AT&T Patents

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  • Publication number: 20170086246
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for the dynamic aggregation of communications network bandwidth. Communication devices are bonded in a community in which the communication resources of a bonded device can be used to transfer data on behalf of another bonded device. In an exemplary embodiment, communication devices are bonded wirelessly to share wireless wide area network communication channels. Bandwidth aggregation is performed dynamically based on user communication requirements and the current states of the bonded communication devices. Methods are presented by which communication devices can be automatically bonded when a predetermined bonding condition is satisfied. The methods and systems of the invention optimize utilization of communication resources in a cost-effective manner that provides a user high quality service as well as location mobility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Todd W. Allen, Kevin W. Jones
  • Publication number: 20170085524
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products translate addresses in networks. A residential gateway translates requests for content such that the residential gateway appears as both a requestor and a destination for requested content, regardless of an actual requesting device or a desired output device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jayanta Das, Bhavin A. Doshi, Anand Kumar Singh, Saurabh Kumar
  • Publication number: 20170085658
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for exchanging a history of user activity information are provided. A history of user activity of a target user conducted through a device is collected and stored at a server over a network. A key corresponding to the history of user activity is generated and transmitted to the device. The key is received from a different device. The first history of user activity is retrieved based on the received key and transmitted to the different device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven TODD, Randall Stephen HANSEN
  • Patent number: 9603078
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining a mobility speed group assignment for a mobile communication device having a radio resource control connection with a wireless network where the mobility speed group assignment is selected from among a plurality of mobility speed groups according to a speed of the mobile communication device, determining a cell size for a serving cell of the wireless network that is providing the radio resource control connection, and selecting a handover policy based on the mobility speed group assignment and the cell size. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Spyridon Kapoulas, Kurt Huber, Thomas W. Henderson
  • Patent number: 9602882
    Abstract: A method includes receiving at a directory server a notification from a client system, where the notification indicates that the first client received a corrupt packet of a playfile from a first peer. The method also includes determining if the first peer is a poor quality peer, updating a first peer score for the first peer if the first peer is not a poor quality peer, identifying a second peer that is not on a blacklist, and providing a peer identification associated with the second peer to the client system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kadangode K. Ramankrishnan, Vijay Gopalakrishnan, Fang Yu
  • Patent number: 9600079
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for surface determination via bone conduction. According to one aspect, a user device can identify a surface via bone conduction. The user device can identify one or more controllable devices to control using the surface. The user device can detect a user interaction, such as a gesture, performed by a user on the surface. The user device can provide an instruction to the controllable device(s) to cause the controllable device(s) to perform one or more operations in response to the user interaction with the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher Baldwin, Brian S. Amento
  • Patent number: 9602989
    Abstract: A network-based service is utilized to facilitate twinning of two or more communication devices associated with a subscriber account. Incoming communication is intercepted by a communication device and forwarded to a network server, which in turn transmits the incoming communication to the multiple twinned devices. In addition, identifier data associated with outgoing communication is replaced with a primary identifier (e.g., customer telephone number (CTN)) of a user's primary device or a common identifier (e.g., a mobile one number (MON)) assigned to devices associated with the user's subscriber account. Communication devices can be temporarily twinned for a defined time period, during which a common bill can be generated for the twinned devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Edward G. Schmit, Jayanta Das
  • Patent number: 9600686
    Abstract: A method, non-transitory computer readable medium and apparatus for decrypting a document are disclosed. For example, the method captures a tag on an encrypted document, transmits the tag to an application server of a communication network to request a per-document decryption key, receives the per-document decryption key if the tag is authenticated, and decrypts a portion of the encrypted document using a temporary decryption key contained in the tag, the tag decrypted with the per-document decryption key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrea Forte, Evgene Vahlis
  • Patent number: 9603173
    Abstract: Methods and tangible computer-readable media for synchronizing a mobile device to a display via a communication network are disclosed. For example, a method receives an identification code from a display and sends a request to the communication network to establish a communication session between a mobile device and the display. The request comprises the identification code. Thereafter, the communication session is established via the communication network. Another method receives a request to establish a communication session between the mobile device and the display. The request comprises an identification code of the display that was received by the mobile device from the display. The method then establishes the communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Roger Piqueras Jover
  • Patent number: 9600141
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, methods and computer-readable media are provided. In some embodiments, a method can include: detecting a selection of an item, the item being displayed via user interface (UI); searching for information associated with the item for which selection is detected, wherein the searching is performed automatically based, at least, upon the detecting the selection of the item; and displaying search results, via the UI, wherein the displaying the search results is performed automatically during the selection of the item. In some embodiments, the search results comprise at least one of: a voicemail, a number of voicemails, messaging details, a portion of text, contacts information or social media information associated with the item for which selection is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Cristy Swink, Jason Sikes, Benjamin Fineman, Jonathan Solis Snydal, Megan Elisabeth Shia
  • Patent number: 9600526
