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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  • Publication number: 20170273141
    Abstract: Architecture that allows a user to control the way a connection is made to a destination. A destination can be tagged with an attribute that defines how the connection to that destination should be routed. For example, a phone address book allows the user not only to enter the usual call recipient information such as name and telephone number, but also to add an attribute in the form of a network identifier associated with a network that should be used when connecting to the destination. Where multiple networks are associated with the destination, the phone subsystem, recognizing that the destination now has multiple network IDs for connecting the call, can prompt the user to select the desired network pathway. The user can also tag the destination with a protocol that should be employed. Thus, not only will the phone be connected according to the network, but according to the protocol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Robert Lee Engelhart, SR.
  • Publication number: 20170272570
    Abstract: A service coordinator server and method are provided for performing operations including receiving a request by a requester for a first component of a requested service over a communication network, transmitting to the requester a provision of the first component of the requested service over the communication network, and storing information regarding the first component of the requested service in a requester service record in a memory of the server. The operations also include receiving a request by the requester to review the requester service record stored in the server memory, and the server authorizing the requester to access the stored service record. The operations further include permitting the requester to access and revise the service record stored in the memory of the service coordinator server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicants: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Ted STINE, Joseph Anthony SPEENEY
  • Publication number: 20170270199
    Abstract: Directional sound location is used to determine security events of a security system. A sound sensor reports a vector direction to a sound source of an acoustic signal. If the vector direction is historically observed at similar times, then perhaps the sound source is not considered a security event. However, if the vector direction is unknown or unfamiliar, the security system may infer the security event and notify emergency services.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicants: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II, LLC
    Inventors: James H. Pratt, Steven Belz, Michael Lattanzi, Constance Missimer
  • Publication number: 20170272261
    Abstract: A cell site includes a tower and a power over Ethernet system to power devices on the tower. The power over Ethernet system includes a power over Ethernet switch and a multiplexing box. Ethernet cables connect output ports of the power over Ethernet switch to input ports of the multiplexing box. A power plant is connected to the input of the power over Ethernet switch. Devices are connected to the output ports of the multiplexing box. The power over Ethernet system also includes a power management control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Mascarenhas, Iftekhar Alam, Ming-Ju Ho
  • Publication number: 20170272383
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for providing and using a distributed forwarding service. A service request can be received at a computing device and can relate to a distributed forwarding service. The computing device can configure the distributed forwarding service by determining a number of nodes that are to provide the distributed forwarding service and configuring a shared control function to control the nodes. The computing device can trigger instantiation of the distributed forwarding service. Instantiation of the distributed forwarding service can include dedicating a shared incoming switch for the distributed forwarding service, dedicating a shared outgoing switch for the distributed forwarding service, instantiating the nodes, and instantiating the shared control function. The distributed forwarding service can include the shared incoming switch, the shared control function, the nodes, and the shared outgoing switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Gregory O. Harp
  • Publication number: 20170270201
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, methods, and media for filtering a data stream are provided. The data stream is partitioned into a plurality of data stream segments. An acoustic parameter is measured in each of the data stream segments. It is determined whether the acoustic parameter satisfies a first predetermined condition. The first predetermined condition includes a number of variances, in which the acoustic parameter exceeds a predetermined variance threshold, exceeding a predetermined number threshold. An extraneous portion of the data stream is identified in which the first predetermined condition is satisfied. It is determined whether the extraneous portion satisfies a second predetermined condition in the data stream. The extraneous portion is deleted from the data stream to produce a filtered data stream in response to the second predetermined condition being satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Yeon-Jun KIM, I. Dan MELAMED, Bernard S. RENGER, Steven Neil TISCHER
  • Patent number: 9764477
    Abstract: A system, method and computer-readable storage devices are for processing natural language commands, such as commands to a robotic arm, using a Tag & Parse approach to semantic parsing. The system first assigns semantic tags to each word in a sentence and then parses the tag sequence into a semantic tree. The system can use statistical approach for tagging, parsing, and reference resolution. Each stage can produce multiple hypotheses, which are re-ranked using spatial validation. Then the system selects a most likely hypothesis after spatial validation, and generates or outputs a command. In the case of a robotic arm, the command is output in Robot Control Language (RCL).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Svetlana Stoyanchev, Srinivas Bangalore, John Chen, Hyuckchul Jung
  • Patent number: 9767508
    Abstract: A shopper selects from gifts that are compatible with a recipient's devices. When the shopper wishes to purchase a gift, descriptions of gifts are compared to the recipient's devices. Compatible gifts may be recommended, while incompatible gifts may be rejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: M. Todd Mitchem
