Patents Assigned to GTE Laboratories Incorporated
  • Patent number: 6243465
    Abstract: A method for providing video programming in a nearly on demand basis is disclosed. A video network includes a video server that operates several video recorders to simultaneously exhibit video performances or programs on a plurality of channels. The video server is controlled in real time in accordance with data presented to it in an exhibition plan. The exhibition plan calls for two or more channels to show the same program on a time offset basis. Due to the offset in exhibiting a given program, a subscriber may view a program at any time, from the beginning of a program, by waiting for a period of time that is no longer than the offset. Preferably, this offset is substantially shorter than the run time of the program. The channels carrying this program are unscrambled prior to the beginning of the program and for a predetermined duration into the program so that subscribers may preview the program. However, the channels are scrambled for the remainder of the exhibition of the program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignees: GTE Service Corporation, GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventors: Kathryn E. Ullrich, Stephen S. Walker, Lauren F. Calaby, David E. Seibel, Thomas F. Gillette
  • Patent number: 6185583
    Abstract: System and method for verifying data in forms. Each form has a corresponding one or more rule sets each with rules that designate a structure, format, or data type for fields in the form. The rule sets are verified in parallel. Rules within a rule set may also be verified in parallel when the processor determines it is beneficial such as for time consuming rule validation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventor: Luis R. Blando
  • Patent number: 6137470
    Abstract: The Task Manager Window is a computer software component used in real-time telecommunications network monitoring and maintenance. The Task Manager Window organizes and presents to a network operator, a user of a decision support system, task packages corresponding to events of possible concern in a telecommunications network. These task packages organize, contain and allow access to all information relevant to resolution of a particular network problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventors: Gunilla A. Sundstrom, Anthony C. Salvador, Thomas F. Mertzig
  • Patent number: 6128304
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are implemented for providing traditional telecommunications service capabilities in a packet based computer network. The system and method of the present invention automatically provide such service capabilities in the event a terminal end-point is unavailable to receive an incoming call, based upon predetermined associations between the terminal end-point and one or more of the available services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventors: Steven E. Gardell, Barbara Mayne Kelly, Rajiv Bhatnagar, Thomas James Antell, Israel B. Zibman
  • Patent number: 6115462
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to calculate probabilistic routing parameters to more efficiently route telephone calls from an origin to one of a plurality of call centers. In particular, the rate of calls routed to each gate of each call center is measured for a previous time frame and used to estimate the rate of calls routed to input nodes of a routing network from an origin for a next time frame. Using these estimated rates of calls routed to the input nodes, a quadratic programming technique is used to calculate probabilistic routing parameters. These parameters are modified either automatically or by a network manager to improve the routing efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventors: Leslie David Servi, Salal Humair
  • Patent number: 6111561
    Abstract: A computer system for displaying the status of network nodes and links in a large telecommunications network is disclosed. An Overview windowing panel consisting solely of cell bullets representing the connection status of a large number of nodes and links in a telecommunications network is displayed on a computerized display device. The cell bullets are color coded to visually represent the connection status of the nodes and links. A panning rectangle which is moveable under mouse control throughout the Overview windowing panel telescopes the detail of a portion of the densely packed Overview panel onto a second windowing panel, the Detail windowing panel. The Detail windowing panel identifies the node connections displayed therein, and provides further information on the status of the node and connections therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard J. Brandau, Malipatlola RajiniKanth
  • Patent number: 6108382
    Abstract: A method and system for transmitting a video stream in an asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) network comprises steps of encoding the video into an MPEG-2 variable bit rate video stream, shaping the encoded variable bit rate video stream to conform to the traffic contract parameters for a Variable Bit Rate (VBR) connection in the network, and transmitting the shaped variable bit rate video stream on the VBR connection based on the traffic contract parameters. For a given network bandwidth, switch buffer space, and equivalent video quality, the network can statistically multiplex a larger number of variable bit rate video streams by maximizing the utilization of the network bandwidth and switch buffer space that the network allocates to each video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventors: Steven Gringeri, E. Evert Basch, Vijay Kumar Samalam, Bhumip Khasnabish, Roman V. Egorov
  • Patent number: 6097699
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring a first virtual circuit in an asynchronous transmission mode (ATM) network comprises the steps of establishing in the network a second virtual circuit with the same path and QoS parameters as the first virtual circuit, and monitoring the first virtual circuit by determining the QoS parameters of the second virtual circuit. Specifically, a monitoring station determines the QoS parameters of the second virtual circuit by inserting monitoring information in cells transmitted and received on the second virtual circuit. The monitoring station inserts the monitoring information immediately before transmitting each cell and immediately after receiving each cell. Furthermore, the monitoring station compares the QoS parameters of the second virtual circuit with the QoS parameters of the first virtual circuit to determine network alarm information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas M. Chen, Stephen S. Liu, Michael J. Procanik
  • Patent number: 6090635
    Abstract: A heterostructure device includes a ridge-waveguide laser monolithically integrated with a ridge-waveguide rear facet monitor (RFM). An integral V-groove etched directly into the device substrate enables passive alignment of an optical fiber to the active region of the laser. The layer and RFM facets were formed using an in-situ multistep reactive ion etch process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark Alan Rothman, Chan-Long Shieh, Craig Alfred Armiento, John Alvin Thompson, Alfred Joseph Negri
  • Patent number: 6061357
