AT&T Patents

AT&T Inc. provides telecommunications services in the United States and the world. Its subsidiaries provide landline data and voice communications services, as well as wireless voice and data communications services.

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  • Patent number: 9594649
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for providing a network virtualization policy management system. An event relating to a service can be detected, and virtual machines and virtual network functions that provide the service can be identified. A first policy that defines allocation of hardware resources to host the virtual machines and the virtual network functions can be obtained, as can a second policy that defines deployment of the virtual machines and the virtual network functions to the hardware resources. The hardware resources can be allocated based upon the first policy and the virtual machines and the virtual network functions can be deployed to the hardware resources based upon the second policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Chen-Yui Yang, Paritosh Bajpay, David H. Lu, Chaoxin Qiu
  • Patent number: 9596001
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system for modulating a first electrical signal to generate first modulated electromagnetic waves, and transmitting the first modulated electromagnetic waves on a waveguide located in proximity to a transmission medium. In one embodiment, the first electromagnetic waves can induce second electromagnetic waves that propagate on an outer surface of the transmission medium. The second electromagnetic waves can have a first spectral range that is divided into, contains or otherwise includes a first control channel and a first plurality of bands. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9595055
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for providing and interacting with a feedback service. A processor such as a computing system or a server computer can execute a feedback service. The feedback service can detect activity associated with an item at a user device. The item can be an item for sale and the activity can relate to a purchase of the item. The feedback service can generate a social networking post relating to the item. The social networking post can include a visual representation of the item and a solicitation for feedback from a social network. The feedback service can provide feedback relating to the social networking post. The feedback can include an opinion relating to the item and demographic information relating to an entity that provided the opinion. The feedback service can provide the feedback to the user device and/or other entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven Neil Tischer, Ari Craine
  • Patent number: 9596049
    Abstract: A secure communication system utilizes multiple “decoy” data signals to hide one or more true data signals. The true data signal(s) are encrypted, and received at a scrambling unit according to an original set of channel assignments. The channel assignments are optically switched with multiple decoy data signals to form a multi-channel “scrambled” output signal that is thereafter transmitted across a communication system. The greater the number of decoy signals, the greater the security provided to the open-air system. Further security may be provided by encrypting the decoy signals prior to scrambling and/or by utilizing a spatially diverse set of transmitters and receivers. Without the knowledge of the channel assignment(s) for the true signal(s), an eavesdropper may be able to intercept (and, with time, perhaps descramble) the open-air transmitted signals, will not be able to distinguish the true data from the decoys without also knowing the channel assignment(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY II, L.P.
    Inventors: David M. Britz, Robert Raymond Miller, II, Nemmara K. Shankaranarayanan
  • Patent number: 9595072
    Abstract: A security social network allows registered members to participate in providing security. Persons can register and devices can be registered via a security social media web site. When a security event occurs, a member can notify the security social network, which can notify all registered members and registered devices in the area of the event. Mobile communication devices of members in the area can be controlled to turn on respective cameras, video recorders, audio recorders, microphones, or the like. And, remotely operable devices can be controlled to monitor, record, and/or transmit data. Collaboration of security social network members with private security agencies, law enforcement agencies, neighborhood watch groups, or the like, can provide comprehensive, timely, and effective security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Fan, David Chen, Richard Kuo
  • Patent number: 9596351
    Abstract: A method for delivery of a voice mail message to a recipient. The method includes determining content of the voice mail message, identifying a recipient of the voice mail message based on the determining step, converting the voice mail message to a format for delivery based on the identifying step, and delivering the converted voice mail message to the recipient. The method further includes identifying a voice mail box of the recipient and caching voice mail box information at a voice mail server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Venson M. Shaw
  • Patent number: 9596671
    Abstract: Improved network event tagging for mobile communications is described herein. By way of example, a mobile network can be configured to take periodic geographic positions of a mobile terminal operating within the mobile network. Network events occurring between the periodic geographic positions, otherwise partially unknown in position, can be estimated by referencing topographical information and estimating a route of travel of the mobile device. Estimated speed of the mobile device can be utilized to place the mobile device on a road network, cycling route, pedestrian walkway, or the like, and refine the estimated position of the mobile device at the time of the network event. Such estimates can be refined from traffic information or other real-time travel data. An estimated position of the mobile device can be output as an approximation of the network event to facilitate event modeling for the mobile network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Fix, Francisco Martinez, Sheldon Kent Meredith
  • Patent number: 9596612