  • Patent number: 9768504
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing a terahertz frequency electromagnetic beam are disclosed. For example, the method receives the terahertz frequency electromagnetic beam via a metamaterial having a plurality of addressable magnetic elements, where a resonant frequency of each of the plurality of addressable magnetic elements is capable of being programmably changed via an adjustment, and activates selectively a subset of the plurality of addressable magnetic elements to manipulate the terahertz frequency electromagnetic beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Michael Britz, Robert Raymond Miller, II
  • Patent number: 9767657
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products disclose a remote control device that controls multiple consumer electronics devices based on orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: John R. Stefanik
  • Patent number: 9768833
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a device that facilitates transmitting electromagnetic waves along a surface of a wire that facilitates delivery of electric energy to devices, and sensing a condition that is adverse to the electromagnetic waves propagating along the surface of the wire. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mitchell Harvey Fuchs, Irwin Gerszberg
  • Patent number: 9768830
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a controller to: determine crosstalk coupling characteristics between a plurality of lines of a digital subscriber line system connected to a plurality of modems based on a transition between a full power mode and one or more other modes, and provide the determined crosstalk coupling characteristics to one or more of the plurality of modems for performance of at least one of pre-coding a transmitted signal and processing a received signal along a line of the plurality of lines, where the pre-coding and processing is performed based at least in part on the determined crosstalk coupling characteristics, and where the pre-coding of the transmitted signal and the processing of the received signal reduce effects of fluctuating crosstalk. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment, Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas Starr, Peter J. Silverman, George Ginis
  • Patent number: 9767221
    Abstract: Delivering targeted content includes collecting, via at least one tangible processor, user activity data for users during a specified time period. questions asked by the users during the specified time period are extracted from the user activity data, via the at least one tangible processor, and stored in user profiles for the users. The user profiles are clustered, via the at least one tangible processor, based on the questions asked. Targeted content is delivered, via the at least one tangible processor, to a subset of the users based on the clustering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Srinivas Bangalore, Junlan Feng, Michael James Robert Johnston, Taniya Mishra
  • Patent number: 9768863
    Abstract: An improved technique for acoustic sensing involves, in one embodiment, launching into a medium, a plurality of groups of pulse-modulated electromagnetic-waves. The frequency of electromagnetic waves in a pulse within a group differs from the frequency of the electromagnetic waves in another pulse within the group. The energy scattered by the medium is detected and, in one embodiment, may be used to determine a characteristic of the environment of the medium. For example, if the medium is a buried optical fiber into which light pulses have been launched in accordance with the invention, the presence of acoustic waves within the region of the buried fiber can be detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Justin Hayward, Andrew B. Lewis, Stuart Russell
  • Patent number: 9768812
    Abstract: A passive intermodulation detection system is provided to remotely identify passive intermodulation at a base station site and diagnose the type of intermodulation and location of the non-linearity that is the source of the passive intermodulation. The passive intermodulation detection system can generate a test signal in a first band that is transmitted by an antenna. Another antenna can receive a signal in another band, and the passive intermodulation detection system can analyze the received signal to determine whether an intermodulation product due to a non-linearity is present. Based on the type of intermodulation product, period, order, frequency, and etc, the type and location of the non-linearity can be identified and canceled via a passive intermodulation canceling mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Ernest Tsui, Paul Maxwell, Vibhav Kapnadak
  • Patent number: 9769128
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining whether communications are encrypted, determining a communication type for the communications according to sensitivity criteria, encrypting the communications according to the communication type to generate encrypted communications, and transmitting to a second network device the encrypted communications. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Gross, Joshua Lackey, Donald E. Levy, Roger Piqueras Jover, Jayaraman Ramachandran, Cristina Serban
  • Patent number: 9767336
    Abstract: Methods, computer program products and systems for providing video tracking. The method includes receiving a first signal from a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag. A location of the RFID tag is determined in response to the first signal. An image that includes the location of the RFID tag is recorded. The location of the RFID tag is marked on the image, resulting in a marked image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barrett Kreiner, Jonathan L. Reeves
  • Patent number: 9766947
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to monitor server loads are disclosed. An example load monitor includes a first virtual machine to replicate a first server; a router interface to cause a router to redirect a portion of requests destined for the first server to the first virtual machine, the first virtual machine to serve the redirected requests; a collector to collect first metric data from the first virtual machine related to processing of the redirected requests; and an overload indicator to indicate an overload condition at the first server based on the first metric data collected from the first virtual machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Wei Wang, Charles Shen
