AT&T Patents

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  • Patent number: 10299169
    Abstract: Aspects describe renegotiation of quality of service parameters to resolve maximum bit rate mismatches and/or other quality of service parameter mismatching issues that might arise during an inter-radio access technology handover. At about the same time as a mobile device moves from a source network to a target network, the target network dynamically initiates a quality of service modification procedure. The quality of service modification procedure can help resolve the maximum bit rate mismatches and/or the other quality of service parameter mismatching issues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jiansong Wang, Ryan Redfern
  • Patent number: 10299238
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system that manages utilization of mobile subscriber identity information including enabling reuse of such information by a different communication device and/or re-authorizing use by a communication device that previously was authorized to utilize the information. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Clifton Ashman Campbell, Stephen Emille Chin, Walter Cooper Chastain
  • Patent number: 10297354
    Abstract: A method of aggregating medical information can include receiving, at a remote aggregation system, individual syndromes collected by mobile personal medical devices associated with respective bodies as the mobile personal medical devices move within an environment, aggregating the individual syndromes at the remote aggregation system, and determining whether an environmental syndrome exists for at least some of the individual syndromes. Related systems and computer program products are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Ari Craine, Jonathan Reeves, Steven Tischer
  • Patent number: 10296851
    Abstract: Physical space is allocated to members of a group to maximize collaborative efforts. Each member of the group is determined based on presence or detection of a wireless device. As the members of the group are wirelessly detected, physical space may be assigned based on historical usage, calendar entries, physical needs, and infrastructure traits. Desks, office space, conference rooms, and other facilities may thus be dynamically reserved to maximize collaboration and yet efficiently utilize existing physical spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Craig Arthur Klein, Gregory O. Harp, Joseph Eric Sineath
  • Patent number: 10299226
    Abstract: Adjustment of a transmit power parameter, such as a ceiling level, is disclosed. Signal-to-noise type information and committed power information can be employed to determine the ceiling level adjustment. A ceiling level can be a predetermined cap on transmission power for downlink or uplink channels between a user equipment and a base station. Where there is sufficient headroom in total transmission power and a power level greater than the predetermined ceiling can be effective, the ceiling can be adjusted to greater values than the predetermined value. Where total transmission power is more committed, ceiling adjustment can be prevented. Further, where there is no adequate benefit from increasing the ceiling, the adjustment of the ceiling can be prevented. While some instances can result in optimized transmission levels below the ceiling, instances can also be accommodated where the ceiling is to be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Vladimir Gusavac, Manish Vaishnav
  • Patent number: 10299140
    Abstract: An approach for change roll out in wireless networks that utilizes a diverse set of features, such as software/hardware configuration, radio parameters, user population, mobility patterns, network topology and automatically identifies the test locations that would improve the predictability between the performance impacts during testing and network-wide deployment. Through automated and effective analysis of a wide variety of features, the approach for change roll out in wireless networks reflects the impacts observed during testing and predicts the performance of the post-test wide-scale deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC, Board Of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Ajay Mahimkar, Zihui Ge, Nabeel Mir, Sarat Puthenpura, Lili Qiu, Mubashir Adnan Qureshi
  • Patent number: 10296612
    Abstract: A sorter sorts a list of elements using a plurality of registers. Each register stores a value of at most one element. Each register receives an input from a previous one of the registers indicating whether the previous one of the registers is storing a value of a list element before storing a value of a list element. Each register supplies an indication to a next register whether the register is storing a list element value. A register sends a stored value and the register identification to a register stack. The register stack uses the value as an index to store a pointer to the register. In that way a sorted list is created in the register stack. A register stores list location information for one or more occurrences of a value stored by the register. Overflow of list location information is handled in a duplicate values stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: AT&T Mobility II LLC, AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sheldon K. Meredith, William C. Cottrill
  • Patent number: 10296300
    Abstract: A method of aiding creation of a service offer associated with a Service Delivery Framework (SDF) includes providing a plurality of reusable Application Objects (AOs) that may be associated with an Interactive Development Environment (IDE). The AOs are prototype customer facing service offers that include standardized functions supporting ordering, billing, management and monitoring. The AOs also include standardized event formats and configurable attributes that affect the behavior and pricing of service offers derived from the AOs. A Services Marketplace facilitates reuse of AOs and supports relationships between customers, application creators, service providers and OSS/BSS providers. A computer-readable medium includes instructions that when executed by a computing device aids in creation of a service offer associated with a SDF by providing a plurality of reusable Application Objects (AOs) in the context of a services marketplace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Erickson, Samuel Glazer
  • Patent number: 10295358
