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OpenWeave EFR32 Lock Example Application

An example application showing the use of OpenWeave on the Silicon Labs EFR32 MG12 and MG21.

OpenWeave is the open source release of Nest's Weave technology, an application layer framework that provides a secure, reliable communications backbone for Nest's products.



The EFR32 lock example application provides a working demonstration of a connected door lock device, built using OpenWeave, OpenThread and the Silicon Labs gecko SDK. The example supports remote access and control of a simulated door lock over a low-power, 802.15.4 Thread network. It is capable of being paired into an existing Weave network along with other Weave-enabled devices, and supports communication (via a Weave border router device) with the Nest service. The example targets the Silicon Labs EFR32 SDK, but is readily adaptable to other EFR32-based hardware.

The lock example is intended to serve both as a means to explore the workings of OpenWeave and OpenThread, as well as a template for creating real products based on the Silicon Labs platform.

The example application builds upon the OpenWeave and OpenThread projects, which are incorporated as submodules and built from source. A top-level Makefile orchestrates the entire build process, including building OpenWeave, OpenThread and select files from the Silicon Labs SDK. The resultant image file can be flashed directly onto the Silicon Labs WSTK kit hardware.

Software Architecture

The lock example is built on the Weave application layer framework provided by openweave-core . At the heart of this are the Weave Core components. These components provide the essential functionality required to speak Weave. This includes code for encoding and decoding Weave messages, communicating Weave messages over various transports (TCP, UDP, BLE), tracking Weave conversations (exchanges) and negotiating secure communications.

The Weave Profiles sit atop the core components and provide support for specific types of Weave interactions. Central among these is the Weave Data Management profile (WDM), which provides a generalized protocol for communicating state, configuration settings, commands and events between Weave nodes. Other profiles support device provisioning (pairing), OTA software update, time synchronization, and device identification and control.

The Weave Device Layer serves to adapt the portable Weave Core and Profile components to run in the context of a particular device platform. In the case of the lock example, the device platform is the EFR32 MG12 or MG21. Additionally, the Device Layer also provides platform-neutral services (APIs) to the application for performing certain fundamental operations that are common to all Weave devices. These include managing a device’s persistent configuration, managing its network connectivity, scheduling and orchestrating OTA software updates and others.

The lock example makes use of various components provided by the Silicon Labs SDK, including BLE support libraries, persistent storage management, crypto services, logging and others. FreeRTOS is used to support multi-threading and task synchronization. SEGGER RTT support provides access to log output using the J-Jink debug probe built in to the EFR32 Wireless Starter Kit (WSTK) Kit.

OpenThread provides the core Thread stack implementation and manages persistent storage of Thread network configuration. The LwIP Lightweight IP stack provides IP services on top of Thread, including TCP, UDP and ICMPv6.

The Silicon Labs EFR32 SDK provides a BLE protocol stack and Dynamic Multiprotocol (DMP) support for simultaneous use of BLE and Thread.

Example Application Design

The lock example application uses the Weave Data Management protocol (WDM) to enable remote access to state and control of a simulated door lock. The application implements the standard Nest-defined schema for a consumer-grade bolt lock. In particular, the application publishes the security.BoltLockTrait, which it uses to expose the overall state of the lock, and its bolt, to outside consumers. In turn, the application consumes the properties of the security.BoltLockSettingsTrait as published by the Nest service. These properties contain user-supplied settings that configure the desired behavior of the device.

As part of implementing the BoltLockTrait, the application also responds to BoltLockChangeRequest commands instructing it to change the state of the bolt. This provides the ability to remotely lock and unlock the door. To better simulate real lock hardware, the application incorporates a short delay mimicking the actuation time of the bolt.

Whenever the state of the bolt changes, the application emits a BoltActuatorStateChangeEvent. This event describes the end result of the change (bolt extended or retracted), when the change happened and the actor or action that initiated it. This is conveyed to the Nest service in a reliable manner.

