complies with both EU and US fire rating standards. Components are conveniently packaged in standard lengths in an easily identifiable Reel-in-Box. Like all Kordz products, each component of the PRO SlimCat™ system has been individually tested during each phase of production for quality assurance and adheres to the latest performance standards and fire ratings. For more information about the Kordz PRO SlimCat line of products, please visit www.kordz.com/new-from-kordz. 

 

Where to See Kordz at ISE 2023
ISE 2023 attendees can visit Kordz at Stand #2F450 to learn more about its range of high-performance, installation-friendly, professional-grade cabling solutions, including the debut of PRO SlimCat™, an all-new line of 28AWG Cat6 networking components that deliver all the power in half the size. While at the exhibit, integrators can also take “The Terminator” cable challenge for a chance to win a variety or prizes and stick around for Kordz’s 20th Birthday celebrations. To learn more about Kordz’s premium professional-grade cabling, please visit www.kordz.com 

About Kordz
Kordz’s professional-grade products are designed, engineered and constructed to enable industry partners to focus on the big picture, not the little hurdles. The company’s extensive line of robust, fast and effective cabling and networking components deliver the seamless interoperability and digital experiences today’s tech-savvy end-users expect and dramatically simplify deployment for systems integrators. By offering a wide range of professional cabling solutions backed by expert technical support, Kordz helps systems integrators around the globe meet the evolving cabling requirements of a wide range of residential and commercial environments. For more information about Kordz, please visit kordz.com and follow the company @kordzglobal on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube 

Media Contact
For interviews, reviews, and more information please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications at +1-425-328-8640 or katye@kmbcomm.com 

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CES 2023 – It’s Alive and Well, With Practical Innovation Galore

CES 2023 was alive and well: It was clear from the moment I deplaned and made my way to the CES 2023 badge pickup at the Harry Reid International Airport. After being absent from this particular trade show for the past eight years or so, the upbeat vibe was a nice surprise. The line to pick up my media badge, although long, was ridiculously fast. The CES organizers were ready! It was the same quick and easy experience, despite a fairly packed crowd of eager attendees, getting onto the show floor. Even more impressive, especially coming off a rough couple of years, people were polite, friendly, and patient—even in the unbelievably frustrating taxi queue. The vibe was positive, the energy invigorating, the trade show traffic intense but rarely congested, and the organization, and management stellar. 

Given that I had only one day to explore CES 2023, I choose to focus on the exhibits at the Venetian, where smart home technologies dominated. I’m glad I did! It was a treasure trove of technologies that simply make sense. Sure, there was plenty of CES’s standard fare of conceptual, pie-in-the-sky products that likely won’t go mainstream. The level of design and engineering that go into them were enough to warrant a “drive-by,” as we journalists like to call it. You stop long enough at the booth to get the basic gist and quickly move on to the meat, which for me are technologies that provide real tangible benefits, are within the financial reach of most people (with a few exceptions), and the real clincher—are available NOW or very soon. These were the technologies that gave me pause as I envisioned how they could make my own life simpler and safer. Here are a few of my favorites:

Rachio Smart Hose Timer

I was lucky. When I bought my old farmhouse four years ago, the landscape around it was fed water from a drip irrigation system. Unfortunately, this modern convenience didn’t last long. In my haste to rip out overgrown bushes, I destroyed the line and was back to old-fashioned hand-watering with a hose and messing with finicky sprinkler attachments. Rachio’s Smart Hose Timer takes the tedium out of lawn and landscape maintenance for folks like me who don’t want to invest in a traditional irrigation system. The Rachio Smart Hose is super easy to install, super affordable at $99, and does a far better job of keeping the vegetation green than other options. Even better, it curbs water usage, sending a drink only when plants need it, saving money. The Smart Hose Timer attaches to an outdoor faucet where it receives instructions via Wi-Fi from the free Rachio mobile app. The app carries out customized watering schedules; when it rains, the Smart Hose Time skips the watering cycle. Learn more here: rachio.com.

Masonite M-Pwr Smart Door

I love it when “everything is included.” Masonite tapped into my mindset by developing a smart door equipped with all the appropriate technology—a Ring Video Doorbell, Yale Door Lock, and LED welcome lights. A turnkey solution, the first-of-its-kind M-Pwr Smart Door installs like any other door except that you’ll need an electrician to wire it in. At first, this extra step might be a turn-off to some people, but it’s actually a great benefit. The doorbell, lock, and lights are all powered via electricity, so there are no batteries to worry about. Even if the power goes out, the M-Pwr Smart Door remains operational; an emergency backup battery can sustain system power for up to 24 hours. A companion app lets you program and control the motion-activated LED lights and confirm whether the door is open or closed. Masonite made sure to combine beauty with the M-Pwr’s brains. It’s a premium beautifully built and designed door that comes in a variety of styles, colors, and finishes. If you’re building or in the market for a new exterior door, be sure to check out the M-Pwr Smart Door at The Home Depot. Learn more here: residential.masonite.com/product/exterior-doors/smart