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for generating and using temporal data partition revisions. In some embodiments, a server computer can execute a data management application. The server computer can obtain a data partition associated with a data stream. The data partition can include a data point and a timestamp. The server computer can analyze the timestamp to determine if the data partition corresponds to an update of a base data record. If the server computer determines that the data corresponds to an update, the server computer can compute a revision comprising a delta and a timestamp and store the revision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Theodore Johnson, Marios Hadjieleftheriou, Vladislav Shkapenyuk
  • Patent number: 9603070
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, responsive to a determination that a first communication session is in a first state and a first sub-state, monitoring for an active timer associated with the first sub-state, where the first state and the first sub-state are defined by a communications protocol. The system can, responsive to a detection of the active timer, monitor for a packet switching service initiation request generated by the applications processor. The system can, responsive to detecting the packet switching service initiation request, temporarily prevent the packet switching service initiation request from being transmitted by the transceiver. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Jerry Jun, Inderpreet Singh Ahluwalia, Yunpeng Li
  • Patent number: 9601102
    Abstract: A system and method for reducing or entirely canceling background or ambient noise from a voice transmission from a communications device. A communications device, such as a mobile telephone, is configured with an ambient noise compensation signal generator that is connected between a first microphone and a mixer. A second microphone is employed to detect ambient noise. An original output of the first microphone and a compensation signal generated by the ambient noise compensation signal generator are mixed together prior to being passed to a transmitter. A buffer is provided between the microphone and the mixer to help synchronize the timing of the signals to be mixed and an output of the mixer is provided to an antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Shannon M. Short, William A. Hartselle, Vernon Meadows
  • Patent number: 9600812
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for fulfilling purchases is disclosed. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure can include, for example, a portable communication device having a controller element that receives from an online system a barcode image as an object of acknowledgment of a product purchased from said online system, and presents on a display of the portable communication device said barcode image to complete a purchase fulfillment process by way of at least one among a visual inspection of the barcode image by a merchant employee and processing of said barcode image by a point of sale (POS) device. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Scott White
  • Patent number: 9602448
    Abstract: Methods and devices for providing presence based messaging are disclosed. For example, a method receives a message including a message content, an identifier of a recipient and a presence parameter. The presence parameter may comprise a speed parameter pertaining to a speed of a device associated with the recipient or a mood parameter pertaining to a mood of the recipient. The method then stores the message and delivers the message to the device associated with the recipient when the presence parameter is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Vaneet Aggarwal, Rittwik Jana, Gerald Michael Karam, John F. Murray, Christopher W. Rice
  • Patent number: 9602766
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may capture images using a camera system at a location associated with a user, transmit video content representative of the images over a network for presentation by another media processor at another location, receive at a media processor object content and second video content representative of second images that are associated with the second user, and present at a display device of the location the object content and the second video content in a telepresence configuration that simulates a presence of the other user at the location, where at least one of the object content and the video content is presented as three dimensional content or holographic content. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Tara Hines, Andrea Basso, Aleksey Ivanov, Jeffrey Mikan, Nadia Morris
  • Patent number: 9602512
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to distribute media content are disclosed. An example method includes receiving a request for media content from a mobile device, determining an identity of at least one of the mobile device or a consumer using the mobile device, comparing the identity to subscription records associated with the distribution of media content to a geographically fixed consumer location; and based on the comparison, determining if the mobile device is authorized to receive the media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Tony Haeuser, Mary McCarthy, Scott Pettit, Chris Lee, Roland Noll
  • Patent number: 9602699
    Abstract: A system and method of removing noise in a bitstream is disclosed. Based on segment classifications of a bitstream, each segment or portion is encoded with a different encoder associated with the portion model and chosen from a plurality of encoders. The coded bitstream for each segment includes information regarding which encoder was used to encode that segment. A circuit for removing noise in video content includes a first filter connected to a first input switch and a first output switch, the first filter being in parallel with a first pass-through line, a second filter connected to a second input switch and a second output switch, the second filter connected in parallel with a second pass-through line, and a third filter connected to a third input switch in a third output switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Atul Puri, Mehmet Reha Civanlar
  • Patent number: 9602868
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method for detecting a communication network, broadcasting a query message by way of the communication network, receiving a response message from the communication network, detecting from the response message that a media device is communicatively coupled to the communication network, receiving a key from a remote server to enable communications with the media device, detecting an event requiring use of the media device, generating a command responsive to the event, transmitting to the media device the command to direct the media device to request information from a web server executed by the processor, receiving from the media device a request for information to be provided by the web server, and transmitting to the media device by way of the web server the information requested. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Dale Malik, David Brux Delorme
  • Patent number: 9602624
    Abstract: Concurrent provisioning of preferences for members of an environment is facilitated. A method identifies a characteristic of an environment, wherein the characteristic is based on profile information associated with entities in the environment. The method also determines control information associated with providing preferences associated with the characteristic. In another case, an apparatus stores first profile information for a first entity, wherein the first profile information is configured to be evaluated, along with second profile information associated with a second entity, by a receiving device in an environment. In another case, an apparatus retrieves, from a device in an environment, profile information associated with entities in the environment. The apparatus can determine support care based on the profile information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.L.P.