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for enabling users who request a map of a specified route to invoke a data session to see images of the key markers and a video session to see live views of key points along the route are disclosed. If traffic appears congested, the subscriber can request an alternative route from the network along with image and video sessions to verify the traffic conditions of the alternative route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Marian Croak, Hossein Eslambolchi
  • Patent number: 10298329
    Abstract: A software-defined network multi-layer controller (SDN-MLC) may communicate with multiple layers of a telecommunication network. The SDN-MLC may have an optimization algorithm that helps manage, in near real-time, the multiple layers of the telecommunication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Gagan Choudhury, Kathleen Meier-Hellstern, Alvin Goddard, Narayan Padi, Simon Tse
  • Patent number: 10299192
    Abstract: Channel multi-input multi-output (MIMI) systems can be configured with a variable number of codewords where the network an change the number of codewords based on channel conditions, user equipment capability, etc. Thus, the network can efficiently utilize feedback channel overhead while simultaneously improving the capacity of the system. Instead of configuring the UE with a fixed number of codewords for all the channel conditions, the network can change the number of codewords dynamically or semi-statically. The network can determine the number of codewords based on measurements and recommendations from the UE. Alternatively, the network can determine the number of codewords on its own.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: SaiRamesh Nammi, Xiaoyi Wang, Arunabha Ghosh
  • Patent number: 10298293
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example a housing defining an open volume therein where the housing includes a connection structure for connecting with a utility structure, a first wireless device contained in the housing where the first wireless device is coupled with a first antenna extending outside of the housing, and a second wireless device contained in the housing where the second wireless device is coupled with a second antenna extending outside of the housing. The first and second wireless devices can be coupled to each other. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Irwin Gerszberg, Robert Bennett, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III, Farhad Barzegar, Paul Shala Henry, Henry Kafka
  • Patent number: 10298371
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving, by a network element of a distributed antenna system, a reference signal, a control channel and a first modulated signal at a first carrier frequency, the first modulated signal including first communications data provided by a base station and directed to a mobile communication device. The instructions in the control channel direct the network element of the distributed antenna system to convert the first modulated signal at the first carrier frequency to the first modulated signal in a first spectral segment. The reference signal is received at an out of band frequency relative to the control channel. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Irwin Gerszberg, Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10297895
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system for generating first electromagnetic waves and directing instances of the first electromagnetic waves to an interface of a transmission medium to induce propagation of second electromagnetic waves having a dominant non-fundamental wave mode. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10298706
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method comprising: obtaining social media information associated with a user, wherein the social media information comprises historical social media information associated with the user and current social media information associated with the user; selecting, based upon the historical social media information, a selected personality type associated with the use; determining, based upon the selected personality type associated with the user, a candidate entertainment recommendation; determining, based upon the current social media information, whether the candidate entertainment recommendation should be provided to the user; responsive to determining that the candidate entertainment recommendation should not be provided to the user: determining, based upon the selected personality type associated with the user, an alternate entertainment recommendation; and providing to the user the second recommendation. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Gregory W. Edwards, Sarah Everett, Marc Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10298988
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing content. A selection of a single virtual channel may be received from the user. Virtual programming data for the single virtual channel may be accessed. The virtual programming data may define content to be provided over the single virtual channel. The content may be provided over the single virtual channel in accordance with the virtual programming data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Raghvendra Savoor, Zhi Li
  • Patent number: 10298448
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method including selecting a solution set of devices from a set of candidate devices connected to a network to provide a service via a virtual device, generating a virtual finite state machine to control execution of the required functions of the virtual device via selected capabilities of each device of the solution set of devices transmitting, to a controller device of the solution set of devices, the virtual finite state machine, wherein execution of the virtual finite state machine by the controller device causes the controller device to control the required functions of the virtual device via the selected capabilities of each device of the solution set of devices, and transmitting, to non-controller devices of the solution set of devices, software data and configuration data, wherein execution of the software data at the non-controller devices according to the configuration data causes the non-controller devices to perform the selected capabil
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Julio Cartaya, Robert M. Higgins
  • Patent number: 10298987
