AT&T Patents

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  • Publication number: 20180206292
    Abstract: Architecture that allows a user to control the way a connection is made to a destination is described. 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 to 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 also the protocol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Robert Lee Engelhart, SR.
  • Publication number: 20180206006
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving registration information indicating a plurality of registered communication devices in proximity to a set-top box, the plurality of registered communication devices being registered according to a communication exchange between the set-top box and each of the plurality of registered communication devices, identifying a group of users associated with the plurality of registered communication devices, and determining characteristics for the group of users according to the identifying of the group of users, correlating the characteristics for the group of users, selecting a directed advertisement according to the correlating of the characteristics, and providing the directed advertisement to the set-top box for presentation. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Applicants: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Fix, Sheldon Kent Meredith, Juliette Zerick
  • Publication number: 20180206242
    Abstract: A method is provided for managing performance of a wireless network by a server. The method includes generating performance data of the wireless network by having a plurality of network elements communicate with each other to determine signal attenuation among each pair of the plurality of network elements. The method also includes determining interference within the wireless network interference based on generated performance data, and generating an interference matrix identifying the interference in the wireless network. The method further includes generating an adjacency matrix, based on the interference matrix, identifying locations having unacceptable levels of interference in the wireless network, and allocating channel frequencies and corresponding transmission powers in the wireless network based on the adjacency matrix, in order to maximize an aggregate throughput of the wireless network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Raj SAVOOR, Canhui OU, Jin WANG
  • Publication number: 20180205129
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a connector that includes a first port configured to receive electromagnetic waves guided by a first dielectric core of a first transmission medium. A waveguide is configured to guide the electromagnetic waves from the first port to a second port. The second port is configured to transmit the electromagnetic waves to a second dielectric core of a second transmission medium. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, William Scott Taylor, Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Publication number: 20180205832
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for delivering IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) services is disclosed. An apparatus that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a system having an aggregator element that aggregates a number of IMS services, and a presentation element that presents a web page with the aggregated IMS services. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sreenivasa Gorti, David Wolter, Anil Doradla
  • Publication number: 20180206130
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for an antenna placement determination device. An antenna placement determination device can include a signal sensor located at a first end of an extendible arm, a platform located proximate to a second end of the extendible arm, a drive system connected to the platform, and an actuator connected to the extendible arm. The actuator can be configured to extend and collapse the extendible arm. The signal sensor can be connected to the extendible arm by a joint, and a sensor actuator or sensor motor can rotate the signal sensor about the joint. The drive system can include a drive motor and a drive mechanism that is configured to transport the antenna placement determination device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Phanishankar Chaganti, Kaushik D. Gohel
  • Publication number: 20180205826
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for customized communication routing based on user information. When a presence of a first user is detected on a pre-designated webpage of a plurality of webpages of a website, attribute information of the first user is obtained in response to the detected presence and the pre-designated webpage is dynamically modified to display a communication routing option based on the attribute information of the first user. The communication routing option displayed to the first user is different from a communication routing option displayed to a second user having different attribute information. The routing option available to the second user is hidden from display to the first user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Christopher DINARDO, Axel WELLS, Thomas NORMAN
  • Publication number: 20180206003
    Abstract: A system for providing a distributed architecture for mobile streaming content delivery is disclosed. In particular, the system may include bypassing a master head end facility and its accompanying fiber distribution network to deliver a content stream directly to mobile cell sites. In order to do so, the system may receive, at a cell cite, a content stream directly from a content satellite and then format the content into a format suitable for delivery to a subscriber device. The system may receive, such as via a radio access network, a request from the subscriber device to access the content stream. In response to the request from the subscriber device, the system may deliver the formatted content stream to the subscriber device. The distributed architecture may also allow for delivering the content stream jointly with voice data services, such as those provided in a Long-Term Evolution network or other network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Duet, Melvin D. Frerking, Yuang Lou
  • Publication number: 20180204434
    Abstract: A sensor associated with a security system determines an electrically open circuit. An identifier identifies the open circuit, which may then be used to retrieve video data trained to a surveillance area associated with the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: John Alson Hicks, III
  • Publication number: 20180205997
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a device including a base station communicatively coupled to a communication system, and a communicative device communicatively coupled to the base station for providing voice communication services to a user, wherein the communicative device serves as a proxy to make telephone calls on behalf of a set-top box presenting media services to a presentation device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Belz, Larry B. Pearson
  • Publication number: 20180204299
