Patents Assigned to CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
  • Publication number: 20220255948
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing a telemetry hub, and, more particularly, to methods, systems, and apparatuses for implementing a telemetry hub that obtains sensor data from a plurality of sources and that determines one or more first actions to take in response to receiving the first sensor data. In operation, a telemetry hub might receive first sensor data from one or more sensors. The telemetry hub may determine whether the first sensor data can be trusted and whether the first sensor data is valid. Based on a determination that the first sensor data can be trusted and is valid, the telemetry hub might analyze the first sensor data to determine one or more first actions to take. The telemetry hub might then implement the one or more first actions based at least in part on the analysis of the first sensor data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2022
    Publication date: August 11, 2022
    Applicant: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Kevin M. McBride, Steven M. Casey, Stephen Opferman, Hunter Rudd, James E. Sutherland
  • Publication number: 20220245166
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing off-chain functionality for data contained in blocks of blockchain. In various embodiments, a computing system might assemble data extracted from each block of a first block(s) of a first instance of a blockchain in a generated first file(s), the assembled data being organized to mirror how the data is organized and stored in the first block(s); might store, in a secure database, the first file(s), the first file(s) being configured to be content-searchable, content-sortable, and/or content-filterable; might generate a second instance of the blockchain, which contains one or more second blocks, the one or more second blocks each containing the hash value of each corresponding first block(s), without containing the data contained in each block of the first block(s); and might store, in a distributed peer data storage system of the blockchain system, the generated second instance of the blockchain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2022
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Applicant: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Opferman, William R. Benassi, James P. Gately
  • Patent number: 11399031
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing tracking or storing of equipment configuration data using immutable ledger functionality of blockchains. In various embodiments, in response to receiving a first request for first configuration data that is output by first equipment, a computing system might determine whether a communicatively coupled data repository contains the first configuration data. If so, the computing system might retrieve and send (to the requesting device) the first configuration data. If not, the computing system might send, to a blockchain system, a second request for identifying a blockchain containing a block containing the first configuration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Kevin M. McBride, Hunter Rudd, James E. Sutherland, Steven M. Casey
  • Patent number: 11381669
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques might provide for implementing extension of customer local area networks (“LANs”) and/or implementing isolated service overlays over a network. In some embodiments, a network service point that is located external to a demarcation point at each of a plurality of customer premises might establish a connection between a service provider network and a customer LAN, which has already been established within a customer premises. The system subsequently extends the customer LAN, via this connection, to span between the network service point and the customer premises. Alternatively, or additionally, the system might establish two or more isolated service overlays across the customer LAN between the network service point and the customer premises, each of the two or more isolated service overlays having network traffic that is isolated from network traffic transmitted along another of the two or more isolated service overlays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Charles I. Cook, Michael K. Bugenhagen, Kevin M. McBride, Andrew V. Cook
  • Publication number: 20220210045
    Abstract: In examples, systems and methods are described for edge computing recommendations and implementation. A service request is received from a client computing device that includes information about a location of a customer site and latency requirements of the customer, among other information. The system provides recommendations for particular provider computing site(s) based on, e.g., rough and/or fine latency estimates, and implements the requested computing services at selected provider computing site(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2021
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Applicant: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: William O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20220210034
    Abstract: Systems and methods for metrics capture and use in a computing network are provided. In examples, systems and methods are provided to permit network elements (such as network devices and workloads) to be instrumented for metrics collection as part of the process of provisioning the network element on the network. In examples, a collection template is provided to a customer that can be used to generate a collection component for collecting metrics associated with the network element. In examples, the collected metrics can be stored and used by an edge recommendation system to determine one or more recommended edge sites at which the network element should be placed according to optimization criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2021
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Applicant: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: William R. Benassi, William O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20220191970
