AT&T Patents

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  • Publication number: 20170168690
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to a sequential recommender system for virtualized network services. According to one aspect disclosed herein, a recommender system can receive user input regarding a service project interest expressed by a user. In response to the user input, the recommender system can consult a knowledge base to determine a recommended service based upon the user input regarding the service project interest expressed by the user. The recommender system can then present the recommended service to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Thomas Kirk, Rittwik Jana, Mazin E. Gilbert, John F. Murray, Tan Xu
  • Publication number: 20170171042
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for collecting and using quality of experience information. A server computer executing a quality of experience management service can receive a request for quality of experience display data. The server computer can obtain location data defining a geographic location of a user device and analyze quality of experience information defining a quality of experience of an application program associated with the user device. The server computer can generate the quality of experience display data based upon the quality of experience information, and provide the quality of experience display data to the user device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicants: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Mostafa Tofighbakhsh, Michael Q. Iapalucci
  • Publication number: 20170171250
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for monitoring and controlling electronic activity. A policy service can be called for policies for controlling electronic activity occurring at one or more managed devices. The policies can include a number of rules, each of which can include a number of variables. The rules can be defined by a manager device and/or received from third parties. Third party rule submissions can be validated. If electronic activity at the managed device deviates from a rule, the manager device can be notified and the electronic activity can be blocked. The manager device can update the policy and/or issue exceptions, if desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mounire El Houmaidi
  • Patent number: 9681194
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an avatar engine having a controller to retrieve a user profile, cause a presentation device to present a user an avatar having characteristics that correlate to the user profile, detect one or more responses of the user, identify from the one or more responses a need to communicate with a merchant system, establish a communication session with the merchant system, receive a notification from the merchant system of a merchant avatar engine, establish communication with the merchant avatar engine, adapt the characteristics of the avatar at least in part according to instructions supplied by the merchant avatar engine, and cause the presentation device to present the user the adapted avatar. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Darnell Clayton, E-Lee Chang, Horst Juergen Schroeter, Linda Roberts, Madhur Khandelwal
  • Patent number: 9681195
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an Internet Protocol Television system having a controller to create a template defining a format of presentation of an webpage or HTML page using an iTV or IPTV application system, receive a request for the page from a subscriber of the iTV or IPTV system. The system can access application system subscriber data for the subscriber and a presentation of the page is dynamically adapted according to the application system subscriber data. In one alternative at, the page can be dynamically adapted by changing in content or by changing a look and feel of an HTML page or webpage. In another alternative, the webpage or HTML page can be dynamically adapted by modifying graphic user interface elements based on the application system subscriber data. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mary McCarthy, Bryan P. Davis, Robert Coldwell
  • Patent number: 9681300
    Abstract: Sharing timed fingerprint location information is disclosed. In an aspect, timed fingerprint location information can be associated with a location of a user equipment. This timed fingerprint location information can be shared with other devices. As such, with proper analysis, these other devices can employ the shared timed fingerprint location information to determine their location. In an aspect, the other devices can determine that they are located at the same location as the user equipment. However, a level of error can be inherent in the location determined from shared timed fingerprint location information. In some embodiments, this error can be compensated for.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Rick Tipton, Mark Austin, Sheldon Meredith
  • Patent number: 9681272
    Abstract: Wireless communication via a mesh network of connected movable objects is described. A method includes determining, by a device including a processor, a value of a characteristic of a first movable object of movable objects communicatively coupled to a wireless network, wherein the movable objects are automated vehicles, and wherein the determining the value is based on a likelihood of receipt of a message transmitted from the first movable object to a second movable object of the movable objects. The method also includes generating information usable to move the first movable object in a manner that satisfies a defined condition associated with the value. The information can be strength of a wireless communication channel between the first movable object and a second movable object of the movable objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher Baldwin, Nikhil S Marathe
  • Patent number: 9681495
