AT&T Patents

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  • Publication number: 20170109659
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to reservations-based intelligent roadway traffic management. According to one aspect disclosed herein, a roadway usage management (“RUM”) system can receive, from a user device, a reservation request. The RUM system can extract, from the reservation request, a route to a destination location. The route can include a roadway segment to be used by a user vehicle for travel to the destination location. The RUM system can determine a time block during which entry to the roadway segment is available. The RUM system can generate a reservation response that includes the time block available to satisfy the reservation request and can send the reservation response to the user device. The user vehicle can be a partially autonomous vehicle or a fully autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: David B. Small, Thomas Spencer, IV
  • Publication number: 20170111113
    Abstract: A computerized system and method for managing a passive optical network (PON) is disclosed. The system includes a detection and analysis module adapted for receiving uploaded measurement data from an optical line terminal (OLT) and at least one optical network terminal (ONT), and at least one of technical tools data, service failure data, and outside plant data. The detection and analysis module is adapted for determining a source of failure or potential failure in the PON by correlating the uploaded measurement data and the at least one of technical tools data and service failure data with information stored in a memory medium for the OLT and each ONT.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kapil Shrikhande, Kent George McCammon, Kevin Xiangkai Meng, Raghvendra Savoor
  • Publication number: 20170111246
    Abstract: According to one aspect disclosed herein, a performance monitoring SDN controller can translate an intent specified by a performance monitoring application into a flow rule and an action set to be utilized by a performance monitoring SDN element to process a packet flow received from the target SDN network. The performance monitoring SDN controller can provide the flow rule and the action set to a performance monitoring SDN element, which can receive the packet flow from the target SDN network and can analyze the packet flow in accordance with the flow rule to match the packet flow to an action included within the action set. The performance monitoring SDN element can execute the action to monitor a performance metric of the packet flow and to provide a value for the performance metric to the performance monitoring application agent, which can generate a message that includes the value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, Jin He
  • Publication number: 20170109361
    Abstract: Personalized sensory services are provided to mobile devices. As a sensor monitors an area of surveillance, the sensor may detect a passing mobile device. The sensor may thus ally itself to the passing mobile device and provide personalized sensory operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, Sangar Dowlatkhah
  • Publication number: 20170109260
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for test simulation for software defined networking environments. A computing device can receive a service request comprising a request to instantiate a service and create a service order based on the service request. The service order can include instructions to instantiate the service. The computing device can replicate the service order to obtain a replicated service order that includes instructions to instantiate a replicated service in a test environment, test paths and connections associated with the replicated service within the test environment using a test simulator, test device outage handling functionality of the replicated service within the test environment using the test simulator, test network outage handling functionality of the replicated service within the test environment using the test simulator, verify the replicated service, and initiate instantiation of the service requested by the service request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhenzhen Wang, Teh-Hsin K. Wu
  • Publication number: 20170109715
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a vehicle system including vehicle sensors that collect vehicle data corresponding to a condition in proximity to a vehicle of a user and a geographical location associated with the condition. A processor is configured to perform operations including generating a vehicle report based on the vehicle data; generating in accordance with a cryptocurrency protocol, a digital currency record that is unique to the vehicle report, wherein the digital currency record indicates a digital currency value associated with the vehicle report. The digital currency record is stored in a memory and communicated in conjunction with a purchase of goods or services by the user, wherein the digital currency value is credited to a purchase price of the goods or services. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicants: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC, AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Joaquin Aguirre, John Potts Davis, III, Fulvio Cenciarelli, Jeffrey Mikan
  • Publication number: 20170111423
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to real-time video delivery for connected home (“CH”) applications. According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies, a CH controller (“CHC”) can receive a request for delivery of a video stream captured by a CH video camera to a user device. The CHC can determine availability of a wireline communications link to a wireline network and availability of a wireless communications link to a wireless network over which to deliver the video stream to the user device. In response to determining that the wireline communications link and the wireless communications link are available, the CHC can obtain a wireline performance measurement for the wireline communications link, obtain a wireless performance measurement for the wireline communications link, compare the wireline performance measurement and the wireless performance measurement, and select either the wireline communications link or the wireless communications link based upon the comparison.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicants: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC, AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Jing Wu, Bo Lee
  • Publication number: 20170111497
