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: 9674057
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a network includes receiving by a user plane record aggregator first data associated with a user plane packet, the first data being selected by a user plane network element from second data, the second data being stored in a plurality of information fields, the plurality of information fields being associated with the user plane network element, the second data being obtained by the user plane network element from user plane traffic, the user plane network element processing the user plane packet in accordance with a user plane network function. The method further includes determining by an aggregation device a characteristic associated with the user plane traffic from the first data, thereby monitoring the user plane traffic without requiring a tap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Vimal Begwani, Shekar C. Sundaramurthy
  • Patent number: 9674891
    Abstract: Architecture that allows a user to control the way a connection is made to a destination. A destination can be tagged with an attribute that defines how the connection to that destination should be routed. For example, a phone address book allows the user to not only enter the usual call recipient information such as name and telephone number, but also to add an attribute in the form of a network identifier associated with a network that should be used when connecting to the destination. Where multiple networks are associated with the destination, the phone subsystem, recognizing that the destination now has multiple network IDs for connecting the call, can prompt the user to select the desired network pathway. The user can also tag the destination with a protocol that should be employed. Thus, not only will the phone be connected according to the network, but according to the protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Robert Lee Engelhart, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9674639
    Abstract: A method for vNF chaining management includes receiving virtualized network function (vNF) information from a chaining client associated with a particular vNF. A service chaining catalog is updated based on the vNF information and chaining information is transmitted to peering vNFs of the particular vNF. The vNF information can indicate instantiation of a vNF and identify peering vNFs. Updates received from vNFs can be used to update the chaining catalog. Updated vNF information can then be sent to peering vNFs of the vNF which sent the update.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Chaoxin Qiu, Mark A. Ratcliffe, Jeffrey L. Scruggs
  • Patent number: 9674679
    Abstract: A pico-cell is located within a facility. The pico-cell has a wireless protocol for carrying calls placed to and from mobile devices in the facility. A call distributor is in communication with the pico-cell and handles calls carried by the pico-cell. The call distributor includes an embedded wireless switch for routing calls to and from mobile devices in the facility using the wireless protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Douglas O'Neil, Donna Sharer
  • Patent number: 9671928
    Abstract: Devices and systems are provided for controlling electronic devices using a mobile remote control device. A mobile remote control device provides an interface to control a plurality of electronic devices. The mobile device has a unique identifier, and the electronic device transmits a presentation of a remote control to the mobile device. A user of the mobile device controls the electronic device by operating the “virtual” remote control displayed on the mobile device. The user may further define his or her custom remote control. The user may define batches of commands, or “macros” that transmit a specific series of commands to one or more electronic devices. Proximity and motion of a mobile device may be used as an input, such that the electronic devices are programmed to react in specific ways depending upon the position and movement of the user of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barrett M. Kreiner, Jonathan L. Reeves, Ryan Schaub
  • Patent number: 9672649
    Abstract: A method of exchanging audio-visual communication information between users includes detecting using an image capturing device associated with a wearable communication device, a mirror or image reflecting surface disposed in an environment of a first user, detecting a boundary of the mirror or image reflecting surface in response to the mirror being detected in the environment of the first user, selecting a portion of a first image displayed on the mirror or image reflecting surface within the boundary of the mirror or image reflecting surface, and displaying the portion of the first image as an overlay on a second image to a second user. A corresponding system and computer-readable device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Svetlana Yarosh, Brian S. Amento, Kevin Ansia Li
  • Patent number: 9674120
    Abstract: The present disclosure is a method and apparatus for generating a suggested message. In one embodiment, a method for generating a suggested message includes monitoring, by an application server, a first device operated by a first user, detecting, by the application server, a triggering event relevant to the first user, and automatically generating the suggested message in response to the triggering event, where the suggested message is addressed to a second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Braxton K. Davis
  • Patent number: 9674147
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to provide a distributed firewall in a network are disclosed. An example method includes identifying, at a control plane, a network traffic rule to implement in a network; determining, at the control plane, a distributed firewall for a first firewall in the network to enforce the network traffic rule; instructing, using the control plane, a first software-defined networking node to instantiate the first firewall of the distributed firewall; configuring a second software-defined networking node to route network traffic through the first firewall; and instructing the first software-defined networking node to enforce the network traffic rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Dustin Grant, Sandeep Gupta, Sridhar Narahari, Michael J. Satterlee
  • Patent number: 9674046
