Commercial Security Cameras

Every business in Iowa should have security cameras or some type of surveillance system installed. Pairing security cameras with a commercial security system ensures the maximum safety and protection for both customers and employees at the office. While the camera options are seemingly endless, Strauss Security Solutions has teamed up with the best manufacturers in the industry to install high-performance, high-res cameras for your business.

Types of Security Cameras

Before delving into the features and benefits of our product line, here’s what you need to know about the different types of security cameras available. Whether you’re located in Des Moines, Iowa City, or Cedar Rapids, contact Strauss and we’ll discuss your options and help you decide which security camera is best for your office.

  • IP cameras, or internet protocol cameras, have become increasingly popular as technology advances. These digital cameras can send and receive data through the internet or a computer network. You may also hear IP cameras referred to as network cameras.
    • NVRs (network video recorders) are commonly associated with IP cameras. Video footage is encoded and processed at the camera and then streamed to the NVR for storage or remote video viewing.
  • HD Analog TVI (high-definition analog transport video interface) is the latest and greatest upgrade to traditional analog CCTV (closed-circuit television) cameras. Using the same coax cable of traditional analog cameras, HD TVI processes and transports the signal digitally for video used in HD security cameras and DVRs.
    • DVRs (digital video recorders) function similarly to NVRs, except they record analog or coax-cable-based cameras.
  • CCTV analog systems connect cameras, display monitors, and recording devices in a closed circuit for surveillance purposes. Traditional CCTV analog systems produce low-resolution images, so oftentimes footage turns out grainy or difficult to decipher.

Digital Watchdog

Digital Watchdog produces top-quality IP cameras with a robust video management system. The best part? Software and the mobile app are free and updates are free for life. Their IP camera solutions include MEGApix® IP megapixel cameras that are recorded with crisp quality to Blackjack NVRs. Digital Watchdog’s open platform creates scalable, feature-rich surveillance systems that are easy to use. Camera views are fully customizable with advanced PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) control. IP video systems can be deployed as new systems, or we can upgrade your existing analog system to a hybrid IP system by encoding existing analog cameras into an IP NVR to migrate to an all IP system in the future. Strauss will find the best video solution for your business.

Digital Watchdog Camera Features

  • 5-year warranty
  • Free software and mobile app
  • One time license fee per camera that enables it to be recorded in the software for life
  • No recurring fees
  • Free software, app, and firmware updates for life
  • Spectrum VMS software with customizable layouts and intuitive graphical user interface
  • Comprehensive product line
  • 1–48MP cameras to choose from
  • Broad product line includes traditional cameras, 180° and 360° view cameras (available in multi-sensor and/or fisheye lens cameras)

Digital Watchdog Camera Benefits

  • Easy to use, minimal training required
  • Never need to leave the main system view to quickly access functions
  • Excellent help feature built into the system
  • Great manufacturer tech support
  • One of the best warranties in the industry
  • No recurring fees or “maintenance agreements;” updates and support are free for life
  • Competitively priced equipment with a solid product line
  • Great user experience for the software and the app

Popular Digital Watchdog Security Cameras

Indoor/Outdoor Dome IP Camera with Infrared Technology
Model: DWC-MF21M4TIR

One of the most cost-effective camera systems, the MEGApix® 2.1 Megapixel Indoor/Outdoor Dome IP Camera with IR features a 1080p 4mm fixed lens with an 86° horizontal field of view. The low-profile camera includes infrared night vision.

CaaS Commercial Security Camera by Digital Watchdog - Strauss Security Solutions

MEGApix® CaaS™ Edge 2.1 Megapixel Indoor/Outdoor Dome IP Camera with IR

MEGApix® CaaS™ Indoor/Outdoor Dome IP Camera with IR
Model: DWCA-VF25WIR4-64

This CaaS (camera as a system) is very similar to the MF21M4TIR, except it is a standalone camera that records to an onboard SD card and has software running inside of it. A complete camera system is within the camera, so there’s no need for an NVR. This camera can serve indoor and outdoor purposes, be used as a single camera, or be merged with other CaaS cameras or Digital Watchdog NVR systems.

5 Megapixel 360° Hemispheric Fisheye Indoor IP Camera

The MEGApix® PANO™ Hemispheric 360° View Fisheye IR Camera allows you to monitor an entire room with just one camera. The fisheye lens produces real-time, wide panoramic images in any lighting and can be optimized to work with Digital Watchdog’s dewarping and fisheye handling features in its software platform. This indoor fisheye camera, when installed with the right application, can do the work of two to four cameras with far less cost.