  • Patent number: 9769165
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed for determining an electromagnetic signature for authenticating a device, a user, and/or a location. In exemplary embodiments, a magnetometer captures an electromagnetic signature which is then compared with one or more authorized electromagnetic signatures. If the electromagnetic signature matches an authorized electromagnetic signature, then access is granted. The magnetometer is integrated into a communication device having a processor and a logic. The magnetometer captures an electromagnetic signature of a surrounding environment and detects motion of the communication device through the captured electromagnetic signature. The logic on the communication device locks or unlocks features of the device based upon the captured electromagnetic signature. In further embodiments of the subject disclosure, the magnetometer is in communication with a server which authenticates a user or communication device to provide access to a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Alexander Varshavsky, Kevin Ansia Li
  • Patent number: 9769196
    Abstract: Methods for managing a communication session in a communication network are disclosed. For example, a method includes detecting, by a first endpoint comprising at least one processor, an error condition associated with the communication session, sending, by the first endpoint, a notification of the error condition to a second endpoint that is using a transport layer session and receiving, by the first endpoint, a communication from the second endpoint, proposing a response to the error condition. Another method includes receiving, by a first endpoint comprising at least one processor, a notification of an error condition associated with the communication session, selecting, by the first endpoint, a response to the error condition, and sending, by the first endpoint, a communication to a second endpoint that is using a transport layer session, proposing a response to the error condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David B. Small, Thomas Spencer, IV
  • Patent number: 9769190
    Abstract: Example network monitoring methods disclosed herein include iteratively adjusting respective weights assigned to respective types of network activity features for devices monitored in a network, the iterative adjusting to determine an output set of weights corresponding to ones of the types of network activity features indicative of malicious network activity. For example, the iterative adjusting is to (1) reduce a first distance calculated between a first pair of reference devices previously classified as being associated with malicious network activity, and (2) increase a second distance calculated between a first one of the pair of the reference devices and a first unclassified device. Disclosed example network monitoring methods also include determining whether a second unclassified device is associated with malicious network activity based on the output set of weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Baris Coskun
  • Patent number: 9769232
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server having a controller to monitor for media content from a first source that is distributable where the media content is adjusted for distribution to a plurality of communication devices that are associated with a user and a portion of the plurality of communication devices use different communication protocols from another portion of the plurality of communication devices, obtain content metadata from the media content, receive a request for information associated with the media content from a first communication device of the plurality of communication devices of the user, compile the information from the content metadata based at least in part on a user profile associated with the user, and transmit the information to the first communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhu Liu, Andrea Basso, David Crawford Gibbon, Harris Drucker
  • Patent number: 9769206
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to modes of policy participation for feedback instances. According to one aspect, a system can receive an event associated with an active feedback instance operating in a runtime. The system can map the event to a policy participation level policy. The system can determine a new policy participation level for the active feedback instance according to the policy participation level policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James W. Fan, Jeffrey A. Aaron
  • Patent number: 9769069
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to provide a consumer services cloud in a communications network are disclosed. An example method includes obtaining, at a first device in a communications network, network communications transmitted from a client device of a communications network customer that are diverted via a software-defined networking switch. The example method also includes analyzing the network communications to identify which of multiple possible users associated with the communications network customer is a current user of the client device; in response to identifying the current user, accessing a first profile corresponding to the identified current user to determine a rule to be used to handle the network communications within the communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Thomas A. Anschutz, Alan Blackburn, Arthur Richard Brisebois
  • Patent number: 9769242
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, devices, and methods for providing a podcast file that has inserted content that is distinct from the content of the podcast. A remote server provides a web page to a subscriber computing device via a network, and a subscriber computing device transmits a podcast file to the remote server via the network. The remote server inserts content into the podcast file and provides the podcast file along with the inserted content for access from the web page. The remote server transmits the podcast file along with the inserted content responsive to requests from the subscriber computing devices. The subscriber computing devices can process and play the podcast content along with the inserted content from the remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: David Haslam
  • Patent number: 9769274
