Episode 18: Captain Kirk McKinzie of McKinzie Smart Technologies

Leveraging Reality Capture to Save Lives

Welcome to Episode 18 of the Reality Capture Network Podcast! 

In this episode we welcome Kirk McKenzie of McKenzie Smart Technologies.


Captain Kirk McKinzie (Ret. - Cosumnes Fire Dept.), 911-GO concept developer is a 31 year fire service veteran who now serves as a subject matter expert and adjunct instructor in the field of Next-Gen SMART first response and community risk reduction. He has been well received as an advisor, speaker and author to government, enterprise, academia, start-ups and operators across the United States and internationally. 


Captain McKinzie’s focus is on SMART community risk reduction3D enhanced emergency response interoperabilityremote sensing, bio-metrics, artificial intelligence, IOT, computational fluid dynamics, holographic light display, haptic feedback, 3D+ virtual/mixed/augmented reality, spatial computing and related lifesaving technological solutions.  His equity interest is life-the goal is to save one.


Question Guide for this Episode:

(1:47) Can you tell us a little about your background and how you came to the focus that you have within your industry?

(3:53) What was your first step when you realized you wanted to use reality capture technology proactively?

(10:57) What are you thoughts on having existing BIM models in place vs. people using their phones as a reality capture method in real time during an emergency?

(13:54) Is cost the main reason for slow technology adoption?

(16:13) What do you think could be done differently to help bridge the gap between available technology and adoption in your industry?

(22:28) What is your current focus in your work?

(26:23) Is there a specific device that will be able to utilize all the next generation reality capture abilities?

(29:43) Is laser scanning already widely adopted in fire investigation?

(33:05) What currently technology applications?

(35:14) Do fire departments ever bring in third parties to perform scanning or do they always do it in-house?

Also Mentioned in this Episode:

911 Go

Ironman for Firefighters


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Connect with Captain McKinzie:

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McKinzie Smart Technology Website