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a communication device that includes a communication interface that facilitates a call from a user of the communication device to a communication device of a called party via a network, the call including voice communications of the user. An imaging sensor captures video of the user. A processor compares the video of the user to the voice communications to determine if the video of the user is consistent with the voice communications. The video of the user is analyzed to determine if an identity of the user is authenticated. An indication of user authentication is generated, responsive to determining the identity of the user is authenticated and to determining the video of the user coincides with the voice communications. The indication of the user authentication is sent to the called party in association with the call. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Thomas J J Starr
  • Patent number: 9626798
    Abstract: A method includes receiving video data and identifying a second object in at least one video frame of the video data. The method also includes determining whether to replace the second object in the at least one video frame with a first object based on at least one object matching rule. In response to determining that the second object is to be replaced with the first object, the method includes manipulating the three-dimensional model of the first object to generate a representation of the first object that matches at least one visual property of the second object and replacing the second object with the representation of the first object in the at least one video frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Eric Zavesky
  • Patent number: 9626856
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for detecting presence using a presence sensor network. In some embodiments, a computer executing a presence service generates a user interface for display at a user device. The user interface can include a control that, when selected, generates room data defining a monitored location. The computer can obtain sensor identifier data that identifies a presence sensor located at the monitored location and a location of the presence sensor at the monitored location. The computer can provide the user interface to the user device to obtain the room data and obtain the room data. The computer also can store the room data and the sensor identifier data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Donnie Henderson, Alicia Abella, Gerald Michael Karam
  • Patent number: 9626709
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to aspects of in-store field-of-view merchandising and analytics. According to one aspect disclosed herein, a system receives a message from a user device. The message can include an orientation of the user device and a location of the user device within an environment, such as a store. The system can obtain a potential field-of-view of a user associated with the user device. The system can determine, based upon the orientation, the location of the user device and the potential field-of-view of the user, an estimated field-of-view of the user. The system can query a database to look-up items located within the estimated field-of-view. The system can receive, in response to the query, a query response identifying an item located within the estimated field-of-view of the user within the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Alan Koch, Ari Craine, James Carlton Bedingfield, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9626694
    Abstract: Targeted content is delivered to and received by at least one user device based on user information stored locally at the user device. Program content and targeted content are received. The targeted content received is associated with user information stored locally on the user device, while the program content is broadcast to multiple users. A determination by a scanning process is made at what position or at what time in the program content to include the targeted content. The program content and the targeted content are rendered, with the targeted content included at the determined position or time in the program content, for presentation to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Ke Yu, William Brown
  • Patent number: 9628600
    Abstract: Screen time-outs on a portable electronic device can be customized based on user activity. In one aspect, a sensing component receives data from one or more sensors located on the portable electronic device, for example, skin conductivity sensors and determines whether the user is using the portable device, either actively or passively and also determines the identity of the user. A configuring component is employed to change one or more features or functions of the portable electronic device based on the information determined by the sensing component. In particular, the configuring component changes one of more features of the portable electronic device based on the preferences predefined by the identified user and device usage (active and passive usage).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Pratt, Sarah Everett, Marc Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9628116
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, an antenna structure having a feed point for coupling to a dielectric core of a cable that propagates electromagnetic waves without an electrical return path, and a dielectric antenna, substantially or entirely devoid of conductive external surfaces, coupled to the feed point, the dielectric antenna facilitating receipt, at the feed point, the electromagnetic waves for propagating the electromagnetic waves to an aperture of the dielectric antenna for radiating a wireless signal. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9628611
    Abstract: A device including a processor and a memory that includes instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations. The operations include displaying a plurality of call alert options at a user interface. The operations also include receiving, via the user interface, a selection of a first call alert option of the plurality of call alert options and sending information associated with the first call alert option to a server. The operations further include receiving a call request from a second device, where the call request includes data related to the first call alert option. The operations further include, responsive to receiving the call request, generating a call alert based on the first call alert option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Geoffrey R. Zampiello, Steven Charles Salimando
  • Patent number: 9628128
    Abstract: Dynamic power class re-registration of wireless devices is provided. A wireless device can exchange data with a communications network. While exchanging data, the device can monitor its usage and based on the usage, generate a power change request. The device can then send the power change request to the communications network, prior to or in conjunction with powering down the device. In this regard, the communications network can receive the power change request, generate instructions for the wireless device, and adjust network resources based on the power change request. The instructions can then be sent to the wireless device. Since the device re-registers its power class with the communications network, handoffs, internetwork thresholds, network resources and other network parameters can be adjusted to compensate for the changed power class resulting into improved service for a user of the wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Haywood Peitzer, Arthur Richard Brisebois, Steven A. Harbin, James Gordon Beattie, Jr., Richard J. Mountford