    Abstract: Attachment data collected by a set of femto access points (FAPs) is utilized to localize, predict, and/or weight potential wireless communication traffic within and between areas. Moreover, the attachment data can be indicative of user equipment (UE) density/traffic within coverage areas of respective femtocells. The attachment data can be consolidated and analyzed to identify location and motion of a UE “swarm”. Moreover an automatic cell planning (ACP) component can be employed to utilize the attachment data for determining an optimal macro site and optimal antenna setting(s) that facilitate steering/tuning the macro antenna beam to focus upon the swarm area. In addition, the ACP component can facilitate reconfiguration of the macro antenna beam as reported swarm concentrations shift between the FAPs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Arthur Brisebois, Mark Causey, Adrianne Luu
  • Patent number: 9596517
    Abstract: A device having a test module configured to connect with a server through a cellular telephone network and a wireless area network. The test module is also configured to initiate, in the server, a diagnostic test of an Internet Protocol television network and a media processor. The test module is further configured to receive information indicating problems with the Internet Protocol television network and the media processor, and to display the information on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael Boatright, Nathan L. Edwards, Sean T. Hamrick
  • Patent number: 9596226
    Abstract: Carrier-side security services for fielded devices is disclosed. In contrast to conventional authentication systems for fielded devices, wherein an end-to-end communications pathway is typically established for authentication of a fielded device by a back-end service provider, authentication and security services can be moved into devices associated with a carrier network. A device associated with the carrier network can authenticate field components to service components without first establishing a communications pathway to a back-end service provider. Further, the device can provide for secured communications with an authenticated field component and are not readable by carrier devices. In an aspect, this can allow for centralization of security elements from the periphery of back-end service providers into a device associated with the carrier network. In a further aspect, the device can host a security services platform for back-end service providers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventor: Arturo Maria
  • Patent number: 9596496
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, identifying video content having a scheduled broadcast time during a first viewing period that satisfies a viewership threshold and facilitating a transfer of the video content to a multimedia storage device. The video content is transferred to the multimedia storage device during a second viewing period prior to the first viewing period. The video content includes the data to prevent the multimedia storage device from sending the video content to another device prior to the time when the program is scheduled to be broadcast. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Armstrong Soo, Bernard Ku, Zhi Li
  • Patent number: 9594901
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for securing access to a file system. A directory is established in a hierarchical file structure having access permission defined by a first owner. A subdirectory is established in the directory. A sub-level subdirectory is established in the subdirectory having access permissions defined by a second owner. The subdirectory is publically accessible to anyone satisfying the access permission defined by the first owner, such that a change directory system call is executed for a user in the subdirectory, even though the user has not authenticated the access permission defined by the second owner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Arthur Zaifman, Govind Chidambaram, Jimmy Tant, Suraj Kumar Varma
  • Patent number: 9596361
    Abstract: Shared usage plans are popular with families, friends, and small businesses. These shared usage plans share some cumulative utilization of resources, such as communications services. Even though multiple devices may share a monthly allotment of resources, an individual threshold is established for each device. The multiple individual thresholds may then be dynamically regulated to maintain the monthly allotment of resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Carlton Bedingfield, Sr., Quenton Lanier Gilbert
  • Publication number: 20170070611
    Abstract: Audible alerts are suppressed for subsequent calls from a calling address. An initial audible alert is processed for an initial call from the calling address. Subsequent audible alerts from the same calling address are suppressed, such that subsequent calls from the calling address may fail to alert. Visual alerts may still be processed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Edward M. Silver
  • Publication number: 20170070472
    Abstract: Social networking is used to enhance content delivery to mobile devices. Sometimes a mobile device lacks network connectivity, such as when the mobile device is off or offline. Content cannot be sent to the mobile device when lacking network connectivity. A social network, however, may be retrieved for interim storage of the content. When the mobile device lacks network connectivity, the content may be routed to a member device of the social network. The member device stores the content until the mobile device resumes network connectivity. The member device may then send or forward the content to the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: John Thomas Stankey, Dale W. Malik, Jeffrey Mikan
  • Publication number: 20170070594
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to visualizations for network virtualization platforms (“NVPs”). According to one aspect disclosed herein, a computer system executing a visualization component can obtain data associated with a NVP. The computer system can generate a visualization of the data associated with the NVP. The visualization can include a three-dimensional central cube visualization that includes a plurality of smaller cube virtualizations, each of which includes a node representative of an application executable by at least a portion of a plurality of resources of the NVP. The computer system can output the visualization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: John Oetting, Roger Wickes
  • Publication number: 20170070509
