AT&T Patent Applications

Patents granted to AT&T by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20170053561
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for acoustic representations of environments. A processor can execute an acoustic representation service. The processor can receive a request to provide acoustic representation data to a device. The processor can obtain input data from the device. The input data can include captured data. The processor can analyze the input data to recognize an object represented in or by the input data and a path associated with the object. The processor can generate acoustic representation data representing the object and the path, and provide the acoustic representation data to the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Randolph Wohlert, Milap V. Majmundar, Aaron Bangor, James H. Pratt, Guido Corona
  • Publication number: 20170052598
    Abstract: Bioacoustic sensors and wireless technologies are used for the control of electronic devices, such as wireless telephones, pagers, music/media players or personal laptops and personal digital assistant (PDA) devices. Such control is implemented with certain systems, methods and apparatus which include bioacoustic sensors, a processor coupled to the bioacoustic sensors, and a transmitter coupled to the processor. The present invention is operative to detect particular hand and/or finger gestures, and to transmit control signals corresponding to the gestures for operative control of an electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Amento, William Colyer Hill, Loren Gilbert Terveen
  • Publication number: 20170048675
    Abstract: A method and arrangement for providing location information of a called mobile communication device to a calling party are implemented through a mobile device locator platform disposed in the communication network. A mobile device subscriber to the location service initiates a process where the location of his mobile device is updated on a regular basis and the location information stored in a database on the platform. When a call is placed to his subscribed device, the location information is transmitted to the calling party prior to setting up the call to the called device, allowing the calling party to determine whether or not to proceed with the call, as well as eliminating the need to ask the common question “where are you?” when placing a call to a mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventor: Steven Todd
  • Publication number: 20170046335
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products provide personalized feedback in a cloud-based environment. A client device routes image data to a server for analysis. The server analyzes the image data to recognize people of interest. Because the server performs image recognition, the client device is relieved of these intensive operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Dimitrios B. Dimitriadis, Horst J. Schroeter
  • Publication number: 20170048397
    Abstract: A method for operating a mobile device includes, in response to receiving a swipe gesture via a user interface of the mobile device, displaying a balance of a prepaid wireless service account on a display of the mobile device. The balance may be displayed in a currency such as monetary currency or a proprietary currency such as minutes or credits provided by a wireless service provider. The method may also include displaying an expiration time to identify a time remaining until the balance expires. The method may also include generating a balance request including a request for the balance of the prepaid wireless service account from a prepaid billing system in response to receiving the swipe gesture, transmitting the balance request to the prepaid billing system, and receiving the balance in response to the balance request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Sean Corbin, Simon King, Jeremiah O'Leary, Ross Lockwood
  • Publication number: 20170048478
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method for receiving a controllability indicator at a portable communication device, the controllability indicator received from a stationary communication device. The controllability indicator indicates whether a trickplay feature is available for controlling a presentation of multimedia content, and is determined from a characterization of the multimedia content. The method further includes presenting a trickplay indicator at the portable communication device according to the controllability indicator to indicate whether the trickplay feature is available. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Carlton Bedingfield, SR., John R. Stefanik
  • Publication number: 20170046424
    Abstract: In embodiments of the disclosed technology, indexes, such as inverted indexes, are updated only as necessary to guarantee answer precision within predefined thresholds which are determined with little cost in comparison to the updates of the indexes themselves. With the present technology, a batch of daily updates can be processed in a matter of minutes, rather than a few hours for rebuilding an index, and a query may be answered with assurances that the results are accurate or within a threshold of accuracy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Marios Hadjieleftheriou, Nick Koudas, Divesh Srivastava
  • Publication number: 20170046497
    Abstract: One or more simulations are generated for in-home monitoring. The simulations model sensory detection of a user's physical activities using a different number and/or a different combination of sensors. Each different simulation may thus be associated with an accuracy and a cost, depending on the number and/or combination of sensors. The simulations thus present a range of sensory configurations that balance accuracy and affordability, from which an optimum sensory solution may be determined for the in-home monitoring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicants: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC, AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Vc Ramesh, Michael G. Branam, Philip Edward Brown, Lee Callaway, Halim Damerdji, Shilpi Harpavat, Azeddine Kasmi, Terri A. Lewis, Sunil Nakrani, Tung Nguyen, Maruthi Nori, Prince Paulraj, Homayoun Torab, Christopher L. Tsai
  • Publication number: 20170048200
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for providing a basic firewall using a virtual networking function. A control system having a processor can detect a firewall request that can include a request to create a basic firewall. The processor can analyze a recipe to determine a virtual switch and a basic firewall virtual function that are to provide the functionality of the basic firewall. The processor can trigger instantiation of the virtual switch via a network control function and instantiation of the basic firewall virtual function via a service control function. The processor also can validate the basic firewall. The basic firewall can provide filtering of traffic at the network transport layer using the virtual switch, and as such, the virtual switch may not operate on the application layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: W. Cooper Chastain
