IFEMA implements the best Wi-Fi in Spain

WIFI Ifema

IFEMA has taken an ambitious project on board to renovate its entire Wi-Fi infrastructure, which will be activated this October. It is a major project whose total investment stands at €3.4 million, and which represents the best WIFI network ever installed in Spain. Its installation has made it possible to provide IFEMA’s facilities with a state-of-the-art Wi-Fi connection in all commercial areas, which total more than 230,000 square metres.

With this, the institution will be able to offer its trade fair visitors free connection to the network, with the possibility of increasing the range of services to its exhibiting companies who require wireless installations to conduct their business.

The installation, which will connect up all areas of the site for the more than 3.5 million visitors who come annually to Feria de Madrid, has involved some impressive figures: more than 1,100 access points and 2,000 aerials installed, or 90 kilometres of multimode fibre optics and wiring. This is large-scale infrastructure that currently supports more than 64,000 simultaneous connections and up to 100,000 in the future, figures that double the maximum number of concurrent users reached currently at key technology events such as the Mobile World Congress.

The project posed an important organizational and logistical challenge, with an investment of more than 16,000 hours of work over a limited period of time. For this project, CISCO technology has been used with access points for the Aironet 3800 series, which support the most advanced Wi-Fi standard, (802.11ac Wave 2 MU-MIMO). This technology allows each connection rate to reach up to 5.2 Gbps, almost 4 times more than the previous 802.11ac technology.

For the installation of the new WIFI network, IFEMA has allocated a total of €3.4 million, as part of the global investment plan for 2018, which includes a total of €25 million. The project has been developed in parallel with the installation of the high security system for automated control of all accesses to its premises, as well as the new emergency public address system, with an investment of €5 million. In total over the next 5 years, the Strategic Plan for IFEMA foresees an investment of €100 million for improvement and infrastructure equipment, communications, digitization and security.

The new Wi-Fi network currently supports more than 64,000 simultaneous connections and up to 100,000 in the future.

MOMAD Catwalk, a parade for inclusion and equality

MOMAD Catwalk

IFEMA and the MOMAD Metropolis catwalk, together with Madrid’s Down Foundation, have promoted a fashion parade with an inclusive character and equal opportunities for all, with the aim of publicizing the different abilities and skills of people with Down syndrome or other disabilities.

In total a dozen children with and without intellectual disabilities, enjoyed an event where they paraded as models of children’s shoes and clothing, at the sixth edition of MOMAD Metropolis, the International Fashion Salon, and MOMAD Shoes, held September last.

A fashion parade aimed at inclusion and equal opportunities.

The call for submissions to the 14th edition of the SME Awards is now open!

IFEMA and Expansión launch the SME Awards, recognizing the best small and medium-sized Spanish companies, which are responsible for more than 90% of the country’s total business fabric. With a registration deadline open until 29 October, all companies coming within the SME category, with a maximum of 250 employees and a turnover equal to or less than €50 million per year can take part in these competitions.

All companies that meet these requirements may submit their application to one or more of the six existing categories: “Technological Innovation”, “Internationalization”, “Environment”, “Corporate Social Responsibility”, “Job Creation” and “Best Entrepreneur”.

The objective of these awards is to contribute to improving the development and competitiveness of small and medium enterprises. The jury will assess the track record and merits of the candidates in each of the categories and, as of 29 October, the jury will announce the winners of this edition, presented at an official ceremony.

All IFEMA exhibitors who fit the profile of small and medium-sized companies and that stand out in any one category may submit an application.

IFEMA strengthens its high security systems

Ifema seguridad

IFEMA stands at the head of the European trade fairs venues as one of the newest in high security equipment. This action is part of the global 5-year investment plan, which foresees a budget of €100 million, for the improvement of infrastructure, communications, digitization and security equipment.

This project includes the installation of an automated access control system and an emergency public address system. New, state-of-the-art barrier equipment will monitor the access of more than 700,000 vehicles, trucks and freight transport. For this purpose, a total of 92 bollards have been manufactured in high performance steel and resistant to the impact of high-speed freight vehicles.

These have been installed at the four main access points to IFEMA (North, South, East and West). At the same time, the Feria de Madrid will also have a new public address system that will ensure the efficiency of communications in emergencies, under any circumstance. In addition, exhibitors and visitors will be informed in an optimal manner, thanks to a total of 5,164 megaphones installed indoors, in common areas, offices and other areas, and 472 speakers for the pavilions.

For the high security access control project and the emergency public address system IFEMA has allocated an investment of €3.5 million.

Guía Peñín holds the 19th Salon of the Best Wines of Spain

Guía Peñín

This 29 and 30 October sees the meeting of the best wines of Spain at Ifema’s pavilion 14. With more than 400 wineries represented, they will be presenting 2,000 of the best wines made in Spain, all scoring between 90 and 100 points in the Peñín de los Vinos 2019 Guide.

In this edition, professionals from more than 125 countries will be attending, with a tour around the different denominations of origin and production areas, varieties, classifications and productions. This meeting, of great interest to the national and international sector, highlights the importance of Spanish wine and the current healthy position of the sector.

