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: 9589040
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method for A method, comprising enabling, by a system comprising a processor, a first modification of a first user profile at a secondary data repository of a communication network, wherein the first modification is directed by a first application operating at a first communication device of the communication network, identifying a usage event that is associated with the first communication device according to the first modification to the first user profile, and replicating a second modification to a second user profile at a primary data repository according to a change in operation of a second application associated with the usage event that is identified to the first communication device, where the replicating is according to an update policy for the primary data repository. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sangar Dowlatkhah, Venson Shaw
  • Patent number: 9591356
    Abstract: A method includes sending, from a media device, a request for viewership information via a network. The method also includes receiving, at the media device, the viewership information, where the viewership information is determined based on a corresponding portion of multicast routing table data stored at each of a plurality of edge routers, and where each portion includes a corresponding plurality of entries associated with media content. The method further includes receiving, at the media device, a user interface based on the viewership information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Van Vleck, Michael Devlin
  • Patent number: 9591486
    Abstract: Traffic and signaling is routed between a set of networked femto access points (APs) and devices served there from, and content and equipment that is part of a network functionally coupled to the set of networked femto APs is managed. Networked equipment spans a network deployed within the coverage area spanned by the set of femto APs. A routing platform functionally couples the networked equipment and the femto AP to enable content manipulation amongst a mobile device and the equipment. Routing platform also affords remote control of the networked equipment. Delivery of advertisement and monetary incentive(s) can be provided through the routing platform to the equipment. Routing platform further provides security features related to operation of specific equipment and wireless services supplied via the routing platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Kurt Donald Huber, William Gordon Mansfield, Judson John Flynn
  • Patent number: 9589013
    Abstract: Multi-media content for inclusion into an SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Message Service), IM (Instant Message) or other message type can be searched, pre-searches, fetched and pre-fetched based upon predictive- and rules-based searching techniques. A system can predict or infer an in-process message, for example, based upon a portion of the inputted text message. Thereafter, in real- or near real-time, content related to the topic of conversation can be retrieved from a local store, remote stores (e.g., servers) or cloud-based sources. The retrieved content can be incorporated into the SMS, MMS, or IM message as appropriate or desired thereby enhancing the messaging experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Kristin Marie Pascal, Andrew Evan Klonsky, Matthew James Bailey
  • Patent number: 9589482
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for bone conduction tags. According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, a device can receive, via a transducer, a vibration signal from a body of a user. The vibration signal can be generated in response to the user interacting with a bone conduction tag. For example, the vibration signal can be generated in response to the user moving one or more fingers across the bone conduction tag. The device can analyze the vibration signal to determine an action that is to be performed. The device can perform the action or can instruct a further device to perform the action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher Baldwin, Brian S. Amento
  • Patent number: 9591234
    Abstract: A digital camera accesses, processes and displays a combination image composed of visible light and near non-visible (“NNV”) light. A method can include accessing, by a digital camera, raw data having first information associated with a first electromagnetic spectrum range and second information associated with a second electromagnetic spectrum range. The first electromagnetic spectrum range is substantially within the visible spectrum and the second electromagnetic spectrum range is substantially within the NNV spectrum. The method can also include optimizing the raw data for the visible spectrum, thereby generating a first visual image representation, and optimizing the raw data for the NNV spectrum, thereby generating a second visual image representation. The method can also include combining the first visual image representation and the second visual image representation to generate a combination image. The digital camera can then initiate the display of the combination image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Dylan C. Reid
  • Patent number: 9590954
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and computer readable media for transferring encrypted and unencrypted data between processing devices are disclosed. Example data transmission methods disclosed herein include dividing, at a first processing device, a set of data collected at the first processing device into a first unencrypted data subset and a second unencrypted data subset. Disclosed example methods also include encrypting, at the first processing device, the first unencrypted data subset using an encryption key provided by a second processing device to generate a first encrypted data subset. Disclosed example methods further include transmitting the second unencrypted data subset from the first processing device to the second processing device before transmitting the first encrypted data subset from the first processing device to the second processing device to thereby transmit the set of data from the first processing device to the second processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Madhukar M. Kshirsagar, Ajay Joshi
  • Patent number: 9591029