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a group of preferences of service attributes is established based on a determination of a user behavior. A group is generated of user preferences of the group of preferences of service attributes according to a user profile. First and second service attributes from the group of preferences of service attributes are adjusted for each service according to the group of user preferences to achieve a desired balance of service offerings. Available services are identified operating in the television spectrum, and one of the services operating is selected responsive to the adjusting of the first and second service attributes according to the group of user preferences. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Michael Grannan
  • Patent number: 9681356
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for forwarding data in hybrid wireless mesh networks. The method includes configuring a number of mesh network nodes as potential relay nodes (PRNs) in an overlay network associated with a hybrid wireless mesh network, streaming data packets from a source node to a destination node using a native data forwarding algorithm of the hybrid wireless mesh network, dynamically identifying relay nodes (RNs) among PRNs in the overlay network, creating secondary paths for sending data packets towards selected RNs in the overlay network, and relaying data packets from RNs to the destination node using the overlay network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Lusheng Ji, David M. Britz
  • Patent number: 9681481
    Abstract: Mobile management in a cellular network utilizes the multipath-transfer control protocol (MP-TCP). A mobile device establishes a first multipath-transfer control protocol (MP-TCP) subflow to a corresponding node using a first internet protocol (IP) address corresponding to the mobile device. At least a portion of the first IP address is uniquely associated with the first coverage area. The mobile device establishes a second MP-TCP subflow using a second IP address corresponding to the mobile device while the mobile device is in an overlapped coverage area including a first portion of the first coverage area and a second portion of a second coverage area. At least a portion of the second IP address is uniquely associated with the second coverage area. The mobile node turns off the first subflow when the mobile node determines it has left the first coverage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Cheng Liu, Zhi Cui, Liza Fung, Vinod Pandey, Paul E. Smith, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9681314
    Abstract: A self organizing network within a software defined networking environment is provided to allow for fast updating of radio access network parameters which enables optimization algorithms to converge on optimized configurations very quickly. The self organizing network is enabled by providing a self organizing network manager plug-in within a software defined networking environment that interfaces with a radio access network plug-in via a service abstraction layer to quickly obtain base station device parameters, iteratively adjust the base station device parameters to obtain optimized radio access network configurations to mitigate outages, reduce power consumption, manage load, or provide other benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Ioannis Broustis, Sarat Puthenpura
  • Patent number: 9675882
    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: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert J. Hall
  • Patent number: 9681412
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, registering with a first access network to generate a first registration, detecting a triggering event, and registering with a second access network to generate a second registration while maintaining the first registration with the first access network. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jayanta Das, Vandana S. Chakravarti, Vimal Patel, Glenn Petry, Feza H. Buyukdura, James Ibezim
  • Patent number: 9681453
    Abstract: A method for establishing wireless communication between a transmitter and a receiver in a wireless communication system is disclosed. The receiver includes an adaptive array that has at least two antennas. Each antenna receives a signal and produces a received signal. The transmitter includes at least two transmission channels for communicating the signal from the transmitter to the receiver. The wireless communication system suppresses interference at the receiver by applying an interference suppression technique when combining the received signals. The selection of a channel at the transmitter is based on the channel performance at the receiver for each transmission channel. The channel performance is based on a combining technique different from the interference suppression technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Jack H. Winters, Justin C. Chuang, Nelson R. Sollenberger
  • Patent number: 9680924
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving a request to initiate a multimedia broadcast multicast service (MBMS) to wirelessly distribute media content to mobile user equipment within a target geographical region using a common radio channel An efficiency metric is obtained, in response to the request, for each broadcast multicast service center (BMSC). The efficiency metric is evaluated for each of the BMSCs and one of the BMSCs is selected based on the evaluation result. Establishment of an MBMS bearer service is facilitated using the selected BMSC, and a first media content item is disseminated to the mobile user equipment within the target geographical region using the common radio channel by way of the MBMS bearer service. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Rajendra Prasad Kodaypak
  • Patent number: 9679194
    Abstract: Methods for obfuscating an image of a subject in a captured media are disclosed. For example, a method receives a communication from an endpoint device of a subject indicating that the image of the subject is to be obfuscated in a captured media. The communication may include a feature set associated with the subject, where the feature set contains facial features of the subject and motion information associated with the subject. The method then detects the image of the subject in the captured media. For example, the image of the subject is detected by matching the facial features of the subject to the image of the subject in the captured media and matching the motion information associated with the subject to a trajectory of the image of the subject in the captured media. The method then obfuscates the image of the subject in the captured media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Moo-Ryong Ra, Seungjoon Lee, Emiliano Miluzzo, Eric Zavesky