  • Patent number: 9627768
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a transmission device that includes a transmitter that generates a first electromagnetic wave to convey data. A coupler couples the first electromagnetic wave to a single wire transmission medium having an outer surface, to forming a second electromagnetic wave that is guided to propagate along the outer surface of the single wire transmission medium via at least one guided wave mode that includes an asymmetric or non-fundamental mode having a lower cutoff frequency. A carrier frequency of the second electromagnetic wave is selected to be within a limited range of the lower cutoff frequency, so that a majority of the electric field is concentrated within a distance from the outer surface that is less than half the largest cross sectional dimension of the single wire transmission medium, and/or to reduce propagation loss. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9628584
    Abstract: A method and system for providing unified location and presence information of and intercommunication among a plurality of networked users is disclosed, where the users may be real world people or virtual world personae. Generally, after receiving data representative of a first and second user's presence or location in the real or a virtual world over a communications network, the users are permitted to view each other's presence in a virtual network. The users are identified by endpoint addresses, and may intercommunicate using various types of media via the communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Gary Munson
  • Patent number: 9629076
    Abstract: An edge device comprising access network discovery and selection function (ANDSF) features is disclosed. An edge device can be a device located at a logical edge of a wireless network. An edge ANDSF component can rank access network resources. The rank can be based on characteristics of an access network resource, a user profile, device resource demands, or a user behavior model. The user profile can comprise information facilitating pre-authentication of a device to an access network resource. Further, the user profile can be considered portable with regard to localized aspects of edge ANDSF components. The user profile provides improved ANDSF feature performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, Sangar Dowlatkhah
  • Patent number: 9628587
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may perform, for example, receiving an over-the-air programming message that is utilizing a hypertext transfer protocol where the over-the-air programming message including programming data for use by the mobile communication device, converting the over-the-air programming message to a short message service transport protocol to generate an adjusted message that includes the programming data, and providing the adjusted message to a universal integrated circuit card of the mobile communication device via a baseband proxy operating in a device processor of the mobile communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Walter Cooper Chastain, Stephen Emille Chin
  • Patent number: 9629053
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a base station having a wireless transceiver operable in compliance with a Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access protocol, and a controller to manage the wireless transceiver. The controller can be operable to receive a request from a communication device to access the base station, and to direct the communication device to a second base station upon determining that granting wireless access to the communication device reduces an operating performance of the base station below an operating threshold of the base station. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Canhui Ou, Anthony Petronelli, Kevin Meng
  • Patent number: 9629062
    Abstract: A method of routing calls from a mobile unit to a destination location can include registering the mobile unit with a wireless adjunct, wherein the wireless adjunct is in communication with a switching unit and a packet based network and is operable to receive data from the switching unit and place the data, in packetized form, on the packet based network. The method can further include responding to a call setup request from the mobile unit and querying a subscriber database to determine if the mobile unit is a resident or a guest. If the mobile unit is a resident, communications data can be routed from the mobile unit through the switching unit to a first destination location. If the mobile unit is a guest, communications data can be routed from the mobile unit through an RF source to a second destination location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Michael Heubel, Andrew Clegg
  • Patent number: 9628986
    Abstract: Methods for processing a media content are disclosed. For example, a method captures the media content, determines a direction from which the media content is captured, encrypts the media content, and sends the media content that is encrypted toward a receiving device in the direction from which the media content was captured. Another method captures the media content, determines a direction from which the media content is captured, encrypts the media content and uploads the media content that is encrypted to a data store. The method then sends a notification toward a receiving device in the direction from which the media content was captured. The notification identifies that the media content that is encrypted has been uploaded to the data store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Christopher Baldwin
  • Patent number: 9628848
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media processor that includes a memory and a controller coupled to the memory. The controller can be programmed to receive media content from a set top box where the set top box is a separate device from the media processor and where the media content includes video content. The controller can also be programmed to receive supplemental content from a mobile communication device where the supplemental content is based on reading of a two dimensional bar code by the mobile communication device, and where the supplemental content comprises an image. The controller can further be programmed to generate augmented content by overlaying the supplemental content with the media content and to provide the augmented content to a display device for presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Lee Friedman
  • Patent number: 9628854
