Patents Assigned to Verizon Services Corp.
  • Patent number: 8411672
    Abstract: For purposes of servicing emergency calls, such as 911 calls, a telephone number is associated with each edge router port used to provide IP service to a customer premise location. A telephone number is associated with the edge router port and the corresponding customer location. The telephone number and location information are stored in a database used for providing emergency calling party location information. When a switch used for routing IP calls detects a telephone call to an emergency call center it determines the edge router port from which the call was placed and the telephone number associated with the port for emergency call purposes. The call is then forwarded to the emergency call service center with the determined telephone number being supplied as the calling party number. Performing a lookup operation using the supplied telephone number the emergency service operator determines the location from which the call was placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: Robert T. Baum, Jim Curry
  • Patent number: 8402559
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for determining, in a reliable manner, a port, physical location and/or device identifier, such as a MAC address, associated with a device using an IP address and for using such information, e.g., to support one or more security applications is described. Supported security applications include restricting access to services based on the location of a device seeking access to a service, determining the location of stolen devices, and verifying the location of the source of a message or other IP signal, e.g., to determine if a prisoner is contacting a monitoring service from a predetermined location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventor: Robert T Baum
  • Patent number: 8402525
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes (1) receiving a web service request for a particular web service, along with user identification credentials, from a web service subscriber, the request and the credentials being received into a service agent of a web service publisher, (2) determining whether the credentials are cached in the service agent, and further, whether the credentials are valid, (3) in response to a determination that the credentials are not cached in the service agent, initiating a security service to authorize the web service subscriber to access the particular web service, (4) in response to a determination that the credentials are cached in the service agent and are invalid, responding to the web service subscriber with an error message, and (5) in response to a determination that the credentials are cached in the service agent and are valid, passing the web service request to the particular web service for access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: Mehul K. Shah, Austin Lorenzo, Ruchir Rodrigues, Paul Bolduc, Srinivas Anumala, Vishnu Goyal
  • Patent number: 8379531
    Abstract: A switched telephone network is arranged in a manner to enable packet voice communication between telephone terminals via multiple redundant packet switched networks. The packet switched networks may utilize different protocols, be operated by different entities, and have primary functions other than voice communication. One example of such a network may be internetworked networks, such as the Internet. One example of an alternate packet switched network may be a network whose primary function is control of a circuit switched telephone network. The common channel interoffice switching system (CCIS) of a public switched telephone network (PSTN) is a preferred example. A voice communication link may be established from telephone terminal to telephone terminal via the Internet, the quality of voice communication may be monitored, and the link may be transferred to the common channel interoffice signaling network if and when the quality of voice communication deteriorates beneath a pre-established norm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: Robert D. Farris, Dale L. Bartholomew
  • Patent number: 8369229
    Abstract: In one of many possible embodiments, a method may comprise using one or more packet delivery monitoring packets to monitor packet delivery between a first reference node and a second reference node communicatively coupled to one another by at least one network path, each of said PDM packets comprising an Internet Control Message Protocol packet modified to include at least one packet delivery monitoring extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventor: Lawrence W. Jones
  • Patent number: 8370132
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for measuring perceptual quality of a signal transmitted over a communication network, such as a circuit-switching network, packet-switching network, or a combination thereof. In accordance with one embodiment, a distributed apparatus is provided for measuring perceptual quality of a signal transmitted over a communication network. The distributed apparatus includes communication ports located at various locations in the network. The distributed apparatus may also include a signal processor including a processor for providing non-intrusive measurement of the perceptual quality of the signal. The distributed apparatus may further include recorders operatively connected to the communication ports and to the signal processor, wherein at least one of the recorders processes the signal at one of the communication ports and the recorder sends the signal to the signal processor to measure the perceptual quality of the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventor: Adrian E. Conway
  • Patent number: 8363562
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for providing bandwidth-on-demand telecommunications services over next-generation optical transport networks (NG-OTN). One embodiment of a system providing bandwidth-on-demand services includes a next-generation optical transport network (NG-OTN) having an intelligent control plane (ICP) and new-generation synchronous optical network (NG-SONET) capabilities. A next-generation operation support subsystem (NG-OSS) is communicatively coupled to the NG-OTN. The NG-OTN and the NG-OSS are configured to provide the bandwidth-on-demand services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignees: Verizon Services Corp., Verizon Services Organization Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen S. Liu, Lily F. Chen, Nee B. Gee, Michael F. Lane, Alex E. Tserkovny, Vincent T. Phuah, Sayyid Siddiq Ali
  • Patent number: 8340262
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and system for routing telephone calls within a household. In the disclosed home call routing system, a head of the household or other person with administrative authority within the home can control the routing of telephone calls by establishing and modifying call system parameters such as call priorities, traffic times, caller identities, routing rules, etc. through a home computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: Gregory Wayne Cermak, Bernadette Anita Nelson, Sandra Kelly Teare, Alex Tserkovny, John Herman Wurster, Douglas Reynold Jones, Linda Louise Witham, Stephen Paul Brennan, Premkumar Natarajan, Anne M. Kraus-Keenan, Elizabeth I. Van Horn
  • Patent number: 8320529
    Abstract: A first call is received at a reserved address and is forwarded based on the reserved address. A second call is placed to a designated address, and a message is played to the designated address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: Mei-Jong Lin, Chieh-Chien Lin
  • Patent number: 8311199
    Abstract: Methods and systems for automatically providing conference calls are disclosed. In one aspect, methods and systems detect a conference call event that was previously configured by a subscriber user and identify participant users associated with the conference call event. In another aspect, when configuring a conference call event, a subscriber user may enter, select or otherwise designate conference information that the user wishes to be displayed in the caller identification fields that are sent out when a bridge dials the participant users associated with the conference call. Once identified, each participant user is contacted and a response is received from each of the users. Based on the received responses, a conference call is established between the participant users and the subscriber user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignees: Verizon Services Corp., Verizon Data Services LLC