    Abstract: A method is provided for controlling the distribution of composite data of a user by an aggregation server. The method includes receiving data relating to the user that is generated from a plurality of sources, including image data, that is transmitted over a communication network. The method also includes identifying an image of the user captured in the image data using one or more of facial recognition, user names, and device identifiers. The method includes matching the identified image of the user with a profile of the user, and sending a notification to an address associated with the user informing the user of the image captured in the image data. The method further includes receiving a sharing permission from the user to share a designated portion of the data with an approved entity, and sharing the designated portion of the data with the approved entity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher F. BALDWIN, Bruce BARNES, Dolores J. MALLIAN, Charles STAHULAK
  • Patent number: 10028131
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method for detecting, by a first device including a least one processor and a first Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC), a second device having a second UICC, detecting, by the first device, that the second UICC is unprovisioned, selecting, by the first device, one of a plurality of selectable options, where the selection identifies a first Mobile Network Operator (MNO) selected from a plurality of MNOs, receiving, by the first device, first credential information of the first MNO, and transmitting, by the first device, to the second device the first credential information for enabling the second device to facilitate establishment of communication services with network equipment of the first MNO according to the first credential information. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: David A. Christopher, Dana Tardelli
  • Patent number: 10028000
    Abstract: Automatic rating optimization is described. In an embodiment, ratings of a program can be received from one or more rating sources. Based on these ratings, a representation of a content selection mechanism can be sent to potential consumers of the content. Access events for the content can be counted over a duration of time so a determination can be made regarding how the ratings provided by each of the rating sources affect popularity of the content. A weight accorded to ratings received from each of the rating sources can be adjusted based on the determination. Profiles can be established for consumers and/or rating sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Aaron, Thomas Arnold Anschutz
  • Patent number: 10027439
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a launcher that includes a hollow waveguide that guides a first electromagnetic wave conveying data from a transmitting device. A dielectric stub coupler receives the first electromagnetic wave from the hollow waveguide to form a second electromagnetic wave that propagates along a portion of the dielectric stub coupler adjacent to a transmission medium, wherein second electromagnetic wave propagates along the dielectric stub coupler via a first guided wave mode and a second guided wave mode, and wherein the portion has a length that supports a coupling of the second guided wave mode for propagation along an outer surface of the transmission medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Donald J. Barnickel, Farhad Barzegar, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10027573
    Abstract: Diverting communication content directed to a wireless device based on a determined state of a display of the wireless device is presented herein. A method can include receiving state information representing a display state of a display of a wireless device; and in response to determining, based on the state information, that the display has been inactive for a defined period of time, redirecting communication content that has been directed to the wireless device to an intermediary device. In an example, the redirecting can include storing the communication content in the intermediary device as stored content, and in response to determining, based on the state information, that the display has been active, sending, via the intermediary device, the stored content directed to the wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, Jin He
  • Patent number: 10027720
    Abstract: An aspect of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving a request from a communication device to initiate a communication session in a packet-switched network, obtaining a first name authority pointer record responsive to determining that there is an undesirable operational state in the packet-switched network, wherein the first name authority pointer record comprises a null record, obtaining a second name authority pointer record responsive to determining that there is a desirable operational state in the packet-switched network, wherein the second name authority pointer record comprises a record, and initiating the communication session according to one of the first name authority pointer record or the second name authority pointer record. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bernard Ku, James W. Forsyth
  • Patent number: 10026072
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for fulfilling purchases is disclosed. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure can include, for example, a portable communication device having a controller element that receives from an online system a barcode image as an object of acknowledgment of a product purchased from said online system, and presents on a display of the portable communication device said barcode image to complete a purchase fulfillment process by way of at least one among a visual inspection of the barcode image by a merchant employee and processing of said barcode image by a point of sale (POS) device. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Scott White
  • Patent number: 10028194
    Abstract: A mobile device mobility state is included in device reporting to a radio access network for mobility event and load balancing purposes. Respective load conditions and respective coverage areas of a first set of devices of a first network and a second set of devices of a second network are analyzed. In addition, a mobility state of a mobile device, a first signal strength associated with the first set of devices, and a second signal strength associated with the second set of devices are also analyzed. The mobility state is a function of a movement pattern of the mobile device and a speed at which the mobile device is being moved. Network traffic of the mobile device is routed to a set of network devices selected from the first set of devices and the second set of devices, as a result of the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Arthur Richard Brisebois, Ye Chen, Hongyan Lei, Cheng P. Liu, Yonghui Tong
  • Patent number: 10028090
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Samuel N. Zellner
  • Patent number: 10027962
    Abstract: A quantizer and dequantizer for use in a video coding system that applies non linear, piece-wise linear scaling functions to video information signals based on a value of a variable quantization parameter. The quantizer and dequantizer apply different non linear, piece-wise linear scaling functions to a DC luminance signal, a DC chrominance signal and an AC chrominance signal. A code for reporting updates of the value of the quantization parameter is interpreted to require larger changes when the quantization parameter initially is large and smaller changes when the quantization parameter initially is small.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY II, L.P.