    Abstract: A system for providing secure browsing via a transparent network proxy is disclosed. The system may receive, from a client, a request to access a resource. The request may include an identifier that may be utilized to locate the resource. Once the request is received, the system may determine if the resource is not trusted, such as if the identifier is determined to be unknown or suspicious. If the resource is determined to not be trusted by the system, the system may forward the request to a virtual machine manager that may select a browser virtual machine from a pool of browser virtual machines. After the browser virtual machine is selected, the browser virtual machine may stream a rendering of the resource to the client based on the request. The rendering of the resource may be provided in lieu of the actual resource.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Giura, Jeffrey E. Bickford, Donald E. Hendrix, Howard F. Shirokmann, Thomas A. Anschutz, Ching C. Shih
  • Publication number: 20170070412
    Abstract: A system can collect, from an address resolution protocol (“ARP”) cache of a managed virtual network function (“VNF”), at least one active entry corresponding to at least one active element of a plurality of virtual local area network (“VLAN”) networks. The system can check the ARP cache for an entry associated with at least one of the plurality of VLAN elements. The system can determine whether an entry associated with at least one of the plurality of VLAN elements was found. In response to determining that an entry associated with at least one of the plurality of VLAN elements was not found, the system can send an ARP request to the plurality of VLAN elements, wait for an ARP response, and, in response to determining that an ARP response has not been received, generating a notification that VLAN connectivity has been lost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Zosim Kanevsky
  • Publication number: 20170069141
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for explorable augmented reality displays. An augmented reality service can receive a request for augmented reality display data. The request can be associated with a device. The augmented reality service can determine a location associated with the device and identify augmented reality data associated with the location. The augmented reality service can provide augmented reality display data to the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Scott Carter, Diana Horn, Suman Ray
  • Patent number: 9589013
    Abstract: Multi-media content for inclusion into an SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Message Service), IM (Instant Message) or other message type can be searched, pre-searches, fetched and pre-fetched based upon predictive- and rules-based searching techniques. A system can predict or infer an in-process message, for example, based upon a portion of the inputted text message. Thereafter, in real- or near real-time, content related to the topic of conversation can be retrieved from a local store, remote stores (e.g., servers) or cloud-based sources. The retrieved content can be incorporated into the SMS, MMS, or IM message as appropriate or desired thereby enhancing the messaging experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Kristin Marie Pascal, Andrew Evan Klonsky, Matthew James Bailey
  • Patent number: 9589040
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method for A method, comprising enabling, by a system comprising a processor, a first modification of a first user profile at a secondary data repository of a communication network, wherein the first modification is directed by a first application operating at a first communication device of the communication network, identifying a usage event that is associated with the first communication device according to the first modification to the first user profile, and replicating a second modification to a second user profile at a primary data repository according to a change in operation of a second application associated with the usage event that is identified to the first communication device, where the replicating is according to an update policy for the primary data repository. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sangar Dowlatkhah, Venson Shaw
  • Patent number: 9590940
    Abstract: A disclosed example method to monitor an email system involves sending a first test email from a first email system to a second email system. The first test email is addressed to a first destination email address associated with the second email system and having first information identifying the first test email and the second email system. The example method also involves retrieving, from an email account having a second destination email address different from the first destination email address, a plurality of other test emails from other email systems being tested for operability. The other test emails include second information identifying corresponding ones of the other test emails and corresponding ones of the other email systems. The example method involves determining whether the first test email fails to arrive at the email account within a time period from the second email system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Larry Katz, Ramana Juvvadi, David Bradford
  • Patent number: 9589443
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for providing a notification of a usage of a medical injector are disclosed. For example, the method determines location information of the medical injector. The method then detects the usage of the medical injector, and records a time of the usage of the medical injector. The method then sends the notification comprising the time at which the usage of the medical injector is detected and the location information of the medical injector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Brian Lee
  • Patent number: 9589482
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for bone conduction tags. According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, a device can receive, via a transducer, a vibration signal from a body of a user. The vibration signal can be generated in response to the user interacting with a bone conduction tag. For example, the vibration signal can be generated in response to the user moving one or more fingers across the bone conduction tag. The device can analyze the vibration signal to determine an action that is to be performed. The device can perform the action or can instruct a further device to perform the action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher Baldwin, Brian S. Amento
  • Patent number: 9590931
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to present presence information are disclosed. An example method includes receiving a request from a first user for presence information associated with a second user, analyzing information from a monitoring sensor associated with the second user to determine that the second user is available for communication with the first user using a first communication method and is unavailable for communication with the first user using a second communication method, and sending a message to the first user indicating that the second user is available for communication using the first communication method and is unavailable for communication using the second communication method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, LP