    Abstract: Master privacy policies for different users are stored to a cloud-based central server. When a user interacts with a third-party service (such as FACEBOOK® or AMAZON®), the third party service may require acceptance of privacy policies before services are rendered. Here the cloud-based central server may automatically configure a privacy policy of the third-party service to the user's master privacy policy. The cloud-based central server thus relives the user of managing many different privacy policies required by many different third party service providers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Qingmin Hu, Farooq Bari
  • Publication number: 20170060353
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for generating a unified menu for multiple communication channels are provided. User interaction information received via the multiple communication channels are transmitted to a central server over a network. The central server also receives notification information or directive information from a source external to the central server. The central server weighs the received information and transforms the weighted information into unified menu options in a unified menu. The unified menu is transmitted to the multiple communication channels, such that same unified menu options are provided at each of the multiple communication channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Harry E. BLANCHARD, Lan ZHANG, Gregory PULZ
  • Publication number: 20170064406
    Abstract: A method and system for remote control of multimedia content using a multimedia content distribution network (MCDN) is configured to establish a connection between a customer premises equipment (CPE) gateway and a local area network (LAN) device that is a personal user device. A user of the LAN device may be authenticated. Responsive to user input, the LAN device may send remote control messages corresponding to remote control functions for an MCDN terminal device. The CPE gateway may determine a network address for the MCDN terminal device, and forward the remote control messages to the addressed MCDN terminal device. The LAN device may so remotely control the addressed MCDN terminal device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Carlton Bedingfield, SR., David A. Levine, John A. McClenny
  • Publication number: 20170064083
    Abstract: A customer contact system receives a customer inquiry from a customer. Availability of different types of resources for handling the customer inquiry is used to calculate a ranking for the different types of resources for handling the customer inquiry. A type of resource with the highest rank is offered to the customer in order to resolve the customer inquiry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mazin E. GILBERT
  • Publication number: 20170063850
    Abstract: Artificial biometric traits self-nullify due to natural physiological processes. Biometric enrollment and authentication may then be based on a life associated with the self-nullifying biometric trait. Once the life is expected to have expired, no further authentication may be performed until a new artificial biometric is applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Julio A. Cartaya
  • Publication number: 20170064350
    Abstract: A system for resource provisioning for content delivery of multiple services is disclosed. The system may be configured to offer multiple services, wherein at least one first offered service is delivery of prerecorded content and at least one second offered service is content delivered according to a deadline. In at least one embodiment, the first offered service may be video content, and the second offered service may be broadcast television content. The system may also be configured to deliver at least a portion of the first offered service in advance of use of that portion of the first offered service such that resource demand in connection with delivery of service content of the second offered service at peak delivery may be reduced. As such, fewer resources are needed to provide uninterrupted service of the first and second offered services.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Rittwik Jana, Vaneet Aggarwal, Xu Chen, Vijay Gopalakrishnan, Kadangode Ramakrishnan, Vinay Vaishampayan
  • Publication number: 20170064537
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for generating and analyzing mobility vectors to determine subscriber behavior. A processor can execute an analysis engine. The analysis engine can obtain a log from a data collection device associated with a cellular network. The log can include subscriber data, cell identifier data, and time data. The analysis engine can identify a subscriber represented by the subscriber data and determine a vector associated with the subscriber. The vector can represent a movement of the subscriber within the cellular network. The analysis engine can store vector data that corresponds to the vector determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mehmet Ozkan
  • Publication number: 20170061711
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for a vehicle battery data analysis service. A processor can execute a vehicle battery data analysis service. The processor can generate a request to execute a load test at a vehicle and transmit the load request to a vehicle diagnostic system located at the vehicle. The processor can obtain diagnostic data generated by the vehicle diagnostic system. The diagnostic data can include test data that indicates a load of a battery of the vehicle and vehicle data that identifies the vehicle. The processor can update fleet data based upon the diagnostic data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kevin Reese, Alfonso Jones, Carl Sorrells
  • Patent number: 9584569
    Abstract: Methods and systems for supplying media over communication networks are described. In one embodiment, a media supplier determines whether a media object hosted on a web server will be supplied to a client by streaming or not by streaming. Preferably, if the determination is to stream, the media supplier streams the media object to the client. In some cases, the same media supplier may be capable of supplying clients with media objects hosted on any of at least two web servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Songqing Chen, Lei Guo, Zhen Xiao, Xiaodong Zhang
  • Patent number: 9584353
