AT&T Patents Granted

AT&T patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9578388
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for sending advertising data to an end user device. The system includes but is not limited to a processor in data communication with a computer readable medium; and a computer program embedded in the computer readable medium, the computer program including but not limited to instructions to send first password data to a first group of end user devices that have exchanged a first advertising key data in a first advertising category; and instructions to send first advertising data encoded using the first password to the first group of end user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: James Huffman, Larry Kennedy, Frank Coppa
  • Patent number: 9578456
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses for comparing multi-dimensional datasets are provided. A multi-dimensional dataset comparison includes receiving a plurality of datasets, each including a plurality of coordinates, wherein a subset of coordinates defines a geo-fence. For a coordinate within a geo-fence of one of the plurality of datasets, determining analogous coordinates in each of the other datasets, the analogous coordinates defining a coordinate input set, and performing in parallel an operation on the coordinate input set to determine whether an entry is present at a coordinate of the coordinate input set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon Meredith, Mark Pack, John Pastore
  • Patent number: 9578441
    Abstract: Analyzing mobile device applications within a wireless data network and other related aspects are presented herein. More particularly, described herein is a novel Intelligent Mobility Application Profiling Tool (iMAP) and/or other mechanisms, systems and methods for profiling and benchmarking applications associated with mobile devices in a wireless data network. Various systems and methods described herein expose cross-layer interaction associated with a network device in order to profile an application on the network device with respect to energy efficiency, performance, and functionality. As described herein, radio resource control (RRC) analysis can be performed to infer RRC states associated with a given application, identify tail time, etc. Further, analyzers are employed for various layers, including transmission control protocol (TCP) and/or hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP), as well as to analyze communication bursts associated with a given application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Alexandre Gerber, Zhuoqing Morley Mao, Feng Qian, Subhabrata Sen, Oliver Spatscheck, Zhaoguang Wang
  • Patent number: 9576260
    Abstract: A method of managing a supply chain comprises providing at a customer interface module a plurality of order fulfillment options to a customer, and receiving from the customer a selection of a particular order fulfillment option. The method also includes receiving a first order from the customer, and receiving a first inventory status from a first distribution center. A first distribution center sends a first product to the customer in response to determining that the particular order fulfillment option comprises a fill-partial order fulfillment option, and a duration between the time that the first product is directed to be sent and the time when the first product is actually sent is determined. An alert is generated if the duration is greater than a predetermined duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Hari Pothukuchi, Noni Gonzalez, Ernesto Solera
  • Patent number: 9578387
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for delivering electrical signals from a cable network to a telecommunications network. The electrical signals are received from a community antenna television network and communicated via the telecommunications network. The telecommunications network may then communicate those electrical signals to end-users and to customers. Because the electrical signals may include video, music, data, and other cable content, this cable content is communicated along the telecommunications network and, thus, distributed to an end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Gerald J. Roman
  • Patent number: 9576212
    Abstract: A method, system, and machine-readable medium for classifying an image element as one of a plurality of categories, including assigning the image element based on a ratio between an unoccluded perimeter of the image element and an occluded perimeter of the image element and coding the image element according to a coding scheme associated with the category to which the image element is classified. Exemplary applications include image compression, where categories include image foreground and background layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Leon Bottou, Patrick Guy Haffner
  • Patent number: 9576582
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, computer-implemented methods, and computer-readable storage media for recognizing speech by adapting automatic speech recognition pronunciation by acoustic model restructuring. The method identifies an acoustic model and a matching pronouncing dictionary trained on typical native speech in a target dialect. The method collects speech from a new speaker resulting in collected speech and transcribes the collected speech to generate a lattice of plausible phonemes. Then the method creates a custom speech model for representing each phoneme used in the pronouncing dictionary by a weighted sum of acoustic models for all the plausible phonemes, wherein the pronouncing dictionary does not change, but the model of the acoustic space for each phoneme in the dictionary becomes a weighted sum of the acoustic models of phonemes of the typical native speech. Finally the method includes recognizing via a processor additional speech from the target speaker using the custom speech model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrej Ljolje, Alistair D. Conkie, Ann K. Syrdal
  • Patent number: 9578386
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to provide messages to consumer electronics devices are disclosed. In response to a request from a consumer electronics device for messaging information stored with at least one of a first message provider or a second message provider, determining, with a processor of a mediation system, an identifier associated with the consumer electronics device. Querying, with the processor, a database at the mediation system to determine first and second account identifiers associated with the identifier of the consumer electronics device. When the request is for the messaging information stored with the first message provider, sending, with the processor, a first command to cause the first message provider to forward the messaging information associated with the first message account identifier to the mediation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Chaoxin Charles Qiu, Jeffrey Lee Scruggs, John E. Lemay, Jessie Tsae-Jiuan Lee, Diana Maria Cantu