    Abstract: An Ethernet ADSL adapter controls data communication between an Ethernet port and an ADSL modem connected to an ADSL channel. The adapter includes a first buffer for storing data packets received at the Ethernet port, a second buffer for storing data packets received from the ADSL modem and a controller. When the first buffer contains a first predetermined number of data packets and data packets are not available for transmission to the Ethernet port, a jamming signal is transmitted from the Ethernet port. The jamming signal inhibits transmission of additional data packets to the Ethernet port by other Ethernet nodes until space is available in the first buffer. When the second buffer contains a second predetermined number of data packets, a pause signal is transmitted to the ADSL modem. The pause signal inhibits further transmission of data packets to the ADSL modem on the ADSL channel until space is available in the second+buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert Olshansky, Shuang Deng, Alan R. Bugos
  • Patent number: 6061331
    Abstract: A real-time process estimates the source-destination traffic matrix in a packet-switched communications network. The inputs for the process are a set of aggregate link traffic measurements and a set of source node traffic measurements. The process uses a novel and computationally efficient decomposition method to estimate the traffic matrix. The process also makes uses of Linear Programming (LP) methods to estimate the source-destination traffic matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventors: Adrian E. Conway, Man Li
  • Patent number: 6058136
    Abstract: A system optimally assigns pseudo-noise (PN) offsets in a cellular network that includes several sectors. The system sets parameters for the cellular network, determines potential interference between each of the sectors and mobile units in the cellular network based on the set parameters, and identifies constraints for each of the sectors based on the determined potential interference. The system then approximates a highest co-offset protection value for successful PN offset assignments based on the determined potential interference and the identified constraints, and selectively adjusts a sector co-offset protection value using the approximated highest co-offset protection value as a starting point to obtain optimum PN offset assignments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Assignee: GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventors: Rajamani Ganesh, Pete Allen Boyer
  • Patent number: 6049831
    Abstract: Web pages retrieved by a browser core are translated into user interface component definitions and page information. The definitions and page information are transmitted to a user device which recomposes the definitions and page information into a format for presentation to a user on a user device. Transmitting the definitions and page information includes translation of the definitions and page information into a format appropriate for both the particular communications media on which the information is transmitted, and the device to which the information is transmitted. The device includes a browser client which performs the recomposition. The browser client also receives user input, and may respond by altering the information locally at the user device, and sending information related to the user selection back to the browser core for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignee: GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventors: Steven E. Gardell, Denise A. Nelson, Bruce Reichlen
  • Patent number: 6038229
    Abstract: This invention relates to the fast reconfiguration of tree switches. In particular, on-chip parallel control signals are time staggered so that they track the propagation of data or information bits. As a result, it is unnecessary to stop the flow of data bits from the data inputs to the data outputs during the reconfiguration of the tree switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventor: Michael Cooperman
  • Patent number: 6031896
    Abstract: A communication system that provides call connections and voice mail service to telephone devices. With this system, a called party has the ability to monitor and control an incoming voice mail message, made by a calling party, which is to be recorded onto a voice mail system. The system includes a switch that connects the incoming calls to the called party and the voice mail system. A voice mail intercept service terminal receives a message to be recorded on the voice mail system and also selectively connects the incoming call to the called party for a two-way communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventors: Steven E. Gardell, Rahul Chopra, Israel B. Zibman
  • Patent number: 6023458
    Abstract: A method and system for distributing subscriber services to a number of user locations in a broadband cellular network. A bidirectional antenna array located at a number of cell centers provides coverage over a wide service area by using wireless distribution loops. The cell centers broadcast subscriber services over designated channels and a user at the subscriber site location commands a centralized mechanism to switch to the channel broadcasting the requested service. The duplication of service channels is minimized and the number of subscribers is maximized by allowing channel selection to occur at various points in the distribution network. Each antenna in the array is configured to provide the subscriber service to a particular service segment. These segments include subscriber location sites with processing equipment to request and receive the services in the form of information programs, data, signaling, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventors: Ernest P. Tweedy, Richard M. Weiland
  • Patent number: 6023339
    Abstract: The present invention involves a combination of active and passive optical or opto-electronic device alignment techniques. Passive alignment is used for two axial lateral directions and all three axial rotational directions (yaw, pitch and roll). In such passive alignment, only the substrate is micromachined with passive alignment structures. One-dimensional active alignment is then used for the remaining axial lateral direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventors: Paul O. Haugsjaa, Robert A. Boudreau, Michael J. Urban
  • Patent number: 6002934
    Abstract: A method and computerized apparatus for assigning frequencies to a plurality of cells in a cellular network. Each cell requires a predetermined number of frequencies. The method includes generating a difficulty factor for each cell, wherein each cell's difficulty factor is based on an adjustment factor for that cell, and wherein, following a first unsuccessful assignment attempt, each cell's adjustment factor is indicative of a relative level of difficulty in selecting frequencies for that cell during the first unsuccessful assignment attempt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignees: GTE Laboratories Incorporated, GTE Mobilnet Service Corp.
    Inventors: Pete A. Boyer, Pablo A. Vicharelli, Alan B. Jennison
  • Patent number: 5999269
    Abstract: The present invention involves a combination of active and passive optical or opto-electronic device alignment techniques. Passive alignment is used for two axial lateral directions and all three axial rotational directions (yaw, pitch and roll). In such passive alignment, only the substrate is micromachined with passive alignment structures. One-dimensional active alignment is then used for the remaining axial lateral direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventors: Paul O. Haugsjaa, Robert A. Boudreau, Michael J. Urban
  • Patent number: 5991475
    Abstract: An optical index switch including curved ridge waveguides. The cladding around the waveguides is selectively etched to produce tightly curved optical switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventor: William H. Nelson