  • Patent number: 9679133
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for providing contextual feedback to a user of a computer system upon detection of an invasion of the computer system are provided herein. An invasion of the computer system is detected and a contextually appropriate alert is selected from a set of alerts. The alert is played immediately upon detection of the invasion so that the user is alerted to the invasion within close temporal proximity to the user's action that resulted in the invasion of the computer system. In addition, details of the invasion are logged to a diagnostic log file for later use by support personnel in repairing the computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: William Roberts Cheswick
  • Patent number: 9680221
    Abstract: A configurable segmented antenna is described herein. A monitor component can be configured to detect at least one parameter corresponding to one or more segments of an antenna integrated with a communications device. An antenna component can be configured to select at least one segment of the one or more segments in response to the at least one parameter. A control component can be configured to modify a quality of a signal according to the at least one parameter. Further, a transmission component can be configured to transmit the signal from the at least one segment based on the quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Bard, George Creigh, Roger Mahn
  • Patent number: 9678713
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method for controlling a steering of a plurality of cameras to identify a plurality of potential sources, identifying the plurality of potential sources according to image data provided by the plurality of cameras, assigning a beam of a plurality of beams of a plurality of microphones to each of the plurality of potential sources, detecting a first command comprising one of a first audible cue based on signals from a portion of the plurality of microphones, a first visual cue based on image data from one of the plurality of cameras, or both for controlling a media center, and configuring the media center according to the first command. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Dimitrios Dimitriadis, Horst Juergen Schroeter
  • Patent number: 9679470
    Abstract: A method and system for programming a universal remote control (URC) to operate with a new remote controlled device is disclosed. A digital image of the new device is generated and sent to a multimedia content distribution network (MCDN) server, along with MCDN account information. The digital image may be used to identify the new device. Programming codes may be retrieved and sent to client premises equipment (CPE) at an MCDN client identified by the MCDN account information. The CPE may be instructed to reprogram the URC to control the new device using the programming codes. The digital image may be sent to the server using wireless telephony service provided by the MCDN service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Pratt, Marc Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9680695
    Abstract: Dynamic grouping of cell site devices to network devices that include a group of baseband processing devices is facilitated. One method includes determining, by a device including a processor, respective load information for cell site devices of respective cell sites associated with a network; and determining, by the device, interference information associated with the cell site devices. The method also includes determining, by the device, configuration information of a switch device communicatively coupled between the cell site devices and network devices that include a group of baseband processing devices. The determining the configuration information is based on the respective load information of the cell site devices and the interference information associated with the cell site devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Milap V. Majmundar, Weihua Ye
  • Patent number: 9680854
    Abstract: A system for malware and anomaly detection via activity recognition based on sensor is disclosed. The system may analyze sensor data collected during a selected time period from one or more sensors that are associated with a device. Once the sensor data is analyzed, the system may determine a context of the device when the device is in a connected state. The system may determine the context of the device based on the sensor data collected during the selected time period. The system may also determine if traffic received or transmitted by the device during the connected state is in a white list. Furthermore, the system may transmit an alert if the traffic is determined to not be in the white list or if the context determined for the device indicates that the context does not correlate with the traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Roger P. Jover, Ilona Murynets
  • Patent number: 9680793
    Abstract: An in-band signaling method that enables secure updates of a care-of-IP address for a mobile host that roams between access networks. In the illustrative embodiment described herein, a mobile host includes an intelligent interface that handles IP networking functions and tunnels IP packets between the mobile host and the mobile host's home agent/remote access server (HA/RAS) transparently, as if the mobile host established a connection to a communicating or destination host (DST) from the home network (where the HA/RAS resides). In accordance with an aspect of the invention, there is provided an in-band signaling method that employs encrypted three-way handshake signaling messages that are embedded in encapsulated IP packets to enable care-of IP address updates. This method can effectively protect mobile hosts from denial-of-service attacks and is transparent to NAT/NAPT firewalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY II, L.P.
