AT&T Patents

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  • Patent number: 9654931
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, a mobile device can determine its speed and can utilize a wireless network based on its determined speed. In one example, the mobile device can be within a communications range of a wireless access point that implements a wireless local area network and can utilize a mobile telephone network for data communications rather than the wireless local area network when the mobile device is traveling at or above a certain speed. In another example, the mobile device can receive a signal from the wireless access point and, based on the signal and the speed of the mobile device, the mobile device can utilize the wireless access point at or above the certain speed. For instance, the signal can include a beacon indicating that the wireless access point can be utilized for data communications when the mobile device is traveling at or above a certain speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Feng Wang, Mostafa Tofighbakhsh, David Wolter
  • Patent number: 9654950
    Abstract: Techniques control traffic transmissions to manage radio resource utilization. When content is being streamed to user equipment (UE) and is at least initially intended to be streamed in real time at a constant bitrate, a communication management component can determine whether the content being transmitted to the UE can be delayed, instead of being transmitted in real time. In response to determining that the content can be delayed, the communication management component can facilitate buffering data and periodically streaming the data to the UE in data bursts to reduce use of UE power and radio resources. When transmitting a visual image to a UE, the communication management component can adjust resolution of a visual image to correspond to screen dimensions of the UE based on information indicating screen dimensions of the UE that can be received from the UE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Subhabrata Sen, Oliver Spatscheck, Alexandre Gerber, Zhuoqing Morley Mao, Feng Qian, Zhaoguang Wang
  • Patent number: 9655166
    Abstract: Data bundling and fast dormancy controls are provided based on application monitoring and classification. Moreover, a balance is enabled between saving battery power of a user equipment (UE) and reducing signaling and processing load in a radio resource controller (RRC). For instance, a system can observe data flow related behavior of applications on the UE. On receiving a first data flow request, an arrival time of a next data flow request is predicted based on an analysis of the behavior, and the system determines whether the two data flows can be bundled together and transmitted over a single connection. Additionally, on completion of the first data flow, the arrival time of the next data flow request is predicted based on the analysis, and the system determines whether a fast dormancy timer can be disabled to transmit the next data flow over the current connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Arthur Richard Brisebois, Yonghui Tong
  • Patent number: 9655114
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to allocate bandwidth between subscribers of a communications network are disclosed. An example method to allocate bandwidth between subscribers of a communications network includes projecting that a first network data usage of a first subscriber of the network service provider will exceed a first data allotment for a first network access account of the first subscriber within a time period. The example method also includes identifying a second subscriber of the network service provider who is included in a subscriber group with the first subscriber and projected to have a second network data usage that is below a second data allotment for a second account of the second subscriber within that time period. The example method also includes requesting assent from the second subscriber to transfer a portion of the second data allotment to the first subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Anthony Reynolds, Kenneth Daleo, Darren DeJaeger, Blaine Fawcett, Christopher Huffman, Keith Peterson, Steve Shaffer
  • Patent number: 9655134
    Abstract: A first network device in a network, such as an LTE network, configured to establish a default bearer between a node and the first network device. The first network device may transmit a first communication type between the first network device and the node over the a default bearer and receive a service request requesting the establishment of a dedicated bearer for the transmission of a second communication type between the first network device and the node, the service request requesting that the dedicated bearer have a quality of service higher than the quality of service of the default bearer. The first network device may transmit the second type of communication between the first network device and the node over the default bearer, establish the dedicated bearer, and then switch the transmission of the second type of communication from the default bearer to the dedicated bearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Venson M. Shaw
  • Patent number: 9655067
    Abstract: A method, a non-transitory computer-readable medium and an apparatus for receiving a data packet that is transmitted from a first sensor node are disclosed. For example, the method performs a channel scan of a particular burst of channel scans. When the preamble packet is detected, the method determines whether the preamble packet is addressed to the second sensor node. When the preamble packet is addressed to the second sensor node, the method sends an acknowledgement packet to the first sensor node. The method then receives the data packet that is transmitted from the first sensor node. The method then sleeps for a duration of time, when there is no packet transmission that is ongoing that is destined to the second sensor node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Rajesh Krishna Panta, James Allan Pelletier, Gregory T. Vesonder