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and system for reducing the peak to average power ratio (PAP) of a signal with low computational complexity. According to one embodiment, the present invention is applied to reduce the PAP of an OFDM signal. According to an alternative embodiment, the present invention, is applied to reduce the PAP of a CDMA signal. Rather than seeking the optimum solution, which involves significant computational complexity, the present invention provides for a number of sub-optimal techniques for reducing the PAP of an OFDM signal but with much lower computational complexity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Leonard Joseph Cimini, Jr., Nelson Ray Sollenberger
  • Patent number: 9584666
    Abstract: Systems and methods for voice mail delivery may include receiving a voicemail by a device of a subscriber, determining if the subscriber is a member of a group of members, and, upon a determination that the subscriber is a member of the group, combining the voice mail message with a second voice mail message received by a member of the group other than the subscriber to generate a combined voice mail message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Venson M. Shaw
  • Patent number: 9585177
    Abstract: Techniques for sharing a cellular network connection amongst multiple devices over a local area network are provided that reduce cellular network load during crowded events. In an aspect, a devices is configure to perform operations that include scanning an area for another device that has established a first wireless cellular connection with a cellular network device of a cellular network and that enables an indirect connection of the device to the cellular network device via a direct connection of the device to the other device via a local network device. The operations further include, in response to identifying the other device as a result of the scanning, sending a request to the other device to connect to the other device via the local network device and to receive the indirect connection to the cellular network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Lusheng Ji, Jeffrey Pang, Jia Wang, Shobha Venkataraman, Muhammad Zubair Shafiq, Xiang-Yang Alex Liu
  • Patent number: 9582986
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products notify of alarms in security systems. Sensor data is received from an alarm sensor, and an alarm controller determines an alarm condition. Video data associated with the alarm sensor is retrieved. An alarm message may be sent over a wireless network connection, while the video data may be sent over a wireline broadband connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: John Alson Hicks, III
  • Patent number: 9582071
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for device hold determination using bone conduction. According to one aspect, a device side transducer of a user device can receive a bone conduction signal from a user side transducer. The bone conduction signal can propagate through one or more bones of a user, such as one or more finger bones. An application can be executed by a processor of the user device to analyze the bone conduction signal to determine how the device is being held. In some embodiments, data regarding how the user device is being held by the user can be exposed to an application that is executable by the processor of the user device, an application external to the user device, an operating system that is executable by the user device, and/or a website.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher Baldwin, Brian S. Amento
  • Patent number: 9585116
    Abstract: The provision of dual mode services is facilitated. Access to the dual mode services is controlled by associating a mobile device to an access point. Subscribers are required to provide valid geographical addresses for access points associated with the mobile devices prior to provision of service. Consequently, physical addresses are necessarily available for emergency services (e.g., E911). Mobile devices are restricted to specific access points based upon the access point identifiers automatically provided during initialization of service and maintained for authorization purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: David Glass, Adnan Abu-Dayya
  • Patent number: 9584500
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products authenticate users for access to devices, applications, and services. Skills of a user are learned over time, such that an electronic model of random subject matter may be generated. The user is prompted to interpret the random subject matter, such as with an electronic drawing. The user's interpretation is then compared to the electronic model of the random subject matter. If the user's interpretation matches the electronic model, the user may be authenticated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kevin A. Li, Troy C. Meuninck, Robert Raymond Miller, II, James H. Pratt, Horst J. Schroeter, Behzad Shahraray
  • Patent number: 9584561
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing a network assisting switch function are disclosed. For example, the method receives a query for feature processing for a call from a switch deployed in a switched network, and determines if the feature processing for the call requires one or more switching services. The method determines if the switch is able to provide the one or more switching services, if the one or more switching services are determined to be required, and initiates a temporary connection to a network assisting switch function in a packet network, if the switch is unable to provide the one or more switching services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Dominic Ricciardi, Wesley Brush
  • Patent number: 9584555
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, receiving a request for a voice call at a mobile switching center server, transmitting a mapping query from the mobile switching center server to a database in response to the request for the voice call, route the request from the mobile switching center server to an internet protocol multimedia subsystem for facilitating establishing the voice call when the mapping query is successful in obtaining an internet protocol address for establishing the voice call with a recipient communication device, and routing the request from the mobile switching center server to a second server for facilitating establishing the voice call without routing the request to the internet protocol multimedia subsystem when the mapping query is not successful in obtaining the internet protocol address. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bernard Ku, Lakshminarashimhan Naidu, Mehrad Yasrebi