  • Patent number: 9575577
    Abstract: A combination of a stylus and a keyboard. A collapsible keyboard portion is coupled to a stylus tip. When in a collapsed state, the apparatus may be used as a stylus, or stored in a receptacle or a user's pocket. When a keyboard is needed, the stylus keyboard may be unrolled or unfolded, and used to control an electronic device via a wireless connection between a transceiver on the stylus keyboard and the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Vijayarani Natarajan
  • Patent number: 9575578
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and computer readable storage device for navigation of a touchscreen display include calculating a scaled position based on a scaling factor. The scaling factor is based on dimensions of a region of reach and dimensions of the touchscreen display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Ginger Chien
  • Patent number: 9576306
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed for identifying a driver versus a passenger within a smart vehicle. This involves a determination of the relative positions of the wireless communication devices within the smart vehicle using near-field communication (NFC) or GPS, AGPS, etc. The wireless communication device detected closest to the driver seat is assumed to be the device owned by the driver. Once identified, the driver can be billed for tolls and other road services, based on the location of the smart vehicle. For instance, as the smart vehicle approaches a toll, a notification can be sent to all of the wireless communication devices. A response from a particular wireless communication device will result in the corresponding user's account being billed for the toll. Further, the smart vehicle can communicate with near-field transceivers placed, for instance, alongside a High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: John Potts Davis, III, Justin Michael Anthony McNamara, Jay Daryl Rector
  • Patent number: 9575997
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products help users recall memories and search for content of those memories. When a user cannot recall a memory, the user is prompted with questions to help recall the memory. As the user answers the questions, a virtual recollection of the memory is synthesized from the answers to the questions. When the user is satisfied with the virtual recollection of the memory, a database of content may be searched for the virtual recollection of the memory. Video data, for example, may be retrieved that matches the virtual recollection of the memory. The video data is thus historical data documenting past events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Raymond Miller, II, Kevin A. Li, Troy C. Meuninck, James H. Pratt, Horst J. Schroeter, Behzad Shahraray
  • Patent number: 9575846
    Abstract: Multi-reliability regenerating (MRR) erasure codes are disclosed. The erasure codes can be used to encode and regenerate data. In particular, the regenerating erasure codes can be used to encode data included in at least one of two or more data messages to satisfy respective reliability requirements for the data. Encoded portions of data from one data message can be mixed with encoded or unencoded portions of data from a second data message and stored at a distributed storage system. This approach can be used to improve efficiency and performance of data storage and recovery in the event of failures of one or more nodes of a distributed storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Chao Tian
  • Patent number: 9575952
    Abstract: Topics are determined for short text messages using an unsupervised topic model. In a training corpus created from a number of short text messages, a vocabulary of words is identified, and for each word a distributed vector representation is obtained by processing windows of the corpus having a fixed length. The corpus is modeled as a Gaussian mixture model in which Gaussian components represent topics. To determine a topic of a sample short text message, a posterior distribution over the corpus topics is obtained using the Gaussian mixture model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Vivek Kumar Rangarajan Sridhar
  • Patent number: 9577706
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for reducing outbound interference in a broadband powerline communication system. Data is modulated on first and second carrier frequencies and is transmitted via respective first and second lines of the powerline system. A characteristic of at least one of the carrier signals (e.g., phase or amplitude) is adjusted in order to improve the electrical balance of the lines of the transmission system. This improvement in electrical balance reduces the radiated interference of the powerline system. Also disclosed is the use of a line balancing element on or more lines of the powerline system for altering the characteristics of at least one of the power lines in order to compensate for a known imbalance of the transmission system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventor: Paul Shala Henry
  • Patent number: 9577307
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a transmission device that includes a transmitter that generates a first electromagnetic wave to convey data, the first electromagnetic wave having at least one carrier frequency and corresponding wavelength. A coupler couples the first electromagnetic wave to a transmission medium having at least one inner portion surrounded by a dielectric material, the dielectric material having an outer surface and a corresponding circumference, wherein the coupling of the first electromagnetic wave to the transmission medium forms a second electromagnetic wave that is guided to propagate along the outer surface of the dielectric material via at least one guided-wave mode that can include an asymmetric mode, wherein the at least one carrier frequency is within a microwave or millimeter-wave frequency band and wherein the at least one corresponding wavelength is less than the circumference of the transmission medium. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 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: 9577896
