AT&T Patents

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  • Publication number: 20170213059
    Abstract: Tags are used to recover lost objects. Each tag transmits identification information to passing communications devices, such as a cellular phone. The cellular phone then uploads the tag's identification information, along with a location, to a central network database. The central network database thus stores a central repository identifying locations associated with tags discovered by passing communications devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert A. Koch, Barrett Kreiner
  • Publication number: 20170212159
    Abstract: Cable assemblies react to electrical power. A visual indicator in a cable assembly changes color in response to the electrical power. The visual indicator, for example, may respond to heat or electromagnetic field in the cable assembly. In smart cables, a controller may activate the visual indicator in response to the electrical power applied to the cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barrett M. Kreiner, Jonathan L. Reeves
  • Publication number: 20170213194
    Abstract: A method (300) and apparatus are disclosed for event notification. An apparatus that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a presence services system (PSS) (102) can have a controller (104) that manages operations of a communications interface (110). The controller can be programmed to monitor (302) presence information of a plurality of communication devices of an end user operating in a communications system, and receive (316) a request from a calendar reminder system (CRS) for access to the presence information. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Wollmershauser, Yolius Diroo, Edward Walter, Brian Wilson, William R. Hurst, Anil Kumar Doradla
  • Patent number: 9716963
    Abstract: Utilization of radio network technology and display thereof are managed when multiple services and radio network technologies are available to a multi-technology mobile device. The management relies at least in part on a subscriber profile that comprises a network selection profile constructed through market policy, subscriber policy, and application policy for radio technology utilization. Network preference(s) profile is generated on per subscriber, or per subscriber type, basis and is conveyed to a subscriber station over the air. Initial subscriber profile can be delivered at a time of provisioning a multi-technology mobile device, and updated based at least upon subscriber demand, a schedule established by a network operator or service provider, or an event related to coverage area relocation or contracted services. Radio technology preferences and display of associated technologies available to a multi-technology mobile device can be dynamically controlled on a per-call and/or per-application basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Arthur Brisebois, Sharat Chander, Yung Choi-Grogan
  • Patent number: 9717036
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products are for managing access to a femtocell coverage area. An exemplary method includes storing in a memory component a first identifier corresponding to a subscribed service of a communication device and a second identifier corresponding to a user of the communication device, and granting access to the femtocell coverage area using the second identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Fan, Cheng P. Liu, Richard Kuo
  • Patent number: 9715774
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for spoofing bone conduction signals. According to one aspect, a device can compare a first unique body signature associated with a first user to a second unique body signature associated with a second user to determine a first unique effect of a first body of the first user on a signal and a second unique effect of a second body of the second user on the signal. The device can generate an authentication signal based upon the first unique effect and the second unique effect to include signal characteristics that, after propagating through the first body of the first user, are representative of the second unique body signature. The device can transmit the authentication signal through the first body of the first user to an authentication device that authenticates the first user on behalf of the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher Baldwin, Brian S. Amento
  • Patent number: 9716798
    Abstract: A network element of an Internet Protocol multimedia subsystem buffers network resource usage information in the cloud. After generating network resource usage information based on an observation of network resource usage, the network element transmits the network resource usage information to a cloud-based storage service for buffering. Once a network resource usage collection function is available, the network element retrieves the network resource usage information from the cloud-based storage service and transmits it to a charging collection function for generation of call detail records.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: James Oliver
  • Patent number: 9716760
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention is a method and apparatus for social networking in a dynamic environment. In one embodiment, a method for social networking in a network includes broadcasting a first set of one or more keywords representing one or more interests of a first user in the network, receiving a response from a second user in the network indicating interest in at least one of the interests of the first user, and connecting to a server in the network, where the server hosts a group for supporting communications between at least the first network user and the second network user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mehrad Yasrebi, James E. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9716572
    Abstract: A wireless communications system that combines Multiple Input/Multiple Output (MIMO), beamforming, and Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) techniques to facilitate increasing spectral efficiency of the communications system has been disclosed. A method of operating a wireless communications system includes transmitting first data in a first beam of electromagnetic signals generated by a first antenna array. The first data is associated with a first user. The first data is transmitted using a first OFDMA resource block of a radio frame. The method includes transmitting second data in a second beam of electromagnetic signals generated by the first antenna array. The second data is associated with a second user. The second data is transmitted using a second OFDMA resource block of the radio frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Yuang Lou, Douglas A. Duet