    Abstract: A controller node in a network implementing software defined networking (SDN) proactively detects network overload conditions in a target node and subsequently prevents the conditions from developing by launching a new virtual network node. The detection and prevention are based on the determination of a probability of failure of the target node as a weighted function of information from the target node and probabilities of failure of related nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sun-Uk Park, Minh Huynh, Ashima Mangla
  • Publication number: 20170155764
    Abstract: A provider edge router for handling 9-1-1 call routing is disclosed herein. The provider edge router can receive an Internet protocol (“IP”) call and can determine whether the IP call is associated with a 9-1-1 service. If so, the provider edge router can set a priority for the IP call to be routed to a 9-1-1 edge router. The IP call, in some embodiments, includes a session initiation protocol (“SIP”) call. In some embodiments, the provider edge router includes one or more dedicated 9-1-1 outbound interfaces through which the provider edge router routes the IP call to the 9-1-1 edge router or multiple 9-1-1 edge routers. In some embodiments, the priority can be set in a differentiated services field (“DSF”) that includes a differentiated services codepoint (“DSCP”) marking that cannot be removed by any router along a routing path for the IP call.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Geoffrey R. Zampiello
  • Publication number: 20170154191
    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: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Qingmin Hu, Farooq Bari
  • Publication number: 20170155519
    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: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Carlton Bedingfield, Sr., Quenton Lanier Gilbert
  • Publication number: 20170155466
    Abstract: A method and system for distributed spatial mode processing is disclosed. A number of optical signals are received over an optical link. Each optical signal is received via a respective one of a number of spatial modes of the optical link. The optical link includes a particular spatial mode not used for the receiving. A first one of the number of optical signals received from a first one of the number of spatial modes is transferred to a second one of the number of spatial modes via the particular spatial mode, wherein the first one of the number of optical signals is transmitted via the second one of the number of spatial modes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Xiang Zhou, Peter David Magill, Lynn Nelson
  • Publication number: 20170153956
    Abstract: Multi-reliability regenerating (MRR) erasure codes are disclosed. The erasure codes can be used to encode and regenerate data. In particular, the regenerating erasure codes can be used to encode data included in at least one of two or more data messages to satisfy respective reliability requirements for the data. Encoded portions of data from one data message can be mixed with encoded or unencoded portions of data from a second data message and stored at a distributed storage system. This approach can be used to improve efficiency and performance of data storage and recovery in the event of failures of one or more nodes of a distributed storage system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Chao Tian
  • Publication number: 20170155706
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for a topology aware load balancing engine. A processor that executes a load balancing engine can receive a request for a load balancing plan for an application. The processor can obtain network topology data that describes elements of a data center and links associated with the elements. The processor can obtain an application flow graph associated with the application and create a load balancing plan to use in balancing traffic associated with the application. The processor can create the load balancing plan to use in balancing traffic associated with the application and distribute commands to the data center to balance traffic over the links.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Matti A. Hiltunen, Richard D. Schlichting, Kaustubh Joshi, Hiroya Matsuba
  • Publication number: 20170153293
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed which relate to a wireless communications device comprising a wireless power transmission detector and a wireless power transmission indicator for displaying to a user the current level of wireless power transmission. A voltmeter and ammeter take readings from the wireless transceiver circuit while the wireless communications device is on. A power logic stored on a memory within the wireless communications device converts the readings into a wireless power transmission level. The wireless power transmission level is output to an indicator on the wireless communications device where a user can view it. Exemplary embodiments include a true battery life indicator on the wireless communications device. The true battery life indicator gives an amount of time a battery powering the wireless communications device will last at the current wireless power transmission level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jian Li, Zhi Li, Raghvendra Savoor
  • Publication number: 20170155931
    Abstract: A satellite digital broadcast systems transmits signals from a geosynchronous satellite to a plurality of geographically dispersed receivers. Each receiver measures a receive signal level and transmits a value representing the level to a data center. The data center analyses data received from a plurality of receivers in order to determine a size, shape, and velocity of propagation of an obstruction. The data center then predicts which receivers will experience signal disruptions based on the obstruction and the velocity of propagation of the obstruction. The data center transmits instructions to receivers that will be affected by the obstruction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Nicholas Nicas, Todd Andrew Fryer, Douglas Medina
  • Publication number: 20170156146
