It all started in 2005, when Pascal Zunino, just graduated from the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble (INPG), won with his team of engineers the first prize at the international contest of aerial robotics organized by the DGA and ONERA (2005 Micro-drone Contest, team CPX4). They had designed the first folding quad-rotor micro-drone of less than one kilogram, the CPX4, which was then evaluated on the Mourmelon military camp. Over the following months, several manufacturers, convinced by his project, proposed him to integrate their structures to continue his work. Witnessing the interest aroused by his vision of aerial robotics, Pascal Zunino, senses the multiple contribution of micro-drones in public safety, private security and the defense sectors (in 2005, drones were mainly used in the field of defense and weighed several tens of kilos). Convinced, he set up Novadem in 2006 (« Nova » for innovative and « dem » for electronic and mechanical development) with his childhood friend, Fabien Paganucci and his brother Eric Zunino.
The complementary skills of the three founders, Pascal in the field of on-board electronics and signal processing, Fabien in micro-mechanics and Eric in computing, will allow to start the development of a range of drones designed to meet the needs of industry, defense and security professionals.
More than 10 years later, Novadem has become one of the leaders in its sector. Its drone solutions have convinced many major customers in France and abroad : Defense (Directorate General for Armament, Technical Section of the French Army, French Navy, etc.), Public Safety (firefighters : SDIS 13, French General Directorate for Civil Protection and Crisis Management (DGSCGC), etc.), Gendarmerie / Police Force (French National Gendarmerie, Police of Brussels, Police of the Canton of Vaud (Switzerland), etc.), Industry (French electricity company, SPIE Batignolles, SETEC, EGIS, etc.).