    Inventor: Hui Luo
  • Patent number: 9680670
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a transmission device that includes at least one transceiver configured to modulate data to generate a plurality of first electromagnetic waves in accordance with channel control parameters. A plurality of couplers are configured to couple at least a portion of the plurality of first electromagnetic waves to a transmission medium, wherein the plurality of couplers generate a plurality of second electromagnetic waves that propagate along the outer surface of the transmission medium. A training controller is configured to generate the channel control parameters based on channel state information received from at least one remote transmission device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9680822
    Abstract: Wireless pairing is automatically performed based on purchase. By providing a unique identifier of a cellular customer, a wireless device may be automatically paired to a residential wireless network. A central database, for example, may store networking credentials associated with residential wireless networks. When the cellular customer purchases the wireless device, a server may query the central database for a cellular telephone number associated with the cellular customer. The server may thus retrieve the networking credentials that are associated with the cellular telephone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Emily Soelberg, Glenn Blumstein, Ginger Chien, Murali Narayanan, Bradley Richard Ree, Venson Shaw
  • Patent number: 9680843
    Abstract: A request is received over a network to resolve a problem relating to a networked user device. The request is accepted in order to provide user service. Based on the request, one of multiple available diagnostic algorithms is selected to analyze user data related to a user's account to identify symptoms of the problem and diagnose a cause of the symptoms identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Ilona Murynets, Jeffrey E. Bickford, Gustavo De Los Reyes, Ramesh Subbaraman, Wei Wang
  • Patent number: 9680877
    Abstract: A system to detect anomalies in internet protocol (IP) flows uses a set of machine-learning (ML) rules that can be applied in real time at the IP flow level. A communication network has a large number of routers equipped with flow monitoring capability. A flow collector collects flow data from the routers throughout the communication network and provides them to a flow classifier. At the same time, a limited number of locations in the network monitor data packets and generate alerts based on packet data properties. The packet alerts and the flow data are provided to a machine learning system that detects correlations between the packet-based alerts and the flow data to thereby generate a series of flow-level alerts. These rules are provided to the flow time classifier. Over time, the new packet alerts and flow data are used to provide updated rules generated by the machine learning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Nicholas Duffield, Patrick Haffner, Balachander Krishnamurthy, Haakon Andreas Ringberg
  • Patent number: 9681098
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, receiving first and second media content portraying images of first and second users, wherein the first and second users participate in a conference call. Joint media content is generated of the conference call including the images of the first and second users, that when presented at a display of a third user includes the images of the first and second users. Speech of the first user directed to the second user is detected and, in response, the image of the first user of the joint media content is adjusted to obtain a rotated image of the first user. The joint media content includes the rotated image of the first user and the image of the second user, that when presented at the display of the third user portrays the first user turned toward the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Tara Hines, Andrea Basso, Aleksey Ivanov, Jeffrey Mikan, Nadia Morris
  • Patent number: 9681190
    Abstract: Systems and processes that incorporate teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, identifying temporal actions initiated by equipment of users during presentation of a media program to the equipment of users. A timeline is modified that corresponds to a linear progression of the media program, wherein the modified timeline includes symbols indicative of the temporal actions. The modified timeline is provided to the equipment of the users. The modified timeline is presented at displays of the equipment of the plurality of users, together with the media program. The symbols are situated in relation to the presentation of the media program, wherein the symbols can be selected by input cursors at the displays of the equipment of the users. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Linda Roberts, E-Lee Chang, Ja-Young Sung, Natasha Barrett Schultz, Robert King
  • Patent number: 9681172
    Abstract: A system that determines first data according to data associated with a first number of media content items accessed by equipment of a user. A request is determined from the equipment of the user to receive media content items that are associated with the first data and an index category of an indexed media content items guide. The indexed content items guide is searched to identify those media content items of a second number of media content items that have indexed content items guide data associated with the index category and the first data. Search results including a third number of media content items are determined based on the searching of the indexed content items guide. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Lee Friedman
  • Patent number: 9680925
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to route network traffic using tiered affinity-based message routing are disclosed herein. An example method to select a destination endpoint for a message includes receiving a rule from a service provider, the rule specifying a set of destination endpoints associated with the service provider and the rule specifying a set of criteria to be used to select one of the destination endpoints for a message containing a data request. The method also includes sending the rule to a client service to be used to select the destination endpoint for the message based on a characteristic of the requested data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L. P.
    Inventors: Rene Glover, James Fox
  • Patent number: 9681180
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a display device having a controller to wirelessly receive media; wirelessly receive control signals for presentation of the media from a mobile communication device; and selectively disable control by the display device over presentation of the media on the display device. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Marc Sullivan, James Pratt
  • Publication number: 20170162214
    Abstract: Speaker content generated in an audio conference is selectively visually represented. A profile for each audience member who participates in the audio conference is obtained. Speaker content spoken during the audio conference is monitored. Words of the speaker content are classified to have different weights according to a parameter of the profile for each of the audience members. A relation between the speaker content to the profile for each of the audience members is determined. Different visual representations of the speaker content are presented to different ones of the audience members based on the determined relation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: David C. GIBBON, Andrea BASSO, Lee BEGEJA, Sumit KUMAR, Zhu LIU, Bernard S. RENGER, Behzad SHAHRARAY, Eric ZAVESKY
  • Publication number: 20170161705
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for point-of-sale customization service. A processor executing a point-of-sale customization service can receive a unique identifier associated with a user device detected in a proximity of a computing device. The processor can query preferences stored in a data store using the unique identifier and identify point-of-sale preferences associated with the user device based upon the querying. The processor can transmit the point-of-sale preferences to the computing device to apply to a transaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Ari Craine, James H. Pratt
  • Publication number: 20170164045
    Abstract: A network addressable appliance with digital multimedia recording capabilities has limited access including playback of stored multimedia content upon faulty connection with a service provider network. Upon a connectivity event, the network addressable appliance compares a retrieved hardware address for a connected residential gateway to a stored hardware address for an assigned residential gateway. If the two hardware addresses correspond, the network addressable appliance provides playback to stored multimedia content. The system helps prevent violations of digital rights management rules by restricting access to stored multimedia content while the network addressable appliance is connected to an unauthorized residential gateway. The system provides a user with limited access (i.e. playback) to multimedia content during service provider network outages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Wollmershauser, Jason B. Sprague, William O. Sprague, JR.