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a server computing device, a request to stream media content to a user device. The request is associated with data identifying a personal quality profile. The method includes retrieving, via the server computing device, the personal quality profile associated with the data. The personal quality profile indicates media quality preferences. The method includes determining, via a processor of the server computing device, a version of the media content to send to the user device based on the media quality preferences of the personal quality profile and based on a delivery bit rate. The method also includes sending the version from the server computing device to the user device in response to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    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: 10298996
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method that includes collecting operational data from a plurality of premises devices over a satellite service provider network for subscribers of the satellite provider network, wherein the operational data includes premises device data for each premises device of a subscriber, detecting an error indication in premises device data of one of the plurality of premises devices, determining a mitigation action to the error indication in the premises device data for the one of the plurality of premises devices, determining if the error indication in the operational data is indicative of a system wide problem for a type of equipment of the one of the plurality of premises devices, and updating the type of equipment across the satellite provider network with the mitigation action responsive to determining that the error is indicative of the system wide problem. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Moshiur Rahman
  • Patent number: 10298523
    Abstract: A presence-based capability discovery mechanism for in-call services in the rich communication services (RCS) release 6 suite of services is provided. A method can comprise receiving a unique identifier representing a communication between a first user device and a second user device, the unique identifier comprising a concatenation of a first string, a second string, and a third string, as a function of the second string, performing a look up of a first presence tuple associated with the first user device; and associating the unique identifier to first presence tuple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Matthew Wayne Stafford, Min Lu
  • Patent number: 10298560
    Abstract: A login session server establishes a communications session between an application executing on a device and a service provided by a web services gateway. A temporary login session socket is established and a token is sent to the device. The temporary login session socket may be used to verify a service provided by the web services gateway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Jay O. Glasgow, Johannes Simon Jaskolski
  • Publication number: 20190148826
    Abstract: In accordance with one or more embodiments, a communication device includes a dielectric antenna having a longitudinal axis, a feed point and an aperture. A cable comprising a core is coupled to the feed point of the dielectric antenna. A transmitter, coupled to the cable, facilitates a transmission of first electromagnetic waves to the feed point of the dielectric antenna, the first electromagnetic waves guided by the core. The first electromagnetic waves propagate along the core without requiring an electrical return path, and the first electromagnetic waves generate free-space wireless signals from the aperture of the antenna in accordance with a hollow-boresight antenna beam pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Giovanni Vannucci, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Publication number: 20190149853
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving a plurality of live video streams from a plurality of communication devices, the plurality of live video streams being associated with a common event. Further aspects may include aggregating the plurality of live video streams to generate a composite video stream for presenting a selectable viewing of the common event and providing the composite video stream to a device for presentation. Additional aspects may include adjusting the composite video stream according to user generated-input to generate an adjusted composite video stream, the user-generated input corresponds to a request to adjust the presentation of the common event. Other aspects may include providing the adjusted composite video stream to the device for presentation. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Keith Crowe
  • Publication number: 20190150055
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining a compatibility of the mobile station with a 3GPP IMS architecture. In response to determining that the mobile station is compatible with the 3GPP IMS architecture, a transfer is facilitated of the machine-type communication message to the mobile station via a network element of an IMS network core. In response to determining that the mobile station is not compatible with the 3GPP IMS architecture a forwarding is facilitated of the machine-type communication message to a machine-type communication interworking function associated with the mobile station, wherein the machine-type communication interworking function facilitates a directing of the machine-type communication message to the mobile station via an SGs interface of a mobility management entity of an evolved packet core of a 3GPP long term evolution network. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Rajendra Prasad Kodaypak, Christopher Bryant, Ryan Redfern, Jiansong Wang
  • Publication number: 20190150136
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a device that converts a modulated signal in a spectral segment to the modulated signal at a carrier frequency without modifying a signaling protocol, wherein the carrier frequency is outside of the spectral segment. A guided electromagnetic wave is generated that propagates along a physical transmission medium without requiring an electrical return path and includes a reference signal in addition to the modulated signal at the carrier frequency. A wireless signal is transmitted by antenna coupled to the physical transmission medium, wherein the signal is directed to a network element of a distributed antenna system, including the reference signal and modulated signal. The reference signal enables the network element to reduce distortion when reconverting the modulated signal at the carrier frequency to the modulated signal in the spectral segment for wireless distribution to a mobile communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Irwin Gerszberg