    Abstract: A receiver control is configured to receive signal receive level data from a plurality of signal receivers. The receiver control determines if a signal receive level is lower than expected. In response to determining that the signal receive level is lower than expected, it is determined if an alternate signal is available via an alternate signal path. In response to determining that an alternate signal is available, an instruction is transmitted to one of the plurality of signal receivers with an indication that the alternate signal is to be received via the alternate signal path. The receiver control transmits the alternate signal via the alternate signal path to the one of the plurality of signal receivers experiencing lower than expected signal receive levels in one embodiment. The receiver can resume utilizing an original signal via an original signal path when the signal receive level of the original signal returns to expected levels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Nicholas Nicas, Todd Andrew Fryer, Douglas Medina
  • Publication number: 20170154190
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products secure 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: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Arthur Zaifman, Govind Chidambaram, Jim Tant, Suraj Kumar Verma
  • Patent number: 9668276
    Abstract: Quality of Service (QoS) support is provided by means of a Tiered Contention Multiple Access (TCMA) distributed medium access protocol that schedules transmission of different types of traffic based on their service quality specifications. In one embodiment, a wireless station is supplied with data from a source having a lower QoS priority QoS(A), such as file transfer data. Another wireless station is supplied with data from a source having a higher QoS priority QoS(B), such as voice and video data. Each wireless station can determine the urgency class of its pending packets according to a scheduling algorithm. For example file transfer data is assigned lower urgency class and voice and video data is assigned higher urgency class. There are several urgency classes which indicate the desired ordering. Pending packets in a given urgency class are transmitted before transmitting packets of a lower urgency class.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventor: Mathilde Benveniste
  • Patent number: 9668163
    Abstract: A wireless data access system is provided to ameliorate bursty traffic occurring in a radio communications link such as a WiFi, WiMAX, 3G or cellular telephone link to a wireless network access device. A data traffic event is detected relating to traffic in the link. The traffic event may be a traffic burst exceeding a predetermined threshold. Based on detecting the data traffic event, a free-space optical communications link is established to the network access device to handle the traffic burst. The established radio link may be used to set-up and coordinate the free-space optical link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY II, L.P.
    Inventors: Behzad Nadji, Mostafa Tofighbakhsh
  • Patent number: 9668103
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, presenting, in a map, an interaction region associated with a user, where the interaction region is determined according to a current location, an activity, a predicted future location, and a predicted future activity of the second user, and according to a relationship between the user and another users, where the interaction region represents a geographic area in which the user is determined to be available to meet with the other user. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Mobility II LLC, AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Greg W. Edwards, Michael Lattanzi, Constance Missimer, James Pratt
  • Patent number: 9668151
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, initiating first and second groups of communication sessions according to testing criteria where the first group of communication sessions is established via a local area wireless access technology utilizing the distributed antenna system and the second group of communication sessions is established via the second radio access technology utilizing the distributed antenna system, and measuring performance data for the first and second groups of communication sessions according to the testing criteria. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Shane Michael Elliott, Mehul Gandhi, Ryan Tidwell, Sreekanth Bolloju, Ravindra Dravid, Shoubha Chakrabarty, Amol Kaveeshwar
  • Patent number: 9664525
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for providing navigation routes and/or providing navigation route updates. According to various embodiments of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, a navigation application can be configured to obtain route data from a routing service. The routing service can be configured to use navigation data locally stored and/or obtained from a number of sources to generate navigation routes and/or to update navigation routes. The generated and/or updated navigation routes can be provided to the user device as route data that can be used to provide navigation directions to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Dimitrios Dimitriadis
  • Patent number: 9665651
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a process that reduces a sampling size of a total population of on-line social network users based on a comparison of seed information to a population of on-line social network users. The reduced sampling of on-line social network users is compared to a social graph of the on-line social network users, wherein the social graph is obtained from an algorithm applied to the reduced sampling of the on-line social network users. An outlier is determined in the reduced sampling of on-line social network users based on a characterizing of a cluster of social network users. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Balachander Krishnamurthy
  • Patent number: 9667317
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, generating first traffic for transmitting along a network path to a recipient device and transmitting the first traffic along the network path to remove traffic patterns associated with a premises. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Gross, Joshua Lackey, Donald E. Levy, Roger Piqueras Jover, Jayaraman Ramachandran, Cristina Serban
  • Patent number: 9667516
