NoPileups Camera Selection

Before buying a single camera or drilling a single hole, it’s important to know the type of hardware you’ll need and how you plan to lay it out in the tunnel.

Camera Requirements

Your in-tunnel cameras must meet these requirements to work with NoPileups:

  • IP-based — NoPileups uses IP-based cameras
  • IP66 — IP66 cameras are rated against high-pressure spray from 360 degrees and have ingress protection for dust-sized particles.
  • Supports MJPEG/H.264 compression — H.265 compression is not officially compatible with NoPileups and should not be used.
  • Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) — WDR during video compression can make video alterations for lighting changes.
  • Supports Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP)
  • Have a main and substream (3 total streams preferred) — The substream uses smaller image sizes (768x480) to stream video using an RTSP link.
  • Support HD resolutions
  • Supports at least 12 frames per second - Framerates above 12 can create excess network latency, while framerates below 12 can cause NoPileups to not work as well
  • Minimum 100 Megabit connectivity — If the camera uses more, ensure the network can handle the excess load.
  • Camera field of view between 90 and 110 degrees — Gauge the distance from the camera to the rail and use a millimeter lens that provides a good shot of the vehicle. Smaller cars are harder to detect for tracking. Using digital “zoom” will create a lower-quality image.


Cameras that use 360-degree views will not work with NoPileups.

Camera Manufacturers

Here are some of the manufacturers whose cameras work well with NoPileups:

  • Axis
  • Digital Watchdog
  • HikVision
  • Lorex
  • Rugged CCTV
  • Samsung
  • Sanso
  • Toshiba
  • Vivotek

    Good to know!

    All Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) brands of these manufacturers should also work well with NoPileups.

    This is a list of camera manufacturers whose models are not compatible with NoPileups:

    • ACTi (older firmware models)
    • PTZ Cameras


    Cameras using 360-degree views are not compatible with NoPileups.

    Recommended PoE Gigabit Switches

    NoPileups requires a gigabit connection between the camera switch and the NoPileups Server. The system also requires that all ports on the switch be PoE (Power over Ethernet). Here are our recommendations for gigabit switches with PoE:

    • Buffalo 8-Port PoE Gigabit Switch
    • Buffalo 16-Port PoE Gigabit Switch
    • D-Link 8-Port PoE Gigabit Switch
    • D-Link 24-Port PoE Gigabit Switch