  • Publication number: 20170135016
    Abstract: Call handoff from an 802.1x network to a cellular network, and vice versa. A wireless device that has both cellular and 802.1x capability detects the strength of a cellular signal and of an 802.1x signal. If a call is taking place over the 802.1x network and the strength of the 802.1x signal drops below a particular level and the strength of the cellular signal is above a certain level, the call is handed off from the 802.1x network to the cellular network. If a call is taking place over the cellular network and the cellular signal strength drops below a certain level while the 802.1x signal strength is above a certain level, the call is handed off from the cellular network to the 802.1x network. In addition, the user of the wireless device can manually initiate the handoff by actuating a handoff selector of the wireless device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Mark J. Enzmann
  • Publication number: 20170134827
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for continuously providing preexisting default advertisement data to an end user device from a non-transitory computer readable memory in an end user network interface device, prior to the end user device connecting to an online destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property l, LP
    Inventors: Steven M Wollmershauser, William R Hurst
  • Publication number: 20170130978
    Abstract: Directional environmental control provides nearly immediate comfort. A location associated with a mobile device determines an air terminal that best serves the location. Conditioned air may thus be streamed from the air terminal to the location associated with the mobile device. The conditioned air may be heated or cooled according to a profile associated with a user of the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicants: AT&T MOBILITY II, LLC, AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Gregory W. Edwards, Michael Lattanzi, Constance Missimer, James H. Pratt
  • Publication number: 20170134987
    Abstract: Wireless video download rates are optimized by receiving, at a system with a computer that includes a processor and memory, a request to provide a piece of video content over a wireless network. The processor of the computer is used to determine whether to provide the video content at a first option that is as soon as possible or at a second option over a specified interval T. The interval T is calculated as a time for a destination device to download the video content at a rate level higher than encoding for the video content requires. Upon determining to provide the video content over the interval T, the video content is provided over the wireless network over the interval T to a client device that requested the piece of video content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Emir HALEPOVIC, Kadangode K. RAMAKRISHNAN, Jeffrey ERMAN
  • Publication number: 20170134287
    Abstract: The concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to network functions virtualization (“NFV”) leveraging unified traffic management and real-world event planning. According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, a virtual network traffic management system (“VNTMS”) can receive, via a traffic congestion monitor, from a virtual network function (“VNF”), a traffic congestion indicator that includes a traffic congestion state indicative of network traffic congestion experienced by the VNF. The VNTMS can analyze the traffic congestion indicator to determine a traffic management action to be taken to alleviate at least a portion of the network traffic congestion experienced by the VNF, and instruct a traffic congestion action responder to provide the traffic management action to the VNF.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, Rajendra Prasad Kodaypak
  • Publication number: 20170132896
    Abstract: A system for providing awareness of an interactive surface is disclosed. The system may include a processor that is communicatively linked to an interactive surface. The processor may determine a position and a velocity of an object that is within range of the interactive surface based on one or more of media content, vibrations, air movement, sounds and, global positioning data associated with the object. Additionally, the processor may determine if the object has a trajectory that would cause the object to collide with the interactive surface based on the information associated with the object. If the processor determines that the object has a trajectory that would cause the object to collide with the interactive surface, the processor can generate a notification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James H. Pratt, Steven M. Belz, Marc A. Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20170134228
    Abstract: Remote configuration ensures compliance of remote devices. A server polls a device for a configuration file. The server compares the configuration file to a compliance policy. If the configuration file fails the compliance policy, the server retrieves a compliant configuration file that conforms to the compliance policy. The server sends the compliant configuration file to the device with an instruction to replace the configuration file.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Manivannan Velupillai
  • Publication number: 20170134279
