Patents Assigned to Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.
  • Patent number: 6625170
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling on a worldwide basis two or more telecommunications networks which are themselves capable of exercising a form of common channel signaling network control. The system uses an architecture in which a destination telecommunications network having common channel signaling control is connected to an originating telecommunications network having common signaling control through a call set up and control methodology which provides ad hoc connection between the two spaced telecommunication networks and common channel signaling networks via an unrelated world wide data network which preferably constitutes the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Curry, Robert D. Farris
  • Patent number: 6427006
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing operator services to callers in a fully or partially automated manner are disclosed. In addition, the present invention is directed to methods and apparatus for providing new telephone services, e.g., the forwarding of messages to non-published telephone number customers. It is also directed to methods and apparatus that can be used to detect, report and correct operator input errors. Automated, e.g., unmanned, apparatus of the present invention are capable of interfacing with conventional telephone switches using known operator protocols. This allows automated devices of the present invention to appear to existing telephone switches as manned operator positions capable of servicing telephone calls. In accordance with the present invention, the unmanned apparatus of the present invention is assigned one or more operator position identifiers conventionally used to identify manned operator positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2002
    Assignee: Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Reding, Suzi Levas, Mike Metaxas, Rao Tanuku, Dina Yashchin
  • Patent number: 6424636
    Abstract: A public switched telephone network (PSTN) provides communication of digital data from a data provider or LAN to one or more of a plurality of subscriber premises. Asymmetrical digital subscriber line interface units operating at variable rates and in variable modes (ADSL/AVRs) over a local loop offer one-way video-on-demand and other services and carry the necessary signalling between the subscribers and information providers. In an asymmetric mode, the interface units frequency multiplex digital information with voice information to the subscriber and support transmission of a reverse control channel from the subscriber to the central office for transmission back to the information provider. Other modes are supported which permit selective bi-directional and reversible communications as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Seazholtz, Wendell N. Sims, Kamran Sistanizadeh
  • Patent number: 6411681
    Abstract: A monitoring system captures and processes messages from SS7 links, to compile call detail records (CDRs) for all interoffice call attempts. The CDRs are uploaded into a relational database. A data preparation operation utilizes external information to enhance the records for further processing, for example, to translate release cause codes in the records to textual indications of reasons for the releases. The enhanced records are loaded into a multi-dimensional database. The multi-dimensional database software facilitates analysis of the records to identify a variety of network traffic patterns and related troubles. In particular, the processing of the enhanced CDR data can provide a variety of analytical tools and reports, using the release cause codes. For example, the analysis can indicate the number of calls to a destination that did not get through and identify by major categories the principle reasons that calls did not go through, e.g. user busy, no trunk available, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Nolting, Richard LaPearl, Karen Dion, Raymond Gillis, Carol Snow
  • Patent number: 6400707
    Abstract: A system and method for conducting a voice communication through a hybrid network which includes a packet internetwork, such as the Internet, connected to a circuit switched telephone network. The packet internetwork is connected to the switched telephone network through a static filter device, a packet switch, and a telephone network controlled gateway. A control processor is connected to the packet switch and to the filter device. The filter device generates a real time copy of call set up signaling dialog between the party requesting connection and the gateway which passes through or to the filter device. This duplicate of set up signaling is delivered from the filter device through the packet switch to the control processor. The control processor generates therefrom a filter device control signal which specifies the filter parameters derived from the set-up signaling dialog.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. Baum, Edward M. Eggerl, William R. Burton, Leo C. Cloutier
  • Patent number: 6377562
    Abstract: A wireless, cellular radio link is provided from a base station to a plurality of subscriber stations within a cell reception area. Information data, which may be of textual, video or other format, are communicated asymmetrically as high bandwidth transmissions in the downstream direction to the users while low upstream bandwidth is provided to permit users to request the data or to provide return radio link condition information. Buffers associated with respective subscribers collect requested data from information providers for transmission by the base station in a statistical time division multiplexed (STDM) fashion, whereby each subscriber may be assigned a minimum transmission time interval during which data will be transferred from the associated buffer. Controlled logical token passing governs a variable token interval during which data transmission for each buffer is permitted in turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Allan Schneider
  • Patent number: 6351453
    Abstract: Specialized telecom network users who burden the network, such as Internet Service Providers (ISPs), are identified by analysis of network traffic data to identify addresses (e.g. telephone numbers) for destinations receiving unique patterns of incoming traffic. For an ISP, in particular, the analysis involves identifying telephone, numbers of destinations receiving a high volume of calls and having connections exhibiting a long average hold time. To further enhance the ISP finder analysis, the call data may be examined to confirm that there is no outgoing call traffic from any station associated with the candidate ISP numbers. When numbers are identified by the call data analysis, a technician can call each number and listen for a modem tone, as a confirmation that each candidate number actually is of a data service, such as an ISP. Similar methodologies can identify destination numbers for other unique service providers, such as credit card verification services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Nolting, Karen Dion, Richard LaPearl, Sheila Noonan