  • Publication number: 20170048659
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are described herein for improving location accuracy for proximity services. According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, an expression application server can receive an expression message generated by a Third Generation Partnership Project (“3GPP”) proximity service (“ProSe”)-enabled application executing on a mobile device. The expression message includes an expression code and a location tag. The expression application server can analyze the expression message to determine whether increased granularity is desired for use in determining an expression match to the expression code. In response to determining that the increased granularity is desired, the expression application server can request additional location information from a location platform. The expression application server can receive the additional location information from the location platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventor: Richard J. Silvestri
  • Publication number: 20170048227
    Abstract: Pre-delivery authentication may be required prior to routing and delivery of electronic content. A sender of the electronic content, for example, may require that a recipient authenticate to ensure legitimate use or identity. Should pre-delivery authentication be required, the electronic content is held at any networked device while the recipient authenticates. If the recipient correctly authenticates, then the electronic content is released for delivery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven A. Siegel, Amy Zwarico, Larry B. Pearson
  • Publication number: 20170048290
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are described herein for multi-hop small cell auto discovery for software-defined networking (“SDN”)-enabled radio access networks (“RANs”). According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, a small cell RAN node can include a network backhaul link connected to a further small cell radio access network node operating within a RAN controlled, at least in part, by a SDN controller. The small cell RAN node can generate an enhanced OFDP multicast message that includes a SDN characteristic for the SDN controller to use, at least in part, to discover the small cell RA node as operational within the RAN. The small cell RAN node can send the enhanced OFDP multicast message over the network backhaul link in an attempt to provide the SDN characteristic to the SDN controller so SDN controller can discover the small cell RAN node as operational within the RAN.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Paul Edward Smith, JR., Mostafa Tofighbakhsh
  • Publication number: 20170048110
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for a realtime dynamic virtual network topology discovery engine to discover a dynamic network topology in virtualized networks in realtime. A processor that executes a network topology discovery engine can obtain network data that can describe elements of a data center and operational state of the elements. Obtaining network data can include obtaining network data from a network topology inventory database and through detecting operational state change events from virtual network components. The processor can construct a network topology model based upon the network data. The network topology model can include an object (representing an element of the data center) and an attribute representing a state of the element. The processor can update the network topology model in realtime. The network topology model and configurations can be stored for root cause analysis of fault events, resource orchestration in SDN networks, and other applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Tsong-Ho Wu, Wen-Jui Li, Shyhyann Lee
  • Publication number: 20170048391
    Abstract: Calls placed to a call recipient bypass the terminating messaging system, creating an enhanced message in the call originator's messaging system and delivering the enhanced message using alternate routing information. A caller creates enhanced messages for a call recipient even when the call recipient's messaging system does not support such functionality. The caller also embeds stored content and/or use links in the enhanced messages to allow the message to be modified and/or deleted before it is accessed by the call recipient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Jackson, Mehrad Yasrebi
  • Publication number: 20170038422
    Abstract: A material medium, such as an optical fiber or electrical cable, is used to carry services. The material medium is monitored with at least one diagnostic sensor. The diagnostic sensor may measure the operational health of the material medium, or may measure local environmental conditions around the material medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Constance J. Coty, Lusheng Ji, Robert R. Miller, II, Harry R. Worstell
  • Publication number: 20170041425
    Abstract: A disclosed method of serving web page requests includes detecting a client request for a web page that contains an object. A preloader application is invoked to execute while the object is downloading to the client. The preloader application displays a preloader message during at least part of the downloading interval. At least a part of the preloader message is an advertisement or is otherwise unrelated to a progress of the downloading of the object. A size of the object may exceed a specified threshold and/or a type of the object may match any of a set of predetermined object types. The set of predetermined object types may include a Java® object type, a Flash® object type, or another object type suitable for implementing motion graphics. In some embodiments, the preloader application resides on a third party web site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Denis Brent WALTON
  • Publication number: 20170041339
    Abstract: A system for diffusing denial-of-service attacks by using virtual machines is disclosed. In particular, the system may receive, from a measurement probe, a network transaction measurement associated with a first node in a network. Based on the network transaction measurement, the system may determine if the network transaction measurement satisfies a threshold measurement value. If the network transaction measurement satisfies the threshold measurement value, the system may determine that an attack is occurring at the first node in the network. The system may then identify one or more nodes that have capacity for handling traffic intended for the first node. Once the one or more nodes are identified, the system may launch virtual machines at the one or more nodes to handle legitimate traffic intended for the first node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Anestis Karasaridis