    Abstract: A method for optimized route caching includes comparing a destination address of a network packet to a first set of prefixes in a routing cache, and comparing the destination address to a second set of prefixes in a full routing table when a longest matching prefix for the destination address is not found in the routing cache. The method further includes copying the longest matching prefix and a set of sub-prefixes of the longest matching prefix from the full routing table to the routing cache, and forwarding the network packet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Alexandre Gerber, Changhoon Kim, Jennifer L. Rexford, Matthew Caesar
  • Publication number: 20170134437
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a first secured registration request message from user equipment at a registration server in an Internet Protocol multimedia subsystem network, the first secured registration request message being secured using a first security protocol, determining at the registration server that the first secured registration request message cannot be decoded using the first security protocol, sending a message from the registration server to the user equipment proposing a second security protocol, and receiving a second secured registration request message from the user equipment at the registration server, the second secured registration request message being secured using the second security protocol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mohamed Khalil, Arun Chatterjee, Mazen Aladwan, Karl Schlieber
  • Publication number: 20170134398
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed. An agent resides in a mobile communication device. The agent detects Proximity-based Mobile Malware Propagation. The agent injects one or more trigger network connections in the candidate connection list. These connections appear as legitimate networks and devices, but instead trigger connection to an agent server on a service provider's network. By attempting to connect through the trigger network connection, the malware reveals itself. The system helps collect the malware signature within a short period of time after the malware outbreak in local areas, though such attacks typically bypass network based security inspection in the network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Wei Wang, Gang Xu, Gustavo de los Reyes
  • Publication number: 20170134534
    Abstract: A protocol converter includes a processor configured to receive a request for content from a client system. The processor is further configured to determine if the protocol converter is currently receiving the content through the multicast session, and join the multicast session if the protocol converter is not currently receiving the content. Additionally, the processor is configured to receive the content as an end point of the multicast session, format the content for communication to the client system, and provide content to the client system in a communication separate from the multicast session. Receiving the content as an end point of the multicast session can include terminating the application layer protocol used by the multicast session. Additionally, formatting the content can include re-encapsulating the content as hypertext transport protocol (HTTP) with an appropriate content-type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Alan L. Glasser, Andrew G. Gauld, John F. Lucas
  • Publication number: 20170135113
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for user-defined device connection management. A connection-based rule can be defined. The connection-based rule can include a connection-based condition and an action to be taken when the connection-based condition is detected. Application of the connection-based rule can be detected based upon an activity associated with a device. An applicable connection-based rule can be identified based upon the activity, and the applicable connection-based rule can be implemented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Evan Vanscoyk, Avery Spencer
  • Publication number: 20170132183
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products simplify widgets for graphical mashups, such as digital dashboards and other user interfaces. When a software widget is a component of a graphical mashup, the widget is completely defined using a single file. The single file specifies both source data and presentation of the source data. Because the widget is completely defined by the single file, the single file allows faster processing of the widget.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Donald Jeffery
  • Publication number: 20170132249
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products notify of health events. Personal health information is stored in memory of a mobile communications device. A peer device is discovered through a wireless personal data network. The peer device is queried for anonymous health information. The anonymous health information is aggregated with the personal health information to produce aggregated health information. The aggregated health information is stored in the memory of the mobile communications device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Farooq Bari, Sankar Ray
  • Publication number: 20170132254
    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: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kevin A. Li, Troy C. Meuninck, Robert Raymond Miller, II, James H. Pratt, Horst J. Schroeter, Behzad Shahraray
  • Publication number: 20170132403
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products authenticate users for access to devices, applications, and services. Skills of a user are learned over time, such that an electronic model of random subject matter may be generated. The user is prompted to interpret the random subject matter, such as with an electronic drawing. The user's interpretation is then compared to the electronic model of the random subject matter. If the user's interpretation matches the electronic model, the user may be authenticated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kevin A. Li, Troy C. Meuninck, Robert Raymond Miller, II, James H. Pratt, Horst J. Schroeter, Behzad Shahraray