  • Publication number: 20170162038
    Abstract: A controller controls an ultrasonic source to cause the ultrasonic source to emit one or more sound pulses in a direction of a surface in order to obtain reflected sound pulses that are used to determine one or more properties of the surface, receive control signals from the controller, based on the one or more properties of the surface that are determined, and emit ultrasonic sound waves in the direction of the surface based upon the control signals. The ultrasonic sound waves exert a force which causes visible particles within a region proximate the surface to move to achieve a desired appearance with respect to the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James H. PRATT, Ari CRAINE, Garrett STETTLER, Marc Andrew SULLIVAN
  • Publication number: 20170157856
    Abstract: A service is provided over a communication network. Initially, information indicative of physical characteristics of an item requested by a requester is received along with a request to generate a physical three dimensional model for the item. The information is transformed into model data used to generate the three dimensional model. Components for generating the physical three dimensional model are obtained from storage. A physical three dimensional model for the item specified by the remote requestor is generated, and imagery descriptive of the physical three dimensional model to the remote requestor via the communication network, and returning the components used to generate the physical three dimensional model to storage after the imagery of the physical three dimensional model is sent to the remote requester.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James H. PRATT, Marc Andrew SULLIVAN, Ari CRAINE
  • Publication number: 20170163596
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products infer performance of a domain name system. Queries to, and responses from, the domain name system are logged and categorized. Each category is associated with a different performance issue related to the domain name system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2017
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: He Yan, Zihui Ge, Alexandre Gerber, Oliver Spatscheck
  • Publication number: 20170159956
    Abstract: Locational environmental control provides quicker and more efficient comfort. A location associated with a mobile device determines a ceiling fan and/or an air terminal that best serves the location. The ceiling fan may be activated to provide inexpensive climate control to the location associated with the mobile device. Conditioned air (heated or cooled) may be output from the air terminal to provide additional relief.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David George Lewis, Ellen B. Feinberg, Isabella G. Szutkowski
  • Publication number: 20170160735
    Abstract: A system for providing drone piggybacking on vehicles is disclosed. In particular, the system may enable drones or other unmanned mobile connected devices to piggyback onto various types of hosts, such as vehicles, in a symbiotic fashion. Through the symbiotic relationship created between the drones and hosts, the drones may utilize the hosts as a means for transport, such as while delivering a good to an intended destination, and the hosts may receive certain incentives in exchange for transporting the drones. Drones may be paired with hosts based on any number of factors, such as whether the host is traveling on a route that corresponds with reaching the intended destination, whether the host is capable of recharging the drone, and whether the drone has sufficient power to reach the intended destination. By enabling drones to piggyback with hosts, the required traveling range for a drone may be reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicants: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Mikan, Fulvio Cenciarelli, John P. Davis, III, Quinn Aguirre
  • Publication number: 20170161334
    Abstract: Consistent contextual patterns may confirm ownership. Current usage of mobile and smart devices may be compared to historical usage. If a device is being used as historically observed, then ownership of the device may be confirmed. If, however, the current usage fails to coincide with historical usage, new ownership may be inferred.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicants: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: John P. Davis, III, Quinn Aguirre, Fulvio Cenciarelli, Jeffrey Mikan
  • Patent number: 9671852
    Abstract: A system and process that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, transitioning a processor from a high-power consumption state to a low-power consumption state, wherefrom return to the high-power consumption state includes a boot process. Future demand for operation of the processor in the high-power consumption state is predicted, while the processor is in the low-power consumption state. The processor is transitioned from the low-power consumption state to the high-power consumption state in response to predicting future demand for operation of the processor in the high-power consumption state. Such transition of the processor from the low-power consumption state to the high-power consumption state sufficiently precedes actual demand for operation of the processor in the high-power consumption state so as to avoid perceptible user delay. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Marc Sullivan, Greg W. Edwards, Kurt M. Joseph
  • Patent number: 9674573
