AT&T Patents

AT&T Inc. provides telecommunications services in the United States and the world. Its subsidiaries provide landline data and voice communications services, as well as wireless voice and data communications services.

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  • 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
  • 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: 10021509
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to provide an update via a satellite connection are disclosed. An example method includes scanning a local area network to identify a device in communication with the local area network. A hardware address of the device is determined. The hardware address of the device is compared against a whitelist of hardware addresses included in an update schedule. In response to detecting that the hardware address of the device is included in the whitelist of hardware addresses, an update identified in the update schedule is received via a broadcast distribution system, is recorded, and is transmitted to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Arthur Richard Brisebois
  • Patent number: 10021094
    Abstract: A system for wearable authentication and management is disclosed. In particular, the system may include identifying and authenticating a user through biometric data or movement signatures specific to the wearer of a wearable device. Once the user and wearable device are authenticated, the system may activate and provision connectivity services for the wearable device, associate the device with a device ecosystem of the user, and push predefined settings to the wearable device. Additionally, the system may deliver communications that are transmitted to other devices in the device ecosystem to the wearable device while the wearable device is worn by the user. If the user no longer wears the wearable device or the wearable device is not utilized for a period of time, the system may deactivate the connectivity services for the wearable device and remove any settings pushed to the wearable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Walsh, Christopher McConnell, Jeff Pedro, Matthew Mayheu
  • Patent number: 10021105
    Abstract: A mobile device enabled tiered data exchange via a vehicle is disclosed. A mobile device can access profile information related to a tiered-data sharing profile. The tiered-data sharing profile can associate data with a sharing tier designating security, privacy, or authorization constraints on sharing the associated data. A sharing tier can further designate obfuscation of the data as a constraint on sharing the data. The mobile device can enable access to the data subject to the constraints of the tiered-data sharing profile. In an embodiment, tiered data can be shared from the mobile device to an external service device via vehicle device. In another embodiment, tiered data can be shared from the mobile device to a service device of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC, AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Yehoshuva Arasavelli, Ginger Li Chien
  • 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: 10019750
    Abstract: A method of providing coupons for shopping includes storing a shopping list in an electronic device including items for purchase via a merchant, storing electronic representations of coupons in the electronic device and associating the electronic representations of coupons with items included in the shopping list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert S. McIntosh
  • Patent number: 10021597
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for facilitating traffic flow control in a multi-radio access technology wireless network infrastructure. The systems and methods can comprise performing operations including determining a qualification threshold value for a slave node device, as a function of the qualification threshold value, determining a data volume threshold value for the slave node device, and as a function of the data volume threshold value, facilitating transmission of data to a user equipment device by the slave node device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Milap V. Majmundar
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20180191386
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, generating a wireless signal at a first network device and directing the wireless signal towards a second network device of another utility pole, which includes directing the wireless signal away from another network device of the other utility pole. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Publication number: 20180192235
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a process by which first data is received from a mobile device regarding first objects detected by the mobile device in an area, the first data having been collected by the mobile device at a number of first collection points while moving along a first path from an initial position in the area to a boundary of the area. The first data is aggregated with second data previously collected regarding second objects in the area, the second data having been collected at a number of second collection points along a second path different from the first path. The second data includes a position indicator for each of the second objects indexed by the initial position. A map of the area is generated based on the aggregating and the map is transmitted to the mobile device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Rudolph L. Mappus, IV, James Morgan White
  • Publication number: 20180191910
    Abstract: Network resources for a call are allocated. The network resources for the call are reserved based on a reservation. The network resources are reserved before any one network resource is committed. If the call is confirmed, then the network resources are committed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Douglas M. Nortz, Kadangode K. Ramakrishnan, Charles Robert Kalmanek, Jr., William Todd Marshall, Partho Pratim Mishra
  • Publication number: 20180190012
    Abstract: A method or apparatus that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a method for adapting media content of a source device for a recipient device. Characteristics of a first environment of a source device and of a second environment of a recipient can be identified. At least one difference between the characteristics of the first environment of the source device and the characteristics of the second environment of the recipient device can be determined. A presentation of media content can be modified according to the at least one difference between the characteristics of the first environment of the source device and the characteristics of the second environment of the recipient device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrea Basso, Tara Hines, Aleksey Ivanov, Jeffrey Mikan, Nadia Morris
  • Publication number: 20180190105
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for limiting service availability when a sensor device is non-operational due to a noise floor change. According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, a connected home system includes a controller device configured to monitor a plurality of sensor devices deployed within a premises, and a sensor device of the plurality of sensor devices. The sensor device can monitor radio frequency (“RF”) noise in a radio environment associated with the premises. The radio environment is associated with an RF noise floor. The sensor device can determine whether the radio frequency noise exceeds a noise threshold. In response to determining that the RF noise exceeds the noise threshold, the sensor device can cause the controller device to exclude the sensor device from being monitored by the controller device until the RF noise returns to below the noise threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Digital Life, Inc.