    Abstract: A system including first and second servers, a domain server, and a route controller is disclosed. The first and second servers are configured to respond to an anycast address and to first and second unicast addresses respectively. The route controller is configured to determine whether the first cache server is non-overloaded, overloaded, or offline, and may instruct the domain name server to provide to provide the second unicast address when the status is overloaded or offline. Routing of the anycast address may be modified so as to direct a content request sent to the anycast address to the second cache server when the status is offline. The domain name server may receive a request for a cache server address and provide the anycast address to the requestor when the status is non-overloaded, and provide the second unicast address when the status is offline or overloaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mario A. Santoro, Herani Brotman, Alan L. Glasser, James Miros, Oliver Spatscheck, Jacobus E. Van der Merwe
  • Patent number: 9667582
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to per-session invocation of priority services based upon network available information. A service architecture can include a service architecture core and a service execution runtime framework in which a priority service application is executable to perform operations to provide a priority service for a communications session. The priority service application can determine whether a priority service should be invoked for the communications session based upon priority criteria. If a determination is made that the priority service is to be invoked for the communications session based upon the priority criteria, the priority service application can invoke the priority service for the communications session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven A. Siegel, Keylor Eng, Anisa Parikh
  • Patent number: 9667779
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for providing and using a routing service. A processor can obtain a routing scenario associated with a customer of the routing service. The routing scenario can specify customer data to be accessed to determine a call handling decision when a call is received from a calling party, and the customer data can include information associated with the calling party. The processor can obtain a request to route a call intended for the customer. The processor can generate a query of the customer data to obtain data associated with the calling party. The customer data can be stored at a storage location associated with the customer that is remote from the routing service. The processor can analyze the customer data and the routing scenario, determine a call handling decision, and provide the call handling decision to a network to route the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Kristin Kocan
  • Patent number: 9667600
    Abstract: A decentralized and distributed secure home subscriber server is provided. First data can be sent representing a first nonce string to a mobile device; and in response to receiving second data representing the first nonce string and a second nonce string, a communication channel can be established with the mobile device as a function of the first nonce string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Roger Piqueras Jover, Joshua Lackey
  • Patent number: 9667745
    Abstract: System(s) and method(s) are provided for prioritizing protocol messages received at a server. A client generates a request message and incorporates a data unit therein in order to indicate type of service application that triggered generation of the request message. The client conveys the request message to a server configured to respond to the request message. To supply data in response to the message request, the server prioritizes the request message based at least on the data unit that conveys the type of service application. The server can assign a set of request messages to a group of scheduling queues based at least on ranking of the type of service associated with at least one request message in the set of request messages. Based on performance conditions, the server also can reject one or more request messages according to the ranking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Chaoxin Qiu, Arshad Khan, Niral Sheth
  • Patent number: 9667432
    Abstract: A bridge device at a first tier receives a geographic addressing packet destined for a target region containing a plurality of devices. The bridge device applies a bridging function using the geographic address packet to determine whether to transmit the geographic addressing packet. The bridging function utilizes certain information based on the geographic addressing packet. The bridge device determines to transmit the geographic addressing packet to a second tier based on the bridging function indicating that the geographic addressing packet should be transmitted to the second tier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert J. Hall
  • Patent number: 9667638
    Abstract: A content delivery network includes a plurality of cache servers. Each cache server is configured to receive a request for content from a client system and receive content and security data from a content server. Each cache server is further configured to provide the content to the client system and provide the security data to a monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Cristina Serban
  • Patent number: 9667916
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a computer-readable storage medium in a media controller having computer instructions to execute a soft-phone client application on the media processor, receive a call originating from an internet protocol multimedia subsystem network where the calls are directed to the media processor by a gateway having a switch that routes the call in accordance with a destination address included in a session initiation protocol header message, and selectively answer the call at any of a plurality of terminal devices including a mobile cellular phone coupled to the media processor via a femtocell. The computer instructions can be operable to present an audio portion of the call through a speaker of a presentation device operatively coupled to the media processor. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Lakshminarashimhan Naidu, Thomas P. Benzaia, Bernard Ku
  • Patent number: 9667660