  • Publication number: 20170027804
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products estimate distances to aid a visually impaired user of a mobile device. As the user carries the mobile device, a camera in the mobile device captures images of a walking cane. The images of the walking cane are analyzed to infer a distance between a tip of the walking cane and the mobile device. The distance may then be used by navigational tools to aid the visually impaired user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Loc Yu
  • Publication number: 20170031455
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program calibrate a vision system. An image of a human gesture is received that frames a display device. A boundary defined by the human gesture is computed, and gesture area defined by the boundary is also computed. The gesture area is then mapped to pixels in the display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Eric Zavesky
  • Publication number: 20170031700
    Abstract: Virtualization of a physical telephone number mapping service is provided. An amount of memory needed for handling requests from users of a physical telephone number mapping service provided by a communication network is determined. A listing of different virtual machine flavors available for instantiation is searched. Each virtual machine flavor has a different respective memory capacity. A determination is made whether there is a virtual machine flavor available for instantiation that has a memory capacity adequate to handle the requests. Responsive to determining that there is a virtual machine flavor available for instantiation that has the memory capacity adequate to handle the requests, instantiation of the virtual machine flavor is initiated for handling the requests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mehrad YASREBI, James E. JACKSON, Art DADDONA
  • Publication number: 20170032051
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer readable medium generate a webpage using keywords identified from user input and user email communications. The keywords are identified, ranked, and transmitted to a server where a search engine uses one or more of the keywords to identify items of interest such as articles or videos. A web page is generated using selected items of interest or links to the items of interest which may then be displayed to a user as the user's homepage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Wayne Crolley
  • Publication number: 20170034194
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments comprise a method comprising: within a backbone network: for backbone network traffic addressed to a particular target and comprising attack traffic and non-attack traffic, the attack traffic simultaneously carried by the backbone network with the non-attack traffic: redirecting at least a portion of the attack traffic to a scrubbing complex; and allowing at least a portion of the non-attack traffic to continue to the particular target without redirection to the scrubbing complex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Oliver Spatscheck, Jacobus E. Van der Merwe
  • Publication number: 20170034159
    Abstract: Enhanced biometric authentication combines a user's inherent biometric data with the user's password, code, or other secret glyph. For example, the user's finger makes an input on a touchpad. An image of a fingerprint is extracted from the input, along with the user's password, code, or other secret glyph. In one input, then, the user's finger serves two authentication schemes for increased security.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian M. Novack, Daniel L. Madsen
  • Publication number: 20170034117
    Abstract: A determination is made whether to forward a request for communication services associated with a specific number range from a physical telephone number mapping service server to a virtual telephone number mapping service server. Responsive to determining to forward the request, a determination is made whether a virtual telephone number mapping service instance has been provisioned to handle requests associated with the specific number range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mehrad YASREBI, James E. JACKSON, Art DADDONA
  • Publication number: 20170032664
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products bridge wireless data transmissions with power-line communications. Should a failure occur in alternating current power, a backup battery maintains the power-line communications. Direct current battery power is used to power a wireless transceiver, thus maintaining both wireless data transmissions and communication during power failures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: John Alson Hicks, III, Brett Davis, Glenn Howell, Robin Thomas, James A. Worsham, Randy S. Zimler
  • Publication number: 20170033983
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a wireless terminal includes a short range wireless transceiver configured to respond to an association request from a network device to associate with the network device. A processor is configured to respond to the association of the short range wireless transceiver with the network device by automatically sending the configuration data to the network device via the short range wireless transceiver to configure the network device for operation via a network; and transmitting confirmation data to a configuration server via a network interface in response to determining that the network device is successfully configured for operation via the network. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Bryan Caldwell
  • Publication number: 20170032423
    Abstract: Location-blocking and identity-blocking services that can be commercially offered by a service promoter, e.g., a cellular service provider or a web advertiser. In the identity-blocking service, the service provider may disclose the current physical location of a mobile subscriber (i.e., a cellular phone operator) to a third party (e.g., a web advertiser) subscribing to the identity-blocking service. However, the service provider may not send any identity information for the mobile subscriber to the third party. On the other hand, in the location-blocking service, the service provider may disclose the mobile subscriber's identity information to the third party, but not the current physical location of the mobile subscriber. Blocking of the mobile subscriber's identity or location information may be desirable for privacy reasons, to comply with a government regulation, or to implement a telecommunication service option selected by the mobile sub scriber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Samuel N. Zellner, Mark J. Enzmann, Robert T. Moton, JR.
