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: 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)

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, Elk Valley Times (Fayetteville, Tennessee)

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)