    Abstract: Data transfer, synchronizing applications, and low latency networks are disclosed. An example method includes maintaining a first buffer in a first computing device, the first buffer to receive discrete units of data from a second computing device; maintaining a second buffer in the first computing device, the second buffer to store size data identifying a size of respective ones of the discrete units of data received from the second computing device; and reading from the first buffer according to a first value of a first pointer and a corresponding one of the sizes stored in the second buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INVESTMENTS UK LLC
    Inventors: Glenford Ezra Mapp, Stephen John Hodges, Derek Edward Roberts, Steven Leslie Pope
  • Patent number: 9769284
    Abstract: A system embodying the subject disclosure includes a memory to store instructions. A controller coupled to the memory, responsive to executing the instructions, can perform operations including obtaining performance characteristics for segments of a network; the segments are selected based on a trajectory of a mobile device coupled to the network. The controller can predict future transport and segment characteristics based on the performance characteristics. The controller can receive a request from the mobile device for transmission of a data packet over the network. The controller can monitor a power state of the mobile device and predict a future power state of the mobile device. The controller can determine a target time for fulfilling the request, based on the future power state and the future transport and segment characteristics. The controller can schedule a time for fulfilling the request according to the target time. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Crawford Gibbon, Andrea Basso
  • Patent number: 9769316
    Abstract: A method for customization of voice mail messaging. The method includes recording a plurality of voice mail messages, defining selection criteria for each of the plurality of voice mail messages, establishing a first call for which one of the plurality of voice mail messages will be selected, identifying parameters of the first call, matching the parameters with the selection criteria, selecting the one of the plurality of messages based on the matching step, and playing the selected message on the first call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Venson M. Shaw
  • Patent number: 9769020
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a waveguide system for determining an event associated with a mode of transmitting or receiving electromagnetic waves on a surface of a transmission medium, identifying according to the event an updated mode for transmitting or receiving adjusted electromagnetic waves on the surface of a transmission medium, and transmitting or receiving the adjusted electromagnetic waves based on the updated mode. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 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
  • Patent number: 9769317
    Abstract: A system receives, at a conference platform, a communication from a communications device of a requester requesting to host an audio conference. The system determines whether an access code provided by the requester is a valid access code associated with a provider communications address specified by the requester. A processor identifies a country from which the communication of the requester originated and determines whether the country from which the communication of the requester originated is a pre-authorized country, associated with a host account, from which to host the global audio conference. An audio conference is established when the access code specified by the requester is determined to be a valid access code associated with the provider communications address specified by the requester and when the country from which the communication of the requester originated is determined to be a pre-authorized country from which to host the audio conference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Grant Albert, David Lawcock, Lori Essex, Robert Stokey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9769742
    Abstract: Application services associated with a mobile communication device are facilitated by a mediator gateway. A request for providing an application service is received by the mediator gateway. The request is associated with a mobile communication device. The mediator gateway selects a network among a plurality of networks associated with different carriers to which to send the request. The request is translated into an application programming interface request that is specific to a carrier associated with the selected network. The application programming interface request is sent to an application programming interface gateway associated with the carrier that is associated with the selected network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Arturo Maria, Thomas J. Routt
  • Patent number: 9769524
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, generating narrative descriptions corresponding to visual features, visual events, and interactions there between for media content, where the narrative descriptions are associated with time stamps of the media content, and presenting the media content and an audio reproduction of the narrative descriptions, wherein the audio reproduction is synchronized to video of the media content according to the time stamps. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Raghuraman Gopalan, Lee Begeja, David Crawford Gibbon, Zhu Liu, Amy Ruth Reibman, Bernard S. Renger, Behzad Shahraray, Eric Zavesky
  • Patent number: 9769764
    Abstract: Connectivity and/or content management in mobile networks is provided. Information associated with a mobile device of a plurality of mobile devices is determined. In various embodiments, the information can be current or past usage or travel pattern information for the mobile device. The mobile device is configured in association with delivery of content. The configuration is based, at least, on the information associated with the mobile device. The mobile device is configured to request accelerated content delivery if the mobile device is located within a good coverage area, and to request connection re-establishment priority if the mobile device is approaching or located within a poor coverage area or a handoff area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: James Gordon Beattie, Jr., Soumyajit Chakraborty, Dave Huggins, Rakhee Nair, Haywood S. Peitzer
  • Patent number: 9769623
