Company

SSF’s highly educated experts service leading customers in a variety of industries.

We make our customers smarter and safer

SSF is a systems engineering, software development and data science company located in Espoo, Finland and Prague, Czech Republic. We support our customers in designing and developing complex industrial applications such as data processing applications, control systems and test automation solutions.

We provide services for leading customers in a wide variety of industries. We are especially prominent in industries where lifecycle and quality management, safety and security as well as data are critical.

Our customers contract us to deliver their systems faster to the market. We strongly believe in ease of service and excellence in everything we deliver to our customers.

Systems, Software and Data Science

We look at the world through our engineering glasses and we see a beautiful triangle consisting of systems, software and data science, all interrelated and each playing their own role in the industrial landscape.

Systems Engineering

Systems engineering forms the framework for project work. Planning and design demonstrate feasibility of the solution and set requirements for data and software. Systems thinking sets guidelines for data analysis and software development, and monitors end product quality so that set goals are achieved.

Data Science

We understand the dynamics of complex systems, their interfaces, lifecycles and operating practices. This enables us to model necessary system components to provide meaningful analysis: data measurements are mapped to functional behavior.

Software Development

Finally, every system today is at least partially relying on software. The software may control vital operations, show a user interface, provide a test environment, or anything in between. Nevertheless, software is not the only component of the solution. It forms the bridge between functional operation and the collected data so that the system can fulfil its mission.

Our Values

We are inspired by the following values and respect them as they guide our work:

SSF In numbers

Management Group

SSF’s Management group consists of Timo Latvala, Tuomas TalviOja, Veera Sylvius, Jaakko Hujanen, Laura Nummila and Dubravka Ilic.

Award-winning Leadership

SSF has received recognition for our personnel management in “Vuoden Henkilöstöteko” competition organized by The Finnish Association for Human Resources Management – HENRY ry.

We believe that exceptional results are achieved by inspirational leadership based on mutual understanding and appreciation. We listen and respect individuals – and this respect is what enables our employees to make worthwhile contributions to any task at hand. After all, it is the daily effort of people that gets the work done.

SSF has a truly multicultural work environment with employees from fifteen different countries, and with a third of our staff being women we can proudly say that SSF provides equal opportunities for everyone. Our staff strives for excellence and to be best possible experts – a third of the staff has a doctoral degree. We hire technically capable, intelligent people who can take responsibility and deliver in demanding customer projects.

We trust in honest and truthful communication, whether it is internal or external. It is important to hear people’s opinions, give them responsibility, and let them decide and use their skills to their best extent. At the same time no one should be afraid to ask for help from their colleagues. This is what our values integrity, excellence and enthusiasm stand for.

Research and Development

SSF is continuously working on extending the state-of-the-art in key areas related to systems engineering and software. Our key focus areas are model-based systems engineering methods, software development productivity, and software reliability. We participate in EU and Tekes funded research programs and we are an active partner to universities, research institutes and R&D oriented companies.

These are some of the projects that SSF is currently participating in and funding:

Mars sampling drill prototype: UPCD

We have been working with Mars rovers and Mars drilling since end of the 90’s.

The Ultrasonic Planetary Core Drill (UPCD) project seeks to build a device that can take a sample of rocky, sandy or frozen material from depths of 30 cm underground, place it inside a capsule, and then seal it closed. The UPCD drill is an ultrasonic drill, sensing the optimal frequency to crack the rock target, thus saving energy and time when drilling. The whole operation is guided by autonomous software, as communication delay between Earth and Mars is a few tens of minutes.

The UPCD is a typical case where Failure Detection, Isolation and Recovery (FDIR) aspects of our software comes to action, since the drill control software must be able to make independent decision should some of its sensors fail during operations.

CyberTrust

Cyber Trust is a research program to address the growing need for reliable security in the embedded and infrastructure domain.

As more industrial and infrastructural functions grow dependent on smart technology, the risk of malicious interference grows. Key areas of interest in the program are data networks, electricity distribution, and critical data processing. The goals are to gain better trust in the systems, protect privacy, and secure decision making via online and offline monitoring, visualization, and hardening of programs. Nineteen companies and eight research institutes and universities are involved in the program partially funded by Tekes.

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