    Inventors: Lalitha Suryanarayana, Michael Grannan
  • Patent number: 9590954
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and computer readable media for transferring encrypted and unencrypted data between processing devices are disclosed. Example data transmission methods disclosed herein include dividing, at a first processing device, a set of data collected at the first processing device into a first unencrypted data subset and a second unencrypted data subset. Disclosed example methods also include encrypting, at the first processing device, the first unencrypted data subset using an encryption key provided by a second processing device to generate a first encrypted data subset. Disclosed example methods further include transmitting the second unencrypted data subset from the first processing device to the second processing device before transmitting the first encrypted data subset from the first processing device to the second processing device to thereby transmit the set of data from the first processing device to the second processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Madhukar M. Kshirsagar, Ajay Joshi
  • Patent number: 9591603
    Abstract: Passive location estimation of mobile devices within a wireless network is provided. The passive location estimation is determined based on one or more measurements that are received from the mobile device and/or from one or more network elements. At least a portion of the passive information can be received in user plane data associated with an application executing on the mobile device. A measurement set for the mobile device can be defined and can be used to build fingerprints of geographical cellular measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, Jin He
  • Patent number: 9591029
    Abstract: Master privacy policies for different users are stored to a cloud-based central server. When a user interacts with a third-party service (such as FACEBOOK® or AMAZON®), the third party service may require acceptance of privacy policies before services are rendered. Here the cloud-based central server may automatically configure a privacy policy of the third-party service to the user's master privacy policy. The cloud-based central server thus relives the user of managing many different privacy policies required by many different third party service providers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Qingmin Hu, Farooq Bari
  • Patent number: 9591344
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a storage medium including computer instructions to receive sensory information at a media device from a first mobile communication device where the first mobile communication device obtains at least a portion of the sensory information from at least one second mobile communication device in response to a broadcast by the first mobile communication device of a wireless signal representing a notice to obtain the sensory information, where the sensory information is associated with an environment of the first mobile communication device, and where the sensory information comprises images of the environment. The computer instructions can enable generating a plurality of personal content utilizing at least a portion of the sensory information, where each of the plurality of personal content includes some of the images captured at different perspectives. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Aleksey Ivanov, Andrea Basso, Tara Hines, Jeffrey Mikan, Nadia Morris
  • Patent number: 9591234
    Abstract: A digital camera accesses, processes and displays a combination image composed of visible light and near non-visible (“NNV”) light. A method can include accessing, by a digital camera, raw data having first information associated with a first electromagnetic spectrum range and second information associated with a second electromagnetic spectrum range. The first electromagnetic spectrum range is substantially within the visible spectrum and the second electromagnetic spectrum range is substantially within the NNV spectrum. The method can also include optimizing the raw data for the visible spectrum, thereby generating a first visual image representation, and optimizing the raw data for the NNV spectrum, thereby generating a second visual image representation. The method can also include combining the first visual image representation and the second visual image representation to generate a combination image. The digital camera can then initiate the display of the combination image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Dylan C. Reid
  • Patent number: 9591264
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products generate telepresence visualizations for a remote participant to a videoconferences. A central server superimposes the remote participant onto images or video of the teleconferencing environment. The central server thus generates an illusion that the remote participant is in the same conferencing environment as other conferees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: John Robert Oetting
  • Patent number: 9591338
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example to access a broadcast of media content in response to a request to record the media content from a mobile communication device, and adjust a format of the media content based at least in part on a user profile associated with the mobile communication device where the user profile comprises device format preferences. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Kelley Casimere
  • Patent number: 9591356
    Abstract: A method includes sending, from a media device, a request for viewership information via a network. The method also includes receiving, at the media device, the viewership information, where the viewership information is determined based on a corresponding portion of multicast routing table data stored at each of a plurality of edge routers, and where each portion includes a corresponding plurality of entries associated with media content. The method further includes receiving, at the media device, a user interface based on the viewership information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Van Vleck, Michael Devlin
  • Patent number: 9591378