    Inventor: Braxton Davis
  • Patent number: 9602595
    Abstract: A mechanism controls global synchronization, or registration floods, that may result when a large number of endpoints in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) network such as an Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) come online simultaneously after a catastrophic failure. The mechanism allows the Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure to efficiently control the overload condition by registering user end points with backup border elements, and by staggering and by randomizing the time-to-live (TTL) parameter in registrations with backup border elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James E. Jackson, Chaoxin Qiu, Mehrad Yasrebi
  • Publication number: 20170076562
    Abstract: Personalized notifications of security events are sent. When an alarm condition is determined, a remote notification address may be retrieved. Personalized text may also be retrieved that describes the alarm condition. A notification message may thus be sent to the remote notification address, with the personalized text describing the alarm condition in a user's own words. The personalized text may then be converted to speech, thus providing an audible announcement of the alarm condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: John Alson Hicks, III
  • Publication number: 20170076736
    Abstract: A system for providing an acoustic environment recognizer for optimal speech processing is disclosed. In particular, the system may utilize metadata obtained from various acoustic environments to assist in suppressing ambient noise interfering with a desired audio signal. In order to do so, the system may receive an audio stream including an audio signal associated with a user and including ambient noise obtained from an acoustic environment of the user. The system may obtain first metadata associated with the ambient noise, and may determine if the first metadata corresponds to second metadata in a profile for the acoustic environment. If the first metadata corresponds to the second metadata, the system may select a processing scheme for suppressing the ambient noise from the audio stream, and process the audio stream using the processing scheme. Once the audio stream is processed, the system may provide the audio stream to a destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Horst J. Schroeter, Donald J. Bowen, Dimitrios B. Dimitriadis, Lusheng Ji
  • Publication number: 20170077990
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for delivering broadband video data to an end user device comprising transmitting broadband video data via a radio frequency transmitter to a home radio frequency receiver located at a residential power transformer providing electrical power to a home; coupling the broadband video data from the home radio frequency receiver to a first modem onto a copper power line electrically coupled to the residential power transformer; receiving the broadband data on a second modem from the copper power line; and sending from the second modem, different portions of the broadband data to each of a plurality of end user devices in the home. A system and computer program for performing the method are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Adrian S. Matthews
  • Publication number: 20170078366
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for an application deployment engine. A processor that executes an application deployment engine can receive an application request. The processor can obtain network topology data that indicates availability of resources of a data center, an application template associated with the application, and a running time during which an application placement plan is to be identified out of a large number of placement scenarios within the running time. The application template can describe an application flow path associated with the application. The processor can identify the application placement plan, where the application placement plan can include an optimal placement of the application at the data center, before a given running time expires by pruning the large search space. The processor can generate a command to effect deployment of the application in accordance with the application placement plan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Gueyoung Jung, Kaustubh Joshi, Matti A. Hiltunen, Richard D. Schlichting
  • Publication number: 20170078763
    Abstract: A computerized method is disclosed including but not limited to determining on a processor, a tendency of an end user's to respond to one of a plurality of advertising data types in a video data stream wherein the plurality of advertising data types comprise at least two of audio, video, text and image data types. A computer readable medium containing a data structure is disclosed providing a functional and structural interrelationship between a processor in the system and data in the data structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Narenda K. Gupta, Mazin Gilbert
  • Publication number: 20170078720
    Abstract: A method of synchronizing first and second streams of a multimedia content program is operable for determining a temporal difference indicative of a relative timing between first and second streams of the program, the first stream being provided to a first multimedia processing resource (MPR) and the second stream being provided to a second MPR. The method includes manipulating at least one of the streams to reduce the temporal difference until the temporal difference is less than a predetermined threshold and enabling a viewer of the first stream to interact with a viewer of the second stream regarding the program. Interactions are visually detectable on a first display screen corresponding to the first MPR.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Scott Amento, Larry Stead, Christopher Harrison
  • Publication number: 20170078480
    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: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. (formerly known as SBC Knowledge Ventures, L.P.)