Together, the features of the lock example have been designed to illustrate the four core interaction patterns typical of devices that use Weave and the Weave Data Management protocol; namely:

  • Publishing local state
  • Subscribing to remote settings
  • Reacting to received commands
  • Emitting events

Device UI

The example application provides a simple UI that depicts the state of the device and offers basic user control. This UI is implemented via the general-purpose LEDs and buttons built in to the EFR32 WSTK development board.

LED #0 shows the overall state of the device and its connectivity. Four states are depicted:

  • Short Flash On (50ms on/950ms off) — The device is in an unprovisioned (unpaired) state and is waiting for a commissioning application to connect.

  • Rapid Even Flashing (100ms on/100ms off) — The device is in an unprovisioned state and a commissioning application is connected via BLE.

  • Short Flash Off (950ms on/50ms off) — The device is full provisioned, but does not yet have full network (Thread) or service connectivity.

  • Solid On — The device is fully provisioned and has full network and service connectivity.

Button PB0 can be used to initiate a OTA software update as well as to reset the device to a default state.

A brief press of Button PB0 instructs the device to perform a software update query to the Nest service. Should the service indicate a software update is available, the device will download the corresponding software image file. This feature is only available once the device completed the pairing process. While software update is running, another brief press on Button PB0 will abort it.

Pressing and holding Button PB0 for 6 seconds initiates a factory reset. After an initial period of 3 seconds, all four LED will flash in unison to signal the pending reset. Holding the button past 6 seconds will cause the device to reset its persistent configuration and initiate a reboot. The reset action can be cancelled by releasing the button at any point before the 6 second limit.

LED #1 shows the state of the simulated lock bolt. When the LED is lit the bolt is extended (i.e. door locked); when not lit, the bolt is retracted (door unlocked). The LED will flash whenever the simulated bolt is in motion from one position to another.

Button PB1 can be used to change the state of the simulated bolt. This can be used to mimick a user manually operating the lock. The button behaves as a toggle, swapping the state every time it is pressed.


Extract the SimplicityStudio-v4.tgz archive to where you want to install Simplicity Studio and follow the instructions in README.txt found within the extracted archive to complete installation. The remaining instructions assume SimplicityStudio_v4 is installed in the user's home directory.

In Simplicity Studio from the Launcher perspective click on the "Update Software" button. The Package Manager window will Open. Ensure that the following SDKs are installed (as of January 2020).

  • Bluetooth

  • Flex

  • Download and install a suitable ARM gcc tool chain: GNU Arm Embedded Toolchain 7-2018-q2-update (Direct download link: Linux Mac OS X)

  • Install some additional tools:

       # Linux
       $ sudo apt-get install git make automake libtool ccache
       # Mac OS X
       $ brew install automake libtool ccache
  • Clone the example application into the app subdirectory of the v2.7 SDK

       $ cd ~/SimplicityStudio_v4/developer/sdks/gecko_sdk_suite/v2.7/app
       $ git clone
       $ cd openweave-efr32-lock-example
       $ git submodule update --init
  • To build for an MG21 part make the following changes to the platform/CMSIS/Include/core_cm33.h file within the Silicon Labs SDK. Copy the following lines to the top of the core_cm33.h file.

#if defined(__GNUC__)
#pragma GCC diagnostic ignored "-Wpedantic"
  • Supported hardware:

    MG12 boards:

    • BRD4161A / SLWSTK6000B / Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@19dBm
    • BRD4166A / SLTB004A / Thunderboard Sense 2 / 2.4GHz@10dBm
    • BRD4170A / SLWSTK6000B / Multiband Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@19dBm, 915MHz@19dBm
    • BRD4304A / SLWSTK6000B / MGM12P Module / 2.4GHz@19dBm

    MG21 boards:

    • BRD4180A / SLWSTK6006A / Wireless Starter Kit / 2.4GHz@20dBm
  • Build the openweave-ef32-example-lock application:

       $ make BOARD=BRD4161A
  • To delete generated executable, libraries and object files use:

       $ make BOARD=BRD4161A clean

Initializing the EFR32 module

The example application is designed to run on the Silicon Labs SDK development kit. Prior to installing the application, the device's flash memory should be erased.