  • Publication number: 20190150072
    Abstract: In accordance with one or more embodiments, an access point includes a first communication interface that receives, first guided electromagnetic waves from a first waveguide system wherein the first guided electromagnetic waves convey a first plurality of resource blocks containing first data. A data switch selects first selected portions of the first data corresponding to a first subset of the first plurality of resource blocks for transmission to at least one communication device in proximity to the access point and select second selected portions of the first data corresponding to a second subset of the first plurality of resource blocks by omitting the first subset from the first plurality of resource blocks. A second communication interface generates second guided electromagnetic waves conveying the second selected portions of the first data to facilitate reuse of the first subset of the first plurality of resource blocks by a second waveguide system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Giovanni Vannucci, Peter Wolniansky, Paul Shala Henry
  • Publication number: 20190143129
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed for relaying information from a cardiac pacemaker to an external device. Logic on the pacemaker modulates a heartbeat clock of the pacemaker to encode information onto a blood pressure sequence by adding or subtracting a small subinterval to or from a pulse repetition interval of the pacemaker. A muscle stimulator beats the heart according to the modulated sequence. A monitoring device external to the body monitors the blood pressure to retrieve the encoded information, or message. The encoded information is then decoded to determine the information in the message. This information may concern the pacemaker as well as other devices within the body that communicate with the pacemaker such as blood monitors, etc. Since the message is conveyed via simple modulation of the heart beat intervals, no separate transmitter is required in the pacemaker which would otherwise increase cost and decrease battery life.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon Kent Meredith, Brandon B. Hilliard, Mario Kosseifi
  • Publication number: 20190149964
    Abstract: Centralized management of the Internet of Things resolves user difficulties. Connected devices may be associated with an owner's or user's electronic profile. The electronic profile may be represented as a graphical user interface (such as a webpage), thus allowing remote management of the connected devices. The owner or user may thus configure the electronic profile to define what electronic data is shared and with whom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Brian Greaves, Stephen Thomas Hardin, Erie Lai Har Lau, Robert Osterwise
  • Publication number: 20190149193
    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: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Publication number: 20190149883
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a device that facilitates sharing, by a mobile phone user, content that the user has viewed on a television coupled to a media processor. A message is initiated via a messaging client of the mobile phone, and a video clip is obtained by the mobile phone from the media processor. Additional video content provided at the mobile phone is attached to the video clip. The format of the video clip is converted to enable presentation of the converted video clip at a recipient device; the converted video clip is transmitted to the recipient device via the messaging client. The media processor and the mobile phone form a natively integrated device, so that a video clip of the content can be produced and transmitted without installation of an application on the mobile phone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Christopher McNair Wood
  • Publication number: 20190148835
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system for receiving a first electromagnetic wave supplied by a dielectric antenna in a first position, where the first electromagnetic wave propagates along an outer surface of a feedline of the dielectric antenna, receiving a second electromagnetic wave supplied by the dielectric antenna in a second position, where the second electromagnetic wave propagates along the outer surface of the feedline of the dielectric antenna, measuring a ratio of a first signal strength of the first electromagnetic wave and a second signal strength of the second electromagnetic wave, detecting that the ratio is below a threshold, and adjusting an operational characteristic of a system to increase the ratio. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Thomas M. Willis, III, Farhad Barzegar, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J. Barnickel
  • Publication number: 20190149262
    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: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Donald J. Barnickel, Farhad Barzegar, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Publication number: 20190149195
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a coupling device includes a circuit that receives a signal. At least one passive electrical circuit element generates an electromagnetic field in response to the signal. A portion of the electromagnetic field is guided by a surface of a transmission medium to propagate as a guided electromagnetic wave longitudinally along the transmission medium. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Publication number: 20190149194
    Abstract: In accordance with one or more embodiments, an access point includes a first communication interface having: a first coupler configured to receive, via a first transmission medium, first guided electromagnetic waves from a first waveguide system of a distributed antenna system, wherein the first guided electromagnetic waves propagate along the first transmission medium without requiring an electrical return path; and also a first receiver configured to receive first data from the first guided electromagnetic waves. A data switch is configured to select first selected portions of the first data for transmission to at least one communication device in proximity to the access point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Giovanni Vannucci, Peter Wolniansky, Paul Shala Henry
