Leader's questions and answers

Rob Curley, Singlepoint’s Managing Director answered questions for Connected’s Leaders’ Questions and Answers this month.

From wearable technology to smart meters in Ireland, Emily Maree from The Sunday Business Post is back with six big questions for Rob Curley, Managing Director at Singlepoint.

1. Uber’s self-driving car unit has been valued at $7.3 billion and is soon to be floated on the stock market. What do you think is the potential for technology like this?

I’d see some benefits to society. Self-driving technology could help mobilise individuals who are unable to drive themselves, such as the elderly or disabled. Safety is another long-term benefit as self-driving cars could reduce the number of car-related accidents. There would be some obvious concerns to the environment, as the convenience of self-driving cars could increase the total number of cars and miles driven each year. More cars mean more consumption of energy.

2. A British company is launching the Cash Cuff later this year — a shirt that allows you to make contactless payments with your sleeve. Would you use this type of wearable technology?

Yes, saving time and convenience are major advantages for contactless payments and I hate having to dig out my debit card all the time.

3. Two-thirds of British employees are being overworked by six hours a week. In your opinion, what can employers do to help staff achieve work/life balance?

Ensuring the company supports employees in their work-life balance choices. Embrace flexitime, support remote working and encourage efficient work rather than more work. Promoting health initiatives and asking employees what they need. Keep the lines of communication open.

4. After the success of smart meters in countries like Britain, they will be introduced to the Republic of Ireland next year. Will you be investing in smart home technology?

Definitely, giving commands by voice, remote control, tablet or smartphone and having the home react is very appealing and the efficiencies and security they provide are very attractive.

5. Name one piece of technology you couldn’t live without.

My iPhone keeps me connected and in touch with everything that is happening. I couldn’t live without it, but would probably be better off without it, if you know what I mean.

6. What’s the best piece of business advice you have ever received?

Success is all about persistence and follow-through, continually doing the small things consistently right. It’s about evolution not revolution, there’s no silver bullet.

The Sunday Business Post Connected

If you would like to speak with Rob or one of his team, please contact  info@singlepoint.ie