    Inventors: Christopher L. Helbling, Craig L. Reding, Paula Ann Dromlewicz, John Reformato
  • Patent number: 8306997
    Abstract: Sources of operational problems in business transactions often show themselves in relatively small pockets of data, which are called trouble hot spots. Identifying these hot spots from internal company transaction data is generally a fundamental step in the problem's resolution, but this analysis process is greatly complicated by huge numbers of transactions and large numbers of transaction variables to analyze. A suite of practical modifications are provided to data mining techniques and logistic regressions to tailor them for finding trouble hot spots. This approach thus allows the use of efficient automated data mining tools to quickly screen large numbers of candidate variables for their ability to characterize hot spots. One application is the screening of variables which distinguish a suspected hot spot from a reference set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventor: James Howard Drew
  • Patent number: 8307064
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for retrieving software information, e.g., generic information such as version numbers, etc., from network elements in an automated fashion are described. A control server communicates with network elements in an automated manner at scheduled intervals. The control server establishes a communication session with a network element, e.g., a Telnet session, and retrieves software information at the scheduled intervals. The communication session may include logging into the network element, retrieving software generic information, and then logging out. Collected generic information is analyzed to detect changes. E-mail notifications of detected changes is supported. Collected information is maintained in a database which is accessible to authorized individuals via the Internet. Alarms are generated when detected changes result in software combinations known to produce errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventor: Francis Wayne Peer
  • Patent number: 8291120
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program product are disclosed for providing a mechanism for re-routing queries in a telecommunications network. A service control point (SCP) executes an application which causes queries to be launched over a LAN or WAN to a remotely located data center. Primary and secondary data centers are defined, in which the secondary data center operates on a ‘hot-standby’ basis. Based on an automatically verifying system, the detection (or lack thereof) of a response from a primary data center and comparison of the response against an answer or response from another site indicates whether or not the SCP or SCP application should route queries to the secondary data center. Similarly, the same mechanism can be used to indicate that queries should be re-routed back to the primary data center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Evans, Susan M. Middleswarth, John H. Wurster
  • Patent number: 8279759
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system includes a first network device configured to communicate on a first communication layer, and a second network device configured to communicate on a second communication layer. The system further includes a router communicatively coupled to the first and second network devices through at least one network path. The at least one router includes a ping inter-working unit configured to support the transmission of a message between the first and second network devices through the at least one network path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventor: Lawrence W. Jones
  • Patent number: 8270309
    Abstract: In one of many possible embodiments, a system includes a first reference node and a second reference node communicatively coupled to the first reference node by at least one network path, the reference nodes being configured to support transmission of a packet flow between one another over the network path. Each of the reference nodes is configured to count data packets received, the data packets being associated with the packet flow, and to latch a count of a number of the data packets received. The system includes a monitoring protocol configured to request the reference nodes to latch the respective counts. The monitoring protocol is further configured to retrieve the respective counts from the reference nodes and use the counts to determine a packet delivery measurement associated with the transmission of the packet flow between the reference nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventor: Lawrence W. Jones
  • Patent number: 8266701
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for assessing cyber-based risks in an enterprise organization. A database comprising vulnerability data associated with computers in an enterprise is combined with a second database comprising data of users of computers in an enterprise, along with a third database base indicating the relationship of the users in an organization structure in the enterprise. From the synthesis of data in these separate databases, text based reports detailing aggregate computer vulnerabilities can be produced on a computer, as well as organizational charts depicting the relationship between selected individuals and their computer vulnerabilities. Using such reports, individuals charged with cyber-security can assess organizational cyber risks and allocate resources as appropriate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: James T. McConnell, Edward J. Norris
  • Patent number: 8265061
    Abstract: There is assigned at least one first cost for expanding at least one link to a circuit-switched network that is part of a hybrid network comprising the circuit switched network and a packet switched network. All paths in the packet switched network are represented with a virtual link. A cost is assigned to the virtual link. An integer programming problem is solved to determine a number of links to add to the network, the integer programming problem having as inputs a model of the hybrid network and a demand forecast matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: Donald E. Smith, Rina R. Schneur, Raghavendran Sivaraman, Lawrence W. Crom, Roger L. Tobin, Hui Liu
  • Patent number: 8260327
    Abstract: In one of many possible embodiments, a method of locating a mobile terminal within a location area of a mobile communication network is provided. In the method, a threshold is set by calculating a sum of all location probabilities in the location area and dividing the sum by a maximum number of polling cycles allowed before the mobile terminal is located. Cells in the location area are arranged in non-ascending order according to their location probabilities. Multiple paging areas are formed one at a time by starting with a first cell not used in a previous paging area, grouping cells in order, and stopping when the total of location probabilities reaches the threshold or when no more ungrouped cells exist within the location area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventor: Hui Liu
  • Publication number: 20120222062
    Abstract: Access to media content is restricted. A message may be sent to a remote computer requesting access to the media content, wherein the message is based at least in part on user input. A response to the message may be received from the remote computer. It may be determined whether to provide access to the media content based on the response.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventor: Shawn Strickland
  • Patent number: 8248913
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to implement a full-time protection mechanism and a new class of service offerings based on mechanisms to achieve an ‘always protected’ type of transport service for a networking environment where there may be multiple failures or synchronized attacks. This suite of services may utilize intelligent control plane technology in the optical transport network to support an ‘always on’ protection capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: Stephen Shyan-Shiang Liu, Lily F. Chen