  • Patent number: 9716596
    Abstract: Notifications regarding data usage may be transmitted to mobile devices based on a threshold of data usage determined from a profile associated with the device. Upon receiving a request for service from a mobile device, a network device, such as a policy and charging rules function (PCRF) device, may determine a current bandwidth usage for the device and obtain a profile associated with the device. The network device may determine a threshold of data usage for the mobile device from the profile and determine whether the mobile device has met the threshold. If so, a notification may be transmitted to the mobile device indicating that the threshold has been met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Venson M. Shaw
  • Patent number: 9716519
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining interference at a receiver of a wireless mobile device based on an updated indication of receiver performance at a receiver frequency. A wireless interference pattern is determined based on wireless emitters operating at a number of emitter frequencies. Distances are determined between the wireless mobile device and at least some of the wireless emitters, and an interference source is identified based on both of the wireless interference pattern and the distances. After determining the interference source, one of the emitter frequency, the receive frequency, or a combination thereof, is reassigned to a new frequency. The frequency reassignment is based on the interference pattern and separation distances and results in a modification to the interference pattern. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Yuang Lou
  • Patent number: 9716713
    Abstract: Systems and methods are describe wherein a service provider provides media services that can include, but are not limited to, telephone, radio, interactive and television services. A user residence and/or a user receiving device are designated as a primary location or device for receiving the services of the service provider. An authorization center authenticates a request to provide the service(s) at one or more secondary location/device. The verification process can include, but is not limited to, password(s), Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) and biometric identifiers such as voice, retina, finger print and DNA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian M Novack, David Dunmire, Jason Hicks, Matthew A Rakers
  • Publication number: 20170208478
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for an antenna placement determination device. An antenna placement determination device can include a signal sensor located at a first end of an extendible arm, a platform located proximate to a second end of the extendible arm, a drive system connected to the platform, and an actuator connected to the extendible arm. The actuator can be configured to extend and collapse the extendible arm. The signal sensor can be connected to the extendible arm by a joint, and a sensor actuator or sensor motor can rotate the signal sensor about the joint. The drive system can include a drive motor and a drive mechanism that is configured to transport the antenna placement determination device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Phanishankar Chaganti, Kaushik D. Gohel
  • Publication number: 20170208441
    Abstract: Methods for appending additional device, location, and/or presence information to a mobile-originated (MO) short message are taught herein. One such method for appending additional device information includes receiving a MO short message at a message center. The MO short message includes a content request. The message center sends a query to a subscriber directory for device information corresponding to the device of the requesting subscriber. The subscriber directory searches for the device information and generates a response to be sent to the message center, the response including the device information. The subscriber directory sends the response to the message center, which appends the device information to the MO short message. The message center then sends the short message to the destination, for example, a content provider. Methods for appending location and/or presence information are also taught.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Justin McNamara, Fulvio Cenciarelli, Ed Lambert
  • Patent number: 9710827
    Abstract: A communication device is removable and operable within a vehicle and is in communication with a data network as the communication device travels in the vehicle. Vehicle identification data is obtained from the communication device, and a type of media file supported by a media system of the vehicle is determined based upon the vehicle identification data. Media content is obtained in a format corresponding to the determined type of media file. When the communication device is within a desired range of a target location, the media content is transmitted to the communication device for presentation on the media system of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Wayne Crolley, Jeffrey Paul Johnson
  • Patent number: 9710642
    Abstract: A password recovery technique for access to a system includes receiving a request from a first party to recover the first party's password to access the system, receiving a selection of a second party from the first party, sending a message to the second party requesting that the second party authorize the request to recover the first party's password, receiving authorization from the second party for the request to recover the first party's password, and resetting the first party's password responsive to receiving authorization from the second party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Nemmara K. Shankaranarayanan, William Roberts Cheswick
  • Patent number: 9712350
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a transmission device that includes at least one transceiver configured to modulate data to generate a plurality of first electromagnetic waves in accordance with channel control parameters. A plurality of couplers are configured to couple at least a portion of the plurality of first electromagnetic waves to a transmission medium, wherein the plurality of couplers generate a plurality of second electromagnetic waves that propagate along the outer surface of the transmission medium. A training controller is configured to generate the channel control parameters based on channel state information received from at least one remote transmission device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 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: 9712648