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media content processor having a controller adapted to transmit to a web server one or more configurations of said media content processor. The web server can record said one or more configurations to perform one among re-provisioning of the media content processor after it experiences a loss of configuration information and provisioning of another media content processor. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Scott White, James Cansler
  • Patent number: 9591375
    Abstract: A mobile broadcast service center and a mobile wireless network to deliver broadcast video to mobile wireless devices is described. When the mobile broadcast service center receives a request to deliver a broadcast video channel to a target mobile wireless device, it designates as target an intermediate node in the network that serves the target mobile wireless device. The mobile broadcast service center first determines if an existing channel bundle is routed to the target intermediate node. If this first determination is negative, the mobile broadcast service center routes a new channel bundle to the target intermediate node, including the requested broadcast video channel. If the first determination is positive, the mobile broadcast service center then determines if the requested broadcast video channel is in the existing channel bundle. If this second determination is negative, then it adds the requested broadcast video channel to the existing channel bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Jun Shen, Yung Shirley Choi-Grogan, Ming Zhang
  • Patent number: 9591369
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a device that receives, from a particular user, identification of selected users from which recommendations are sought. Those users that have made recommendations are determined, and a recommendation graphical user interface is provided to equipment of the particular user. The graphical user interface item is associated with a recommending user and a television program. A selection of the recommendation graphical user interface item is received, and information is provided for presentation, responsive to a determination that viewing of the information has been authorized. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Haifeng Bi, Xiaolian Bi
  • Patent number: 9591602
    Abstract: A communication device locates a preferable wireless service provider in a multi-service provider environment using a frequency band search schedule. Initially, the communications device registers with a less preferred service provider in a first frequency band. While remaining registered with the less preferred service provider, the device examines several frequency bands in the order specified by the frequency band search schedule. A frequency band is examined by dividing the frequency band into many sub-bands, and by locating the strongest signal above a threshold within the sub-band being examined. The examination continues until a second frequency band having a more preferred service provider is located. The communication device then registers with the more preferred service provider. The category of service provider may be identified and displayed on the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Bamburak, John J. Daly, Christopher Gregory Lawrence, Michael Edward Prise, Michael Allen Raffel
  • Patent number: 9591495
    Abstract: Computation of delay error offset information is facilitated. A method can include receiving measurement information indicative of a location of a mobile device, calibrating the measurement information resulting in calibrated measurement information, comparing the calibrated measurement information and historical calibrated measurement information, and computing a measurement error based, at least, on the comparing, wherein the measurement error includes delay error offset information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Fix, Sheldon Kent Meredith
  • Patent number: 9591559
    Abstract: A method that includes receiving, at a mobile device, information identifying an access point. The method further includes determining, at the mobile device, whether a count of encounters by the mobile device with the access point in response to the count satisfying the threshold with the access point satisfies a threshold. The method further includes displaying, at the mobile device, an indicator associated with the access point in response to the count satisfying the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Jon Luetschwager, Brian Keller
  • Patent number: 9591536
    Abstract: Traffic associated with user equipment that are served by a first radio access network is steered to a second radio access network based on a cell user occupancy criterion. Cell user occupancy data that represents a maximum number of devices served by an access point is determined based on a type of the access point (e.g., macro access point, femto access point, WiFi access point, etc.). Further, based on the cell user occupancy data, a normalized index value is generated that is relative to different cell types/capacities. The cell user occupancy data is then transmitted to one or more neighboring access points that can utilize the cell user occupancy data to facilitate traffic steering, load balancing, and/or neighbor relationship management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Hongyan Lei, Thomas W. Henderson
  • Patent number: 9591486
    Abstract: Traffic and signaling is routed between a set of networked femto access points (APs) and devices served there from, and content and equipment that is part of a network functionally coupled to the set of networked femto APs is managed. Networked equipment spans a network deployed within the coverage area spanned by the set of femto APs. A routing platform functionally couples the networked equipment and the femto AP to enable content manipulation amongst a mobile device and the equipment. Routing platform also affords remote control of the networked equipment. Delivery of advertisement and monetary incentive(s) can be provided through the routing platform to the equipment. Routing platform further provides security features related to operation of specific equipment and wireless services supplied via the routing platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Kurt Donald Huber, William Gordon Mansfield, Judson John Flynn
  • Publication number: 20170064406
    Abstract: A method and system for remote control of multimedia content using a multimedia content distribution network (MCDN) is configured to establish a connection between a customer premises equipment (CPE) gateway and a local area network (LAN) device that is a personal user device. A user of the LAN device may be authenticated. Responsive to user input, the LAN device may send remote control messages corresponding to remote control functions for an MCDN terminal device. The CPE gateway may determine a network address for the MCDN terminal device, and forward the remote control messages to the addressed MCDN terminal device. The LAN device may so remotely control the addressed MCDN terminal device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Carlton Bedingfield, SR., David A. Levine, John A. McClenny