    Abstract: A network access credential can be shared among devices based on location information for a device. Location information can include timed fingerprint location information. In an aspect, location information can be associated with a location of user equipment. This location information can be correlated with network access credentials. Location information can be used to access a relevant network access credential. The relevant network access credential can be shared with other devices. In an embodiment, sharing a network access credential can be between mobile devices. In another embodiment, sharing a network access credential can be between a remote computing device and a mobile device. Sharing a credential can allow for access to a network without having to generate or input new credentials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Rick Tipton, Mark Austin, Mario Kosseifi, Mostafa Tofighbakhsh
  • Patent number: 9667629
    Abstract: Resource and memory use by applications used by user equipment (UE) can be adaptively controlled. A UE comprises a connection-manager kernel (CMKC) that can be embedded at the SOC level to facilitate resource and memory control at SOC level. CMKC operates in conjunction with an operating system kernel. CMKC comprises functional blocks that provide network enabler functions and observability APIs for network enhancement, traffic flow monitoring and filtering, QOE executive routines, and traffic flow time shifting. CMKC performs or provides analytics, security and firewall tags, cache management at SOC level, and policy enforcement. CMKC and a trusted memory operate in a trusted zone environment to facilitate secure operation. CMKC adaptively collects information from control registers and analytics, and maps such information to the trusted memory, which can be accessible to trusted APIs to facilitate enabling trusted applications to have knowledge of contextual network information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mostafa Tofighbakhsh
  • Patent number: 9668010
    Abstract: A method and a system for providing remote set-top box access functions in an Internet browser extension based on advertisement metadata is disclosed. A meta-data tag associated with an advertisement embedded on a currently viewed web page is scanned. It is determined that the meta-data tag is related to entertainment content. A media manipulation action for the entertainment content is determined. A notification that the media manipulation action is available for the entertainment content is displayed. Controls to store the media manipulation action on a user account are provided, and the manipulation action is stored to the user account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Scott White, James Cansler, Charles V. Scott
  • Patent number: 9668086
    Abstract: Optimized location information is provided for a location based service. An event is detected which is indicative of an error in the location based service which degrades the performance of the location based service. A cause of the error is determined, and resolution of the error is initiated based on the determined cause.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Samuel N. Zellner
  • Patent number: 9667918
    Abstract: A network recording system records multimedia programs responsive to transport streams being unavailable. A first portion of a multimedia program may be stored on a customer premises equipment and a second portion stored on the network recording system. The network recording system may transport the multimedia program via file download or real-time streaming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Anita Hogans Simpson, James Carlton Bedingfield, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9668004
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media processor having a controller to record stereoscopic media content supplied by a multimedia system, receive from a communication device a request for the recorded stereoscopic media content, determine rendering capabilities of the communication device, generate transcoded content by transcoding the recorded stereoscopic media content according to the rendering capabilities of the communication device, and transmit to the communication device the transcoded content. Other embodiments are disclosed and contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Troy C. Meuninck, James Carlton Bedingfield, Sr., William A. Brown, David Brux Delorme, Nadia Morris, Virginia S. Ng
  • Publication number: 20170148443
    Abstract: A portable acoustic unit is adapted for insertion into an electrical receptacle. The portable acoustic unit has an integrated microphone and a wireless network interface to an automation controller. The portable acoustic unit detects spoken voice commands from users in the vicinity of the electrical receptacle. The portable acoustic unit merely plugs into a conventional electrical outlet to provide an extremely simple means of voice control through a home or business.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Nafiz Haider, Kristin Patterson, Thomas Risley, Curtis Stephenson, David Vaught, Ross Newman
  • Publication number: 20170149488
    Abstract: A radio frequency (“RF”) repeater system can receive, from a connected home device, an original RF signal that is unable to propagate through an object. The RF repeater system can demodulate the original RF signal to extract a data stream that includes data captured by the connected home device, can change an original data rate of the data stream to a new data rate that matches an ultrasonic frequency capable of propagating through the object thereby creating an ultrasonic data stream, can transmit, by a first surface transducer, the ultrasonic data stream through the object to a second surface transducer, can receive, by the second surface transducer, the ultrasonic data stream, can change the data stream from the new data rate back to the original data rate, can modulate the data stream to create a new RF signal, and can transmit the new RF signal towards the destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Boris Smychkovich, John Dyal
  • Publication number: 20170150141
    Abstract: A method of managing lip synchronization error in a multimedia content delivery network includes identifying a video packet and an audio packet associated with the video packet and determining a synchronization offset between the audio and video packets at a first monitoring point in the network. The audio and video packets are then detected at a second monitoring point in the network and a second synchronization offset is determined. When a delta between the first synchronization offset and the second synchronization offset exceeds a threshold, lip synchronization error information may be automatically recorded and/or reported to a service provider and corrective action may be taken if potential sources of the lip synchronization error are within the domain of the service provider. The video packet may be identified by a timestamp within the packet and the audio packet may be identified by audio data within the audio packet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Chen-Yui Yang, Chee Ching, Paul Kahn, David H. Lu, Anthony Mark Srdar