  • Patent number: 9584647
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for using location information associated with wireless devices. The system includes a wireless device, a location system, and a feature server. The wireless device includes any wireless apparatus having wireless communications capabilities. The location system can generate location information pinpointing the location of the wireless device. The feature server can use the location information to determine whether to execute an action in accordance with subscriber rules. A large number of applications may be implemented to execute the action via a number of communication channels, including without limitation, a wireless communications network, a computer network, and a public switched telephone system, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert T. Moton, Jr., Mark J. Enzmann, Samuel N. Zellner
  • Patent number: 9584861
    Abstract: A method for redirecting video content includes receiving a video signal at the set-top box and decoding the video signal to produce unrendered video data. The unrendered video data is encoded and provided to the remote device via a wide area network. By encoding unrendered, rather than rendered, video data for transmission to the remote device, the need for an encoding device external to the set-top box is obviated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jian Li, Zhi Li, Sun-Uk Park
  • Patent number: 9584860
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a mobile communication device having a controller to receive a broadcast of media content from a first media source using a first communication protocol, display the media content on the mobile communication device, determine whether the media content exceeds one or more parameter thresholds when the media content is available to a display device from a second media source where the one or more parameter thresholds are based at least in part on the media content available from the second media source and where the display device is remote from the mobile communication device, and commence streaming of the media content from the mobile communication device to the display device when the media content exceeds the one or more parameter thresholds. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Spondon Dey
  • Patent number: 9584989
    Abstract: A crowd-sourced mobile messaging spam detection and defense system includes an application running on a mobile device. The application uses an unwanted message detection algorithm to analyze and classify messages as potential unwanted messages. The potential unwanted messages are presented to a user for confirmation that the messages are unwanted messages. In response to confirmation, the mobile device transmits a notification to a virtual machine associated with the user. The virtual machine uses the notification to update the unwanted message detection algorithm which may then be transmitted to the mobile device. The virtual machine may also transmit the notification to a global virtual machine. The global virtual machine may use the notification to update a set of classification rules maintained by the global virtual machine and transmit the set of classification rules as necessary to the multiple virtual machines for use in updating the unwanted message detection algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Ann E. Skudlark, Jeffrey Erman, Yu Jin, Abhinav Srivastava, Lien K. Tran
  • Patent number: 9584398
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to utilize route parameter sets for exchanging routes in a communication network are disclosed. An example method to exchange routes in a communication network disclosed herein comprises receiving a route comprising a route identifier identifying the route and a plurality of route parameter values characterizing the route, and sending the route identifier and a pointer to forward the route to a recipient in the communication network, the pointer being associated with a route parameter set comprising the plurality of route parameter values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Rosenberg, James Uttaro
  • Patent number: 9582947
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for spoofing bone conduction signals. According to one aspect, a device can compare a first unique body signature associated with a first user to a second unique body signature associated with a second user to determine a first unique effect of a first body of the first user on a signal and a second unique effect of a second body of the second user on the signal. The device can generate an authentication signal based upon the first unique effect and the second unique effect to include signal characteristics that, after propagating through the first body of the first user, are representative of the second unique body signature. The device can transmit the authentication signal through the first body of the first user to an authentication device that authenticates the first user on behalf of the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher Baldwin, Brian S. Amento
  • Patent number: 9584662
    Abstract: A method, system and module for automatically validating dialogs associated with a spoken dialog service. The method comprises extracting key data from a dialog call detail record associated with a spoken dialog service, transmitting the key data as a dialog to a state-based representation (such as a finite-state machine) associated with a call-flow for the spoken dialog service and determining whether the dialog associated with the key data is a valid dialog for the call-flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Cecilia Castillo, Theodore J. Roycraft, James M. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9582306
    Abstract: A virtual machine/function of repository is used to collect information for use in providing a particular service to a particular user in a network. The virtual machine/function of repository is dynamically instantiating in a front end of the network upon receiving a request to provision the particular service for the particular user. The collected information pertains only to providing the particular service to the particular user. The virtual machine/function of repository is synchronized with one or more consolidated databases in a back end of the network. The virtual machine/function of repository is deleted upon discontinuation of the particular service for the particular user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sangar Dowlatkhah, Venson Shaw