    Inventor: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.(formerly known as SBC Knowledge Ventures, L.P.)
  • Publication number: 20170078441
    Abstract: A content distribution network includes a first server in communication with an anycast server that provides content via a unicast signal, and with a multicast server that provides the content via a multicast signal. The first server is configured to receive a list of source addresses associated with the content, and to provide a metadata file including an anycast Internet protocol address of the anycast server from the list of source addresses as an Internet protocol address of the content in response to a first request for the content. When the number of client devices requesting the content exceeds a first threshold, the first server receives an updated list of sources including a multicast Internet protocol address of a multicast server, and provides the multicast Internet protocol address of the multicast server as the Internet protocol address of the content in the metadata file.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Han Q. Nguyen, Sunil Maloo, Douglas M. Nortz
  • Publication number: 20170078826
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to user equipment (“UE”) categories for machine-to-machine (“M2M”) devices operating in an Internet of things (“IoT”) network and future emerging devices. According to one aspect, a network node can receive, from an M2M device, an M2M device category for the M2M device. The network node can determine an action to perform based upon the M2M device category. The network node can cause the action to be performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicants: AT&T Mobility II LLC, AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Weihua Ye, Yung Shirley Choi-Grogan
  • Patent number: 9594649
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for providing a network virtualization policy management system. An event relating to a service can be detected, and virtual machines and virtual network functions that provide the service can be identified. A first policy that defines allocation of hardware resources to host the virtual machines and the virtual network functions can be obtained, as can a second policy that defines deployment of the virtual machines and the virtual network functions to the hardware resources. The hardware resources can be allocated based upon the first policy and the virtual machines and the virtual network functions can be deployed to the hardware resources based upon the second policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Chen-Yui Yang, Paritosh Bajpay, David H. Lu, Chaoxin Qiu
  • Patent number: 9594901
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for securing access to a file system. A directory is established in a hierarchical file structure having access permission defined by a first owner. A subdirectory is established in the directory. A sub-level subdirectory is established in the subdirectory having access permissions defined by a second owner. The subdirectory is publically accessible to anyone satisfying the access permission defined by the first owner, such that a change directory system call is executed for a user in the subdirectory, even though the user has not authenticated the access permission defined by the second owner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Arthur Zaifman, Govind Chidambaram, Jimmy Tant, Suraj Kumar Varma
  • Patent number: 9595072
    Abstract: A security social network allows registered members to participate in providing security. Persons can register and devices can be registered via a security social media web site. When a security event occurs, a member can notify the security social network, which can notify all registered members and registered devices in the area of the event. Mobile communication devices of members in the area can be controlled to turn on respective cameras, video recorders, audio recorders, microphones, or the like. And, remotely operable devices can be controlled to monitor, record, and/or transmit data. Collaboration of security social network members with private security agencies, law enforcement agencies, neighborhood watch groups, or the like, can provide comprehensive, timely, and effective security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Fan, David Chen, Richard Kuo
  • Patent number: 9594433
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for utilizing bone conduction to detect gestures. According to one aspect, a device can generate a signal and send the signal to a sensor network that is connected to a user. The device can receive a modified signal from the sensor network. The modified signal can include the signal as modified by a body of the user. The device can compare the modified signal to the signal to determine a difference in a feature between the signal and the modified signal. The device can determine a gesture performed by the user based upon the difference in the feature between the signal and the modified signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher Baldwin, Brian S. Amento
  • Patent number: 9595055
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for providing and interacting with a feedback service. A processor such as a computing system or a server computer can execute a feedback service. The feedback service can detect activity associated with an item at a user device. The item can be an item for sale and the activity can relate to a purchase of the item. The feedback service can generate a social networking post relating to the item. The social networking post can include a visual representation of the item and a solicitation for feedback from a social network. The feedback service can provide feedback relating to the social networking post. The feedback can include an opinion relating to the item and demographic information relating to an entity that provided the opinion. The feedback service can provide the feedback to the user device and/or other entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven Neil Tischer, Ari Craine