  • Publication number: 20190149884
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, obtaining first personal content associated with a first mobile communication device, obtaining recognition information associated with a target individual where the recognition information is associated with at least one of images of the target individual and audio of the target individual, obtaining second personal content associated with the first mobile communication device, and performing recognition analysis on the second personal content using the recognition information to detect the target individual being present in second images of the second personal content, where a communication device associated with the target individual is provided with access to the second images. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Aleksey Ivanov, Andrea Basso, Tara Hines, Jeffrey Mikan, Nadia Morris
  • Publication number: 20190149980
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method for facilitating, at a system including at least one processor, establishment of a communication session with a device coupled to a Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC) by way of network equipment of a default Mobile Network Operator (MNO), receiving, at the system, information descriptive of an MNO selection, selecting, at the system, from a database of credentials of a plurality of MNOs first credential information according to the received information, wherein the first credential information is associated with a first MNO of the plurality of MNOs, and transmitting, from the system, the first credential information to the UICC over the communication session by way of the device to cause the UICC to facilitate establishment of communications with network equipment of the first MNO according to the first credential information. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: David Midkiff
  • Patent number: 10291311
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving a first wireless signal at a first carrier frequency, the first wireless signal including a first modulated signal generated by a second antenna system by frequency-shifting the first modulated signal from a first native frequency band to the first carrier frequency, receiving a second wireless signal at a second carrier frequency, the second wireless signal including a second modulated signal generated by a third antenna system by frequency-shifting the second modulated signal from a second native frequency band to the second carrier frequency, detecting a fault in the second antenna system, and responsive to the detecting, adjusting a power level of a first wireless transmission to generate an adjusted first wireless transmission directed to the third antenna system. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Irwin Gerszberg
  • Patent number: 10291689
    Abstract: According to one aspect disclosed herein, a service centric virtual network function architecture can be used for development and deployment of services in a cloud computing system. The cloud computing system can include a plurality of compute resources and a plurality of memory resources. A portion of the plurality of memory resources can include virtual machine monitor instructions. The virtual machine monitor instructions can be executed by a first portion of the plurality of compute resources to perform operations. In particular, the virtual machine monitor instructions can be executed by the first portion of the plurality of compute resources to instantiate a virtual network function to be executed by a second portion of the plurality of compute resources. The virtual network function can include at least a portion of a decomposition of a physical network function that supports at least a portion of a telecommunications service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Anisa Parikh, Neela R. Atluri, Paritosh Bajpay, Sekar Ganesan, Shobhna Goyal, Shiv Kumar, Magda K. Nassar, Satyendra Tripathi, Ralph Utano
  • Patent number: 10291751
    Abstract: A method, computer readable medium and apparatus for transmitting signaling information within payload traffic. For example, the method parses a certificate received from a service provider to obtain service imprint information associated with a mobile service, inserts a service control parameter derived from the service imprint information into a packet header, and forwards the packet header within payload traffic to a policy charging and enforcing function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Qingmin Hu, Gus Bourg, Terry Figurelle, Jie McKnight, Jeffrey Dean Hjort
  • Patent number: 10291966
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a content server from a media device, a request for media content at a first playback rate. The media content is available to the content server at a second playback rate that is different from the first playback rate. The method includes generating modified media content by modifying a first portion of the media content to have a second format corresponding to a third media playback rate. The first portion having a first media characteristic. The third playback rate is different than the first playback rate and is different than the second playback rate. The third playback rate is selected such that the modified media content has a third format corresponding to the first playback rate. The method further includes sending the modified media content from the content server to a media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrej Ljolje, Ann Syrdal, Alistair Conkie
  • Patent number: 10292042
    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 network operator selected from a plurality of network operators, receiving, by the first device, first credential information of the first network operator, 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 network operator according to the first credential information. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: David A. Christopher, Dana Tardelli
  • Patent number: 10292013