  • Publication number: 20170034678
    Abstract: Scores, fight songs, and other sports oriented alerts are provided for electronic communications. Different network addresses may be associated with different sports teams. When a communications request is processed, sports scores and video highlights may be played as ringtones to alert of an email, text, or call.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Geoff Sutcliffe
  • Publication number: 20170034243
    Abstract: A method for disseminating content over an overlay network having a plurality of routers in communication with providers and consumers of content is disclosed. A router in the overlay network receives a content descriptor corresponding to a query for content from a node, and generates a subscriber interface list based on the query for the content. The subscriber interface list is transmitted to a plurality of subsequent routers in the overlay network, wherein a content identified by the subsequent routers that correspond to the query will be routed to the router based on the subscriber interface list. The router receives first and second documents corresponding to the query for the content from the node. If the second document is the duplicate, the router deletes the second document and transmits the first document to the node or if not the router transmits both the first and second documents to the node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Kadangode Ramakrishnan, William Fenner, Michael Rabinovich, Divesh Srivastava, Yin Zhang
  • Publication number: 20170034251
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, devices, and methods for providing a podcast file that has inserted content that is distinct from the content of the podcast. A remote server provides a web page to a subscriber computing device via a network, and a subscriber computing device transmits a podcast file to the remote server via the network. The remote server inserts content into the podcast file and provides the podcast file along with the inserted content for access from the web page. The remote server transmits the podcast file along with the inserted content responsive to requests from the subscriber computing devices. The subscriber computing devices can process and play the podcast content along with the inserted content from the remote server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: David Haslam
  • Publication number: 20170034262
    Abstract: A recommendation for a user is generated in response to a user request. The recommendation can pertain to whether a user should download and install a mobile device application and is based on a number of responses received from other mobile devices within a specified distance from the mobile device at which the recommendation was requested. Recommendations can also be requested and generated by various other devices in machine-to-machine networks. Recommendations can pertain to policy enforcement and device component performance or operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Wei Wang, Cristina Serban
  • Publication number: 20170034257
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to virtual zones for Open Systems Interconnection (“OSI”) communication model layers 4-7 services in a cloud computing system. According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, a cloud computing system can include a hardware resource and a virtual zone. The virtual zone can include a virtual network function (“VNF”) that is executable by the hardware resource. The VNF can support a service that operates within one of layers 4-7 of the OSI communication model. A computing system can detect new subscribers to the service within the virtual zone. The computing system also can determine that a capacity constraint exists within the virtual zone as a result of the new subscribers. The computing system also can home the new subscribers to the further virtual zone so that the further VNF can provide the service to the new subscribers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Anisa Parikh, Neela R. Atluri, Paritosh Bajpay, Sekar Ganesan, Shobhna Goyal, Shiv Kumar, Magda K. Nassar, Satyendra Tripathi, Ralph Utano
  • Publication number: 20170034359
    Abstract: The use of virtual resources providing communication services is adjusted based on load. A determination is made, for a specific number range, whether the virtual telephone number mapping service instances dedicated to the specific number range are being. If the virtual telephone number mapping service instances dedicated to the specific number range are being underutilized, a virtual telephone number mapping service instance dedicated to the specific number range is selected for removal. A determination is also made, for the specific number range, whether a number of virtual telephone number mapping service instances dedicated to the specific number range is sufficient to handle requests for communication services. If the number of virtual telephone number mapping service instances dedicated to the specific number range is not sufficient to handle the requests, instantiation of a virtual telephone mapping instance is initiated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mehrad YASREBI, James E. JACKSON, Art DADDONA
  • Publication number: 20170034346
    Abstract: A determination is made whether to handle a request associated with a specific number range by a physical telephone number mapping service instance provisioned for handling the request for the specific number range or a virtual telephone number mapping service instance provisioned for handling the request for the specific number range. If it is determined that the request should be handled by the physical telephone number mapping service instance, forwarding of the request from the physical telephone number mapping service instance to the virtual telephone number mapping service instance is prevented. If it is determined that the request should be handled by the virtual telephone number mapping service instance, forwarding of the request from the virtual telephone number mapping service instance to the physical telephone number mapping service instance is prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mehrad YASREBI, James E. JACKSON, Art DADDONA
  • Publication number: 20170024839