  • Connect the host machine to the J-Link Interface MCU USB connector on the EFR32 WSTK.

  • Use the Makefile to erase the flash:

      $ make BOARD=BRD4161A erase        
  • To erase a specific device using its serial number:

      $ make BOARD=BRD4161A SERIALNO=440113717 erase  

Flashing the Application

  • To rebuild the image and flash the example app:

      $ make BOARD=BRD4161A flash
  • To rebuild the image and flash a specific device using its serial number:

      $ make BOARD=BRD4161A SERIALNO=440113717 flash 
  • To flash an existing image without rebuilding:

      $ make BOARD=BRD4161A flash-app

Viewing Logging Output

The example application is built to use the SEGGER Real Time Transfer (RTT) facility for log output. RTT is a feature built-in to the J-Link Interface MCU on the WSTK development board. It allows bi-directional communication with an embedded application without the need for a dedicated UART.

Using the RTT facility requires downloading and installing the SEGGER J-Link Software and Documentation Pack (web site). Alternatively the SEGGER Ozone - J-Link Debugger can be used to view RTT logs.

  • Download the J-Link installer by navigating to the appropriate URL and agreeing to the license agreement.

  • JLink_Linux_x86_64.deb

  • JLink_MacOSX.pkg

  • Install the J-Link software

      $ cd ~/Downloads
      $ sudo dpkg -i JLink_Linux_V*_x86_64.deb
  • In Linux, grant the logged in user the ability to talk to the development hardware via the linux tty device (/dev/ttyACMx) by adding them to the dialout group.

      $ sudo usermod -a -G dialout ${USER} 

Once the above is complete, log output can be viewed using the JLinkExe tool in combination with JLinkRTTClient as follows:

  • Run the JLinkExe tool with arguments to autoconnect to the WSTK board:

    For MG12 use:

      $ JLinkExe -device EFR32MG12PXXXF1024 -if JTAG -speed 4000 -autoconnect 1

    For MG21 use:

      $ JLinkExe -device EFR32MG21AXXXF1024 -if SWD -speed 4000 -autoconnect 1
  • In a second terminal, run the JLinkRTTClient to view logs:

      $ JLinkRTTClient

Debugging with SEGGER Ozone

The SEGGER Ozone J-Link Debugger is a full featured debugger and Real-Time-Telemetry (RTT) viewer that is available for Linux and macOS.

  • Download and install SEGGER Ozone Debugger:

SEGGER Ozone J-Link Debugger

  • Enable debugging with the DEBUG=1 switch in the make command, e.g.

       $ make BOARD=BRD4161A DEBUG=1
  • Start SEGGER Ozone Debugger:

       $ /opt/SEGGER/ozone/<version>/Ozone
  • Open the New Project Wizard, either from the File->New menu or the Dialog Box that appears at startup.

    • Target Device Set Device to Cortex-M4 for MG12, Cortex-M33 for MG21

    • Connection Settings. Select JTAG for MG12, SWD for MG21, 4Mhz Target Interface Speed

    • Program File Select ~/openweave-efr32-lock-example/build/openweave-efr32-lock-example.elf

  • Select the Start Debugging->Attach to Running Program from the Debug menu. After a short delay the debugger will connect to the device.

  • To view RTT Log output, ensure the Terminal pane is enabled from the View menu.

  • Confirm RTT is working from the J-Link Control Panel.

    • Open the J-Link Control Panel pane from the View menu.
    • Click on the RTT tab button at the top of the J-Link Control Panel
    • The Status field shall show Located RTT Control Block

If the control block cannot be found open the Global Data pane from the View menu.

The top line of the Global Data pane is a search box. Search for _SEGGER_RTT. Copy its location into the Control Block Address text box in the J-Link Control Panel and click the Start button in the J-Link Control Panel.


Example application showing use of OpenWeave on the Silicon Labs EFR32 MG12 and MG21







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