    Abstract: A method may use location information to transmit alert information to a communications device. Such a method may include receiving location information identifying a physical location of a mobile device; responsive to receiving an indication of communication intended for the mobile device, selecting an alerting tone based on the physical location of the mobile device; and providing instructions to adjust an alerting mechanism of the mobile device based on the selecting of the alerting tone. Other methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Scott M. Frank, Robert Jackson Starr, John P. Ruckart, Steven Neil Tischer, Samuel N. Zellner
  • Patent number: 10289448
    Abstract: A traffic management mechanism can employ a two-tiered approach for managing background traffic based on prioritizing tasks by remaining time flexibility then scheduling prioritized tasks using linear programming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., George Washington University
    Inventors: Moo-Ryong Ra, Rajesh Krishna Panta, Tian Lan, Shijing Li
  • Patent number: 10291648
    Abstract: A system for distributing virtual entity behavior profiling in cloud deployments is disclosed. In particular, the system may include conducting entity behavior profiling closer to where data and data logs are generated, such as at a hypervisor server, in a distributed fashion. By doing so, the system may reduce bandwidth consumption typically associated with transferring data to a central processing system, may be able to use more data collected closer to sources of data generation, and may provide faster reaction times because of the faster processing of data enabled by the system. Additionally, the system may assist with reducing false positives associated with malware detection and other compromises associated with entities by aggregating the results of distributed computations at different sites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Giura, Gustavo de los Reyes
  • Patent number: 10292067
    Abstract: An eNodeB or other cell access point device can receive demand data from mobile devices served by the cell. The demand data can represent an estimate of demand over a future period for network resources (e.g., bandwidth). The cell can aggregate this demand data and determine price data for the time period or for various intervals of the time period, then transmit the price data to the mobile devices. The price data can operate as a collaborative approach to scheduling traffic. For example, data (e.g., delay tolerant data) can be shifted (e.g., delayed for a few seconds) based on an examination of the price data in conjunction a determined priority of the data. Such can be applicable to data traffic not traditionally thought of as delay tolerant such as streaming video or web browsing, and can be accomplished without negatively impacting the quality of service or experience of the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kaustubh Joshi, Rajesh Krishna Panta, Cong Shi
  • Patent number: 10292003
    Abstract: A first device may receive a location of a second device simply by sending a text message to the second device. The text message may comprise an identifier of the second device (e.g., phone number of the second device, mobile subsection identification number of the second device, etc.) and a location code. A communication network may intercept the text message. The communication network may analyze contents of the text message. The network may determine that the location code is valid and determine the location of the second device. The network may provide an indication of the location of the second device to the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sangar Dowlatkhah, Venson M. Shaw
  • Patent number: 10291513
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for a topology aware load balancing engine. A processor that executes a load balancing engine can receive a request for a load balancing plan for an application. The processor can obtain network topology data that describes elements of a data center and links associated with the elements. The processor can obtain an application flow graph associated with the application and create a load balancing plan to use in balancing traffic associated with the application. The processor can create the load balancing plan to use in balancing traffic associated with the application and distribute commands to the data center to balance traffic over the links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Matti A. Hiltunen, Richard D. Schlichting, Kaustubh Joshi, Hiroya Matsuba
  • Patent number: 10291941
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a device including a processing system that receives items of media content; delivers the items over a network according to a schedule determined by a content delivery scheduling system; detects a level of broadcast network capacity utilization; and periodically generates and transmits to the scheduling system a forecast of network capacity utilization. A new forecast is generated and transmitted responsive to the network capacity utilization deviating from the forecast by more than a predetermined tolerance. A resource for delivering the items of media content is dynamically assigned to the processing system by the scheduling system in accordance with a current forecast. The items of media content comprise a queue accessible to the content delivery scheduling system; the queue is maintained by the scheduling system and is uniquely assigned to the processing system. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Rong Lu, Richard Silvestri
  • Patent number: 10290042
    Abstract: Electronic multimedia content is recommended based on personal preferences. Consumption information may be collected to generate recommended multimedia content. Electronic storefronts may also be selected based on the consumption information. Different portals and access points may be used based on IPTV assets, mobile assets, and mobile assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James T. Sofos, Lee M. Chow, David J. Piepenbrink
  • Patent number: 10291964
    Abstract: Management of multimedia communications is provided. A method can include identifying, by a device comprising a processor, an available media communication, wherein the available media communication comprises an audio stream and a video stream that is distinct from the audio stream, receiving, by the device, the audio stream of the available media communication, resulting in a received media stream, altering, by the device, the received media stream, resulting in an altered media stream, and facilitating, by the device, a rendering of the altered media stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Xidong Wu, Mario Kosseifi, Zhengye Liu