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 keeps close watch on Ransomware Cybersecurity attack

The international ransomware cyberattack has created serious problems in over 150 countries because of the threat. The University of Alabama has been keeping a close watch to make sure its network is safe. Experts at The Center for Advanced Public Safety have been scanning all of their servers to make… Read more

Sources: CBS 42 (Birmingham)

In The News: CAPS to study data from Click-It-Or-Ticket Campaign

Click-It-Or-Ticket is a national campaign designed to save lives by encouraging more people to wear seatbelts. This year’s enforcement campaign will run from May 22 through June 4. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has awarded more than $58,000 in grant money for traffic safety data to be collected and evaluated. The… Read more

Sources: WKRG-CBS (Mobile), WHNT-CBS (Huntsville)

In The News: Here’s your chance to weigh in on weather warnings

The weather enterprise needs you. The Vortex-Southeast tornado research project has brought cutting-edge researchers and all their high-tech equipment to Alabama for the spring tornado season. But they need help from regular folks too. And they don’t have to stand in the path of a tornado to do it, either… Read more

Sources: Al.com

In The News: University of Alabama hoping to stop pedestrian deaths by raising awareness of dangers

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness month, and the University of Alabama is stepping in to do their part to cut the risk. Tuscaloosa Police told CBS42 News that nine people have died after being hit by a car since 2014. Organizations throughout the city are working together to ensure… Read more

Sources: CBS 42 (Birmingham), Fox 6 (Birmingham), NBC 12 (Montgomery), ABC 9 (Columbus, Georgia), WERC-AM (Radio)

In The News: UA Center for Advanced Public Safety to receive grant to evaluate seatbelt use

Governor Robert Bentley wants to make Alabama roads safer. He is doing that by awarding about $140,000 in grants to evaluate new traffic safety data. That work is to be done by The University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety. It’s part of the annual Click It or Ticket… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham), ABC 33/40 (Birmingham), WPMI-NBC (Mobile)

In The News: UA cyber security researcher explains CloudFare data leak

A University of Alabama cyber security researcher says it could turn out to be one of the largest internet security incidents ever. Matthew Hudnall is talking about a mistake made by CloudFlare, a company he says protects sites like Uber and FitBit from cyber security threats. “It’s a very, very… Read more

Sources: NBC 13 (Birmingham), CBS 42 (Birmingham), ABC 33/40 (Birmingham), WVUA (Tuscaloosa), Fox 6 (Birmingham)

In The News: Many Alabamians can’t find themselves on a map, and that’s dangerous

Part of the problem could be simply the maps themselves, according to Dr. Laura Myers, a senior research scientist and the director the Center for Advanced Public Safety at the University of Alabama who has also been studying the issue. “When you look at a map, a lot of times they just… Read more

Sources: AL.com, WBHM-FM, WVUA (Tuscaloosa), WTVM-ABC (Columbus, Georgia), WTVA-NBC (Tupelo, Mississippi), The Times Daily (Florence)

In The News: Higher Education Meets Manufacturing: A challenge and an opportunity: Stronger research and development ties between industry and academia

From Bharat Balasubramanian’s perspective, the Southeast must be more than a place for efficient, low-cost manufacturers of high-quality vehicles. To ensure long-term success, the region needs world-class engineers doing research and development work at the plant level. Developing such engineers is a major goal for Balasubramanian, an engineering professor at… Read more

Sources: Southern Automotive Alliance

In The News: Mobile mapping used to boost Northport retail development: CAPS researcher comments on mobile tracking

Birmingham-based r360 Consulting has entered into a three-year agreement with the City of Northport. According to the firm, Northport will pay r360 $25,000 per year to collect economic data and lure retailers to the city. The consulting firm plans to use “mobile mapping”, which is a popular tool in the… Read more

Sources: ABC 33/40

In The News: Researchers see sharp increase in Alabama traffic deaths

Twenty five percent more people died in car wrecks statewide in 2016 compared to the year before, according to traffic data released Tuesday by the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public Safety. The report pointed to four main causes for the rise in deaths: speed, seat belts, distracted driving… Read more

Sources: The Anniston Star, The Tuscaloosa News, WBRC Fox 6, The Crimson White, WKRG CBS 5, WBRC Fox 6 (2), WSFA NBC 12, Yellowhammer News, WVTM NBC 13, WLOX 13, Florence Times Daily, WRCB TV 3, WBHM FM 90.3, WALA Fox 10, WKRG CBS 5, WNCF ABC 32, WSFA NBC 12 (2), Insurance Journal, Athens News-Courier, WTVY 4, WBBJ ABC 7, WPMI NBC, The Cullman Times, The New York Times