  • Publication number: 20170149979
    Abstract: A method for managing visual voicemail messages includes displaying a list of voicemail messages on a telecommunications handset, receiving user commands for operating on the voicemail messages including a delete message command and in response to a delete message command, marking a voicemail message for deletion with a delete timestamp and moving the voicemail message to a Deleted Messages folder. A Deleted Message Age Indicator function processes to control permanent deletion of voicemail messages in the Deleted Messages folder based on delete timestamps and a global Delete Time value in cooperation with a visual voicemail platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Michael Robert Zubas, Brian Rainer, William J. Sigmund
  • Publication number: 20170147976
    Abstract: A method includes coordinating delivery by a selected delivery agent to a delivery recipient. A geographical receiving location for a delivery recipient is determined. A delivery agent, of a plurality of potential delivery agents, is identified and selected that is capable of delivering a specific product to the delivery recipient at the geographical location for the delivery recipient, in which the identifying includes analyzing planned geographical routes for each of the plurality of potential delivery agents to determine the delivery agent. A network communications address of the delivery recipient is determined and an electronic communication exchange is established between an entity responsible for providing the product to the delivery recipient and the network communications address of the delivery recipient. The specific product is assigned for delivery to the delivery recipient based on the communications exchange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Alan KOCH, Ari CRAINE
  • Publication number: 20170149968
    Abstract: A method for personalizing communication services includes defining selectable options for a system that provides communication services. When a communication from a party is received, a computer of the system automatically determines, based on environmental data provided for the communication independent of information provided by the party during the communication, information predictive of potential objectives potentially desired by the party initiating the communication. Probabilities are assigned, based on the predictive information, that the selectable options will address the potential objectives. The selectable options are dynamically updated selectable options based on the assigned probabilities. Communications with the initiating party are in accordance with a script that includes the updated selectable options.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicants: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Ted STINE, Joseph Anthony SPEENEY
  • Publication number: 20170150310
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses for comparing multi-dimensional datasets are provided. A multi-dimensional dataset comparison includes receiving a plurality of datasets, each including a plurality of coordinates, wherein a subset of coordinates defines a geo-fence. For a coordinate within a geo-fence of one of the plurality of datasets, determining analogous coordinates in each of the other datasets, the analogous coordinates defining a coordinate input set, and performing in parallel an operation on the coordinate input set to determine whether an entry is present at a coordinate of the coordinate input set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon Meredith, Mark Pack, John Pastore
  • Publication number: 20170149733
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for providing network address translation in a software defined networking environment. A control system can detect a request to create a network address translation function. The control system can analyze a recipe to identify a network address translation switch and a network address translation virtual function that are to provide functionality of the network address translation function, trigger instantiation of the network address translation switch via a network control function, and trigger instantiation of the network address translation virtual function via a service control function. The control system can validate the network address translation function and chain the network address translation function to a host. The network address translation function can provide address translation for the host using the network address translation switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Walter Cooper Chastain, Larry B. Pearson, Cameron Scott Blandford, Cheng Liu
  • Patent number: 9661358
    Abstract: A system includes a processor and a memory. The memory stores instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations including sending a primary multicast video stream and a secondary multicast video stream to a media device. The secondary multicast video stream is limited to intra-coded frames (I-frames) extracted from the primary multicast video stream. Transmission of each intra-coded frame (I-frame) of the secondary multicast video stream is delayed with respect to transmission of a corresponding I-frame of the primary multicast video stream. The delay is based on an amount of writing time to satisfy a buffer threshold of a video content buffer at the media device to prevent a noticeable time shift of video displayed by the media device when the media device switches from outputting the secondary multicast video stream to outputting the primary multicast video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kadangode Ramakrishnan, Charles Robert Kalmanek, Jr., Robert Duncan Doverspike, William C. Fenner
  • Patent number: 9661505
    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: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 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