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system for receiving decoded satellite signals, obtaining media channels from the decoded satellite signals, selecting a portion of the media channels for distribution to a plurality of media processors, encoding the portion of the media channels selected according to a satellite distribution protocol, such as a protocol that facilitates satellite switching, to generate satellite encoded content, formatting the satellite encoded content according to a transport protocol to generate formatted content, and providing the formatted content for distribution to the plurality of media processors via a communication network, such as a single wire communication network or other network. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Mitchell Harvey Fuchs, John Babu Medamana
  • Patent number: 9628857
    Abstract: An Internet Protocol television system includes a set-top box that receives requests to display video streams being transmitted to a household. In response to the request, the set-top box provides a list of the video streams to a display device. The list includes options to terminate transmission of one or more of the streams. This allows a user to determine which video streams should be transmitted when bandwidth limitations are reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Marc Sullivan, Gregory Edwards, Joan Pearl
  • Patent number: 9628971
    Abstract: A gateway device is enabled to initiate sending of push notifications to an associated device. The push notifications can be sent even when a gateway device related application is not running on the device. The push notifications can also be sent to the device whenever it has internet connectivity, even if the internet connectivity is not being provided by the gateway device hotspot. In an embodiment, a mobile access gateway system can receive a notification from the gateway device that is directed to another device. The mobile access gateway system can determine whether or not the gateway device and the other device are related to each other and then instruct a push notification server to send the device a push notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Mobility II LLC, AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Andy Salvador, Don Philips, Kathy X. Liao, Michael D. Stice, Jennifer S. Swift, Jim Forbes, David Craig, Saritha Bandi
  • Patent number: 9626496
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method for detecting, by a system including at least one processor, a presence of an object from sensor data generated by a sensor device, retrieving, by the system, from a memory device a plurality of profiles biometrically descriptive of approved objects, asserting, by the system, an alarm responsive to determining from the sensor data that the detected object is not biometrically correlated to any of the plurality of profiles, classifying, by the system, the detected object as an authorized object responsive to determining from the sensor data that the detected object is biometrically correlated to at least one of the plurality of profiles, and notifying, by the system, at least one neighboring device responsive to asserting the alarm or responsive to classifying the detected object as the authorized object. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Lee Friedman
  • Patent number: 9629104
    Abstract: A mobile device that incorporates the subject disclosure may perform, for example, obtaining performance characteristics for network segments of a network where the network segments are selected from a group of network segments of the network based on a trajectory of the mobile device. The mobile device can monitor power state transitions of the mobile device, and can predict a future power state of the mobile device based on the monitoring of the power state transitions. The mobile device can determine a target time for sending a request for transmission of a data packet over the network where the target time is determined based on the performance characteristics for the network segments and based on the future power state of the mobile device. The mobile device can schedule a time for sending the request for transmission according to the target time. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: David Crawford Gibbon, Andrea Basso
  • Patent number: 9629172
    Abstract: A mobile telecommunications network is configured to dynamically adapt transmitted content according to the channel quality of the network link connecting a destination mobile device to the mobile telecommunications network. Channel quality indicators (CQIs) for the mobile devices associated with the mobile telecommunications network are cached at one or more support nodes of a core network. Components of the core network therefore can request the CQI of a mobile device from a corresponding support node rather than repeating a process of determining anew the condition of the network linking to a mobile device each time content is to be communicated to or from a mobile device. A service provider receiving the CQI for a mobile device from the cache of a support node can adapt the content to be provided to the mobile device to the particular conditions of the network represented by the CQI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventor: Venson Shaw
  • Patent number: 9628615
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a call from communication device associated with a caller. The call is directed to a second communication device associated with a callee. The method includes determining whether a caller profile associated with the caller is available. The method includes searching at least two networks in response to determining that the caller profile is not available. The method includes creating the caller profile based on the search of the at least two networks and populating a caller identification portal with at least one of a plurality identification characteristics included in the caller profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Aaron W. Bangor, Jeffrey L. Brandt, Douglas F. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 9628616
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a call setup signaling message at a subject line messaging application server. The call setup signaling message includes a subject header. The subject header includes a message identifier that corresponds to a subject line message selected by a caller device. The method includes replacing the message identifier with the subject line message to form a modified call setup signaling message when a removal determination indicates that the subject header should remain. The method also includes sending the modified call setup signaling message to a called party device via a server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Niral Sheth, Chaoxin Qui
  • Patent number: 9628627