  • Patent number: 9596001
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system for modulating a first electrical signal to generate first modulated electromagnetic waves, and transmitting the first modulated electromagnetic waves on a waveguide located in proximity to a transmission medium. In one embodiment, the first electromagnetic waves can induce second electromagnetic waves that propagate on an outer surface of the transmission medium. The second electromagnetic waves can have a first spectral range that is divided into, contains or otherwise includes a first control channel and a first plurality of bands. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9596049
    Abstract: A secure communication system utilizes multiple “decoy” data signals to hide one or more true data signals. The true data signal(s) are encrypted, and received at a scrambling unit according to an original set of channel assignments. The channel assignments are optically switched with multiple decoy data signals to form a multi-channel “scrambled” output signal that is thereafter transmitted across a communication system. The greater the number of decoy signals, the greater the security provided to the open-air system. Further security may be provided by encrypting the decoy signals prior to scrambling and/or by utilizing a spatially diverse set of transmitters and receivers. Without the knowledge of the channel assignment(s) for the true signal(s), an eavesdropper may be able to intercept (and, with time, perhaps descramble) the open-air transmitted signals, will not be able to distinguish the true data from the decoys without also knowing the channel assignment(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY II, L.P.
    Inventors: David M. Britz, Robert Raymond Miller, II, Nemmara K. Shankaranarayanan
  • Patent number: 9596671
    Abstract: Improved network event tagging for mobile communications is described herein. By way of example, a mobile network can be configured to take periodic geographic positions of a mobile terminal operating within the mobile network. Network events occurring between the periodic geographic positions, otherwise partially unknown in position, can be estimated by referencing topographical information and estimating a route of travel of the mobile device. Estimated speed of the mobile device can be utilized to place the mobile device on a road network, cycling route, pedestrian walkway, or the like, and refine the estimated position of the mobile device at the time of the network event. Such estimates can be refined from traffic information or other real-time travel data. An estimated position of the mobile device can be output as an approximation of the network event to facilitate event modeling for the mobile network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Fix, Francisco Martinez, Sheldon Kent Meredith
  • Patent number: 9596496
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, identifying video content having a scheduled broadcast time during a first viewing period that satisfies a viewership threshold and facilitating a transfer of the video content to a multimedia storage device. The video content is transferred to the multimedia storage device during a second viewing period prior to the first viewing period. The video content includes the data to prevent the multimedia storage device from sending the video content to another device prior to the time when the program is scheduled to be broadcast. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Armstrong Soo, Bernard Ku, Zhi Li
  • Patent number: 9596226
    Abstract: Carrier-side security services for fielded devices is disclosed. In contrast to conventional authentication systems for fielded devices, wherein an end-to-end communications pathway is typically established for authentication of a fielded device by a back-end service provider, authentication and security services can be moved into devices associated with a carrier network. A device associated with the carrier network can authenticate field components to service components without first establishing a communications pathway to a back-end service provider. Further, the device can provide for secured communications with an authenticated field component and are not readable by carrier devices. In an aspect, this can allow for centralization of security elements from the periphery of back-end service providers into a device associated with the carrier network. In a further aspect, the device can host a security services platform for back-end service providers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventor: Arturo Maria
  • Patent number: 9596361
    Abstract: Shared usage plans are popular with families, friends, and small businesses. These shared usage plans share some cumulative utilization of resources, such as communications services. Even though multiple devices may share a monthly allotment of resources, an individual threshold is established for each device. The multiple individual thresholds may then be dynamically regulated to maintain the monthly allotment of resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Carlton Bedingfield, Sr., Quenton Lanier Gilbert
  • Patent number: 9596351
    Abstract: A method for delivery of a voice mail message to a recipient. The method includes determining content of the voice mail message, identifying a recipient of the voice mail message based on the determining step, converting the voice mail message to a format for delivery based on the identifying step, and delivering the converted voice mail message to the recipient. The method further includes identifying a voice mail box of the recipient and caching voice mail box information at a voice mail server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Venson M. Shaw
  • Patent number: 9596517