  • Publication number: 20170132552
    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: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Hari Pothukuchi, Noni Gonzalez, Ernesto Solera
  • Publication number: 20170132890
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products notify of alarms in security systems. Sensor data is received from an alarm sensor, and an alarm controller determines an alarm condition. Video data associated with the alarm sensor is retrieved. An alarm message may be sent over a wireless network connection, while the video data may be sent over a wireline broadband connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: John Alson Hicks, III
  • Publication number: 20170134924
    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: January 14, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Craig Arthur Klein, Gregory O. Harp, Joseph Eric Sineath, Stephen James Waken
  • Patent number: 9647974
    Abstract: A method (300) and apparatus are disclosed for event notification. An apparatus that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a presence services system (PSS) (102) can have a controller (104) that manages operations of a communications interface (110). The controller can be programmed to monitor (302) presence information of a plurality of communication devices of an end user operating in a communications system, and receive (316) a request from a calendar reminder system (CRS) for access to the presence information. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Wollmershauser, Yolius Diroo, Edward Walter, Brian Wilson, William R. Hurst, Anil Kumar Doradla
  • Patent number: 9647980
    Abstract: A method that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, transmitting a first request for an identity of a first regional name authority pointer server of a plurality of regional name authority pointer servers to a national domain name system server responsive to determining that a name authority pointer associated with a telephone number is not stored in cache memory, transmitting a second request for the name authority pointer to the first regional pointer server identified by the domain name system server, where the first regional name authority pointer server corresponds to a geographic region associated with the telephone number, and receiving the name authority pointer from the first regional name authority pointer server. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bernard Ku, James W. Forsyth, Lakshminarashimhan Naidu
  • Patent number: 9648379
    Abstract: A particular method includes receiving search criteria and storage criteria associated with a user. Based on the search criteria, a search of program content metadata associated with programs is performed. The method further includes identifying, based on the search, one or more particular programs that satisfy the search criteria. The method includes determining whether the storage criteria would be satisfied if the one or more particular programs were recorded. The method includes, in response to determining that the storage criteria would not be satisfied if the one or more particular programs were recorded, sending a notification to the user indicating that the storage criteria would not be satisfied. In response to determining that the storage criteria would be satisfied if the one or more particular programs were recorded, automatically scheduling recordings of the one or more particular programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jerald Robert Howcroft, Stephanie Karasick Acuna, Alyssa L. Williams
  • Patent number: 9648560
    Abstract: Explicit congestion notification (ECN) bits that have traditionally been utilized in end to end congestion mitigation can be redefined to identify and compare congested and uncongested wireless accesses. Accordingly, mobile devices or other user equipment can leverage ECN data in order to make intelligent network selection, e.g., selecting a network with no congestion over one in a congested state. Accordingly, an application executing at the mobile device can send or receive data via the selected network that is selected based on ECN data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Farooq Bari
  • Patent number: 9648376
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a system that generates an avatar having a first behavior determined by a user profile of a user. An avatar profile is received from a content source for modifying the avatar according to a second behavior. The avatar is modified to generate an adaptive avatar based on the avatar profile. The adaptive avatar has, at least in part, the second behavior determined by the avatar profile, while retaining, at least in part, the first behavior determined by the user profile of the user. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: E-Lee Chang, Horst Juergen Schroeter, Linda Roberts, Darnell Clayton, Madhur Khandelwal
  • Patent number: 9646646
    Abstract: A system for providing digital video recorder options for editing content is disclosed. In particular, the system may include receiving requests for a first version of media content and providing access to the first version of the media content. A user that accesses the first version of the media content may select a portion of the media content, and indicate whether, for example, the portion should be skipped, modified, or emphasized when the media content is accessed on a subsequent occasion. The system, based on the selection and indication, may edit the first version of the media content to create a second version of the media content. When a subsequent attempt is made to access the first version of the media content, the system may provide the user with the option to access the second version of the media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: John P. Davis, III, Jeffrey Mikan