    Abstract: A method of managing visual voice mail in a multi-screen environment. The method includes receiving voice mail messages in a server, creating a state machine for each message, pushing a visual voice mail notification to at least three devices, receiving an action command from one of the three devices and updating the state machine responsive to the receiving step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Illectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Venson M. Shaw
  • Patent number: 9628485
    Abstract: Peering within a mobile network is facilitated. In one example, a method includes: generating, by a requesting device including a processor, a peer group between the requesting device and at least one target device over a wireless communication network. The method also includes obtaining virtual access, by the requesting device, to an aspect of the target device based on the generating, wherein the generating is based on successful authentication of the requesting device and the target device. The method also includes displaying, by the requesting device, information indicative of the aspect of the service to which the target device is subscribed. In some cases, the aspect of the target device includes a service to which the target device is subscribed. The service can share data retrieved at a location of the target device with the requesting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Soumyajit Chakraborty, Shiv Kumar, James Gordon Beattie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9628741
    Abstract: A method includes processing media content. The media content includes audio data corresponding to a first audio playback rate and video data corresponding to a first video playback rate. Processing the media content includes identifying a speech portion of the audio data. The speech portion includes a consonant portion. The method further includes producing modified media content. The modified media content is produced based on modifying the video data and modifying the audio data. Modifying the audio data includes applying a non-linear transformation to the speech portion identified in the audio data. The method further includes storing the modified media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrej Ljolje, Ann Syrdal, Alistair Conkie
  • Patent number: 9628786
    Abstract: A method of indicating video content quality is disclosed that includes receiving performance data at a video content quality server from a set-top box device. The performance data may include values of a plurality of video content quality parameters. The method also includes generating a graphical user interface indicating a quality of video content received at the set-top box device. The graphical user interface may include the values of each of the plurality of video content quality parameters. Further, the method includes sending data corresponding to the graphical user interface from the video content quality server to the set-top box device. The method may include the video content quality server receiving a request from the set-top box device to send the data corresponding to the graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jerald Robert Howcroft, Zhi Li, John McClenny
  • Patent number: 9628312
    Abstract: An OFDM system embeds sequence information in the transmitted signal that reduces peak average power ratio (PAP) with minimal impact on the overall system efficiency. A marker is embedded onto the transmitted information that is used to identify the combining (inversion) sequence at the receiver. In one embodiment, selected tones in a cluster are rotated when the corresponding phase factor rotates the cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Leonard Joseph Cimini, Jr., Nelson Ray Sollenberger
  • Patent number: 9628526
    Abstract: A method that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving a plurality of operating commands for controlling a first presentation of media content by a first media processor device at a first display device to generate a first viewing experience and transmitting the playback file to a second media processor device via a first network, where a second presentation of the media content by the second media processor device at a second display device according to the plurality of operating commands of the playback file recreates the first viewing experience at the second display device and where the first and second media processor devices are members of the first network based upon common membership in a social media network by a first subscriber associated with the first media processor device and a second subscriber associated with the second media processor device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mohammad Nikain
  • Publication number: 20170105113
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for initiating signaling in mobile management entity pools using workflows. A processor can execute an orchestrator application. The processor can receive location data that indicates a geographic location at which a virtual mobility management entity has been instantiated and registered. The processor can obtain a mobility management entity topology that defines boundaries of two or more mobile management entity pools and identify, based on the location data, one of the mobility management entity pools in which the virtual mobility management entity is located. The processor can identify pool elements included in the mobility management entity pool, obtain a workflow for establishing and configuring the pool elements, and request establishment of signaling between the virtual mobile management entity and the pool elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Vikram Seenappa, Vivek Mhatre, Rajendra Prasad Kodaypak
  • Publication number: 20170102244
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for suspending voice guidance during route navigation. A processor that executes a navigation system interface application can detect a deviation from a route between an origin and a destination. The processor can obtain contextual data including a geographic location and a vector. The processor can set a first value of a point-of-interest parameter that indicates whether the geographic location and the vector imply a visit to an expected stop, a second value of a road-type parameter that indicates a type of a current road segment associated with the geographic location, and a third value of a route-distance parameter based on a distance between the geographic location and a nearest point along the route. The processor can determine if voice guidance should be suspended based on the first value, the second value, and the third value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicants: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon Kent Meredith, Jeremy Fix, William Cottrill
  • Patent number: 9619437
    Abstract: A mobile multimedia content aggregation and dissemination platform is provided that aims to automate the creation, collection, aggregation, and dissemination of RSS and non-RSS information for and to interested parties. This platform may be used for the construction of a personalized blogging agent as well as for a personalized news aggregator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Yih-Farn Robin Chen, Rittwik Jana, Serban Jora, Bernard S. Renger, Bin Wei