    Abstract: Determining referenced based location information for a wireless radio network is described. Referenced based location information can include determining location reference information and corresponding location offset information based on location information. In an aspect, location information can be timed fingerprint location information. Location offset information can be communicated in a wireless network at a lower operational cost than the associated location information. As such, use of referenced based location information for a wireless network can reduce bandwidth consumption as compared to location information communicated at similar intervals. This is particularly true in large wireless networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC, AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jeremy Fix, Andrew G. Hume, Sheldon Kent Meredith
  • Patent number: 9769532
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a controller to collect data indicative of temporal actions initiated by a group of users during presenting a media program. The data indicative of the temporal actions are collected in a collective metadata archive. Portions of the media program are identified based on metadata for which a number of occurrences of the temporal actions exceeds a threshold number of occurrences. A compacted presentation of the portions of the media program is prepared based on the metadata. The compacted presentation includes the portions of the media program arranged consecutively. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Amento, Larry Stead, Alicia Abella
  • Patent number: 9769535
    Abstract: A method of managing bandwidth usage at a customer premises includes receiving a content stream at a set-top box device coupled to a display device. The method also includes receiving a power-off command for the display device. Furthermore, the method includes displaying a prompt on the display device, wherein the prompt comprises an instruction to confirm that the display device is active via a confirmation input. The method further includes directing, responsive to the determining that the confirmation input has not been received, a source device to cease sending the content stream to the set-top box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David A. Levine, Dale Malik
  • Patent number: 9769545
    Abstract: A system and method is provided to automatically generate content for ITV products and services by processing primary media sources. In one embodiment of the invention, keywords are automatically extracted from the primary media sources using one or more of a variety of techniques directed to video, audio and/or textual content of the multimodal source. In some embodiments, keywords are then processed according to one or more disclosed algorithms to narrow the quantity of downstream processing that is necessary to associate secondary sources (reference items) with the primary video source. Embodiments of the invention also provide automatic searching methods for the identification of reference items based on the processed keywords in order to maximize the value added by the association of reference items to the video source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY II, L.P.
    Inventors: Lee Begeja, David Crawford Gibbon, Zhu Liu, Bernard Simon Renger, Behzad Shahraray, Mitchell J. Weinraub, Stephanie A. Morrison
  • Patent number: 9769615
    Abstract: Determining levels of geographic redundancy among radios of a wireless radio network is disclosed. The level of geographic redundancy for a radio can affect the determination of location information for a user equipment (UE) on the wireless radio network. The disclosed subject matter can be employed in conjunction with timed fingerprint location (TFL) technologies to facilitate selection of radios employed in determining time values for TFL location determination. Levels of geographic redundancy can be employed to rank or order radios of a wireless radio network so as to reduce the likelihood of using geographically redundant radios in location determination. Further, rules can be selected to adjust threshold values and equations employed in determining the levels of geographic redundancy. Moreover, rules can be selected to apply boundary conditions to reduce the number of determinations formed for a set of radios of the wireless radio network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Fix, Jie Chen, Sheldon Kent Meredith
  • Patent number: 9769525
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a monitored display monitors data to be output from a monitored display. The monitored data is analyzed to generate one or more content identifiers. The content identifiers are compared to a set of rules to determine if the monitored data should be blocked from being output or if an alert should be transmitted to a supervisor device. One or more supervisor devices may be used to respond to alerts and may also be used to control the output of the monitored display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Behzad Shahraray, Andrea Basso, Lee Begeja, David C. Gibbon, Zhu Liu, Bernard S. Renger
  • Patent number: 9769873
    Abstract: An access node for a telecommunications network is partitioned into a front end unit and a back end unit coupled by an internet protocol (IP) packet based communication link to provide for data and control packets to be sent between the back end unit and the front end unit. The front end unit performs physical layer and media access layer (MAC) sublayer processing for data for transmission to/from user equipment in the network using baseband processing units that perform highly parallel floating/fixed point operations. The back end unit includes a plurality of general purpose processors to provide data link layer and network layer processing. back end portions may be pooled to provide greater efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Dimas R. Noriega, Arthur R. Brisebois, Giuseppe De Rosa, Henry J. Fowler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9769668
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining a credential of a first subscribed service, responsive to authentication of a user device within a first communication network. Authentication of the user with respect to the first service is facilitated and, in response, a second subscribed service is identified. A notification is provided to an access control function that the user device is granted access to the second subscribed service. The credential is stored in a common authentication repository accessible by the first and second subscribed services. An inquiry from a second communication network is determined in response to the user device requesting authentication there. A second notification is provided to the second communication network that the user device has already been authenticated, allowing the user device to access the services without further authentication. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Venson Shaw, Sangar Dowlatkhah