  • Patent number: 9648471
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing a text messaging service are disclosed. For example, the method receives a text message destined to a customer, and determines a preference of the customer for forwarding the text message, wherein the preference comprises a plurality of customer endpoint devices for receiving the text message. The method forwards the text message in accordance with a sender input, if the preference of the customer allows for processing of the text message in accordance with the sender input, and forwards the text message in accordance with the preference of the customer; if the preference of the customer does not allow sender input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher C. Detering, Dale Rathbun, II
  • Patent number: 9648454
    Abstract: A location query service is disclosed. The service provides requestors with a location of a device. The service receives a location query from a requestor, retrieves location information associated with the network user, and returns the location information to the requestor. Before returning the location information to the requestor, the service is configured, in some embodiments, to authenticate that the requestor is authorized by the network user to receive the network user's location information. Methods for providing a location query service also are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mark J. Enzmann, Robert T. Moton, Jr., Samuel N. Zellner
  • Patent number: 9647946
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for controlling data access and rate in a network. An enforcement application can detect a request for a data session and determine how and when the requested data session is to be established. The enforcement application can consider various data, input obtained at the user device, and/or other considerations including subscriber data and network data. Based upon these data, the enforcement application can determine network congestion, available resources, available bandwidth, an allocation rate of congestion credits (“credits”) for the user, a flow rate of the credits from an account to a credit pool, and a usage rate of the credits from the credit pool. The enforcement application can be configured to enforce the usage rate against a data session and to issue one or more commands to control the data session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Shyam Parekh, Catagay Buyukkoc, Yonatan Aharon Levy, Mostafa Tofighbakhsh
  • Patent number: 9648612
    Abstract: A method, computer-readable storage device, and apparatus for allocating a plurality of timeslots of each channel of a plurality of channels in a wireless network are disclosed. For example, the method determines a location and a velocity for each user endpoint device of a plurality of user endpoint devices, estimates a future data rate for each user endpoint device at the location, estimates future timeslot allocations of each channel of the plurality of channels in the wireless network in accordance with the future data rate that is predicted for each user endpoint device, and allocates each timeslot of the plurality of timeslots of each channel of the plurality of channels in the wireless network to a user endpoint device of the plurality of user endpoint devices in accordance with the future timeslot allocations that are estimated for each channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
    Inventors: Ashwin Sridharan, Vaneet Aggarwal, Rittwik Jana, Howard Karloff, Nemmara K. Shankaranarayanan, Vinay Anant Vaishampayan, Robert Margolies, Gil Zussman
  • Patent number: 9646626
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and computer-readable storage devices for processing audio signals. An example system configured to practice the method receives audio at a device to be transmitted to a remote speech processing system. The system analyzes one of noise conditions, need for an enhanced speech quality, and network load to yield an analysis. Based on the analysis, the system determines to bypass user-defined options for enhancing audio for speech processing. Then, based on the analysis, the system can modify an audio transmission parameter used to transmit the audio from the device to the remote speech processing system. The audio transmission parameter can be one of an amount of coding, a chosen codec, an amount of coding, or a number of audio channels, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Dimitrios Dimitriadis, John Crockett, Horst Juergen Schroeter
  • Patent number: 9646323
    Abstract: Advertisement vendors can be dynamically selected in response to a request from a wireless communication device. A mediation router can receive an ad request from a portal interfaced with a wireless device. Specifically, the mediation router analyzes the request and dynamically selects an ad vendor to service the request, based in part on the analysis. The selected ad vendor supplies the ad and the mediation router ensures that the portal receives the ad. The mediation router selects an ad vendor in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, business decision rules or artificial intelligence and/or a combination thereof. The mediation router further employs customer profiles that help vendors target advertisements to specific consumers and wireless devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Hull, Goshtasb Foroutan
  • Patent number: 9648393