Kohler Sprig Shower Infusion System

I love to treat myself to a spa day, but rarely do I have the time to indulge. The Sprig from Kohler lets anyone in need of a little pampering, to bring some of the spa experience into their homes with ease, without busting the budget or eating into a busy schedule. In the time it takes to shower, the Sprig, which retrofits onto an existing showerhead, infuses the water stream with a scent of your choice. A variety of infusion pods are available; you simply place a pod in the integrated basket, turn on the water, and breathe in. At $139, the Sprig is a small price to pay to enjoy a spa-like atmosphere every time you step into the shower. Learn more here: http://stepintosprig.com/

Capitalizing on New Concepts

Rachio wasn’t the only manufacturer focused on trouble-free, efficient lawn maintenance at CES 2023; nor was Masonite the only company debuting technology gears toward exterior doors. Kohler, too, wasn’t the only health-and-wellness game in town with its spa-like technologies. The market trends in 2023 seemed to be leaning toward security, conservation, and plumbing. For systems integrators looking to expand and broaden their offerings, these three categories would be great places to start. For brands in the CI space, CES should be on your radar as, in my opinion, it’s more relevant now, than ever.

Looking Forward: The Home Tech Expo in SoCal, October 2023

As I returned home I learned that Mark Cichowski—who created and grew the popular Technology & Business Summits that CEDIA acquired in 2018—is announcing a new event designed for consumers, The Home Tech Expo, happening Friday, October 20, and Saturday, October 21, 2023, at the  ​Orange County Fairgrounds & Event Center in Southern California. While not on the same level as CES, by any means, The Home Tech Expo “will showcase real-world home technology in an in-person format that allows consumers to see, touch, and experience technology like traditional, custom integration AV as well as lighting, smart appliances, electric vehicles, wellness, outdoor entertainment, fitness tech, and more firsthand.” The consumer-facing approach of this new event will certainly help bridge the gap between mainstream technology and the specialty work done in the custom installation channel. I can’t wait to check it out! Learn more here: thehometechexpo.com

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Digital Projection International Debut s Unique Two – Piece Projector Design for Greater Installation Flexibility, Maintenance and Upgrades at ISE

By separating the projector head from the laser light engine, Digital Projection’s new Satellite Modular Laser System is smaller, lighter, and quieter; fits into spaces other projectors can’t.  

(Kennesaw, Georgia) January 25, 2023 – Digital Projection International broadens its portfolio of leading-edge residential and commercial video projection systems with the addition of several advanced projection designs and technologies that deliver a host of compelling performance and installation benefits to AV integrators and end-users. Arguably one of the most important developments in projection solutions since the advent of the laser light source is Digital Projection’s revolutionary Satellite MLS (Modular Laser System). It rounds out DPI’s comprehensive projector line-up, which includes innovative and highly immersive viewing solutions such as the world’s brightest 1-Chip DLP® projector M-Vision 27000, as well as the mighty TITAN Laser range of projectors and highly versatile direct-view LED displays serving a myriad of applications. Many of these projection systems will be showcased in the Digital Projection stand #3K800 at ISE 2023, January 31 – February 3 in Barcelona. 

 Digital Projection’s Satellite MLS Technology Breaks Convention with Two-Piece Design
Challenging the outdated view from the rest of the projection industry, Digital Projection has turned the concept of performance-to-size ratio by developing a 3-chip DLP technology that works well with both smaller and more powerful projectors. Offering significant benefits at every stage of a system design, its Satellite MLS separates the light source from the small, lightweight projector ‘head,” giving integrators greater installation freedom and flexibility, particularly when space and access are tight. To put the size and weight benefits of the two-piece design into perspective, Digital Projection’s Titan S-MLS weighs just 81 pounds compared to the 200-pound heft of most other projectors. The chassis of Digital Projection’s HIGHlite S-MLS, meanwhile, measures 83% smaller than the older integrated version of the projector. The MLS’s innovative modular design also enables integrators to minimize noise and heat generated by placing the laser light engine away from the audience. The separate projection head and light source are linked by a robust and flexible fiber optic cable up to 100 meters long, Digital Projection’s latest innovation offers integrators and systems designers more flexibility and options to deploy advanced visual solutions, while making high-end RGB laser illumination accessible to a broader range of customers at a cost-effective price point. 

 Digital Projection’s 1-Chip M-Vision 27000 Inches Closer to 3-Chip Price Point 
True to its commitment to offer ever-closer 3-Chip DLP performance at a 1-Chip DLP price point, the new M-Vision 27000 packs the most advanced technologies to deliver stunningly saturated colors at unprecedented levels of brightness.  

