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ZAYA μContainer Use Cases

Updated: Oct 16, 2023

ZAYA μContainers are containers for resource-constraint small & MMU-less Microcontrollers and an innovative way to make a product development modular, secure, user-friendly, deployment friendly in the IoT Edge devices, and these solutions can be applied for different use cases.

1. User Application ZAYA Microcontainers can be used to run any native end-user application in an authenticated, isolated and independent secure environment.

Microcontainers are platform-agnostic environment, and they don't need Hardware, platform and OS initialisation; therefore, a user application running in a Microcontainer just includes the native application code.

ZAYA Microcontainers are multi-threaded environments so the developer can build either bare-metal or multi-thread user applications with Microcontainer specific thread synchronisation primitives e.g. mutex, semaphore.

ZAYA Microcontainers makes use of cryptographic API from the Certified ZAYA OS, so do not need to include any security/cryptography implementation or any credentials.

2. Virtual Machine; Porting an Existing RTOS Application

Microcontainers can be used like a Virtual-Machine that runs a Guest Operating System.

A existing RTOS application can be isolated and protected from a potential violation and malfunctioning.

Microcontainer Access Policy allows product developers to pick what resources to grant for the non-Secure RTOS. This approach also simplify the migrating from a non-secure RTOS to ZAYA's secure environment; an existing RTOS powered User Application (Guest) RTOS can be run in a Microcontainer with no-effort.

3. Cloud Integrations & Services Microcontainers can be used to run cloud integrations, such AWS, Azure for Remote Device


Cloud Microcontainers run like a independent background services (Microservices), and end-user applications can use cloud microservices to interact with the cloud.

Cloud Microcontainers is protected by PSA Security Guidelines; cloud microservices do not

have any sensitive data (keys) and operations (crypto operations), instead, it makes use of

crypto and secure key storage from PSA Certified ZAYA Secure OS

4. Interpreters & Alternative Programming Languages

Microcontainers can be used to run any programming language, such as scripting languages, e.g. Python, Rust for advance programming such as AI, Data Analysis.

An Interpreter Microcontainer can include its user application but also it can be used as a background service (Microservice) to run scripts from other Microcontainers; like running(remote) lambda functions.

It offers secure programming; a system can be isolated and protected from a potential

malfunctioning by any code implemented in any language. Microcontainer Access Policy allows

alternative programming language developers what resources to grant for microcontainer.

5. Machine Learning Microcontainers can be used as independent environment to run Machine Learning(ML) Models.

An ML Model can be encapsulated in a Microcontainer and can be deployed to the field independently. It resolves the ML Update Limitations for resource constraint devices; update

a ML Model with any size.

ML Model Microcontainers can securely interact with Interpreter Microcontainers to used script


6. Middleware

Microcontainers can be used run independent Middleware's as background services like a


The developer can create individual middleware services like, crypto, file system, network.

Middleware Microcontainers can be used to run any untrusted third-party library to protect the

system from a potential malfunctioning from the third-party.

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