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a gateway having a controller operable to receive media content from first and second service providers where the first and second service providers deliver the media content to the gateway using different transport protocols, provide the media content from the gateway to a plurality of display devices without utilizing a set top box, receive a request for a service associated with a third service provider where the request is received at the gateway, receive an application resource bundle at the gateway to implement the requested service where the application resource bundle is received from a server associated with one of the first, second and third service providers, and implement the service without identifying the third service provider. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: John Alson Hicks, III, Nicholas Steven Huslak
  • Patent number: 9674300
    Abstract: Methods, computer-readable media and apparatuses for predicting an amount of network infrastructure needed for a new neighborhood are disclosed. A processor generates a plurality of different user profiles based upon demographic data of existing customers, historical utilization data and historical usage data, determines a demographic of a new neighborhood, correlates one of the plurality of different user profiles to the new neighborhood based upon the demographic of the new neighborhood and predicts the amount of network infrastructure to be deployed in the new neighborhood based upon the one of the plurality of different user profiles that is correlated to the demographic of the new neighborhood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Fix, Juliette Niebuhr Zerick, David Patterson
  • Patent number: 9674343
    Abstract: A request to instantiate a first service is received. The first service is subject to policy constraints including a location. It is determined that a first set of resources at the location is required for instantiation of the first service. The first set of resources is reallocated to the first service from a second service. The first service is instantiated at the location utilizing the first set of resources reallocated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mark Jeffrey Foladare, Robert M. Higgins
  • Patent number: 9674506
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the exemplary embodiments may include, for example, means for generating a disparity map based on a depth map, means for determining accuracy of pixels in the depth map where the determining means identifies the pixels as either accurate or inaccurate based on a confidence map and the disparity map, and means for providing an adjusted depth map where the providing means adjusts inaccurate pixels of the depth map using a cost function associated with the inaccurate pixels. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Chao Tian, Vinay Anant Vaishampayan, Yifu Zhang
  • Patent number: 9674851
    Abstract: Systems and method are for managing packet data protocol (PDP) contexts in a wireless data communications network. A plurality of real-time applications are prioritized within a single, shared PDP context or allocated a second PDP context based upon priority levels logically assigned to the plurality of applications such that high priority applications are delivered before lower priority applications. Lower priority applications are suspended and interrupted by higher priority applications and are set to resume after the higher priority applications are completed. Priority levels are established by a priority management engine (PME) that may reside in one or more network elements, such as a General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) Support Node or a network probe system. The priority management engine establishes the priority levels based upon one or more factors including, for example, PDP utilization characteristics at a given time and/or given network location, and/or user preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Venson Shaw
  • Patent number: 9674588
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products that automatically categorize and/or assign ratings to content (video and audio content) uploaded by individuals who want to broadcast the content to others via a communications network, such as an IPTV network, are provided. When an individual uploads content to a network, a network service automatically extracts an audio stream from the uploaded content. Words in the extracted audio stream are identified. For each identified word, a preexisting library of selected words is queried to determine if a match exists between words in the library and words in the extracted audio stream. The selected words in the library are associated with a particular content category or content rating. If a match exists between an identified word and a word in the library, the uploaded content is assigned a content category and/or rating associated with the matched word.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Ke Yu
  • Patent number: 9674711
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system including a frequency mixer that combines a signal and a carrier wave to form a combined signal, and a transmitter that generates a transmission based on the combined signal. The system can also include a coupling device that emits the transmission as an electromagnetic wave guided by an outer surface of a transmission medium. The electromagnetic wave can propagate longitudinally along the surface of the transmission medium and at least partially around the surface of the transmission medium. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Bennett, Donald J Barnickel, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Paul Shala Henry, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9674728
    Abstract: A method, computer readable medium and apparatus for managing a degree of parallelism of streams are disclosed. For example, the method analyzes wireless traffic to determine a profile of the wireless traffic, determines an amount of available processing resources, and manages the degree of parallelism of streams based on the profile and the amount of available processing resources in a probe server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Alexandre Gerber, Theodore Johnson, Vladislav Shkapenyuk, Oliver Spatscheck, Frederick True