    Abstract: A cache server for providing content includes a processor configured to receive a first datagram from a client system sent to an anycast address, send a response datagram to the client system in response to the first datagram, receive a request datagram from the client system sent to the anycast address, and send a batch of content datagrams to the client system. The first datagram includes a universal resource locator corresponding to the content. The response datagram includes a content identifier for the content. The request datagram includes the content identifier, an offset, and a bandwidth indicator. The batch of content datagrams includes a portion of the content starting at the offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Oliver Spatscheck, Seungjoon Lee, Michael Rabinovich, Jacobus E. Van der Merwe
  • Patent number: 9712416
    Abstract: Adaptive processing of alert messages allows proactive maintenance. Alert messages are monitored and compared to a threshold. If a threshold number of the alert messages is exceeded, diagnostic codes are retrieved and a query value may be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Qian, Paritosh Bajpay, Jackson Liu, Michael J. Zinnikas
  • Patent number: 9710861
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for optimizing social information signaling in a communication network are disclosed. For example, the method receives an indication that social information associated with a first endpoint device has changed, determines whether the social information is to be forwarded to a second endpoint device in a list of the first endpoint device based upon a behavior parameter, wherein the behavior parameter comprises a strength of relationship, and forwards the social information to the second endpoint device if the behavior parameter is above a pre-defined level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Randolph Wohlert, Samir Bhatt, James H Pratt
  • Patent number: 9710831
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products roll over unused credits. An available number of service units is provided during a billing cycle. The number of service units consumed during the billing cycle is compared to the available number of service units. When service units remain at an end of the billing cycle, then unused service units are rolled over to another billing cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Addison A. Barksdale, Jamie Sims, Larry D. Powell
  • Patent number: 9712227
    Abstract: A radio frequency (“RF”) repeater system can receive, from a connected home device, an original RF signal that is unable to propagate through an object. The RF repeater system can demodulate the original RF signal to extract a data stream that includes data captured by the connected home device, can change an original data rate of the data stream to a new data rate that matches an ultrasonic frequency capable of propagating through the object thereby creating an ultrasonic data stream, can transmit, by a first surface transducer, the ultrasonic data stream through the object to a second surface transducer, can receive, by the second surface transducer, the ultrasonic data stream, can change the data stream from the new data rate back to the original data rate, can modulate the data stream to create a new RF signal, and can transmit the new RF signal towards the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Boris Smychkovich, John Dyal
  • Patent number: 9712331
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for providing a policy realization framework for a communications network are disclosed. The policy realization framework can be an application and service layer policy framework that is separate and distinct from the network layer policy framework. As such, policy decisions can be made remote from the network layer, and common policies across multiple networks are possible. Methods and systems for providing these and other features are disclosed. A policy intelligence rules system for a policy realization framework, and methods of implementing a policy intelligence rules system, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Lisuan Poh, Alka Roy
  • Patent number: 9711137
    Abstract: A system and methodology that provides a network-based, e.g., cloud-based, background expert for predicting and/or accomplishing a user's goals is disclosed herein. Moreover, the system monitors, in the background, user generated data and/or publicly available data to determine and/or infer a user's goal, with or without an active indication/request from the user. Typically, the user-generated data can include user conversations, such as, but not limited to, speech data in a voice call, text messages, chat dialogs, etc. Further, the system identifies an action or task that facilitates accomplishment of the user goal in real-time. Moreover, the system can automatically perform the action/task and/or request user authorization prior to performing the action/task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, LP
    Inventor: Christopher Baldwin
  • Patent number: 9712528
    Abstract: Multiple authentication procedures enhance security of Internet transactions. For example, a request is received from a customer to access a service. A first authentication request is sent to the customer for first authentication information. A second authentication request may be sent to the customer for second authentication information. The method then enables the customer to proceed with accessing the service if the second authentication information is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Christopher P. Gilboy
  • Patent number: 9712858
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a network interface. The apparatus includes a processor coupled to the network interface. The apparatus further includes memory accessible to the processor. The memory includes instructions that are executable by the processor to perform operations. The operations include receiving user history information associated with customer premise equipment device. The operations include generating a rule associated with a startup screen based on the user history information and based on additional information. The additional information is based on information extrapolated from the user history information and based on external information that is not directly accessed by or provided to the customer premise equipment device. The operations further include initiating a transmission of the rule to the customer premise equipment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Shiv Kumar, Paritosh Bajpay, John Michael Donovan, Narendra Ravi