    Inventors: Barin Geoffry Haskell, Atul Puri, Robert Lewis Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10027397
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method, includes coordinating relay transmission of a modulated signal via relay links of a distributed antenna system to reduce an accumulated forwarding delay in forwarding the modulated signal through the relay links. One of the relay links of the distributed antenna system reconverts the spectral segment of the modulated signal for transmission to a communication device to which the modulated signal is directed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Byoung-Jo J. Kim
  • Patent number: 10026200
    Abstract: The invention provides devices and methods that process images. The invention processes a received signal representing information of texture and information of an image, which has the texture removed from at least one region. The image information is encoded to obtain encoded information of the image. An output signal is generated representing the texture information and the encoded image information. In another embodiment, the invention synthesizes texture based on the received texture information, decodes received image information, which is encoded, to obtain a decoded image, and then maps the synthesized texture onto the decoded image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY II, L.P.
    Inventors: Adriana Dumitras, Barin Haskell
  • Patent number: 10028083
    Abstract: Mobility management may be utilized to effectuate handover and route packets of information to one or more radio access technologies and/or cells/access points based on network, UE conditions, device location, and/or network entity location. Packet routes, device addresses, handover functions, dynamically may be adjusted based on the best radio technology, cell layer, service provider specified criteria, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, James W. Rembert, Thomas A. Anschutz
  • Patent number: 10027612
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining a common interests associated with a group of users according to activity information obtained for the group of users, providing a first media service during the consuming of the media content to first equipment of a remainder of the group of users where the first media service is selected according to a first common interest, and providing one of the first media service or a second media service during the consuming of the media content to second equipment of a subset of the group of users according to a conflict resolution, where the second media service is selected according to the second common interest, and where the conflict resolution is based on determining a stronger interest, between the first and second common interests, that is associated with each member of the subset of the group of users. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Venson Shaw
  • Patent number: 10027497
    Abstract: A content distribution network includes first and second controllers, and multicast enabled routers. The first controller is configured to select a multicast channel for distributing content, to determine that the content has a geographic restriction associated with a restricted area in the content distribution network, to link an exclusion policy for the content to the multicast channel while the multicast channel provides the content, and to deny a request for the content from a client system within the restricted area based on the exclusion policy. The second controller is configured to distribute the exclusion policy to the multicast enabled routers including a first router configured to store the exclusion policy, and to ignore a multicast join message from the client system within the restricted area based on the exclusion policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Han Q. Nguyen, Huajin Jeng, Douglas M. Nortz
  • Patent number: 10028211
    Abstract: Transaction sensitive access network discovery and selection function (TSANDSF) features are disclosed. TSANDSF features can include access network resource (ANR) selection based on vendor ANR information and UE information. TSANDSF features can further include facilitating access, via a UE, to vendor value added products or service, vendor selected information, or vendor advertisements as a result of establishing a communication link with a vendor ANR. In contrast to conventional ANDSF, TSANDSF can facilitate improved ANR ranking and selection based on rules that correlate UE information with determined vendor ANR features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Venson Shaw
  • Patent number: 10025431
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products sense contactless gestures. A capacitive sensor measures capacitance during performance of a gesture. The capacitive sensor generates an output signal that is compared to a database. The database stores different output signals that are associated to different commands. The corresponding command is executed in response to the performance of the gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Kevin Li
  • Patent number: 10026010
    Abstract: A particular method includes receiving a set of images, where each image of the set of images is related to a common scene. The method also includes determining a first subset of pixels of a first image of the set, where the first subset of pixels corresponds to a second subset of pixels of a second image of the set. The method further includes generating a first image quality estimate of the first image based on a comparison of the first subset of pixels and the second subset of pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Amy Ruth Reibman, Zhu Liu, Lee Begeja, Bernard S. Renger, David Crawford Gibbon, Behzad Shahraray, Raghuraman Gopalan, Eric Zavesky
  • Patent number: 10027803