    Inventor: Plamen Vanchev
  • Publication number: 20180188820
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program calibrate a gaming application. An image of a player is received. A region is determined based on the image, and interactions performed within the region are interpreted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Eric Zavesky
  • Publication number: 20180191656
    Abstract: A cloud based mobile internet protocol messaging spam defense. Short message service (SMS) messages are analyzed by a cloud based virtual machine to determine if should be considered potentially unwanted messages (e.g., spam). The cloud based virtual machine uses a user specific algorithm for determining if a message should be considered to be a potentially unwanted message. Messages that are determined to be potentially unwanted messages trigger a notification to be sent to a user device associated with the virtual machine. The notification requests confirmation from the user that the potentially unwanted message is an unwanted message. The user's response to a request for confirmation is then used to update an unwanted message database associated with the user and the user device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Ann E. Skudlark, Lien K. Tran, Yu Jin
  • Publication number: 20180192092
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing video transport is disclosed. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server having a controller to predict visibility to a viewer of packet loss impairment for communicated video content based at least in part on scene information for one or more packets of the video content. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Amy Ruth Reibman, David John Poole
  • Publication number: 20180191715
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may perform, for example, receiving an over-the-air programming message that is utilizing a hypertext transfer protocol where the over-the-air programming message including programming data for use by the mobile communication device, converting the over-the-air programming message to a short message service transport protocol to generate an adjusted message that includes the programming data, and providing the adjusted message to a universal integrated circuit card of the mobile communication device via a baseband proxy operating in a device processor of the mobile communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Walter Cooper Chastain, Stephen Emille Chin
  • Publication number: 20180189846
    Abstract: A server provides data to software applications executing at mobile devices. Billing information for each wireless device is shared with a provider of a software application. The server formats usage information into a transaction record for the content provider. A customer of a network carrier is charged differently based upon a type of content accessed through the server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Douglas R. O'Neil, Jose F. Rivera
  • Publication number: 20180191080
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a waveguide including a plurality of devices that facilitate generating scattered electromagnetic waves from electromagnetic waves propagating on a surface of a transmission medium. The scattered electromagnetic waves combine to generate a wireless signal having a directionality based on a separation between plurality of devices and a wavelength of the electromagnetic waves. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    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: 20180191405
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to secondary short-range wireless assist for wireless-based access control. According to one aspect, a method can include receiving, at an access control system, a first identifier via a near-field communications (“NFC”) reader associated with an entryway to an area. The NFC reader can receive the first identifier from an NFC component of a mobile device. The method can include receiving, at the access control system, a second identifier via a wireless transceiver associated with the area. The wireless transceiver associated with the area can receive the second identifier from a wireless communication component of the mobile device after the mobile device has entered the area through the entryway. The method can also include determining, by the access control system, that the first identifier and the second identifier constitute an authentication pair that identifies the mobile device as being authenticated to access the area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mike Horton
  • Publication number: 20180191707
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for generating a secure token specific to an online service provider are provided. User account information of a user is transmitted to a token processor from an online service provider requesting a secure token generation. The token processor also receives, from the online service provider, exchange information for an exchange between the user and the online service provider. The token processor generates, based on the exchange information and the user account information, a secure token to be used for the exchange. The generated secure token is mapped to the online service provider and transmitted to the online service provider. The exchange information is deleted from the online service provider. The stored secure token is usable only at the mapped online service provider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Michael GULLEDGE
  • Patent number: 10013428
    Abstract: Directory structures of a messaging application and a personal file manager application are synchronized. A designated layer in the directory structure of the messaging application is associated with the designated layer in the directory structure of the personal file manager application. Each time a folder is created or an existing folder is modified or deleted in the designated layer in the directory structure of the messaging application, a corresponding folder is created, modified, or deleted in the designated layer in the directory structure of the personal file manager application and vice versa. Files or links to files are created in the folders of the messaging application to correspond to files or links to files within folders in the personal file manager application, and vice versa. A folder (and its contents) is deleted in the messaging application to correspond to deletions in the personal file manager application, and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Nicholas S. Huslak, Sharon E. Carter
  • Patent number: 10013858
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a garment that includes a receiver, configured to receive at least one coded command from a notification generator, and at least one haptic feedback generator that delivers haptic feedback to a user while wearing the garment during a transit, corresponding to the at least one coded command, where the notification generator is configured to determine a notification to be sent to the user in response to at least one event of interest determined by an input analyzer, and to generate the at least one coded command that indicates the notification, and where the input analyzer is configured to analyze input data corresponding to the transit of the user of the garment to identify the at least one event of interest, occurring during the transit of the user. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Juliette Niebuhr Zerick, William Charles Cottrill, Eugene Henry Rascle, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10015538
