Welcome to the Center for Advanced Public Safety

The Center for Advanced Public Safety is an interdisciplinary research center at The University of Alabama dedicated to the implementation and utilization of cutting-edge technologies to enhance public safety and well-being of the citizens of our State, Nation and World. Our substantial technology portfolio includes areas such as analytics, data sharing and integration, novel hardware and sensor technologies, mobile applications and visualization. Our application areas are law enforcement, analytics, homeland security, weather and disaster response, traffic safety and engineering, motor vehicles, health and human services, and emergency medical services.

Faculty from a variety of disciplines at The University of Alabama work on numerous research projects that either contribute directly or indirectly to our public safety and well-being goals. Our Center faculty team with Centers from other universities in the Southeast on a variety of projects, notably including Georgia Tech, Mississippi State University and Harding University. Our software is used in all 50 states and has changed the way that law enforcement, traffic engineers and many other disciplines conduct business, resulting in more crimes being solved, more lives being saved on the highways and greater efficiencies in a number of areas across the government IT enterprise.

From the Director

Thank you for visiting the CAPS website. CAPS was founded in 2002 with the goal of assisting federal, state and local agencies by providing access to current research and cutting-edge software technology in the areas of transportation safety, public safety and homeland security.

We are proud that our efforts have been extremely successful in bringing the latest in technology to transportation and law enforcement agencies throughout Alabama and to a number of partners in other states as well. In addition, we are similarly proud of being able to provide IT support for social and medical services within the State of Alabama. For information on all of our software projects, see Software.

CAPS is a great place to work, especially for software developers. The University of Alabama offers all of the advantages that are normally found within a university setting, including a flexible work atmosphere. In addition, we provide state-of-the-art software development, hardware and software, and access to all of the latest technology. We are constantly looking for ways to upgrade our work environment, and we believe that we have an excellent community of individuals working together on CAPS projects.

In terms of new research areas, we are forging ahead to find new approaches to safety data analysis, particularly in the area of optimal officer deployment. We want to find new approaches to pre-positioning officers in the field in places where they can best save lives and prevent crime. Read More…