Indoor & Outdoor Security Camera by Digital Watchdog

Digital Watchdog 2.1 Megapixel Indoor/Outdoor Dome IP Camera

MEGApix® 2.1 Megapixel Indoor/Outdoor Dome IP Camera
Model: DWC-MV82WiA

This megapixel indoor/outdoor dome camera comes equipped with infrared night vision and a motorized 2.8–12mm auto-focus lens with 32° to 106° horizontal field of view. The adjustable lens allows you to get the shot you need while providing more flexibility as to where the camera is mounted.


Vivotek is a global leader in security surveillance systems. Known for their innovation, Vivotek offers a broad range of security cameras, NVRs, and video management software. Vivotek is even compatible with Digital Watchdog systems. Because their product offering is so diverse, sometimes we’ll recommend pairing a Vivotek IP video camera with the Digital Watchdog surveillance system.

Vivotek Camera Features

  • Innovative IP camera designs and technology
  • Specialty camera offerings with exceptional features and technology
  • Compatible with many other IP video system manufacturers
  • 3-year warranty

Vivotek Camera Benefits

  • Highly customizable—get the exact product features you need because of the many options and camera variations
  • Excellent product quality
  • Cross compatible with most systems
  • Amazing image quality

Popular Vivotek Cameras

Fisheye Network Camera
Model: FE8181/81V and FE8191/FE8391-V

Indoor Fisheye Camera From Vivotek

12 MP Fisheye Network Camera from Vivotek

These fisheye cameras from Vivotek come in a 5MP or 12MP option. Both cameras feature detailed image quality and are true day/night cameras due to their high performance in low-light conditions. The 360° surround view ensures there are no blind spots. Plus, you can choose from eight different display options. The FE8391-V is also vandal proof and rated as an outdoor camera. These fisheyes are perfect for offices, retail stores, parking lots, airports, malls, and more.

Fixed Dome Indoor Camera

Indoor Security Camera from Vivotek - Strauss Security Solutions

Indoor Dome Network Camera

Model: FD816B-HF2

The FD816B-HF2 is an indoor dome network camera that has built-in audio so both sound and video are recorded together. The HD sensor produces superb image quality with 1920×1080 resolution and 30 frames per second. This indoor camera also features supreme night visibility for low-light conditions.


Avycon is a leader and innovator in the surveillance industry. With a high-performance product line and exceptional technical support and customer service, it’s clear to see how Avycon became well known for its security camera systems. The Avycon products Strauss offers include HD Analog TVI video systems, DVRs, and cameras. Small-scale IP video systems, NVRs, and cameras are also available.

Avycon Camera Features

  • 3-year warranty
  • Backwards compatible with analog cameras
  • Can use analog, HD-TVI, and IP cameras on their system’s “tri-brid”
  • Free mobile apps and website for remote viewing
  • Feature-rich cameras for excellent image quality—2MP 1080p

Avycon Camera Benefits

  • Easy-to-use app for remote viewing
  • Cost-effective solution to IP camera systems
  • Easily upgrade existing analog systems by replacing DVR and cameras—can use the existing cable
  • Tech support for both the end user and integrator

Popular Avycon Cameras

HD Analog Outdoor Dome Camera

Vandal-Proof Outdoor Dome Security Camera

HD Analog Outdoor Security Camera

Model: AVC-DA92VLT

Perfect for upgrading your existing analog system, the AVC-DA92VLT is vandal proof and rated for outdoor usage. This outdoor camera boasts Smart IR™ for clear images no matter the brightness and 3-axis easy installation housing.

HD Analog Indoor Dome Camera

HD Analog Indoor Security Camera from Avycon

HD Analog Indoor Security Camera

Model: AVC-VA92VLT

The AVC-VA92VLT is the indoor model of the outdoor dome camera described above. The high-quality DC Iris 4x megapixel zoom lens provides superb picture quality with a range of 2.8–12mm. This indoor camera also features dual HD video output: both EX-SDI/HD-SDI and HD-TVI outputs provide full HD, 30fps real-time video simultaneously.

Commercial Security Cameras for Iowa Businesses

Protect your property and valuable assets with the best security cameras on the market. Strauss Security Solutions is certified to install security camera systems in the entire state of Iowa, including the Des Moines metro, Iowa City, and Cedar Rapids. Contact Strauss to install surveillance systems for your business today.