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Using the AGILE Gateway on the IoT-Lab Testbed

Available hardware

  • Several AGILE Gateways (makers version, RaspberryPi) are deployed and available in the Saclay site testbed

  • Also available on the same IoT-Lab site: hundreds of IoT-Lab M3 nodes, with bare-metal access. IoT-Lab M3 are custom nodes which communicate via IEEE 802.15.4 wireless transcievers. Other types of nodes, commercially available, are also available on IoT-lab: Nordic nrf52dk (BLE wireless transciever), Nordic nrf52840dk (BLE and IEEE 802.15.4 wireless transcievers), ST B-L072Z-LRWAN1 (LoRa wireless transciever), Zolertia Firefly (IEEE 802.15.4 and subGHz wireless transcievers).

  • An AGILE Gateway (agile-pi-3) uses IEEE 802.15.4 to communicate with IoT-lab nodes. It is connected via serial USB to an Atmel SAMR21 board which offers IEEE 802.15.4 wireless connection. The attached SAMR21 board can either be used from the Pi as client node, or as border router (see below). The other AGILE gateways use instead Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to connect to IoT-lab nodes.

Connecting to the AGILE Gateways

Each AGILE Gateway deployed on IoT-Lab is accessible online, as described below.


Follow these steps to set up access to the AGILE Gateways on the IoT-Lab testbed.

Accessing AGILE OS on the Gateways

AGILE software is installed and running on agile-pi-2, agile-pi-3 and agile-pi-5 gateways but cannot be accessed directly from the web, for security reasons. For examples, to access AGILE OS running on agile-pi-2, you need to start an SSH tunnel between your local computer and the AGILE gateway.

You can set this up from your command line on your local computer with the command:

    ssh -L8080:localhost:8080 -L8000:localhost:8000 \
        -L1880:localhost:1880 -L8083:localhost:8083 -L8086:localhost:8086 \
        -L3000:localhost:3000 -L2000:localhost:2000 agile-pi-2

At this point, you can access AGILE OS from your local computer, in a browser, at http://localhost:8000

Connecting with RIOT nodes using Bluetooth Low-Energy

Using AGILE gateway agile-pi-2 and Nordic nrf52dk boards available on IoT-lab.

Preliminary: you must either have the necessary toolchain to compile RIOT, or a VM as described in the RIOT Tutorial.

Clone and compile RIOT

Clone the repositories and jump into the right directory using the following command in your terminal:

git clone && cd iotp-ble-riot && git clone && cd RIOT && git checkout 83abf11f2f56dbf389edde66f89f891ec7a7929e && cd ..

Compile RIOT for the Nordic nrf52dk board by typing the following command in your terminal:

BOARD=nrf52dk make

The result of this compilation is the firmware eid_ble.elf located in bin/nrf52dk/.

Book and Flash IoT-lab node

Using the IoT-lab webportal book an nrf52dk node, flash it with the firmware eid_ble.elf and run that by launching an experiment with this node.

In your terminal, login via ssh to the IoT-lab frontend (ssh and connect to the UART output of the node to with the command nc nrf52dk-1 20000 (assuming the node you booked is nrf52dk-1).

You are now in the RIOT shell, running on the nrf52dk. In the shell, type reboot and then help to see the prompt and the available commands.

See this guide for further instructions.

Connect to IoT-lab AGILE gateway

In another terminal, type the below command to pen an SSH tunnel to the gateways to map Agile OS local ports on your local host:

    ssh -L8080:localhost:8080 -L8000:localhost:8000 \
            -L1880:localhost:1880 -L8083:localhost:8083 -L8086:localhost:8086 \
            -L3000:localhost:3000 -L2000:localhost:2000 agile-pi-2

Log into AGILE OS and Connect to RIOT

  1. In your browser, launch AGILE OS by accessing http://localhost:8000
  2. Open the device manager (in the top left drop-down menu), discover and register to the device named SensorTag RIOT.
  3. Take a look at sensor data received in real time, by clicking on Devices then on View Data on the registered SensorTag RIOT node.

Connecting with RIOT nodes using IEEE 802.15.4

AGILE gateways agile-pi-2 and agile-pi-3 can use their attached Atmel SARM21 xpro board as a IPv6 border router between the IEEE 802.15.4 wireless network used between IoT-Lab nodes and the AGILE gateway, as described below.


If you do not have one already, create your account on the IoT-Lab testbed and learn how to use it by following the online tutorials.

We assume basic RIOT git and toolchain setup on your local computer. For newbies, we recommend following the beginning of this tutorial (you can stop after completing Task 1).

Using the SAMR21 as a 6LoWPAN border router

Follow these steps to setup and start using an 6LoWPAN border router on a SAMR21 board attached to the AGILE Gateway in IoT-Lab.

Connecting with TI SensorTag node using BLE

This can only be performed on agile-pi-5.

Connecting to Agile OS

  1. Open an SSH tunnel to the gateways to map Agile OS local ports on your local host:
    ssh -L8080:localhost:8080 -L8000:localhost:8000 \
            -L1880:localhost:1880 -L8083:localhost:8083 -L8086:localhost:8086 \
            -L3000:localhost:3000 -L2000:localhost:2000 agile-pi-5

Connecting the SensorTag in AgileOS

  1. Ensure the SensorTag is up and listening to BLE incoming connections
  2. From you host, login AgileOS at http://localhost:8000
  3. Open the device manager, register and connect to the SensorTag device

Connect the gateway to Eclipse MQTT broker

  1. Open NodeRed and import the preconfigured Library/test_sensortag_mqtt flow
  2. Verify everything is connected correctly (websockets for sensortag and mqtt clients to
  3. Use Mosquitto MQTT client to subscribe to available topics:
    mosquitto_sub -h -t saclay/agile/sensors/temperature
    mosquitto_sub -h -t saclay/agile/sensors/humidity

Upcoming support

In the near-future, we plan to :

  • instead of SAMR21, use the Libelium Hat + 802.15.4 Shield, or an OpenLabs dongle on the AGILE gateways following these steps
  • Switch from Raspbian to ResinOS