    Abstract: Context-based computing frameworks disclosed herein may determine a location associated with a query from a device, the query requesting context information. Such context-based computing frameworks may also obtain the context information from a context profile associated with the location, the context information identifying a computing resource associated with the location. Such context-based computing frameworks may further send the context information in response to the query, the context information to enable configuration of interaction between the device and the computing resource associated with the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Michael Zadig
  • Patent number: 9577877
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, identifying a configuration of a second end user device that includes device data and applications, generating a configuration template associated with the second end user device, providing a first end user device with access to the configuration template for enabling the first end user device to be configured, detecting an adjustment to the configuration of the second end user device, and transmitting a notification of a configuration change at the second end user device responsive to the detecting of the adjustment to enable the first end user device to be reconfigured according to the adjustment to the configuration of the second end user device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Mobility II LLC, AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Ari Craine, Matthew Arcaro
  • Patent number: 9578127
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server having a controller to adjust a call processing logic for Session Initiated Protocol to Integrated Services Digital Network User Part (ISUP) calls based at least in part on interworking profiles assigned to ISUP trunk groups supporting the calls. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Chaoxin Qiu, Richard L. Khan, Lillian Dannenberg
  • Patent number: 9577959
    Abstract: A system for providing lossless hierarchical caching is disclosed. The system may process, in a first thread, a first set of a plurality of packets in a first cache. Then, the system may determine if a condition associated with processing the first set of the packets indicates that there is potential for packet loss. If the system determines that there is potential for packet loss, a copy of a portion of the first set of the packets may be transmitted to a second cache. The system may process, in a second thread, the copy of the portion of the first set of the packets in the second cache. Additionally, the system may transmit a subset of packets from the first set of packets to a reorder queue for reordering the subset of packets if the subset of packets contain an identifier associated with the reorder queue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Arthur L. Zaifman, John M. Mocenigo, Tzvi Chumash
  • Patent number: 9577978
    Abstract: A method that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining at a first directory server of a first regional call processing system whether a new name authority pointer associated with a telephone number is within a first geographic region of the first regional call processing system, transmitting the new name authority pointer to a first name server of the first regional call processing system for provisioning the name authority pointer to the first name server responsive to determining that the telephone number is located within the first geographic region, and transmitting the new name authority pointer to a second directory server for provisioning the new name authority pointer to a second name server of a second regional call processing system responsive to determining that the telephone number is not located within the first geographic region. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James W. Forsyth, Bernard Ku, Lakshminarashimhan Naidu
  • Patent number: 9578010
    Abstract: Mobile operation is extended to a device. An extension interface comprises a client component within a mobile that is linked to a client component within the device. Extension of mobile operation is secured via delivery of credentials associated with the mobile to the device. Delivery of credentials is temporary and typically spans the period during which mobile operation is extended to the device. Application(s) and content(s) can be conveyed to the device for utilization therein. An emulation component that can reside at least in part on the client component within the device can emulate mobile operation. Client component within the mobile can include at least in part (i) a component that downloads drivers for communication with, and utilization of, the device to which mobile operation is extended, and (ii) a component that can scan for wireless-capable devices to extend mobile service thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Judson Flynn, Erick John Haughn, John Lewis
  • Patent number: 9578056
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for preventing spoofing attacks for bone conduction applications. According to one aspect, a device can receive an authentication signal that has propagated through a body. The device can prevent an adversary from using the authentication signal to spoof a user to be authenticated by the device. The device can also authenticate the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher Baldwin, Brian S. Amento
  • Patent number: 9578095
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing an opportunistic crowd based service platform is disclosed. A mobile sensor device is identified based on a current location and/or other qualities, such as intrinsic properties, previous sensor data, or demographic data of an associated user of the mobile sensor device. Data is collected from the mobile sensor device. The data collected from the mobile sensor device is aggregated with data collected from other sensor devices, and content generated based on the aggregated data is delivered to a user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Zavesky, Andrea Basso, Lee Begeja, David C. Gibbon, Zhu Liu, Bernard S. Renger, Behzad Shahraray
  • Patent number: 9577306