    Abstract: Locational tracking aids emergency management plans. Occupants of a building or campus are determined based on presence or detection of wireless devices. When an emergency occurs, the occupants may move to safety based on the current locations of their wireless devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Craig Arthur Klein, Gregory O. Harp, Joseph Eric Sineath, Steven James Waken
  • Publication number: 20170024234
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to data-driven feedback control system for an acceptable level of real-time application transaction completion rate in virtualized networks, while maximizing virtualized server utilization. According to one aspect disclosed herein, a network virtualization platform (“NVP”) includes a plurality of hardware resources, a virtual machine (“VM”), and a virtual machine monitor (“VMM”). The VMM can track an execution state of each of a plurality of applications associated with the VM. The VMM can measure a real-time application transaction completion rate of the VM. The VMM can determine whether a trigger condition exists for priority scheduling of real-time applications based upon the real-time application transaction completion rate and a pre-set threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Tsong-Ho Wu, Wen-Jui Li
  • Publication number: 20170025854
    Abstract: An electrical receptacle responds to acoustic inputs. A microphone integrated into the electrical receptacle generates electrical signals in response to the acoustic inputs. A network interface integrated into the electrical receptacle provides addressable communication with controllers, computers, and other networked devices. The electrical receptacle may thus be installed or retrofitted into the electrical wiring of all homes and businesses. Users may thus speak voice commands, which are received by the electrical receptacle and sent for voice control of appliances and other automation tasks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: John Willis, Kristin Patterson, Thomas Risley, Curtis Stephenson, David Vaught
  • Publication number: 20170024189
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a new paradigm in Multimedia Services Creation Methodology, and new Service Creation and Service Execution Environments, based on this methodology. A service designer can access the Service Creation Environment via a Web based Graphical User Interface (GUI), to design new service in an automated way. The design process includes creation of the Service Logic Script (SLS), and associated databases that are used for storage of service and subscriber related data. The service developer (user) assembles Language Graphical Objects (LGO) into Service Logic Script. LGOs are part of a new graphical language that has been developed to meet multimedia service creation needs. They represent service control and call control primitive functions that have to be performed, in order to provide a multimedia service to service subscribers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Siroos K. Afshar, Nancy Conley, Keith Kiser, William J. Leighton, III, Dinesh N. Lokhande, Patricia E. Mccrink, Shapour Neshatfar, Boguslaw J. Olszowy, Rajiv Patel, Sudhakar Rajamannar, Mark Szachara, Eberhard F. Wunderlich
  • Publication number: 20170026936
    Abstract: A web-based radio survey service is provided to client devices. The client devices individually conduct a radio survey. The radio surveys are sent to a central server for analysis. The central server evaluates the radio surveys and determines a least congested radio channel for common use by all the client devices. The client devices may thus all switch to the least congested radio channel to ensure reliable radio service with an access device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Baofeng Jiang, Rodney McTaggart, Sangho Oh, Yuhong Zheng
  • Publication number: 20170025876
    Abstract: A power control and delivery system for improving and prolonging the performance of batteries through a total power source comprised of a battery, a power controller and a power buffer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Jesse Chan
  • Publication number: 20170026422
    Abstract: Software Defined Networking (SDN) is used in IMS in order to provide a mechanism to forward (Internet Protocol) IP packets and provide a simplified solution to the complex signaling path of IMS according to directives from an SDN Controller. SDN is used in at least three particular scenarios. In the first scenario, communications are simplified using SDN directed signaling disaggregation. In the second scenario, SDN is used to direct media function chaining. In the third scenario, the system can be used as an SDN based media relay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Reuben Klein, Brian Dean Freeman, Larry B. Pearson, Leopold B. Strahs
  • Publication number: 20170026838
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and programs for generating an authorized profile for a text communication device or account, may sample a text communication generated by the text communication device or account during communication and may store the text sample. The systems, methods, and programs may extract a language pattern from the stored text sample and may create an authorized profile based on the language pattern. Systems, methods, and programs for detecting unauthorized use of a text communication device or account may sample a text communication generated by the device or account during communication, may extract a language pattern from the audio sample, and may compare extracted language pattern of the sample with an authorized user profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Lee Begeja, Benjamin J. Stern
  • Publication number: 20170024648
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for responding to an inquiry from a client via a network. The method and apparatus receive the inquiry from a client via a network. Based on the inquiry, question-answer pairs retrieved from the network are analyzed to determine a response to the inquiry. The QA pairs are not predefined. As a result, the QA pairs have to be analyzed in order to determine whether they are responsive to a particular inquiry. Questions of the QA pairs may be repetitive and similar to one another even for very different subjects, and without additional contextual and meta-level information, are not useful in determining whether their corresponding answer responds to an inquiry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Junlan Feng, Mazin Gilbert, Dilek Hakkani-Tur, Gokhan Tur