  • Patent number: 6330250
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling on a worldwide basis two or more telecommunications networks which are themselves capable of exercising a form of common channel signaling network control. The system uses an architecture in which a destination telecommunications network having common channel signaling control is connected to an originating telecommunications network having common signaling control through a call set up and control methodology which provides ad hoc connection between the two spaced telecommunication networks and common channel signaling networks via an unrelated world wide data network which preferably constitutes the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Curry, Robert D. Farris
  • Patent number: 6330308
    Abstract: A voice mail system today offers a user the option to forward a message that he or she has reviewed, alone or along with a message recorded by the user. However, to forward the message, the voice mail system needs to receive the telephone number of the party intended as the recipient of the forwarded message. To eliminate the need for manual output of the destination telephone number, the voice mail system is coupled for communication with a voice responsive directory service system. The directory service system or alternatively the voice mail system prompts the user to speak the name of the party intended as the recipient of the forwarded message. The directory service system analyzes the input speech information, identifies a desired destination and retrieves the number for that destination. The directory service system may announce the number to the user, for manual input to the voice mail system. Preferably, the directory service system supplies the number directly to the voice mail system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank C. Cheston, III, Patricia V. Hatton
  • Patent number: 6317493
    Abstract: A signal band width limiter is provided in a telecommunication path that includes a leased unbundled subscriber line. The limiter may be a programmable active filter such as a digital signal processor in which filter characteristics are set under control of a controller at a central office. The controller may acquire the necessary subscriber level information via a data network from a data base at a remote location. Band pass ranges are set to frequencies corresponding to subscribed services. As the subscribed service is changed, replacement by the appropriate passband filter readily can be made. The telecommunication path can be monitored to determine whether an upgrade of service is required. Parameters of subscriber line leased from an ILEC by a CLEC can be tested at the ILEC premises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Little, Wendell N. Sims, Darryl J. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20010028706
    Abstract: In a public switched telephone network, real time monitors on SS7 links will collect interoffice signaling messages. A site processor compiles data from the signaling messages relating to individual calls, to form call detail records (CDRs) for all interoffice call attempts. The site servers upload the CDRs to a central server. Automatic Message Accounting (AMA) records also are accumulated for at least selected central office switching systems and uploaded to a server. Programs running on the servers enable network operations personal to analyze a variety of network traffic patterns, for example to study the number of calls to particular numbers during various times periods and the hold time of the calls in order to identify the numbers of Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2001
    Publication date: October 11, 2001
    Applicant: Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Paul Nolting
  • Patent number: 6298123
    Abstract: Local exchange carriers (LECs) face increasingly stiff competition. The LECs provide interconnect services for many of the potentially competing carriers. To forecast business trends and manage its network, any carrier, particularly a LEC, needs to effectively estimate the size and revenue generating potentials of the business of the potentially competing carriers. In accord with the invention, monitor equipment on the one carrier's network forms detailed records from call related messages produced by that network for interconnect call traffic with another carrier's network. These records are loaded into a relational database. Preferably, a data preparation routine enhances the data, for example, by translating certain codes into text and by spreading usage data over predefined time intervals. An on-line analytical processing program runs one or more applications to analyze the interconnect traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Nolting, William A. Howes, Karen Dion
  • Patent number: 6295292
    Abstract: A communication system providing telephony communication across combined circuit switched and packet switched networks, such as a telephone network and the Internet, which are connectable to terminals, such as telephones and computers, for selective communication therebetween. The communication system provides an architecture and methodology for implementing initiation of establishment of a communication path between called and called terminals from a telephone terminal. The architecture and methodology facilitates communication across carriers or service providers, settlements between carriers and service providers, usage accounting across carriers and service providers, and usage allocation among carriers or service providers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Assignee: Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Voit, Edward E. Balkovich, Robert D. Farris, William D. Goodman, Jayant G. Gadre, Patrick E. White, David E. Young
  • Patent number: 6292478
