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Read sensor readings over SCION network

The sensorapp application contains fetcher and server applications for sensor readings, using the SCION network. The application is very simple, and sends a single packet to request the information, and obtains typically a single packet in response, containing the readings.


To install sensorfetcher:

go get


If you are running SCION in a VM this app is already installed.

The sensorfetcher application sends a 0-length SCION UDP packet to the sensorserver application to fetch the sensor readings. A string is returned containing all the sensor readings. To keep the application as simple as possible, no reliability is built in -- in case of packet loss, the user needs to abort and re-try.

To run the sensorfetcher application, you will need to express your local host's address as a SCION address (in the format ISD-AS,[IPv4]:port) and specify the address of a sensor server, for instance 17-ffaa:0:1102,[]:42003. The local ISD and AS number can be seen for instance from files in the logs directory: br17-ffaa_0_1102.log indicates that we are in AS ffaa:0:1102 in ISD 17. Another way is to look at the gen directory, which in this case contains a subdirectory called ISD17, which contains subdirectory ASffaa_0_1102. The IPv4 address represents the local address the application binds to, and the local port number can be freely selected as any available port.

Sample servers are at:

  • 17-ffaa:0:1102,[]:42003
  • 17-ffaa:1:13,[]:42003

Their readings can be fetched as follows (need to replace client address with actual client address, with an arbitrary free port):

sensorfetcher -s 17-ffaa:0:1102,[]:42003 -c 17-ffaa:0:1108,[]:42001


To install sensorserver:

go get

We use sensors from Tinkerforge, and the Python application fetches the sensor values and writes them to stdout. The sensorserver application collects the readings, and serves them as a string to client requests. To start, we use the following command:

python3 ${GOPATH}/src/ | sensorserver -s 17-ffaa:0:1102,[]:42003 &

If you do not have any sensor information available, then you can use a simple time application that reports the current time on your system:

python3 ${GOPATH}/src/ | sensorserver -s 17-ffaa:0:1102,[]:42003 &