Sensor reading over SCION

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


To install sensorfetcher and sensorserver, run:

sudo apt install scion-apps-sensorapp

See Installation for details.


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.

Sample servers are at:

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

Their readings can be fetched as follows:

scion-sensorfetcher -c 17-ffaa:1:89,[]:0 -s 17-ffaa:0:1102,[]:42003

Here, -s specifies the sensor server whereas -c specifies your machine. The -c flag can be omitted if a SCION localhost address is configured. To do this, add your SCION host to the /etc/hosts file. Below you can see an example:

# regular IPv4 hosts
# ....

# regular IPv6 hosts
# ....

# SCION hosts
17-ffaa:0:1,[]                               localhost


We use sensors from Tinkerforge, and the sensorreader Python application to fetch the sensor values and write 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:

scion-sensorreader | scion-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:

scion-timereader | scion-sensorserver -s 17-ffaa:0:1102,[]:42003 &

In these examples, -s specifies your server address. Again, it can be omitted by specifying a SCION localhost like above. The server then uses localhost to bind to. In this case, the port can be specified with the -p flag.

scion-sensorreader | scion-sensorserver -p 42003 &
scion-timereader | scion-sensorserver -p 42003 &