    Abstract: A public switched telephone network utilizing program controlled switching systems controlled by common channel interoffice signaling (CCIS) is arranged in an architecture to provide a methodology to permit a caller to set-up and carry out a telephone call over the Internet from telephone station to telephone station without access to computer equipment and without the necessity of maintaining a subscription to any Internet service. The Internet telephone service includes special telephone services such as directory assistance, credit card calling, both local and long distance, collect calling, and third party charge calling. The special services may utilize human operator assistance or may be completely automated. The service for the most part is rendered through the use of telephone procedures presently familiar to the public from usage of the public telephone network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert D. Farris
  • Patent number: 6292479
    Abstract: A voice call is transported through diverse network paths including a switched telephone network and a wide area data internetwork, for example, the Internet. In routing the call, common channel signalling is used to provide data identifying a calling subscriber line from a calling PSTN, which information can then be transported through the separate data internetwork to the destination PSTN, at which the data is then extracted and sent to the called subscriber line while completing routing of the call. A route for the call is established at gateways connected to the data internetwork at the interface points with the calling and destination PSTNs, calling subscriber line information and dialed digit information being conveyed to the gateways. The destination end gateway initiates a call connection to the calling subscriber line via the destination PSTN to complete routing of the call, while supplying identification of the calling subscriber line in a form recognized as such by the called PSTN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale L. Bartholomew, Robert D. Farris, Stephen J. Flaherty
  • Patent number: 6292481
    Abstract: A communication system providing telephony communication across combined circuit switched and packet switched networks, such as a telephone network and the Internet, which are connectable to terminals, such as telephones and computers, for selective communication therebetween. The communication system provides an architecture and methodology for handling resource allocation across carriers or service providers, settlements between carriers and service providers, usage accounting across carriers and service providers, and usage allocation among carriers or service providers. A first provider of packet switched services controls a directory of addresses of gateways between the packet switched and data switched networks, and an authentication database of account data. A second provider of packet switched services controls a multiplicity of the gateways and a database of addresses of authentication databases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Voit, Edward E. Balkovich, Robert D. Farris, William D. Goodman, Jayant G. Gadre, Patrick E. White, David E. Young
  • Patent number: 6289010
    Abstract: A communication system providing telephony communication across combined circuit switched and packet switched networks, such as a telephone network and the Internet, which are connectable to terminals, such as telephones and computers, for selective communication therebetween. The communication system provides an architecture and methodology for implementing initiation of establishment of a communication path between called and called terminals from a telephone terminal. The architecture and methodology facilitates communication across carriers or service providers, settlements between carriers and service providers, usage accounting across carriers and service providers, and usage allocation among carriers or service providers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Voit, Edward E. Balkovich, Robert D. Farris, William D. Goodman, Jayant G. Gadre, Patrick E. White, David E. Young
  • Patent number: 6285745
    Abstract: A system and method of affecting transfer of a message such as a voice message from one centralized messaging system in a first switched telephone network to a centralized messaging system in a remote second switched telephone network wherein each of said telephone networks includes central offices connected to subscriber terminals. The message is inputted in analog form into one of the terminals connected to the first telephone network and stored in digital form in the centralized messaging system in that network. The message is then transferred from that centralized messaging system to the centralized messaging system in the second telephone network where it is stored. The message is then delivered by retrieval or an outgoing call to an addressee terminal in the second telephone network. The transfer between telephone networks and their respective centralized messaging services occurs via an internetwork to which each of the centralized messaging systems are connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale Bartholomew, Robert D. Farris
  • Patent number: 6282574
    Abstract: An enhanced name translation server, for use on a packet data network such as the Internet, executes a conditional analysis in response to at least some queries or requests for name translations. For example, the server may return a different destination address at different times or in response to translation requests from different terminals. The server also can query a primary destination terminal device, and condition the response to the calling terminal on the status of the primary terminal. For example, if the primary terminal is ‘live’ the server forwards the address of that terminal to the calling terminal device to set up communications. Otherwise, the server returns alternate destination address information. The server also supports a wide variety of different types of translations, including domain name to address, domain name to telephone number, and telephone number to address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric A. Voit
  • Patent number: 6282267
    Abstract: In a public switched telephone network, real time monitors on SS7 links will collect interoffice signaling messages. A site processor compiles data from the signaling messages relating to individual calls, to form call detail records (CDRs) for all interoffice call attempts. The site servers upload the CDRs to a central server. Automatic Message Accounting (AMA) records also are accumulated for at least selected central office switching systems and uploaded to a server. Programs running on the servers enable network operations personal to analyze a variety of network traffic patterns, for example to study the number of calls to particular numbers during various times periods and the hold time of the calls in order to identify the numbers of Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Paul Nolting