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OneEvent Technologies produces a software that interfaces with "smart" smoke detectors.

OneEvent Technologies, a company that hopes to improve safety monitoring systems using digital technology, has been designated Madison's "most innovative company" by the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce.

The award is the outcome of a months-long business competition that culminated Tuesday night with a pitching contest at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

OneEvent makes a software that can interface with smoke detectors to monitor things like smoke, carbon monoxide and humidity levels in a building. The company says its software analyzes that data to look for early signs of fires or other hazards like carbon monoxide leaks. Once the software determines that danger could be imminent, a message automatically notifies police and fire departments, along with the owners of the property.

OneEvent also says that it can be a tool for emergency responders, letting them know where a fire started, where it is currently, and what the best approach could be to an evacuation.

It's yet another example of a local company joining the "Internet of Things" — the controversial trend of everyday objects, from coffeemakers to asthma inhalers, gaining the ability to connect with the internet. It's also another example of a local company wielding big data tools to create a new kind of service.

Clearly, the company's technologies made enough of an impression on the audience at Tuesday night's "nex7" event to win the chamber's Most Innovative Company award through a live vote.

This year was the first year that the chamber held the so-called MIC Awards. The contest began at the Forward Festival in August, during which 35 entrants squared off in the first round of voting. Out of that field, seven finalists were chosen to compete on Tuesday night.

Erik Lorenzsonn is the Capital Times' tech and culture reporter. He joined the team in 2016, after having served as an online editor for Wisconsin Public Radio and having written for publications like The Progressive Magazine and The Poughkeepsie Journal.