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing intelligence enabled things (“IET”). In various embodiments, a first IET tag affixed to a first object among a plurality of objects might receive information regarding the first object and/or nearby objects. The first IET tag might determine a status of the first object and/or the nearby objects based at least partly on the received information and based at least partly on first data assigned to the first IET tag. The first IET tag might analyze the determined status to determine whether the determined status exceeds predetermined thresholds for normal parameters for the first object and/or the nearby objects. Based on a determination that the determined status exceeds predetermined thresholds for normal parameters for the first object and/or the nearby objects, the first IET tag might autonomously self-report to a computing system a state of the first object and/or the nearby objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2022
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Applicant: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Ronald A. Lewis
  • Patent number: 11363340
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing media content streaming/downloading and playback, and, more particularly, to methods, systems, and apparatuses for implementing video quality optimization based on display capabilities. In various embodiments, a computing system might receive user input from a user indicating a user request for media content. The computing system might autonomously determine characteristics or attributes of a playback device (i.e., a display device and/or audio playback device, etc.). The computing system might send, to a media content source over a network, a request for the media content, the request comprising information regarding presentation characteristics that are based at least in part on the determined characteristics of the playback device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Sprenger, Zubin Ingah
  • Patent number: 11350298
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing telecommunications equipment health monitoring and management. In various embodiments, a computing system might receive, from a monitoring sensor(s), one or more characteristics of each of at least one of telecommunications equipment, telecommunications equipment batteries, or battery strings, in some cases via a network maintenance tunnel. The computing system might analyze the monitored one or more characteristics to identify each telecommunications equipment, each telecommunications equipment battery, or each battery string having equipment health issues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Ronald A. Lewis, Mark B. Nielsen
  • Publication number: 20220158895
    Abstract: Examples of the present disclosure describe a testing framework for adaptive virtual services. In an example, a function vendor provides a network function having stated specifications to a service provider. A derived signature is generated for the network function (e.g., based on associated metadata, an image associated with the network function, and/or a network signature for the network function), which is used to classify the network function. The testing framework is used to test the network function according to its classification, thereby determining a set of capabilities. In examples, a network function having the same or similar signature as a previously tested network function may be categorized according to the previously tested network function. The network function is categorized according to its determined capabilities and added to an inventory of network functions for the service provider. Network functions in the inventory can then be selected to form a computer network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2022
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Applicant: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Zubin Ingah
  • Patent number: 11329468
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for underground cable installation are provided. A system includes a compressor and a boring attachment. The boring attachment may be operatively coupled to the compressor and further coupled to an outer sheath of a buried cable. The boring attachment may be configured to be actuated by the compressor. In response to being actuated by the compressor, the boring attachment may be configured to displace at least some ground material, in contact with the buried cable, in which the buried cable is buried, and advance in at least one direction along a longitudinal axis of the buried cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael L. Elford, Pete A. Kawamoto, Diana L. Unser
  • Patent number: 11327811
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing a distributed computing mesh, and, more particularly, for implementing a distributed computing mesh using a hierarchical framework to distribute workload across multiple computing nodes. In various embodiments, a hierarchical distributed computing mesh might be implemented using a plurality of network nodes. A first control node may assign at least one first network node as at least one second control node. The second control node might receive a computing task from the first control node. The second control node might designate additional network nodes to process one or more portions of the computing task. The second control node may then divide the computing task and send the one or more portions of the computing task to the additional network nodes for processing. The second control node may receive one or more processed portions of the computing task from the additional network nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Ronald A. Lewis
  • Patent number: 11323456
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing a telemetry hub, and, more particularly, to methods, systems, and apparatuses for implementing a telemetry hub that obtains sensor data from a plurality of sources and that determines one or more first actions to take in response to receiving the first sensor data. In operation, a telemetry hub might receive first sensor data from one or more sensors. The telemetry hub may determine whether the first sensor data can be trusted and whether the first sensor data is valid. Based on a determination that the first sensor data can be trusted and is valid, the telemetry hub might analyze the first sensor data to determine one or more first actions to take. The telemetry hub might then implement the one or more first actions based at least in part on the analysis of the first sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Kevin M. McBride, Steven M. Casey, Stephen Opferman, Hunter Rudd, James E. Sutherland
  • Publication number: 20220132345