The meeting, organized by Guía Peñín, will organize tastings by Regulating Councils and wineries, and will design wine routes with different themes: ecological wines, areas and varieties to be discovered or revelation wines, among others.

2.000 of the best wines in Spain on centre stage

Salon Look arrives in Santiago de Chile

In Chile, IFEMA and Espacio Riesco launch a new professional Beauty and Hairdressing trade fair: Salon Look Santiago, which will take place from 27 to 29 October. The Chilean version of Salon Look International, which has been held in Spain for the last 20 years, came into being with the idea of ​​becoming the bridge between Europe and the Latin American continent, to offer companies a major platform for taking part and attracting professionals, bringing together on one spot the latest new features and innovations in the world of beauty.

This fair will bring together professionals from the industry of image and all-round aesthetics; hairdressing salons, manicure centres, barbershops and micropigmentation who, over the course of the three days of the meeting, will enjoy a number of different events, presentations, meetings, specific activities for each sector, and a sales area, all handled by specialized companies.

Created with the idea of ​​becoming the bridge between Europe and Latin America.

ORTO Medical Care opens its doors to the orthopaedic sector

Orto

This 25 and 26 October sees the arrival of ORTO Medical Care at Ifema’s Pavilion 4, the trade fair that brings together the orthopaedic sector and where more than 100 companies will meet together to present the largest array of products in southern Europe.

With a forecast of 12,000 attendees expected, the fair will reveal the latest developments in the sector and demos will be offered to professionals attending. In addition, experts from more than five different countries will be presenting their latest research and designs within the framework of the ORTO Medical Care congress, which has positioned itself as a benchmark for the sector.

The trade fair that unites the orthopaedic sector around the latest research and designs.

Flower & Garden Attraction is here

Within the framework of Fruit Attraction, IFEMA and FEPEX, as organizers of the meeting, have included a new area under the name of Flower & Garden Attraction, an exhibition space for the professional sector marketing real flowers and plants.

The aim of this area is to contribute to invigorating the sector and become an international sales platform for companies present at the fair, where the key focus of Flower & Garden Attraction will be innovation, diversity and the latest trends.

An exhibition space for the professional sector that markets real flowers and plants

Fruit Attraction 2018 celebrates its 10th anniversary

The Fruit and Vegetable Sector’s International Trade Fair, Fruit Attraction, organized by IFEMA and FEPEX, will hold a special edition from 23 to 25 October, on the occasion of its 10th anniversary. A total of 1,600 companies and 70,000 professionals from 120 countries will meet together at this venue, covering a total area of 50,000m2, and now one of the world’s top fairs for the horticultural sector.

Fruit Attraction has once again established itself as a fundamental instrument for the internationalization of the sector, with a powerful programme of buyers, the participation of the leading foreign markets, and the creation, for the first time, of a complete area for ​​the southern hemisphere, located in Pavilion 10. On the national side, all Spain’s autonomous communities which produce fruit and vegetables are represented there. Parallel to the offer, a programme of round tables discussions and B2B sessions will be spurring trading relations between the EU countries and the rest of the markets.

Fruit Attraction has once again established itself as a fundamental instrument for the internationalization of the sector, with a powerful programme of buyers, the participation of the leading foreign markets, and the creation, for the first time, of a complete area for ​​the southern hemisphere, located in Pavilion 10. On the national side, all Spain’s autonomous communities which produce fruit and vegetables are represented there. Parallel to the offer, a programme of round tables discussions and B2B sessions will be fuelling trading relations between the EU countries and the rest of the markets.

Fruit Attraction will also house different exhibition areas, boosting the Organic Centre area, devoted to organic horticultural products; a Smart Agri space, dedicated to new technologies; and a Nuts Centre area, concentrating on nuts. There will also be a spot for demos and showcookings. In short, Fruit Attraction is, once again, set to be the best commercial and business platform within the fruit and vegetable sector.

Strengthening its international reach with the creation for the first time of a complete area of ​​the southern hemisphere.

1001 Weddings reaches its 20th edition

1001 bodas

The Products and Services for Celebrations Salon, 1001 Weddings, celebrates its 20th edition on 19 and 21 October. With more than 300 exhibitors and aimed at the general public, this trade fair, organized by IFEMA, once again becomes an essential reference point for any couple when it comes to finding the right answers for organizing their wedding. There they will find a huge variety of ideas, from the most traditional to the most innovative.

In this edition, there will be a special line-up giving a key spot to young designers, new promises or companies newly starting out. In addition, as on previous occasions, there will be exhibitors specialized in LGTB weddings.

On the occasion of its anniversary, 1001 Weddings is renewing its image with the aim of projecting an up-to-date, contemporary concept, transmitting light and happiness. In addition, by just attending and filling out a lottery form to be handed out at the entrance, attendees can take part in the free draw for a round-the-world trip for two.

This edition will feature special content, and proposals from young designers, and promises, and start-up companies.