  • Publication number: 20170026763
    Abstract: Directional sound location is used to determine security events of a security system. A sound sensor reports a vector direction to a sound source of an acoustic signal. If the vector direction is historically observed at similar times, then perhaps the sound source is not considered a security event. However, if the vector direction is unknown or unfamiliar, the security system may infer the security event and notify emergency services.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicants: AT&T Mobility II LLC, AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James H. Pratt, Steven Belz, Michael Lattanzi, Constance Missimer
  • Publication number: 20170019356
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a service platform that receives a chat request from a client device associated with a user. A chat database of previous chat sessions associated with other users is searched based on the chat request to identify a previous chat session corresponding to the chat request. Chat data corresponding to the previous chat session is retrieved from the chat database and sent to the client device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mazin E. Gilbert
  • Publication number: 20170019398
    Abstract: A server includes a key generator and an authenticator. The key generator is configured to receive a request for a first key from a worker device, to create the first key that is associated with a worker, and to transmit the first key to the worker device. The authenticator is in communication with the key generator, the authenticator is configured to receive a second key and identification details from a customer device, to transmit the identification details to the worker device, to receive acknowledgment of the identification details from the worker device, and to authenticate the second key and the identification details with the customer device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Charles D. Blewett, Megan Blewett, Juan A. Garay, Robert C. Haarde, Thomas Killian, Yitzhak H. Mandelbaum, Simon Urbanek
  • Publication number: 20170013020
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for decoupling hardware and software components of network security devices to provide security software as a service in a distributed computing environment. A computer system includes a processor that can execute computer-executable instructions to perform various operations. The processor can perform operations to provide security services to one or more customer platforms. The operations can include receiving a network security software component from a security service provider, and deploying the network security software component within a distributed computing environment so that the network security software component can be executed by a computing resource of the distributed computing environment to provide a security service to the customer platform(s). The network security software component includes a software component that has been decoupled from a hardware component of a network security device by the security service provider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: William A. O'Hern, Edward G. Amoroso, Michelle Barry, Anthony Ramos, Daniel Solero, Duncan Kirkwood Sparrell, Rodney Dilts
  • Publication number: 20170011443
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products personalize haptic emulations of merchandise. A query regarding an article of merchandise having an associated digital image is made and the digital image is modified based on a personal anatomical image and anthropometrical data associated with a user by personalizing a portion of the digital image to the user, such that a haptic emulation of the article of merchandise is modified in accordance with the anthropometrical data and provided with the modified digital image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Srilal Weerasinghe
  • Publication number: 20170013414
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for determining the indoor location of devices such as smartphones and tablet computers using reference points and sensors. According to one aspect disclosed herein, an environment analytics system can retrieve a layout of an environment and determines an absolute reference point for the layout. The environment analytics system also can determine a coordinate pair for a point associated with an area of the layout. The coordinate pair can be determined relative to the absolute reference point. The environment analytics system also can determine a coordinate pair for a beacon deployed within the area. The coordinate pair can be associated with a unique address of the beacon. The environment analytics system can update beacon data in an environment database to include the coordinate pair for the beacon and the unique address of the beacon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mehmet Ozkan
  • Publication number: 20170013133
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for forwarding telephone calls, facsimile transmissions and electronic messages to a single forwarding telephone number. The telephone calls, fax transmissions and electronic messages are first forwarded to a central forwarding repository by the forwarding party where the fax transmissions, and messages are converted to audio formats. Forwarded telephone calls and audio formatted versions of the fax transmissions and electronic messages are then forwarded directly to a designated forwarding number. If the forwarding party answers at the forwarding number, she will receive forwarded calls, and the audio formatted versions of fax transmissions and electronic messages will be played to her over her telephone. If the forwarding party does not answer the forwarded call, she subsequently may retrieve saved telephone calls, saved telephone messages and saved audio versions of fax transmissions and electronic messages from the central forwarding repository.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Darryl Cynthia Moore, Kathryn D. King, Sharon E. Carter