  • Patent number: 9712787
    Abstract: A system and method of delivering video content is disclosed. In a particular embodiment, the method includes receiving channel selection data from a set-top box device via an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) access network. The channel selection data indicates a selection of an IPTV channel. The method also includes sending a rapid channel change (RCC) request to a distribution switch/router system via a subscriber virtual local area network (VLAN) associated with the set-top box device after receiving the channel selection data. The RCC request indicates the selected IPTV channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kuo-Hui Liu, Yongdong Zhao
  • Patent number: 9712929
    Abstract: An illustrative method for transferring data to a device includes identifying the data that is to be transferred to the device, modulating the data with a signal, providing the signal to a contact microphone that is in physical contact with an individual, and transmitting the signal through a body of the individual to the device using the contact microphone. An illustrative method for authenticating the individual includes transmitting a signal through a body of the individual in response to the individual physically contacting an authentication device, receiving a modified signal including the signal as modified by the body of the individual, removing the signal from the modified signal to identify a unique body signature of the individual, comparing the unique body signature to a database to determine if the database includes the unique body signature, and selectively authenticating the individual based upon whether the database includes the unique body signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Amento, Kevin Ansia Li, Kermit Hal Purdy, Larry Stead
  • Patent number: 9712880
    Abstract: Techniques provide for converged wireline and wireless services in part by employing a set-top box (STB) with machine-to-machine (M2M) communication. The STB, associated with an access point, such as a femtocell, can be used to send/receive messages, including video, to/from user equipment (UE) via a core network. A monitoring system includes a sensor component that is triggered under specified conditions, and the STB records events in response to the trigger, where a recorded event can be sent as a message to the UE. The STB or associated remote control can indicate a received message to a user, who can view the message on the STB, remote control, or associated television. A meter component is associated with the STB via the femtocell or other desired connection. The STB can receive and store utility meter readings for validation or dispute by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Fan, Jennifer K. Lam, Cheng P. Liu
  • Patent number: 9712883
    Abstract: A user interface is presented on a monitor of a media device for providing information about available programs. The user interface includes an array having three columns (channel, current show, and next show) with commonly aligned rows. Each row of the channel column includes an indicator. Each row of the current show column includes a title naming a program currently available on a channel of the media device corresponding to the indicator in a commonly aligned row of the channel column. Each row of the next show column includes a title naming a show available after the current program on the same channel. The currently available program may be displayed on the monitor in response to a viewer selected row, indicator, and/or title in the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Scott R. Swix, John Stefanik
  • Patent number: 9713006
    Abstract: A device that incorporates the subject disclosure may perform, for example, generating a security domain root structure for a universal integrated circuit card of an end user device, where the security domain root structure includes a hierarchy of a link provider operator security domain above a mobile network operator trusted security domain, where the link provider operator security domain enables transport management by a link provider operator, and where the mobile network operator trusted security domain enables card content management and subscription eligibility verification by a mobile network operator trusted service manager. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Walter Cooper Chastain
  • Patent number: 9713020
    Abstract: Characterization and enhancement of a mobile local scattering environment. The system includes a channel component and a link control component, wherein the channel component facilitates communication of a ping signal, which is used to estimate the delay spread characteristics and/or angle of arrival in order to characterize the mobile local scattering environment. This information is sent to the link control component, which enhances radio link performance based on the received information. The system can be used to assist in E-911 location applications, such as determining the location of an indoor user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Ming-Ju Ho, Ali Jabbary, Stalin Albanes
  • Patent number: 9713097
    Abstract: An adaptive SINR control process is triggered based on various quality measures associated with the received signal in a mobile device or on a geographic region in which a base station and an interferer are located. As part of the adaptive SINR control process, the mobile device reduces the signal level of the received signal, which reduces both the signal strength of the desired signal and the interfering signal. If the control process is triggered on the mobile device side, after detecting the presence of interference, the mobile device sends a request that the base station increase its transmit power of the desired signal to improve the receiving SINR in the mobile device. Alternatively, the mobile device may receive information from the base station causing the mobile device to reduce the signal level of the received signal based on quality indicators sent by the mobile device to the base station or based on geographic location of the base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Yuang Lou, Neale C. Hightower, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9712957
