Step 1: Set up an AWS account and IAM user - Amazon Lookout for Equipment

Step 1: Set up an AWS account and IAM user

Before you can start with Lookout for Equipment, you must sign up for an AWS account if you don't already have one and create an AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) user.


Lookout for Equipment provides a management console, which you can use for most tasks. Lookout for Equipment also provides APIs to upload data collected by your existing sensors and build, train, and deploy machine learning models using that data. You must use the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI) to use these operations or write code. For example, to upload samples of normal and abnormal sensor data so that Lookout for Equipment can create a custom model to find potential failures, you must either use the AWS CLI or write code to make requests, using either the APIs directly or by using the AWS SDKs.

Sign up for AWS

When you sign up for Amazon Web Services (AWS), your AWS account is automatically signed up for all AWS services, including Lookout for Equipment.

If you already have an AWS account, skip to the next topic.

To create an AWS account

  1. Open

  2. Follow the online instructions.

    Part of the sign-up procedure involves receiving a phone call and entering a verification code on the phone keypad.

Record your AWS account ID because you'll need it for the next task.

Create an IAM user

Services in AWS, such as Lookout for Equipment, require that you provide credentials when you access them so that the service can determine whether you have permissions to access the resources owned by that service. The console requires your password. You can create access keys for your AWS account to access the AWS CLI or API.

However, we don't recommend that you access AWS using the credentials for your AWS account. Instead, we recommend that you use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM). Create an IAM user, add the user to an IAM group with administrative permissions, and then grant administrative permissions to the IAM user that you created. You can then access AWS using a special URL and that IAM user's credentials.

If you signed up for AWS, but you haven't created an IAM user for yourself, you can create one using the IAM console.

To create an administrator user and sign in to the console

  1. Create an administrator user called adminuser in your AWS account. For instructions, see Creating Your First IAM User and Administrators Group in the IAM User Guide.

  2. A user can sign in to the AWS Management Console using a special URL. For more information, How Users Sign In to Your Account in the IAM User Guide.

You can use this same process to create more groups and users and to give your users access to your AWS account resources.

For more information about IAM, see the following:

Next step

Step 2: Set up IAM Access Roles for Lookout for Equipment