    Abstract: A method includes determining, at a processor of an automated attendant system, whether a customer service representative is available to speak with a caller. The method also includes scheduling a call back time in response to a determination that the customer service representative is not available to speak with the caller. The call back time indicates a time where the customer service representative will call the caller. The method further includes providing the call back time to the caller and receiving an availability flag from the caller at the call back time. The availability flag indicates whether the caller is available to receive a call from the customer service representative. The method also includes providing a call back signal to the customer service representative based on the availability flag. The call back signal indicates to the customer service representative whether to call the caller at the call back time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Krinsky, Jennifer Yates
  • Patent number: 10027814
    Abstract: A method for managing visual voicemail messages includes displaying a list of voicemail messages on a telecommunications handset, receiving user commands for operating on the voicemail messages including a delete message command and in response to a delete message command, marking a voicemail message for deletion with a delete timestamp and moving the voicemail message to a Deleted Messages folder. A Deleted Message Age Indicator function processes to control permanent deletion of voicemail messages in the Deleted Messages folder based on delete timestamps and a global Delete Time value in cooperation with a visual voicemail platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Michael Robert Zubas, Brian Rainer, William J. Sigmund
  • Patent number: 10027427
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, a system that obtains a group of signals that are each representative of a corresponding one of a group of electromagnetic waves, analyzes the group of signals to determine signal characteristics, and determines, according to the signal characteristics, predicted characteristics for a communication signal that is to be transmitted by a circuit. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Giovanni Vannucci, Peter Wolniansky, Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10028075
    Abstract: An intelligent machine-to-machine (iM2M) device may collaborate with other devices to perform functions. An iM2M device may determine if it has the necessary resources to respond to a request. Upon determining that the resources needed to provide a response to the request are not available in the iM2M device, the iM2M device may negotiate with other devices in order to obtain a response to the request and/or resources to respond to the request. The other devices may send respective responses and/or resource back to the iM2M device. The iM2M device may, in turn, respond to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Venson M. Shaw, Sangar Dowlatkhah, Ari Craine
  • Patent number: 10027819
    Abstract: A method includes receiving input at a user interface displayed by a wireless device, the wireless device configured to access a communication service. The method also includes determining, at a processor of the wireless device, usage profile-related information based at least in part on the input. The method further includes generating a message associated with the usage profile-related information, the message indicating that usage of the communication service is to be billed to a first billing account of a plurality of billing accounts associated with the wireless device. The method also includes sending the message from the wireless device via a wireless network and directed to a network element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Tingting Lu, Patrick Manno
  • Patent number: 10028159
    Abstract: Coverage and usage-based limitations to a wireless communications network can be estimated by monitoring network performance during a periods in which the network is relatively busy and relatively non-busy. For example, differences in distributions of bit error rates for calls in such time periods can be used to assess whether network limitations are associated with reduced-coverage zones or are usage-based. Such estimates can be used to target specific network features that limit network performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Ming Zhang, Gaviphat Lekutai, Donald C. Hjort
  • Patent number: 10027398
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a repeater device having a first coupler to extract downstream channel signals from first guided electromagnetic waves bound to a transmission medium of a guided wave communication system. An amplifier amplifies the downstream channel signals to generate amplified downstream channel signals. A channel selection filter selects one or more of the amplified downstream channel signals to wirelessly transmit to the at least one client device via an antenna. A second coupler guides the amplified downstream channel signals to the transmission medium of the guided wave communication system to propagate as second guided electromagnetic waves. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, LP
    Inventors: Robert Bennett, Paul Shala Henry, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10028210
    Abstract: An improved technique for encoding and decoding of data for group common control channels is provided herein. Generally, the embodiments disclosed herein involve masking the information bits of the group common PDCCH (or group common control channel information) with the common RNTI, without using parity bits, which reduces the power requirements of the transmitter and receiver. In a first embodiment, the information block and the common RNTI can each be encoded using separate encoders, and then the encoded information block can be masked with the encoded common RNTI, and the resulting code symbol can be transmitted to the group of mobile devices. In a second embodiment, an information block can be appended with bits to match a size of the common RNTI, and then be masked by the common RNTI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: SaiRamesh Nammi, Arunabha Ghosh, Salam Akoum