    Abstract: A system for authorizing services in wireless devices based on a type of service requested and a location of the wireless device is provided. For example, in a wireless telephony system, when a session is set up via an Internet Protocol-based system, an application server queries a location service for the location of the handset requesting the service. If the handset or the receiving handset is in a location that is not authorized for the requested service based on the position of the handset, the connection is not enabled. A message may be transmitted to the sending handset to inform a user that the service is not authorized for the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Clinton Mikan
  • Patent number: 9713102
    Abstract: A device is disclosed for determining a first geographical location of a customer premise, a second geographical location of a radio frequency transmitter and a third geographical location of network access equipment proximal to the customer premises, wherein the network access equipment provides access to media signals by way of a broadband communications link. The first, second and third geographical locations are mapped, and a distance between the second geographical location and one of the first geographical location or the third geographical location is determined. The distance is compared to a threshold distance based on a signal transmission power of the radio frequency transmitter, and a mitigation strategy is determined to limit interference of the radio frequency transmitter on the media signals provided to the first geographical location when the distance is less than the threshold distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James G. Beattie, Jr., Stephen J. Griesmer, Arvind Ramdas Mallya
  • Publication number: 20170201426
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products self-identify an electronic device to a remote control. The remote control queries the electronic device, and the electronic device sends a response. A collision avoidance mechanism allows difference devices to respond to the remote control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Arnold Chester McQuaide, JR., Maria Adamczyk
  • Publication number: 20170199920
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method, system, and computer-readable medium for calculating a social graph using a social utility grid interface. The method includes the following steps. First, collecting one or more types of communication data. Next, inputting the one or more types of communication data into a social utility grid infrastructure. The social utility grid infrastructure analyzes the input data to determine a multi-dimensional first-order social graph by: (1) normalizing each of the one or more types of communication data; (2) representing the each of the one or more types of communication data as a vector; (3) calculating a Euclidean Norm; and (4) generating the multi-dimensional first-order social graph. Then, providing the multi-dimensional first-order social graph to one or more software applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Larry Pearson, Steven Belz
  • Publication number: 20170201798
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for processing viewer profiles and program metadata from a number of sources to provide viewing suggestions and recommendations to one or more viewers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Lee Begeja, Charles Douglas Blewett, David Crawford Gibbon, Zhu Liu, Bernard S. Renger, Kenneth H. Rosen, Behzad Shahraray
  • Patent number: 9704489
    Abstract: A portable acoustic unit is adapted for insertion into an electrical receptacle. The portable acoustic unit has an integrated microphone and a wireless network interface to an automation controller. The portable acoustic unit detects spoken voice commands from users in the vicinity of the electrical receptacle. The portable acoustic unit merely plugs into a conventional electrical outlet to provide an extremely simple means of voice control through a home or business.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Nafiz Haider, Kristin Patterson, Thomas Risley, Curtis Stephenson, David Vaught, Ross Newman
  • Patent number: 9703824
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for managing a distributed database. A data management application can obtain a query. The data management application can analyze the query to determine a number of data structures relevant to the query. The data management application also can analyze data stores storing the data structures and move or assign data structures to other data stores within a distributed database. The movement of the data structures within the distributed database can be based upon greedy algorithms for moving data and/or executing queries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Marios Hadjieleftheriou, Theodore Johnson, Vladislav Shkapenyuk
  • Patent number: 9705561
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a coupling device including a first antenna that radiates a first RF signal conveying first data; and a second antenna that radiates a second RF signal conveying the first data from the at least one transmitting device. The first RF signal and second RF signal form a combined RF signal that is bound by an outer surface of a transmission medium to propagate as a guided electromagnetic wave substantially in a single longitudinal direction along the transmission medium. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 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: 9705571
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving, by a network element of a distributed antenna system, a reference signal and a first modulated signal at a first carrier frequency, the first modulated signal including first communications data provided by a base station and directed to a mobile communication device. The element converts the first modulated signal at the first carrier frequency to the first modulated signal in a first spectral segment based on an analog signal processing of the first modulated signal and utilizing the reference signal to reduce distortion during the converting. The network element wirelessly transmits the first modulated signal at the first spectral segment to the mobile communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Irwin Gerszberg, Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9705590
    Abstract: A method and system for providing joint IP/Optical Layer restoration mechanisms for the IP over Optical Layer architecture, particularly for protecting against router failure within such architecture, includes any one of plural node elements participating in the detection and restoration of the joint IP/Optical Layer architecture upon the failure of a router in one of the nodes. The plural node elements may include, but are not limited to, one of plural routers and an optical cross-connect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY II, L.P.