    Abstract: A wireless testing system is provided that testing transmission speeds associated with a WLAN or other wireless network. In one instance, a network transmission between a device in a telecommunications network and a modem be measured and initiated via an application executed on a mobile device. One or more Wi-Fi speed tests may also be performed to determine a transmission speed between a wireless device associated with the premises and the modem of the WLAN. To conduct the Wi-Fi speed test, a mobile device (such as the mobile device executing the application) may transmit, in some instances in response to an input to the mobile device, an instruction to the test controller to conduct the Wi-Fi speed test. The measured transmission speeds may be controlled by a controller that may store the speed test results in a network repository available to the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2021
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Applicant: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: William J. Keaton, Brian E. Bond, David J. Moore
  • Publication number: 20220129553
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques might provide for implementing Internet of Things (“IoT”) functionality, and, in particular embodiments, implementing added services for OBD2 connection for IoT-capable vehicles. In various embodiments, a portable device (when connected to an OBD2 DLC port of a vehicle) might monitor wireless communications between a vehicle computing system(s) and an external device(s), might monitor vehicle sensor data from vehicular sensors tracking operational conditions of the vehicle, and might monitor operator input sensor data from operator input sensors tracking input by a vehicle operator. The portable device (or a server) might analyze either the monitored wireless communications or a combination of the monitored vehicle sensor data and the monitored operator input sensor data, to determine whether vehicle operation has been compromised.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2021
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Applicant: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Tom Funk
  • Patent number: 11314763
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing off-chain functionality for data contained in blocks of blockchain. In various embodiments, a computing system might assemble data extracted from each block of a first block(s) of a first instance of a blockchain in a generated first file(s), the assembled data being organized to mirror how the data is organized and stored in the first block(s); might store, in a secure database, the first file(s), the first file(s) being configured to be content-searchable, content-sortable, and/or content-filterable; might generate a second instance of the blockchain, which contains one or more second blocks, the one or more second blocks each containing the hash value of each corresponding first block(s), without containing the data contained in each block of the first block(s); and might store, in a distributed peer data storage system of the blockchain system, the generated second instance of the blockchain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Opferman, William R. Benassi, James P. Gately
  • Publication number: 20220123993
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for network data plane management are provided. A system includes a host machine that includes a database, processor, and non-transitory computer readable media comprising instructions executable by the processor to obtain, via the database, a network configuration, spawn a container according to the network configuration, wherein the container is configured, based on the network configuration, to be coupled to a network overlay via a network interface, receive, via the network interface, incoming data associated with the container, the incoming data having attached one or more attached network data attributes, and identify, via the database, the attached one or more network data attributes attached to the incoming data as one or more network data attributes of the network data model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2021
    Publication date: April 21, 2022
    Applicant: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Ronald A. Lewis, Stephen Opferman
  • Publication number: 20220124126
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for providing an in-line AI virtual assistant are provided. A system includes a session border controller coupled to an end-user device, and a session initiation protocol stack. The session initiation protocol stack includes a processor, and non-transitory computer readable media comprising instructions executable by the processor to: receive, from the session border controller, a call invite request; provision, via the AI virtual assistant service, an AI virtual assistant instance in response to the call invite request; and join the AI virtual assistant instance to a call with the end-user device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2021
    Publication date: April 21, 2022
    Applicant: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Casey, Stephen Opferman, Felipe Castro, Jeff Leonard
  • Patent number: 11309666
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing customer premises device functionality, and, more particularly, to methods, systems, and apparatuses for implementing media adaptation device functionality. In various embodiment, a rear-facing camera of a media adaptation device might capture a first image of a wall of a customer premises, the wall including an electrical wall outlet into which the media adaptation device is intended to be plugged. The media adaptation device might display, on a front display device disposed on a front face (and in some cases, also on top and/or side display devices on corresponding faces) of the media adaptation device, a second image based on the captured first image of the wall of the customer premises. The media adaptation device might also perform one or more first functions other than display of images or videos, after the media adaptation device has been plugged into the electrical wall outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Opferman
  • Publication number: 20220116264
    Abstract: A framework for security information and event management (SIEM), the framework includes a first data store; a data router; one or more parsing mechanisms; one or more correlation machines; and one or more workflow engines, wherein said framework performs SIEM on behalf of multiple subscribers to said framework.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2021
    Publication date: April 14, 2022
    Applicant: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael David Wimpy, Andrey Konczal