Case Study: IFEMA

Event center becomes hospital during pandemic

Madrid’s highest grossing exhibition venue, IFEMA, faced its biggest event when the pandemic shut down Spain. Cisco and partner NTT helped IFEMA turn the property into a 5,500-bed hospital to serve the country’s surge in critically ill patients. 



  • Turning an event venue into 5,500-bed hospital
  • Setting up a secure wireless network so doctors have immediate access to patient records from anywhere in the fairground
  • Securing sensitive, personal data
  • Ensuring customer, employee, staff, and patient safety


  • Secured connectivity and communications throughout the venue with Cisco solutions
  • Medical records available on-demand 
  • Enhanced network management, automation, segmentation, and visibility
  • IFEMA accommodated more than 4,000 patients
  • Scalable, adaptable network infrastructure is ready for the new normal 

What they're saying

The truth is we are quite proud of our achievement, to know that 4,000 people were hospitalized here, and that today they are home thanks in part to IFEMA´s quick implementation of these solutions.

Eduardo López-Puertas, General Manager, IFEMA

Who is IFEMA?

Industry: Media and entertainment
Location: Madrid, Spain
Size (2019 statistics):

  • 898 events
  • 123 exhibitions
  • 4.3M visitors
  • 33,000 vendors