  • Publication number: 20180199078
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, obtaining data that is captured by a device, obtaining metadata corresponding to the data where the metadata describes a context of the capturing of the data, analyzing the metadata to identify a segment context of a segment of the data without performing an image recognition for the segment of the data, and, responsive to a determination that the context does not satisfy a context criterion, generating a low bandwidth version of the segment and transmitting the low bandwidth version of the segment of the data, wherein the low bandwidth version is transmitted at a second bandwidth that is lower than the first bandwidth. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James G. Beattie, JR., Stephen Francis Triano, Roque Rios, III
  • Publication number: 20180197558
    Abstract: A system for providing an acoustic environment recognizer for optimal speech processing is disclosed. In particular, the system may utilize metadata obtained from various acoustic environments to assist in suppressing ambient noise interfering with a desired audio signal. In order to do so, the system may receive an audio stream including an audio signal associated with a user and including ambient noise obtained from an acoustic environment of the user. The system may obtain first metadata associated with the ambient noise, and may determine if the first metadata corresponds to second metadata in a profile for the acoustic environment. If the first metadata corresponds to the second metadata, the system may select a processing scheme for suppressing the ambient noise from the audio stream, and process the audio stream using the processing scheme. Once the audio stream is processed, the system may provide the audio stream to a destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Horst J. Schroeter, Donald J. Bowen, Dimitrios B. Dimitriadis, Lusheng Ji
  • Publication number: 20180198751
    Abstract: A method and system for universal social messaging is disclosed where an event is detecting on a host device by the electronic social messaging platform, an option associated with the event is selected by the electronic social messaging platform, and the option associated with the event is provided to the user of the host device by the electronic social messaging platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Evan Vanscoyk, James Gordon Beattie, JR., Paul Gausman, Melanie Wilkerson
  • Publication number: 20180198484
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a coupling device including a receiving portion that receives a radio frequency signal conveying data from a transmitting device. A magnetic coupler magnetically couples the radio frequency signal to a transmission medium as a guided electromagnetic wave that is bound by an outer surface of the transmission medium. A cap includes a dielectric portion that secures the transmission medium adjacent to the magnetic coupler and a reflective plate that reduces electromagnetic emissions from the magnetic coupler. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Paul Shala Henry, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Publication number: 20180199085
    Abstract: Methods and systems for message notification are described. A video message is received from a source access device. A selection of a target user may be received for the video message. A message notification of availability of the video message for a target access device associated with the target user may be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bernard Ku, Arshad Khan, Niral Sheth
  • Publication number: 20180198485
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system for modulating a first electrical signal to generate first modulated electromagnetic waves, and transmitting the first modulated electromagnetic waves on a waveguide located in proximity to a transmission medium. In one embodiment, the first electromagnetic waves can induce second electromagnetic waves that propagate on an outer surface of the transmission medium. The second electromagnetic waves can have a first spectral range that is divided into, contains or otherwise includes a first control channel and a first plurality of bands. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Publication number: 20180199092
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method including providing, by a processor in a dongle coupled to a display device, a graphical user interface at the display device, and transmitting a message to an authentication server in accordance with authentication information stored in a storage device of the dongle and an input via the graphical user interface. The method also includes obtaining an authentication confirmation; obtaining content from a content server; and recording the content in accordance with a second input via the graphical user interface. The recorded content is transmitted for storage at a storage server. The display device communicates with equipment of a video provider that is associated with a service area. In accordance with the authentication confirmation, the processor is authorized to obtain the content based on the location of the dongle relative to the service area. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Wilson, Arvind Ramdas Mallya
  • Publication number: 20180197016