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a transmission device that includes a transmitter that generates a first electromagnetic wave to convey data, the first electromagnetic wave having at least one carrier frequency and corresponding wavelength. A coupler couples the first electromagnetic wave to a transmission medium having at least one inner portion surrounded by a dielectric material, the dielectric material having an outer surface and a corresponding circumference, wherein the coupling of the first electromagnetic wave to the transmission medium forms a second electromagnetic wave that is guided to propagate along the outer surface of the dielectric material via at least one guided-wave mode that can include an asymmetric mode, wherein the at least one carrier frequency is within a microwave or millimeter-wave frequency band and wherein the at least one corresponding wavelength is less than the circumference of the transmission medium. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 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: 9578380
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for enabling IP service subscribers to share media contents with other IP service subscribers or Internet users in either a secured or open fashion are disclosed. In one embodiment, the present invention enables the sharing of home movies, pictures, and other media contents, where media could be stored media or media created in real-time. Namely, the present method allows IP service subscribers to effectively create their own TV station, e.g., complete with stored or live content programming and content scheduling. In turn, the method allows a viewing subscriber to select and view a shared media program created by another subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventor: Christopher P. Gilboy
  • Patent number: 9578288
    Abstract: A plurality of portions of a video content item is distributed to a plurality of peers, respectively, of a peer-to-peer network. Each of the plurality of portions encodes less than an entire portion of the video content item. A peer of the network retrieves at least a subset of the plurality of portions of the video content item from at least a subset of the peers. The at least the subset of the plurality of portions of the video content item enables recovery of the video content item by the peer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Yih-Farn Chen, Yennun Huang, Jeremy Rahe, Bin Wei
  • Patent number: 9578590
    Abstract: A method for providing local cordless service comprises the steps of receiving subscriber neighborhood zone selection input so that a mobile telephone equipped subscriber may place or receive calls for a fixed rate, for example, per month without having to pay radio frequency air time charges any time they are located within their selected subscribed-to zones. If the subscribed-to zones are adjacent to one another and the mobile subscriber roans from one zone to another, the subscriber may continue their fee call uninterrupted and without paying air time charges. However, when the subscriber roans outside their subscribed-to zones they may be switched from the present local cordless services t conventional personal communications services and pay air time charges. However for an active call. No air-time charges are incurred as the user transitions between the cellular/DPCS environment and the local cordless service environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Albert Chow, Spencer Wang, Wenchu Ying
  • Patent number: 9578661
    Abstract: Cell site congestion may result in dropped calls, time-outs on data sessions, web access problems, or the like. A network congestion status may be used to minimize network congestion. In an example embodiment, messages which are distributed via a network may be formatted based on the network's congestions status and a device's connection mechanism. Further, a network access may be based on the network's congestion status and on a device's connection mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Kevin Daly, Charles Peter Musgrove, DeWayne A. Sennett
  • Patent number: 9578168
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a destination communication device, information related to a communication from a source communication device. The method further includes determining, at the destination communication device, a designation of the source communication device based on the information. The method further includes selecting, based on the designation, a prompt from multiple prompts. The method further includes sending the prompt from the destination communication device to the source communication device. The prompt is a request for second information related to urgency of the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sreenivasa Rao Gorti, Stephen Mark Mueller, Jeffrey Lewis Brandt, Huitao Liu
  • Patent number: 9578561
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, monitoring a speed and an acceleration of a mobile communication device in a serving cell of a wireless network where the mobile communication device has a radio resource control connection with the wireless network, and selecting a first mobility speed group from among a plurality of mobility speed groups based on the speed and the acceleration of the mobile communication device, where handover parameter values are assigned to each speed group of the plurality of mobility speed groups, and where the handover parameters and their associated values are utilized for a handover by the wireless network from the serving cell to a target cell. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Spyridon Kapoulas, Kurt Huber, Thomas W. Henderson
  • Patent number: 9578343
    Abstract: A system, method and computer-readable media are introduced that relate to data coding and decoding. A computing device encodes received data such as video data into a base layer of compressed video and an enhancement layer of compressed video. The computing device controls drift introduced into the base layer of the compressed video. The computing device, such as a scalable video coder, allows drift bay predicting the base layer from the enhancement layer information. The amount of drift is managed to improve overall compression efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Amy Ruth Reibman, Leon Bottou, Andrea Basso
  • Patent number: 9578371
    Abstract: A network addressable appliance with digital multimedia recording capabilities has limited access including playback of stored multimedia content upon faulty connection with a service provider network. Upon a connectivity event, the network addressable appliance compares a retrieved hardware address for a connected residential gateway to a stored hardware address for an assigned residential gateway. If the two hardware addresses correspond, the network addressable appliance provides playback to stored multimedia content. The system helps prevent violations of digital rights management rules by restricting access to stored multimedia content while the network addressable appliance is connected to an unauthorized residential gateway. The system provides a user with limited access (i.e. playback) to multimedia content during service provider network outages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Wollmershauser, Jason B. Sprague, William O. Sprague, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9578362