    Abstract: A method in a server for providing various Internet Protocol television signal qualities involves an IPTV signal having a first signal quality that is transmitted over a first network connection to a first device. A request to receive the IPTV signal over a second network connection at a second device with the IPTV signal having a second signal quality is received. A determination is made that the second network connection has sufficient bandwidth to transmit the IPTV signal at the second signal quality, and that the second device is capable of receiving IPTV signal. The transmission of the IPTV signal over the first network connection to the first device is ended. An endpoint for the transmission of the IPTV signal to the first device is determined. The IPTV signal is transmitted over the second network connection to the second device at the second signal quality beginning at the determined endpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James G. Beattie, Jr., Stephen J. Griesmer, Arvind Ramdas Mallya
  • Patent number: 9645183
    Abstract: Cable assemblies react to electrical power. A visual indicator in a cable assembly changes color in response to the electrical power. The visual indicator, for example, may respond to heat or electromagnetic field in the cable assembly. In smart cables, a controller may activate the visual indicator in response to the electrical power applied to the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barrett M. Kreiner, Jonathan L. Reeves
  • Patent number: 9646021
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for managing resource access in distributed computing environments. A computing device can host a local resource such as a file or application and an application for managing or controlling resource access. The user device can communicate with a remote device that hosts a remote resource, which may be similar to the local resource. If a resource access request is detected at the user device, the user device can identify resources including a local resource and/or a remote resource that can provide functionality associated with the request. The user device can determine if the local resource, the remote resource, and/or a combination thereof is to be accessed to provide the requested access. This determination can be made before or during the access and can be based upon settings, preferences, input, network traffic, and/or other considerations determined at the user device and/or other devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mark J. Yampanis
  • Patent number: 9646148
    Abstract: Portable storage devices and methods for remotely managing such portable storage devices are disclosed. For example, a method receives a request from an endpoint device to send a command to a portable storage device. The method then authenticates the endpoint device that has sent the request. The method then transmits the command wirelessly to the portable storage device. Similarly, a portable storage device includes a processor and a computer-readable medium in communication with the processor, the computer-readable medium to store instructions. The instructions, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations that include: wirelessly receiving a command related to an access of a memory of the portable storage device, verifying an authenticity of the command and executing the command when the authenticity of the command is verified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Wei Wang, Mikhail Istomin
  • Patent number: 9646400
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for virtual doorbell augmentations for communications between augmented reality and virtual reality environments. According to one aspect, an augmented reality server computer can provide an augmented reality environment to a user device. The augmented reality environment can include a view of a physical, real-world environment and a virtual doorbell augmentation applied to a residence depicted in the view of the physical, real-world environment. The augmented reality server computer can receive a selection of the virtual doorbell augmentation. In response to receiving the selection of the virtual doorbell augmentation, the augmented reality server computer can request access to a virtual reality environment provided by a virtual reality server computer associated with the residence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Srilal M. Weerasinghe
  • Publication number: 20170124614
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for virtualized services discovery and recommendation engine. A request for a service can be received from a requestor. The request can include feature data that can define two or more features. Two or more features can be determined based on the feature data and requestor data associated with the requestor can be obtained. Two or more services that satisfy the request can be identified and a recommendation that represents the two or more services can be generated. The recommendation can include a data representation of a custom product that can include the two or more services.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Syed Anwar Aftab, Arthur Martella, Mazin E. Gilbert, John F. Murray, Rittwik Jana
  • Publication number: 20170123863