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a network device including a controller programmed to receive security video content associated with a premises where the security video content has been captured by one or more cameras located within or in proximity to the premises and where the premises have one or more digital video recorders, and transmit the security video content to the digital video recorders for forwarding to a communication device that is remote from the premises, where the security video content is wirelessly transmitted over a wireless television channel dynamically selected from available wireless television channels associated with the premises. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Douglas Medina, Jon Heath, Ronald Jones
  • Publication number: 20180199109
    Abstract: A process that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, selecting a media content item and constructing a tout message based on the media content item. Information associated with the media content item is included within the tout message, which includes a selectable link. The selectable link includes instructions for directing equipment of a subscriber to access the media content item without the subscriber providing additional input. A group of communication devices associated with the subscriber is identified, and the tout message is transmitted to a communication device of the group. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Scott White
  • Patent number: 10021661
    Abstract: A system includes a plurality of base stations coupled in a mesh network. A first base station of the plurality of base stations includes a first antenna to receive a primary timing synchronization signal and a first interface to a wired packet-switched communication link. The first base station is configured to transmit backup timing synchronization information based on the primary timing synchronization signal. A second base station of the plurality of base stations has a second interface to the wired packet-based communication link and is configured to utilize the second timing synchronization signal sent from the first base station responsive to a failure of the primary timing synchronization signal at the second base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Yi Shen, Ye Chen
  • Patent number: 10016684
    Abstract: Security in a geogame is maintained by implementing various security techniques. The various techniques provide specific advantages for different threat modes and attack styles against a geogame implemented via a mobile ad hoc network utilizing a geocast protocol. Jamming is detected by each player device listening for expected retransmissions of its own originated geocasts. If it fails to hear a retransmission, it concludes jamming. Network interdiction is detected by monitoring for received transmissions and/or periodically sending dummy transmissions to support other devices' detections. Location determination attacks are detected by recognizing “impossible” movements. Geogame interruption attacks are detected by detecting unauthorized requests to restart a geogame. Other security measures include utilizing cryptographic keys and/or pass phrases when geocasting. Various penalties within the context of a geogame are levied against a player if a security breach is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert J. Hall
  • Patent number: 10021463
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to provide voice communication inoperative condition notifications are disclosed. An apparatus includes an error capture to: transmit a request to a voice over internet protocol processor that serves a first voice over internet protocol user and a second voice over internet protocol user, the request indicating that the error capture is to be subscribed to receive voice over internet protocol notifications from the voice over internet protocol processor; and a notifier to: determine a voice over internet protocol user identifier associated with a first notification; determine a video distribution system user identifier associated with the voice over internet protocol user identifier; and transmit a third notification to the video distribution system, the third notification instructing the video distribution system to cause an indication of the first notification to be presented on a video presentation device associated with the video distribution system user identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Chaoxin Qiu, Jeffrey Lee Scruggs, Robert F. Dailey
  • Patent number: 10021178
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media distribution system having a controller to identify a plurality of media presentation devices of a user of the media distribution system, identify one or more distribution preferences supplied by the user for distributing media content to the plurality of media presentation devices, receive media content from one of a plurality of media sources of the user, determine a media content type from the received media content, and distribute the received media content to one or more of the plurality of media presentation devices according to the one or more distribution preferences and the media content type. The one or more distribution preferences comprise in part media content distribution arrangements assigned by the user between the plurality of media sources of the user and the plurality of media presentation devices of the user. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Scott White, James Cansler, Ian C. Schmehl
  • Patent number: 10021251
    Abstract: Usage information is determined that describes usage of different services by a user device. A combined usage of the different services utilized by the user device is determined and compared to monitoring criteria. When the monitoring criteria are satisfied, an electronic message is sent to an address associated with the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Aaron, Jun-Gang Alin