    Abstract: A method includes determining, at a server, channel change (cc) bias factors associated with a time slot. The method includes sending a request for cc server data to a network device. The request includes the time slot and data corresponding to the cc bias factors. The method includes receiving the cc server data, where the cc server data identifies a set of times during the time slot and an estimated number of active cc servers of a plurality of cc servers for each time of set of times. The method also includes, before a particular time indicated in the set of times and in response to a current number of active cc servers being different than the estimated number of active cc servers for the particular time, adjusting a number of active cc servers of the plurality of cc servers to the estimated number of active cc servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Quan Li, Gregory Cooke
  • Patent number: 9578541
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining message transfer delays based on transport layer control information associated with network traffic of a backhaul network coupled between a number of core network nodes of a wireless network and a wireless access node of the wireless network. The message transfer delays are representative of the network traffic between the core network nodes and the wireless access node. Weighting factors are assigned to the core network nodes based on the message transfer delays. The weighting factors are exposed to a scheduler that identifies a first group of core network nodes and a second group of core network nodes based on the weighting factors. The wireless access node preferentially establishes communications via the first group of core network nodes. The wireless access node establishes communications via the second group, responsive to an inability to establish communications via any core network nodes the first group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Vikram Seenappa, Rajendra Prasad Kodaypak, Jiansong Wang
  • Patent number: 9571327
    Abstract: A call between a calling party and a called party, one or both of whom may be subscribers to Internet Telephony (IT) services, commences upon the receipt of a call dialed by the calling party to the Plain Old Telephony Service (POTS) number associated with the calling party. A first hub receives the call and routes it to the called party if that party is not an IT services subscriber that is currently on line. If the called party is an IT services subscriber that is on-line, the call is received at an Internet Services Provider serving the called party. The ISP converts the call to an IT format if the call is not already in that format and thereafter delivers the call to the called party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: John Jutten Lawser, Larry Arnise Russell
  • Patent number: 9571366
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting and localizing an anomaly for a network are disclosed. For example, the method sends a first set of probe packets on at least one path of the network, and detects a performance anomaly on a first path of the at least one path. The method then identifies at least one link on the first path that is responsible for the performance anomaly by applying a second set of probe packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Nicholas Duffield, Paul Barford, Amos Ron, Joel Sommers
  • Patent number: 9569961
    Abstract: A traffic reporting system and method for geographic area of interest. The system includes standard wireless telecommunication components configured to establish search criteria, determine a sample size, collect traffic information, calculate additional traffic information, and generate reports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Emily Lyons Soelberg, Michael J. Berry
  • Patent number: 9571295
    Abstract: A call to an emergency call center from a device is initiated utilizing a relay service. The device may send a non-voice message to the relay service. The relay service, upon receipt and analysis of the message, may initiate a call to the device. The device, upon receiving the call and determining that the call is from the relay service, may place the call on hold and initiate a call to an emergency call center. Subsequently, the device may establish a multi-party call between the device, the relay service, and the emergency call center. Further, the relay service may maintain multiple communications modes in order to conduct non-voice messages with the device and conduct voice communications with the emergency call center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: DeWayne A. Sennett, Brian K. Daly
  • Patent number: 9569832
    Abstract: A method includes receiving image data corresponding to an image and determining object quality values based on a portion of the image data. The portion corresponds to an object represented in the image. The method also includes accessing object category metrics associated with an object category corresponding to the object. The method includes generating a notification indicating that the image data has been altered in response to a result of a comparison of the object quality values to the object category metrics. The result indicates alteration of the portion of the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Zavesky, David Crawford Gibbon, Lee Begeja, Amy Ruth Reibman
  • Patent number: 9570092
    Abstract: Devices, systems, methods, media, and programs for detecting an emotional state change in an audio signal are provided. A number of segments of the audio signal are analyzed based on separate lexical and acoustic evaluations, and, for each segment, an emotional state and a confidence score of the emotional state are determined. A current emotional state of the audio signal is tracked for each of the number of segments. For a particular segment, it is determined whether the current emotional state of the audio signal changes to another emotional state based on the emotional state and a comparison of the confidence score of the particular segment to a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Dimitrios Dimitriadis, Mazin E. Gilbert, Taniya Mishra, Horst J. Schroeter