  • Patent number: 9584864
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a system having a controller to present an overlay to be combined with media content during presentation at each of a plurality of computing devices to illustrate a collection of user-generated comments temporally associated with portions of the media content, wherein the portions of the media content comprise portions of a media on demand presentation in an interactive television network, collect the user-generated comments from the plurality of computing devices, identify target portions of the media content that each satisfy a threshold number of comments and non-target portions of the media content that do not satisfy the threshold number of comments, generate comment groups of the user-generated comments, and provide the comment groups to the plurality of computing devices for presentation in the overlay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 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: 9584468
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to enable IP networking for mobile hosts without requiring changes to be made to the TCP/IP stack in the operating system installed on the mobile hosts. The apparatus is an “intelligent device” that can be installed on or connected to a mobile host, and may comprise a software-only logical module, physical hardware, or a combination of both. To a mobile host, the intelligent device emulates a network interface such as an Ethernet card or a telephone modem. The intelligent device appears to an access network just like any regular IP host connected to the access network through a physical network interface device. The intelligent device handles all mobile networking functions for the mobile host, and may control multiple different physical network interface devices to enable a connection to an access network available to the mobile user at his location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Zhimei Jiang, Byoung-Jo Kim, Kin K. Leung, Hui Luo
  • Patent number: 9584865
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing a mobile video blog (vlog) service in a communication network are disclosed. For example, the method captures video content sourced from a mobile device used by a mobile user through a mobile vlog posting service portal, and provides a vlog viewing function accessible to a viewer through a vlog viewing service portal, wherein the vlog viewing function affords viewing of the video content and is provided in accordance with a user profile of the viewer, wherein the user profile comprises a viewing preference of the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Spondon Dey
  • Patent number: 9584636
    Abstract: A method, computer readable medium and apparatus for transmitting signaling information within payload traffic. For example, the method parses a certificate received from a service provider to obtain service imprint information associated with a mobile service, inserts a service control parameter derived from the service imprint information into a packet header, and forwards the packet header within payload traffic to a policy charging and enforcing function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Qingmin Hu, Gus Bourg, Terry Figurelle, Jie McKnight, Jeffrey Dean Hjort
  • Patent number: 9584984
    Abstract: Access management to femto cell service is provided through access control list(s) (e.g., white list(s), or black list(s)). White list(s) includes a set of subscriber station(s) identifier numbers, codes, or tokens, and also can include additional fields for femto cell access management based on desired complexity. White list(s) can have associated white list profile(s) therewith to establish logic of femto coverage access based on the white list(s). A mechanism for reciprocal addition of access field attributes in access control lists and white list profiles also is provided. The mechanism allows at least in part for a first subscriber to be added to a configured white list of a second subscriber, when the first subscriber configures a new white list, the second subscriber is reciprocally incorporated in the new white list. Such mechanism can be driven and facilitates generation of associations among groups of subscribers that share specific commonalities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Kurt Donald Huber, William Gordon Mansfield, Judson John Flynn
  • Patent number: 9584582
    Abstract: An aspect for communicating content for delivery to a device to receive an electronic message having an attached electronic file includes receiving the attached electronic file at the device. The attached electronic file contains instructions for accessing the content. Responsive to an input signal indicating a request to access the attached electronic file, an address of a remote device that hosts the content is obtained, a viewing program is executed at the device, and a launch control icon via a toolbar of the viewing program is provided. Responsive to selection of the launch control icon, the content is obtained for delivery to a recipient of the electronic message using the address of the remote device to establish a connection with the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Gary J. Dennis
  • Patent number: 9585051
    Abstract: A new deployment model enables a seamless migration to LTE (long term evolution)/EPC (Evolved packet core). In addition, an intelligent edge gateway (IEG) supports future distributed architecture and a converged network for service providers. Specifically, the model supports existing data services (e.g. UMTS) and the delivery of LTE services does not affect the existing data services. Moreover, a distributed architecture is employed, such that, local traffic is optimally routed at the edge and backhaul is minimized. The system can also provide support for enhanced Femto cell 3GPP access to a home network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Qingmin James Hu, Douglas Eng
  • Patent number: 9582841
    Abstract: Locational tracking aids emergency management plans. Occupants of a building or campus are determined based on presence or detection of wireless devices. When an emergency occurs, the occupants may move to safety based on the current locations of their wireless devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Craig Arthur Klein, Gregory O. Harp, Joseph Eric Sineath, Steven James Waken
  • Patent number: 9584382