 Digital Projection Leverages Video Mapping Technologies
Digital Projection partners with VIOSO at ISE 2023 in a stunning video mapping showcase. VIOSO’s latest ground-breaking multi-playback warping and blending technology is integrated into more than 30 software- and hardware tools on the AV market, including select Digital Projection projectors. Together, Digital Projection and VIOSO will demonstrate via a free-floating projection dome how pairing a high-performance projector with video mapping technology brings a new visual twist to the AV market.  

Digital Projection’s Direct View LEDs Offer Outstanding Visual Versatility
Providing a range of performance and price levels from 0.7mm fine-pitch indoor to 10mm outdoor, Digital Projection offers superior custom-integrated solutions with its Radiance LED Series.  While specifications differ across the line, every display in the Radiance family delivers consistently bright and vivid imagery, stunning color saturation and contrast, thin mounting profiles, wide viewing angles and silent operation suitable for any commercial and high-end residential AV application.   

 For more information about Digital Projection’s latest video projection products and technologies, as well as its complete line-up of innovative, cutting-edge imaging solutions, please visit https://www.digitalprojection.com/en-us/ 

 About Digital Projection International
Founded in 1989, Digital Projection International has been instrumental in the development and application of Digital Light Processing™ (DLP) technology by Texas Instruments for projection systems. Digital Projection introduced the world’s first 3-chip DLP® projector in 1997, and has since delivered expert system engineering and world-class customer services, thus maintaining its position as a digital imaging pioneer. Digital Projection’s ground-breaking projection research and development has garnered the admiration of industry professionals around the world. This has earned the company many awards, including two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Digital Projection remains the first and only projector manufacturer to win the coveted award. 

 About VIOSO
Founded in 2007, VIOSO is a leading provider of blending, warping and video mapping software solutions for system integrators and event professionals. VIOSO’s patented core technology offers reliable and user-friendly auto-alignment for applications where multiple projectors are required. With over 500 successful projects to date, VIOSO serves a number of specialized industries including AV integration, simulation, visitor attractions and dome projection. The company prides itself on offering the best solutions for complex visual projects. 

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Leon Delivers High-Fidelity Music and Adjustable LED Lighting to Outdoor Spaces with LuminSound Bollard Outdoor Speakers

Leon’s newest member of its popular Terra LuminSound TrLs50 collection, the 32-inch-tall Terra LuminSound Bollard rises above the landscape. 

Ann Arbor, MI – Building off its popular Terra LuminSound outdoor speaker portfolio, Leon Speakers adds a new taller model to the line. The Terra LuminSound Bollard speaker features the same handcrafted components and built-in low-voltage lighting as the shorter landscape version but stands taller, thanks to a 21-inch aircraft-grade aluminum base. At an overall height of 32 inches and available with both halo and adjustable pathway lighting, the Terra LuminSound Bollard beautifully defines and enhances any outdoor residential or commercial environment.

“As we all continue spending more time outside, Leon wants to give integrators more design options that add audiovisual ambiance to a wide range of exterior settings,” says Noah Kaplan, Leon Speakers Founder and President. “Featuring premium customizable powder coat finishes, the Terra LuminSound Bollard adds exceptional sound and style to pathways, rooftops, outdoor kitchens and more.”

Incorporating audio and lighting in one compact, IP67-rated waterproof enclosure, the Terra LuminSound Bollard delivers high-fidelity sound from a sleek, customizable package designed and built to withstand even the harshest of climates. It’s available with commercial-grade LED lighting that can be adjusted upward or downward to illuminate pathways, landscaping and architectural details. The speakers blend discreetly into a variety of regional landscapes thanks to a choice of seven different finishes—Black, Satin White, Light Sand, Hammertone Silver, Slate Grey, Dark Bronze and Satin Terracotta. Hardscape mounting is the preferred installation method for the Bollard model, and like all Terra products, it is handcrafted in the USA and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. The Terra LuminSound Bollard is sold individually, starting at a suggested retail price of $1,900 without lighting and $2,000 with lighting.

Where to See Leon Speakers
ISE 2023 attendees can see Leon’s new design-forward residential and commercial AV solutions at Stand #2K500. Additionally, systems integrators can learn more about Leon’s complete portfolio of innovative AV solutions at leonspeakers.com

About Leon Speakers
Leon brings a creative approach to the AV industry by designing and manufacturing customizable speakers and technology concealment solutions that enhance the sound and style of any space. For over 25 years, it has been a leader in the conversation on merging design with technology, creating innovative products that serve both the residential and commercial markets. Learn more at leonspeakers.com or by following @leonspeakers on social media. 

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Press Contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett
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Company Contact: Carolyn Ceccoli
Sales & Marketing Director at Leon Speakers
(734) 926-4092
cceccoli@leonspeakers.com