  • Patent number: 9769636
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a message to a user of a device, such as a mobile cellular phone, which includes using a signal, such as a wireless broadcast alert, to turn on one or more receivers of the device configured to receive the message, conserves battery power for the device until it is needed in order to receive and transmit the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Kevin Daly, DeWayne A. Sennett
  • Publication number: 20170264453
    Abstract: A portable acoustic unit is adapted for insertion into an electrical receptacle. The portable acoustic unit has an integrated microphone and a wireless network interface to an automation controller. The portable acoustic unit detects spoken voice commands from users in the vicinity of the electrical receptacle. The portable acoustic unit merely plugs into a conventional electrical outlet to provide an extremely simple means of voice control through a home or business.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Nafiz Haider, Ross Newman, Kristin Patterson, Thomas Risley, Curtis Stephenson, David Vaught
  • Publication number: 20170265032
    Abstract: Optimized location information is provided for a location based service. An event is detected which is indicative of an error in the location based service which degrades the performance of the location based service. A cause of the error is determined, and resolution of the error is initiated based on the determined cause.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Samuel N. Zellner
  • Publication number: 20170262798
    Abstract: Wireless presence is used as a theft prevention mechanism for packages. When a package is shipped, the package includes a wireless security device. When the package is delivered to its final destination shipping address, the wireless security device is activated and programmed with a security credential. The security credential, though, is based on information obtained during an initial purchase. The wireless security device may thus only be deactivated by a recipient participating in the initial purchase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II, LLC
    Inventors: Mario Kosseifi, Joseph Thomas
  • Publication number: 20170260783
    Abstract: An intelligent hinge determines motions of a swinging door. The hinge has an accelerometer secured to a leaf of the hinge. As the door swings, the leaf also rotates and the accelerometer determines an acceleration value. A velocity of the swinging door may be determined from the acceleration value. An initial, instantaneous, and final angular position of the door may also be determined from the acceleration value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Wayne Crolley
  • Publication number: 20170264583
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to per-session invocation of priority services based upon network available information. A service architecture can include a service architecture core and a service execution runtime framework in which a priority service application is executable to perform operations to provide a priority service for a communications session. The priority service application can determine whether a priority service should be invoked for the communications session based upon priority criteria. If a determination is made that the priority service is to be invoked for the communications session based upon the priority criteria, the priority service application can invoke the priority service for the communications session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven A. Siegel, Keylor Eng, Anisa Parikh
  • Publication number: 20170264743
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for providing and using a routing service. A processor can obtain a routing scenario associated with a customer of the routing service. The routing scenario can specify customer data to be accessed to determine a call handling decision when a call is received from a calling party, and the customer data can include information associated with the calling party. The processor can obtain a request to route a call intended for the customer. The processor can generate a query of the customer data to obtain data associated with the calling party. The customer data can be stored at a storage location associated with the customer that is remote from the routing service. The processor can analyze the customer data and the routing scenario, determine a call handling decision, and provide the call handling decision to a network to route the call.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Kristin Kocan
  • Patent number: 9763148
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method, including applying a voice quality model to network performance information associated with a voice over internet protocol call session to generate a measure of voice quality associated with a first wireless radio access network wirelessly coupling a mobile device and a communication network, detecting a trigger condition for a measurement reporting according to the measure of voice quality, a first signal of the first wireless radio access network, and a second signal of a second wireless radio access network, and detecting a trigger condition for a measurement report according to the measure of voice quality, a first signal of the first wireless radio access network, and a second signal of a second wireless radio access network. The measurement report can be transmitted to the first wireless radio access network responsive to detecting the trigger condition for the measurement reporting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC, Interwise Ltd.
    Inventors: Tony Wong, Zahi Kapeluto, Thomas Keathley
  • Patent number: 9759566
    Abstract: A first device is operated to obtain a navigation track between a first location and a second location by establishing a peer-to-peer communication connection with a second device and receiving a message that contains information associated with the first location and/or the second location from the second device. The information is associated with a navigation module on the first device. The information associated with the at least one of the first location and the second location is processed using the navigation module to obtain the navigation track between the first location and the second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: John Ruckart