Chairman of the Board & Co-Founder
Heikki Salmela is the godfather of Gurulogic® Microsystems. He is a true entrepreneur who created Finland’s largest fast food chain Hesburger. He has a hunch for finding the just right people for each position, and his businesses continue to spread to new innovative areas. In 2001, Salmela decided to provide facilities for promising start-up companies. Tuomas Kärkkäinen approached him, inquiring about available office spaces. He was exactly what Salmela was looking for, and soon Gurulogic Microsystems saw daylight with a first task to develop a video surveillance system for the Hesburger chain. The success continues, thanks to the introduction of the industry leading GMVC® codec for universal data compression. In addition to Gurulogic® Microsystems, Salmela is involved in numerous innovative projects. For instance, he is the chairman of the board at a wastewater treatment technology company called Clewer.
The co-founder of Gurulogic® Microsystems Tuomas Kärkkäinen has over two decades of programming experience. He began developing security and video surveillance solutions for the corporate group Salmela-Yhtiöt in 2001, where his job was to design and implement camera systems and audio-visual software solutions for the nationwide chain of Hesburger restaurants. Over the years the technology has grown to serve wider audiences. Along with his current role as the chief technology officer at Gurulogic® Microsystem, he actively develops the company’s very own codec. A true visionary who continues to come up with innovative ideas and new technological solutions, he also leads the orchestra and makes sure all the pieces fall into place.
Ossi Kalevo has an impressive resume ranging from specialist and research engineer positions at Nokia to doing academic research at the Tampere University of Technology. He holds a Licenciate’s Degree from the Tampere University of Technology (2000), and he has contributed to the development of video codecs MPEG-4 and H.264, for example by developing prediction and coding of intra-image, coding of prediction error and de-blocking filter. He also participated in making Nokia the largest camera manufacturer of the world. He is the main inventor of the TrueZoom solution used in Nokia 808 and Nokia Lumia 1020 PureView and he holds more than 200 granted patents.