    Inventors: Angela L. Chiu, John Lester Strand
  • Patent number: 9705830
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may perform, for example, operations including receiving a plurality of profiles from a plurality of communication devices, where each of the plurality of profiles comprise a content preference established by users of the plurality of communication devices, receiving content from a plurality of content sources, selecting portions of the content according to the plurality of profiles supplied by the plurality of communication devices, detecting that the portions of the content are not compatible with a multimedia messaging service protocol utilized by the multimedia messaging service server, transcoding the portions of the content to generate transcoded portions of the content that comply with the multimedia messaging service protocol, and broadcasting the transcoded portions of the content to the plurality of communication devices. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II, LLC
    Inventors: Arturo Maria, Al Sedghi
  • Patent number: 9705610
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a waveguide system that includes a transmission device having a coupler positioned with respect to a transmission medium to facilitate transmission or reception of electromagnetic waves that transport communications data. The electromagnetic waves propagate along an outer surface of the transmission medium. A training controller detects an impairment on the transmission medium adverse to the transmission or reception of the electromagnetic waves and adjusts the electromagnetic waves to reduce the effects of the impairment on the transmission medium. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Robert Bennett, Paul Shala Henry
  • Patent number: 9700207
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products measure health data related to a user. A time-stamped device identifier is received that uniquely identifies a communications device. A time-stamped sensor measurement is separately received. A difference in time between the time-stamped device identifier and the time-stamped sensor measurement is determined. When the difference in time is within a window of time, then the sensor measurement is associated with the device identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Lusheng Ji, Robert R. Miller, II, Harry R. Worstell
  • Patent number: 9705635
    Abstract: Methods, computer-readable media and apparatuses to identify UE performance and to optimize network performance are disclosed. A processor receives a reported channel quality indicator value from a user equipment, wherein the reported channel quality indicator value is used for setting an initial modulation and an initial coding rate, determines a calibrated channel quality indicator value based on historical data for the user equipment and applies the calibrated channel quality indicator value that determines a calibrated modulation and a calibrated coding rate instead of the initial modulation and the initial coding rate based on the channel quality indicator value received from the user equipment, wherein the receiving, the determining and the applying are continuously performed while the user equipment is in a radio resource control connected mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Tony Wong, Wei Yuan, Sheldon Kent Meredith
  • Patent number: 9704398
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining, by a system comprising a processor, a driver profile according to a driver identity for a driver of a vehicle, selecting a driver-specific enforcement scenario for the vehicle according to the driver profile and traffic enforcement information that is associated with a vehicle location, and presenting an in-vehicle alert to convey the driver-specific enforcement scenario to the driver. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James G. Beattie, Jr., Jesse Chan
  • Patent number: 9703865
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, methods, and media for filtering a data stream are provided. The data stream is analyzed based on an acoustic parameter to determine extraneous portions in which a first predetermined condition is satisfied. When a first extraneous portion is separated from a second extraneous portion by a non-extraneous portion in which the first predetermined condition is not satisfied, it is determined whether the first extraneous portion being separated from the second extraneous portion by the non-extraneous portion satisfies a second predetermined condition. At least one of the first extraneous portion and the second extraneous portion is deleted from the data stream to produce a filtered data stream in response to determining the second predetermined condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Yeon-Jun Kim, I. Dan Melamed, Bernard S. Renger, Steven Neil Tischer
  • Patent number: 9704138
    Abstract: Calendar overlay features are provided. A first calendar that includes a schedule for occurrence of a first event is provided, and second calendar that includes a schedule for occurrence of a second event is provided. A unified calendar interface presents for display the scheduled first event and scheduled the second event. The unified calendar interface is configured as an overlay with the first calendar and the second calendar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Laurence Siegel