  • Patent number: 9622254
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, facilitating establishing a first interface between a processor and the system where the system performs a policy and charging rules function in a mobile communications network and where the first interface bypasses a packet data network gateway and a serving gateway, facilitating establishing a second interface between the processor and the system where the second interface utilizes the packet data network gateway and the serving gateway, providing a first message from the processor to the system via the first interface where the first message is associated with a quality of service authorization, and receiving a second message from the system via the first interface where the second message is associated with the quality of service authorization. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jiansong Wang, Ryan Redfern
  • Patent number: 9622145
    Abstract: A method includes receiving information associated with a first data request from a base station at a server of a wireless communication network. The first data request is received at the first base station from a first mobile device. The method includes selecting a second base station to transmit data responsive to the first data request to the first mobile device based on a data type of the data and based on a location of the first mobile device. The method further includes transmitting the data from the server to the second base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II, LLC
    Inventors: Yuang Lou, Douglas A. Duet, George O'Quinn Hirvela
  • Patent number: 9621719
    Abstract: The present invention enables users of a network service to register with the network as valued shoppers, thereby allowing them to receive specialized treatment when calling registered retailers. The present invention enables retailers to register with the network, thereby allowing them to set preferred service logic for handling valued customer calls by the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Marian Croak, Hossein Eslambolchi
  • Patent number: 9621475
    Abstract: A method and system for distributing content on a network through network-wide transactions is disclosed. The method and system monitors the network using triggered measurement of the performance of an element of the network, dynamically computing, based on the monitoring, the regions of the network with available performance capacity for the transaction to proceed at a given time, determining, based on the computing, a scheduled time for the transaction to proceed, and distributing the content according to a schedule related to the scheduled time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Balachander Krishnamurthy, Harsha Madhyastha, Oliver Spatscheck
  • Patent number: 9622061
    Abstract: An enhanced wireless home phone (WHP) component for use in an emergency call service network is presented herein. A method can include in response to determining that address information representing an address corresponding to a subscriber identity associated with a wireless service has been included in a data store corresponding to an emergency telecommunication service, determining whether a location of a wireless communication device associated with the subscriber identity satisfies a defined condition with respect to a distance of the wireless communication device from the address; and in response to determining that the location of the wireless communication device satisfies the defined condition, and in response to determining that a communication corresponding to the emergency telecommunication service has been received from the wireless communication device, sending the address information directed to a public safety answering point device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Juan Zermeno, Lizbet Gonzalez, Liaqat Ali, Debbie Knittel, John Mark Dammrose, William Morris, IV, Richard Warburton Davis
  • Patent number: 9622044
    Abstract: Collection and communication of data are provided on handset attachment procedure, or visitation, to one or more femto cells to provide location information. A mobility component receives actual subscriber and femto access point (AP) attachment signaling and extracts visitation data that facilitates generation of real-time or historical visitation reports. Location information is conveyed through visitation reports which can include mobile device identifier(s), femto AP location, and a timestamp. Visitation reports also can include processed visitation data such as mobility matrices, historical mobility patterns or profiles, and predicted mobility events. Provision of location information occurs without the need for dedicated handset functionality, and associated hardware, or additional battery draw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventor: Arthur Richard Brisebois
  • Patent number: 9619832
    Abstract: A server receives an electronic shopping cart from a client device. The electronic shopping cart describes an item for purchase from a merchant. The server comparison-shops to determine a different merchant offering the same or comparable item for sale. The server sends a notification to the client device describing a lower price offered by the different merchant. The server may then receive an approval to replace the item selected for purchase from the merchant with the item offered by the different merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barrett M. Kreiner, Ronald Perrella
  • Patent number: 9620106
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage devices are for identifying a user profile for speech recognition. The user profile is selected from one of several user profiles which are all associated with a speaker, and can be selected based on the identity of the speaker, the location of the speaker, the device the speaker is using, or other relevant parameters. Such parameters can be hierarchical, having multiple layers, and can also be dependent or independent from one another. Using the parameters identified, the user profile is selected and used to recognize speech.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Rathinavelu Chengalvarayan
  • Patent number: 9621598
    Abstract: User experience is enhanced for Internet Protocol Multimedia Core Network Subsystem (IMS) based rich communication services in telecommunication environments. A system receives, from a user equipment, a session initiation protocol invitation packet to commence a communication session, and as a function of the session initiation protocol invitation packet, displays an access network technology type used by the user equipment to access a network device associated with a multiple access communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jayanta Das, Rupam Choudhury