Harp Technologies is a privately-owned SME company with approx. 2.4 M€ in turnover (2020). We provide technology and R&D services in RF, microwave, and millimetre-wave engineering. Complementary R&D services in embedded electronics, software, and thermo-mechanical design are also provided. Our activities are organised into four business lines: Microwave Sensors, Microwave Components, Signal Processing, and Electromagnetics.
Harp Technologies has deep roots in the national and international RF and microwave technology communities and has a strong team of experienced design engineers. Our work is characterised by innovativeness, flexibility, and high quality, as well as schedule and cost control.
The company premises are in the Innopoli 1 business park in Espoo, Finland, in the Otaniemi Technology area, 10 km from the centre of Helsinki and only five minutes’ walk from the nearest metro station (Aalto yliopisto – Aalto universitetet). Otaniemi is the largest technology, innovation, and business hub in Northern Europe.
Dr Janne Lahtinen founded Harp Technologies in 2007. Prior to that he had been involved in the development of many state-of-the-art systems for terrestrial, airborne, and space use. Beside his company position, Dr Lahtinen is also a Docent at Aalto University (Espoo, Finland), in the area of “Microwave Sensor Technology in Environmental Sensing”.
Since the beginning, the aim of the company has been to exploit the best traditions, innovations, and practices from both the commercial and academic worlds and to provide customers with the best value by combining state-of-the-art competence, understanding of customer needs, and reliable service with high quality. This concept has been proved to be successful.
The name of the company, “Harp Technologies”, pays tribute to James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879), who formulated the unified model of electromagnetism, the foundation of radio frequency engineering. These so-called Maxwell’s equations apply a mathematical differential operator, denoted by an inverted Greek letter delta, ∇. Today, the commonly used name for this symbol is “nabla”, which is originally a humorous suggestion by Maxwell: ∇ resembles the form of an Egyptian harp, called a “nabla” in Greek. Thus, the “Harp” in “Harp Technologies” means ∇, that is, the nabla operator.
In supporting the customer’s R&D, Harp Technologies provides added value with its technical excellence, which is complemented with rigorous management and quality practices. Our services can help our customers to achieve the following goals:
We constantly improve our competence, resources, and capabilities to satisfy our customers’ needs. We are convinced that this approach is the best way of optimising customer value (i.e. the difference between benefits and total costs) and maintaining our competitive edge vis-à-vis our competitors. On the technical side, we place great emphasis on the talent, competence, and innovativeness of our personnel. We also use state-of-the-art tools, apply high-performance measurement equipment, and have a living connection to academia.
Harp Technologies’ mission is to support our customers and provide them with solutions in the area of radio frequency engineering. With our intimate knowledge of RF, microwave, and millimetre-wave technology, we
We stay ahead of our competitors by providing superior added value to our customers.
Our values guide our everyday work. This holds true for our interaction with our customers and other stakeholders, as well as for our relationships within our own organisation.
Creating customer value
The very reason for our existence is the customer value that we generate. Without satisfied customers there is no reason for us to exist. Therefore, keeping promises and generating the best value for our customers and responding to their needs are at the very centre of everything we do.
To achieve the goals set, we work in close cooperation with our customers, subcontracting partners, and other stakeholders. In both internal and external cooperation, our fundamental cornerstones are openness, trust, and active dialogue.
The talent, competence, and innovation of our personnel are our most valuable assets. Aiming for professional excellence, we reinforce these assets by placing a strong emphasis on continuous learning, a living connection to academia, state-of-the-art working tools, and supporting the professional growth of our personnel.