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Mostafa Tofighbakhsh, Michael Q. Iapalucci
  • Patent number: 9582839
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products notify of health events. Personal health information is stored in memory of a mobile communications device. A peer device is discovered through a wireless personal data network. The peer device is queried for anonymous health information. The anonymous health information is aggregated with the personal health information to produce aggregated health information. The aggregated health information is stored in the memory of the mobile communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Farooq Bari, Sankar Ray
  • Patent number: 9581457
    Abstract: A system for displaying points of interest on a heads-up display is disclosed. In particular, the system may utilize vehicular cameras, a touchscreen device, and a heads-up display to provide the functionality supported by the system. The system enables a user to select a point of interest within a field of view on the touchscreen device. Based on the selection of the point of interest, the system may display information associated with the point of interest on the heads-up display. The point of interest may be determined by the location of the vehicle, the vehicle's azimuth, and the real-time measured distance to an object corresponding to the point of interest. In order to accurately display the point of interest information at the correct location on the heads-up display, the system may utilize a calibration mechanism specific to the user to determine the correct location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon K. Meredith, William Cottrill, Rick Tipton
  • Patent number: 9583098
    Abstract: A system and method for generating a video sequence having mouth movements synchronized with speech sounds are disclosed. The system utilizes a database of n-phones as the smallest selectable unit, wherein n is larger than 1 and preferably 3. The system calculates a target cost for each candidate n-phone for a target frame using a phonetic distance, coarticulation parameter, and speech rate. For each n-phone in a target sequence, the system searches for candidate n-phones that are visually similar according to the target cost. The system samples each candidate n-phone to get a same number of frames as in the target sequence and builds a video frame lattice of candidate video frames. The system assigns a joint cost to each pair of adjacent frames and searches the video frame lattice to construct the video sequence by finding the optimal path through the lattice according to the minimum of the sum of the target cost and the joint cost over the sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Cosatto, Hans Peter Graf, Fu Jie Huang
  • Patent number: 9584545
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mounire El Houmaidi
  • Publication number: 20170053561
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for acoustic representations of environments. A processor can execute an acoustic representation service. The processor can receive a request to provide acoustic representation data to a device. The processor can obtain input data from the device. The input data can include captured data. The processor can analyze the input data to recognize an object represented in or by the input data and a path associated with the object. The processor can generate acoustic representation data representing the object and the path, and provide the acoustic representation data to the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Randolph Wohlert, Milap V. Majmundar, Aaron Bangor, James H. Pratt, Guido Corona
  • Publication number: 20170052598
    Abstract: Bioacoustic sensors and wireless technologies are used for the control of electronic devices, such as wireless telephones, pagers, music/media players or personal laptops and personal digital assistant (PDA) devices. Such control is implemented with certain systems, methods and apparatus which include bioacoustic sensors, a processor coupled to the bioacoustic sensors, and a transmitter coupled to the processor. The present invention is operative to detect particular hand and/or finger gestures, and to transmit control signals corresponding to the gestures for operative control of an electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Amento, William Colyer Hill, Loren Gilbert Terveen
  • Patent number: 9578541
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining message transfer delays based on transport layer control information associated with network traffic of a backhaul network coupled between a number of core network nodes of a wireless network and a wireless access node of the wireless network. The message transfer delays are representative of the network traffic between the core network nodes and the wireless access node. Weighting factors are assigned to the core network nodes based on the message transfer delays. The weighting factors are exposed to a scheduler that identifies a first group of core network nodes and a second group of core network nodes based on the weighting factors. The wireless access node preferentially establishes communications via the first group of core network nodes. The wireless access node establishes communications via the second group, responsive to an inability to establish communications via any core network nodes the first group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Vikram Seenappa, Rajendra Prasad Kodaypak, Jiansong Wang
  • Patent number: 9577307
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a transmission device that includes a transmitter that generates a first electromagnetic wave to convey data, the first electromagnetic wave having at least one carrier frequency and corresponding wavelength. A coupler couples the first electromagnetic wave to a transmission medium having at least one inner portion surrounded by a dielectric material, the dielectric material having an outer surface and a corresponding circumference, wherein the coupling of the first electromagnetic wave to the transmission medium forms a second electromagnetic wave that is guided to propagate along the outer surface of the dielectric material via at least one guided-wave mode that can include an asymmetric mode, wherein the at least one carrier frequency is within a microwave or millimeter-wave frequency band and wherein the at least one corresponding wavelength is less than the circumference of the transmission medium. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III