Center for Advanced Public Safety

The Center for Advanced Public Safety (CAPS) is an applied research center focused on the integration of technology into real-world problems that impact public safety and well-being. CAPS develops new technology for police officers, emergency medical units, and for government business units that support criminal justice, transportation, human services, vehicle tax registration, and collection and a host of related services.   With the provision of cutting edge technology that impacts lives in so many different ways, we engage in engineering and applied social/behavioral science research made possible by technology-produced substrate data.  To support this applied research, we also maintain a strong basic research stream in data analytics and the computing technology needed to support big data in society.

In The News: CAPS receives grants to study traffic safety

Governor Kay Ivey’s office has awarded three grants worth nearly $2 million to the Center for Advanced Public Safety at The University of Alabama. The center will collect statewide traffic data, assist with the state highway safety plan and provide software for law enforcement. Funding will also help with a… Read more

Sources: WAAY-ABC (Huntsville), Florence Times Daily, WAFF-NBC (Huntsville), WHNT-CBS (Huntsville), WSFA-NBC (Montgomery), CBS 42 (Birmingham), WDHN - Dothan First, State Scoop, Traffic Technology Today

In The News: Why do people keep driving through flood waters?

Just about every time we have major rain and flooding, we see people who try to plow through flood waters. They eventually get stuck and some have to be rescued. The big question is – why? “Because they want to get home,” Laura Myers said. Dr. Laura Myers is the Director… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham), NBC 12 (Montgomery), ABC 9 (Columbus, Georgia)

College of Engineering hosts national geospatial summit

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama College of Engineering is set to host public-sector participants from federal, local, state and tribal governments for a three-day geospatial summit.  The 2017 National Geospatial Preparedness Summit is scheduled for Aug. 7-9 on the UA campus and is co-hosted by National Alliance for… Read more

In The News: Traffic changes draw critics, though experts urge caution

Sherry Smith stood in the parking lot Friday of the pediatrics office she manages in the Golden Springs Shopping Center and talked about the children who go there every day … David Brown, professor and research associate at the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public Safety, in a message… Read more

Sources: Anniston Star

In The News: BUCKLE UP, SLOW DOWN: Statewide traffic enforcement movement begins next week

Drivers will want to put on their seat belts and put down their phones next week as Alabama law enforcement agencies crack down on speeding, seat belt usage and impaired and distracted driving. The July 17-23 movement is part of Southern Shield, a campaign by the Alabama Department of Economic… Read more

Sources: Athens News-Courier

In The News: Officials searching for answers as accident-prone stretch of U.S. 431 claims another life

Janet Tyson Prosser said Friday morning that the black tire marks outside her Anniston shop on U.S. 431 are all the evidence she needs that more should be done to make the highway safer. “I’m the one who calls 911,” Prosser said. “I’ve called them several times after accidents here.”… Read more

Sources: Anniston Star

In The News: State Trooper shortage in Alabama

If you drive Alabama’s roads, it’s hard not to notice who you don’t see much of: Alabama state troopers. You can drive for at least an hour in any direction without ever seeing one. It could be because they’re hiding, but most likely, it’s because there aren’t enough of them.… Read more

Sources: WAKA-CBS (Montgomery), WNCF-ABC (Montgomery)

In The News: Weather workshop held in Oklahoma

Today, the Norman National Weather Service teamed up with emergency managers and meteorologists to discuss weather-related topics, and how to prepare for big weather events…Experts from the National Weather Service and the Storm Prediction Center discussed their roles in severe weather watches and warnings. Dr. Laura Myers is a social… Read more

Sources: KSWO-ABC (Lawton, Oklahoma)

In The News: Alabama Attorney General’s office warns of technical support service scams

Computer users, beware. Just because Alabama’s Attorney General and the Fair Trade Commission got a company accused of using phony tech support practices to stop doesn’t mean you’re safe. “What these people are doing, is they are trying to get you to believe that your computer is infected with a… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham)

In The News: UA researchers say statistics show important role of seat belts

Ahead of the busy Memorial Day weekend travel period, University of Alabama researchers are sharing statistics that show the role seat belts play in saving lives in traffic crashes. According to the Center for Advanced Public Safety (CAPS), current numbers show more than 90 percent of people in Alabama are wearing seat… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham), WSFA-NBC (Montgomery), WAFF-NBC (Huntsville)