    Abstract: A device having a test module configured to connect with a server through a cellular telephone network and a wireless area network. The test module is also configured to initiate, in the server, a diagnostic test of an Internet Protocol television network and a media processor. The test module is further configured to receive information indicating problems with the Internet Protocol television network and the media processor, and to display the information on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael Boatright, Nathan L. Edwards, Sean T. Hamrick
  • Patent number: 9596612
    Abstract: Attachment data collected by a set of femto access points (FAPs) is utilized to localize, predict, and/or weight potential wireless communication traffic within and between areas. Moreover, the attachment data can be indicative of user equipment (UE) density/traffic within coverage areas of respective femtocells. The attachment data can be consolidated and analyzed to identify location and motion of a UE “swarm”. Moreover an automatic cell planning (ACP) component can be employed to utilize the attachment data for determining an optimal macro site and optimal antenna setting(s) that facilitate steering/tuning the macro antenna beam to focus upon the swarm area. In addition, the ACP component can facilitate reconfiguration of the macro antenna beam as reported swarm concentrations shift between the FAPs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Arthur Brisebois, Mark Causey, Adrianne Luu
  • Publication number: 20170070412
    Abstract: A system can collect, from an address resolution protocol (“ARP”) cache of a managed virtual network function (“VNF”), at least one active entry corresponding to at least one active element of a plurality of virtual local area network (“VLAN”) networks. The system can check the ARP cache for an entry associated with at least one of the plurality of VLAN elements. The system can determine whether an entry associated with at least one of the plurality of VLAN elements was found. In response to determining that an entry associated with at least one of the plurality of VLAN elements was not found, the system can send an ARP request to the plurality of VLAN elements, wait for an ARP response, and, in response to determining that an ARP response has not been received, generating a notification that VLAN connectivity has been lost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Zosim Kanevsky
  • Publication number: 20170070509
    Abstract: A system for providing secure browsing via a transparent network proxy is disclosed. The system may receive, from a client, a request to access a resource. The request may include an identifier that may be utilized to locate the resource. Once the request is received, the system may determine if the resource is not trusted, such as if the identifier is determined to be unknown or suspicious. If the resource is determined to not be trusted by the system, the system may forward the request to a virtual machine manager that may select a browser virtual machine from a pool of browser virtual machines. After the browser virtual machine is selected, the browser virtual machine may stream a rendering of the resource to the client based on the request. The rendering of the resource may be provided in lieu of the actual resource.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Giura, Jeffrey E. Bickford, Donald E. Hendrix, Howard F. Shirokmann, Thomas A. Anschutz, Ching C. Shih
  • Publication number: 20170070472
    Abstract: Social networking is used to enhance content delivery to mobile devices. Sometimes a mobile device lacks network connectivity, such as when the mobile device is off or offline. Content cannot be sent to the mobile device when lacking network connectivity. A social network, however, may be retrieved for interim storage of the content. When the mobile device lacks network connectivity, the content may be routed to a member device of the social network. The member device stores the content until the mobile device resumes network connectivity. The member device may then send or forward the content to the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: John Thomas Stankey, Dale W. Malik, Jeffrey Mikan
  • Publication number: 20170070594
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to visualizations for network virtualization platforms (“NVPs”). According to one aspect disclosed herein, a computer system executing a visualization component can obtain data associated with a NVP. The computer system can generate a visualization of the data associated with the NVP. The visualization can include a three-dimensional central cube visualization that includes a plurality of smaller cube virtualizations, each of which includes a node representative of an application executable by at least a portion of a plurality of resources of the NVP. The computer system can output the visualization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: John Oetting, Roger Wickes
  • Publication number: 20170069141
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for explorable augmented reality displays. An augmented reality service can receive a request for augmented reality display data. The request can be associated with a device. The augmented reality service can determine a location associated with the device and identify augmented reality data associated with the location. The augmented reality service can provide augmented reality display data to the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Scott Carter, Diana Horn, Suman Ray
  • Publication number: 20170070611
    Abstract: Audible alerts are suppressed for subsequent calls from a calling address. An initial audible alert is processed for an initial call from the calling address. Subsequent audible alerts from the same calling address are suppressed, such that subsequent calls from the calling address may fail to alert. Visual alerts may still be processed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Edward M. Silver