History of CAPS

It all began with CARE…

CAPS’ rich history of technology development in the area of traffic safety began with the development of CARE. Dr. David Brown, currently serving as a Senior Research Affiliate with CAPS and a Professor of Computer Science at The University of Alabama, developed a data analytics system called the Critical Analysis Reporting Environment (CARE) in the late 1980’s.

The CARE Group formed with Dr. Brown and a few students working with the CARE software. In early 2000, Dr. Brown stepped down as director of the CARE Group and Dr. Allen Parrish, a Computer Science faculty member, was appointed the new director. In 2002, the CARE Group became known as the CARE Research and Development Laboratory (CRDL). Full-time professional staff were hired to work on software development projects. Due to the growth and success of CRDL, the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama voted to promote the lab to center status and established the Center for Advanced Public Safety on April 17, 2009.

CAPS may have begun with just the CARE software, but later branched out to develop a suite of field data capture software that is used by law enforcement. Our efforts with law enforcement led to developing software in the related homeland security field. CAPS also became heavily involved in the motor vehicle arena as it relates to traffic safety and law enforcement. The latest areas that CAPS expanded into are emergency medical services and disaster response. All the while, CAPS’ reputation continued to grow along with demand for our products and services.