  • Patent number: 9569764
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for point-of-sale customization service. A processor executing a point-of-sale customization service can receive a unique identifier associated with a user device detected in a proximity of a computing device. The processor can query preferences stored in a data store using the unique identifier and identify point-of-sale preferences associated with the user device based upon the querying. The processor can transmit the point-of-sale preferences to the computing device to apply to a transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Ari Craine, James H. Pratt
  • Patent number: 9568554
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed which relate to a wireless communications device comprising a wireless power transmission detector and a wireless power transmission indicator for displaying to a user the current level of wireless power transmission. A voltmeter and ammeter take readings from the wireless transceiver circuit while the wireless communications device is on. A power logic stored on a memory within the wireless communications device converts the readings into a wireless power transmission level. The wireless power transmission level is output to an indicator on the wireless communications device where a user can view it. Exemplary embodiments include a true battery life indicator on the wireless communications device. The true battery life indicator gives an amount of time a battery powering the wireless communications device will last at the current wireless power transmission level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jian Li, Zhi Li, Raghvendra Savoor
  • Patent number: 9571190
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a central controller that executes instructions facilitating performance of operations including monitoring multiple network nodes, at least some of the network nodes being in communication with others through respective point-to-point links. Each point-to-point link includes a respective free space optical channel. The central controller detects optical received signal strength of a free space optical channel falling below a certain level and provides control signals to reconfigure the multiple network nodes. Signals are re-routed along one of the respective point-to-point links through other network nodes responsive to detecting the optical received signal strength falling below the certain level Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, LP
    Inventors: David M. Britz, Jeevan Dodley, Lih-Yuan Lin, Robert R. Miller
  • Patent number: 9571528
    Abstract: Many of the current IMS standards and enriched services were originally designed for the individual subscribers that are serviced by the wireless network. However, the IMS standards do not fully address the problem of providing the IMS enriched services and features to business PBX customers or wholesale customers that do not directly register to the IMS network. The present invention discloses a method for providing IMS enriched services and features to business PBX customers or wholesale customers through the use of a static provisioning and registration method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Min Lu, Martin Dolly, Leticia Johnson, Mark Ratcliffe
  • Patent number: 9571884
    Abstract: The subject disclosure describes among other things receiving user input that includes a device configuration for a device in a home automation system, where the device configuration specifies a triggering event and a response to the triggering event. The subject disclosure also describes transmitting the device configuration to the device, receiving data from the device, where the data indicates that the triggering event has been detected by the device, presenting an alert indicating that the triggering event has been detected by device, where the alert includes selectable options for responding to the alert, identifying the device detecting the triggering event, and altering an operation of the device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Scott White, James Cansler
  • Patent number: 9571209
    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: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Robert Bennett, Paul Shala Henry
  • Patent number: 9571258
    Abstract: A system and process that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, an interference monitor configured to detect occurrences of unintended signals within a communications link. A communications link may carry a down-converted format of a satellite signal from an earth terminal to an integrated receiver and decoder for further network distribution. Depending upon the nature of any such detected unintended signals, the communications link can be “swapped out” for a redundant communications link carrying a down-converted format of the same satellite signal obtained by way of a redundant earth terminal. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Douglas Medina, Ronald Jones, Michael Peck
  • Patent number: 9571868
    Abstract: Systems and processes that incorporate teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving from a mobile device, by way of a cellular network, a request for delivery of high-bandwidth application service. A location of the mobile device can be obtained and used to determine availability of any nearby wireless packet-network services. If it is determined that a wireless packet-network service is available, a network connection between the mobile device and the wireless packet-network service can be established. The request for delivery of high-bandwidth services can then be forwarded to an application server that delivers the requested services by way of the wireless packet-network service. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, Jin He
  • Patent number: 9571887
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a process that determines information from a first media stream including a number of keywords associated with viewing habits of a user. A second media stream of a media program is scanned for one of a word or phrase corresponding to a keyword of the number of keywords. A second keyword is determined based on the one of the word or phrase, and additional information associated with the second keyword is identified. Results associated with the additional information are provided to a multimedia device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Srinivas Bangalore, Mazin E. Gilbert, Michael Johnston