  • Publication number: 20170063850
    Abstract: Artificial biometric traits self-nullify due to natural physiological processes. Biometric enrollment and authentication may then be based on a life associated with the self-nullifying biometric trait. Once the life is expected to have expired, no further authentication may be performed until a new artificial biometric is applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Julio A. Cartaya
  • Publication number: 20170064537
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for generating and analyzing mobility vectors to determine subscriber behavior. A processor can execute an analysis engine. The analysis engine can obtain a log from a data collection device associated with a cellular network. The log can include subscriber data, cell identifier data, and time data. The analysis engine can identify a subscriber represented by the subscriber data and determine a vector associated with the subscriber. The vector can represent a movement of the subscriber within the cellular network. The analysis engine can store vector data that corresponds to the vector determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mehmet Ozkan
  • Publication number: 20170061711
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for a vehicle battery data analysis service. A processor can execute a vehicle battery data analysis service. The processor can generate a request to execute a load test at a vehicle and transmit the load request to a vehicle diagnostic system located at the vehicle. The processor can obtain diagnostic data generated by the vehicle diagnostic system. The diagnostic data can include test data that indicates a load of a battery of the vehicle and vehicle data that identifies the vehicle. The processor can update fleet data based upon the diagnostic data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kevin Reese, Alfonso Jones, Carl Sorrells
  • Publication number: 20170060353
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for generating a unified menu for multiple communication channels are provided. User interaction information received via the multiple communication channels are transmitted to a central server over a network. The central server also receives notification information or directive information from a source external to the central server. The central server weighs the received information and transforms the weighted information into unified menu options in a unified menu. The unified menu is transmitted to the multiple communication channels, such that same unified menu options are provided at each of the multiple communication channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Harry E. BLANCHARD, Lan ZHANG, Gregory PULZ
  • Publication number: 20170064083
    Abstract: A customer contact system receives a customer inquiry from a customer. Availability of different types of resources for handling the customer inquiry is used to calculate a ranking for the different types of resources for handling the customer inquiry. A type of resource with the highest rank is offered to the customer in order to resolve the customer inquiry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mazin E. GILBERT
  • Publication number: 20170064350
    Abstract: A system for resource provisioning for content delivery of multiple services is disclosed. The system may be configured to offer multiple services, wherein at least one first offered service is delivery of prerecorded content and at least one second offered service is content delivered according to a deadline. In at least one embodiment, the first offered service may be video content, and the second offered service may be broadcast television content. The system may also be configured to deliver at least a portion of the first offered service in advance of use of that portion of the first offered service such that resource demand in connection with delivery of service content of the second offered service at peak delivery may be reduced. As such, fewer resources are needed to provide uninterrupted service of the first and second offered services.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Rittwik Jana, Vaneet Aggarwal, Xu Chen, Vijay Gopalakrishnan, Kadangode Ramakrishnan, Vinay Vaishampayan
  • Patent number: 9581457
    Abstract: A system for displaying points of interest on a heads-up display is disclosed. In particular, the system may utilize vehicular cameras, a touchscreen device, and a heads-up display to provide the functionality supported by the system. The system enables a user to select a point of interest within a field of view on the touchscreen device. Based on the selection of the point of interest, the system may display information associated with the point of interest on the heads-up display. The point of interest may be determined by the location of the vehicle, the vehicle's azimuth, and the real-time measured distance to an object corresponding to the point of interest. In order to accurately display the point of interest information at the correct location on the heads-up display, the system may utilize a calibration mechanism specific to the user to determine the correct location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon K. Meredith, William Cottrill, Rick Tipton
  • Patent number: 9584989
    Abstract: A crowd-sourced mobile messaging spam detection and defense system includes an application running on a mobile device. The application uses an unwanted message detection algorithm to analyze and classify messages as potential unwanted messages. The potential unwanted messages are presented to a user for confirmation that the messages are unwanted messages. In response to confirmation, the mobile device transmits a notification to a virtual machine associated with the user. The virtual machine uses the notification to update the unwanted message detection algorithm which may then be transmitted to the mobile device. The virtual machine may also transmit the notification to a global virtual machine. The global virtual machine may use the notification to update a set of classification rules maintained by the global virtual machine and transmit the set of classification rules as necessary to the multiple virtual machines for use in updating the unwanted message detection algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Ann E. Skudlark, Jeffrey Erman, Yu Jin, Abhinav Srivastava, Lien K. Tran