Bison Bank and Visa launch the Bison Card

Friday 1 March 2024 15:12 CET | News

Portugal-based Bison Bank has launched a new Visa debit card in partnership with Spain-based fintech Pecunpay.


According to a recent study by OECD on the state of financial and digital inclusion among Portuguese citizens that use the internet, 50% of respondents use home banking services and 44% reported using other digital financial services, such as digital money transfer services, or e-wallets for payments, among others. These figures reflect a growing trend towards these channels, although factors such as technological complexity, lack of trust in digital security and a preference for in-person and more traditional purchases still limit these percentages.

Bison Bank has launched a new Visa debit card in partnership with Spain-based fintech Pecunpay.

Instant digital issuance for Portugal's evolving financial landscape

Aligned with Portugal’s digital services demand, one of the main features of the new Visa Bison Card is that it can be issued instantly and used in its digital version, in less than 7 minutes upon online enrolment, and added to digital wallets such as Apple Pay or Google Pay allowing it to become live immediately, without the need for a physical card. Once issued this card becomes its permanent version, not needing additional replacements as in the past, making it unique.

The card also allows for highly personalised use, for example, as it can support up to 15 additional cards, which can be assigned to family members, friends, or anyone else, as long as they are indicated by the main cardholder. Additional features include management of the card with interchangeable expenditure controls, by value and or by merchant type, with daily, weekly, or monthly limits, amongst other convenience features.

Additional capabilities of the Bison card

Issued by Spanish fintech Pecunpay, the new card allows centralised management of the account as well as to receive money in minutes and can be easily deactivated in just a few steps. This on/off feature gives it an extra layer of security and convenience to cardholders. 

The card will soon reveal new features associated with it, such as Visa Direct, which will allow Bison customers to transfer and receive money in real time, from and to other Visa cards around the world, quickly and securely. 

The Visa Bison Card benefits from the global reach of the Visa network, which enables payments at more than 130 million locations worldwide and connects more than 14,500 financial institutions and fintechs in more than 200 countries and territories. 

Officials from Bison Bank said they continue to endeavour in their quest to innovate in a digital context, always alongside global, highly specialised, and complementary partners. Launching a debit card is not the relevant news. The novelty involves creating a positive B2B2C use case that respects the strengths of each partner, in this instance Visa and Pecunpay, through an investment bank in Portugal, with the aim of serving and adding value to high net worth and global clients.

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Keywords: debit card, digital payments, digital banking, virtual card, fintech
Categories: Banking & Fintech
Companies: Bison Bank, Pecunpay, Visa
Countries: Portugal
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