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to recursive modularization of service provider components to reduce service delivery time and cost. In accordance with one aspect disclosed herein, a module is executable by a hardware compute resource of a virtualization platform. The module can include a module controller and a module instance. The module controller can expose a set of application programming interfaces (“APIs”). The set of APIs can include a configuration API that collects a configuration to be utilized to instantiate the module instance. The set of APIs also can include an instance provisioning API that instantiates the module instance based upon the configuration. The set of APIs also can include one or more other APIs to manage the module instance. The module instance can be a service module instance. The service module instance can encapsulate additional service module instances that have been instantiated by another module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Richard R. Erickson, Basundhara Prasad, Dean Bragg, Richard D. Schlichting, Pamela Lilly DeFazio, Adrian Vulpas, John Oetting
  • Publication number: 20170126793
    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: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Zavesky, Andrea Basso, Lee Begeja, David C. Gibbon, Zhu Liu, Bernard S. Renger, Behzad Shahraray
  • Publication number: 20170124884
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to intelligent drone traffic management via a radio access network (“RAN”). As disclosed herein, a RAN node, such as an eNodeB, can receive, from a drone, a flight configuration. The flight configuration can include a drone ID and a drone route. The RAN node can determine whether capacity is available in an airspace associated with the RAN node. In response to determining that capacity is available in the airspace associated with the RAN node, the RAN node can add the drone ID to a queue of drones awaiting use of the airspace associated with the RAN node. When the drone ID is next in the queue of drones awaiting use of the airspace associated with the RAN node, the RAN node can instruct the drone to fly through at least a portion of the airspace in accordance with the drone route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, Zhi Cui, Sangar Dowlatkhah
  • Patent number: 9636580
    Abstract: Geographic gaming via a scalable, wireless geographic broadcast protocol enables multiplayer gaming between communication devices without relying on traditional network elements. Games can be fully distributed over an ad hoc network of mobile communications devices. The scalable nature of the wireless geographic broadcast protocol enables multiplayer games to function equally well in both remote areas with no or little network service and in crowded areas containing both game players and other users of mobile communications devices. Wireless geographic broadcast messages distributed among multiplayer game participants can be used to control gameplay features and/or game elements of multiplayer games. Embodiments include simulated artillery battles, simulated throw and catch games, and simulated reconnaissance elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert J. Hall
  • Patent number: 9641496
    Abstract: One or more content providers push data related to: movies, movie products, digital movie content over a network (e.g., a LAN, a WAN, the Internet, or a wireless network) onto an information filling station which, in turn, wirelessly transacts (over a network based on the 802.11b protocol) and transmits any requested data to a portable computer-based device (e.g., laptop, a pen-based computer device, a PDA, a wireless phone, or a pager). The portable device performs financial transactions for: purchasing movie tickets (directly or via auctions), downloading digital entertainment content of interest (e.g., copy of a movie of interest, copy of a movie identified based on a pre-stored profile, copy of soundtrack of a movie of interest), or movie related products. Any purchased digital content is either transferred wirelessly onto the portable device or, optionally, sent on a storage medium to a physical address associated with the profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David A. Deas, Lalitha Suryanarayana, Bruce Edward Stuckman, David Randall Wolter, Rias Muhamed, Russell William White, Michael Grannan
  • Patent number: 9641900
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed to perform a channel change via an alternate multimedia content delivery system. A particular method includes detecting a request to perform a channel change at a customer premise equipment (CPE) device. The method also includes sending the request to a server of a primary multimedia content delivery system that supports delivery of content to the CPE device. The method further includes receiving a bandwidth limitation message from the server. The method includes generating a notification for display at a display device coupled to the CPE device. The notification prompts a user with respect to delivery of content over one or more alternate multimedia content delivery systems in response to the requested channel change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Moshiur Rahman
  • Patent number: 9641683
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is presented for enabling an agent to assume the identity or persona of a called party and process calls directed to the called party. In one embodiment, methods, which enable an agent to assume the identity or persona of a called party, and process calls directed to the called party are considered a call center functions and may be implemented in a call center. A call is initiated to a called party. Initiating the call generates called party information. Using the called party information a server retrieves information associated with the called party and then forward the information associated with the called party to an agent. The call is then forwarded to the agent. As a result, the agent may use the information associated with the called party to assume the identity or persona of the called party when responding to the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY II, L.P.
    Inventors: Yihsiu Chen, Mark Jeffrey Foladare, Shelley B. Goldman, Thaddeus Julius Kowalski