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set-top box having a controller to receive a selection of media content that has finished being broadcast where the selection is of the previously broadcast media content, transmit a request for the media content, and receive the media content for presentation at the display device, where the media content includes a plurality of segments, where one or more of the segments is provided by each of a plurality of digital video recorders (DVR's) that have recorded the media content, where the DVR's are remote from the set-top box, and where the plurality of segments are merged prior to presentation by the set-top box. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Joseph Picucci
  • Patent number: 10014137
    Abstract: An electrical switch responds to acoustic inputs. A microphone integrated into the electrical switch generates electrical signals in response to the acoustic inputs. A network interface integrated into the electrical switch provides addressable communication with controllers, computers, and other networked devices. The electrical switch may thus be installed or retrofitted into the electrical wiring of all homes and businesses. Users may thus speak voice commands, which are received by the electrical switch and sent for voice control of appliances and other automation tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: John Willis
  • Patent number: 10014946
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a node device includes an interface configured to receive first signals. A plurality of coupling devices are configured to launch the first signals on a transmission medium as a plurality of first guided electromagnetic waves at corresponding plurality of non-optical carrier frequencies, wherein the plurality of first guided electromagnetic waves are bound to a physical structure of the transmission medium. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Irwin Gerszberg, Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10015840
    Abstract: A device, non-transitory computer-readable medium, and method for disengaging a corrective action via a wearable unit are disclosed. In one example, a processor may receive a movement model for a type of motion of a user, collect sensor data associated with the type of motion of the user from a plurality of sensors of a wearable unit, and determine that the sensor data is not in accordance with the movement model. The processor may further provide a corrective action via the wearable unit in accordance with the movement model when it is determined that the sensor data is not in accordance with the movement model, detect a triggering condition for disengaging the corrective action, and disengage the corrective action when the triggering condition is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: James H. Pratt, Greg W. Edwards, Michael Lattanzi, Constance Missimer
  • Patent number: 10012719
    Abstract: A method for determining the location of a mobile device that has placed an emergency call includes determining that an emergency call has been made by a mobile device having a wireless radio and receiving, from the mobile device, an identifier of a first device detected by the wireless radio. If the first device is not fixed, the method includes sending a first location request to the first device to determine a first location of the first device. The method also includes determining a location of the mobile device based upon the first location and providing the mobile device location to a recipient of the emergency call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T Mobility II LLC, AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sheldon Kent Meredith, Brandon B. Hilliard, William Cottrill
  • Patent number: 10015634
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for estimating mobile station location include receiving reported signal strengths or other attachment indicator values from a mobile station. The reported signal strengths are compared with characteristic received signal strength values in a coverage area of a mobile network. A mobile switching center determines if a local function is requested and initiates a location estimation process by a mobile location module (MLM). The MLM receives the reported signal strength contours associated with the attachment points. Based on a comparison of the reported attachment indicator values with characteristic values, the MLM provides a mobile location estimate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Alan Denis MacDonald, Marc W. Sather, John Lawrence Snapp
  • Patent number: 10015201
    Abstract: A network for delivering application level multimedia services includes simple, application-level switches and rules managers. Each application-level switch includes rules defining message edits and selections of message destinations. The rules managers operate to manage the rules. Network functions process messages on the application level, and include operation of one or more rules managers and operation of an application-level switch. The network function is performed by the switch application by performing application level message processing according to rules managed by the at least one of the plurality of rules managers. The application level switches together resolve a requested identity to one or more routable addresses, enabling the network to route a message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven A. Siegel, Thomas J. Will, Larry B. Pearson
  • Patent number: 10015665
    Abstract: A system can receive a request to modify a universal integrated circuit card, generate a package comprising configuration data for modifying the universal integrated circuit card, instruct an over-the-air system to transmit the package encrypting the package with a transport key to generate an encrypted package, and transmit the encrypted package to a communication device communicatively coupled to the universal integrated circuit card to provision the universal integrated circuit card. The system can provide a mobile network operator trusted service manager system information relating to the configuration data to enable the mobile network operator trusted service manager system to manage content and memory allocation of the universal integrated circuit card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Walter Cooper Chastain, Clifton Ashman Campbell, Stephen Emille Chin, David Harber, Brian Keith Rainer, David K. Smith, Shih-Ming Wang
  • Patent number: 10015071
    Abstract: A method that includes determining, at a mobile device, that a count of encounters by the mobile device with an access point fails to satisfy a threshold. The access point is associated with a first network. The method also includes establishing a connection with a second network in response to determining the count fails to satisfy the threshold. The access point is unassociated with the second network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Jon Luetschwager, Brian Keller
  • Patent number: 10015553
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server having a controller to receive a call request from a set top box that is remote from the server where the call request identifies a telephone number that is presented from video content presented by the set top box where the telephone number is detected based on a combination of image pattern recognition and speech recognition and where the telephone number is associated with a marketing entity, establish a voice communication with a first telephone device associated with the set top box, and establish the voice communication with a second telephone device associated with the telephone number and the marketing entity if the first telephone device accepts the voice communication. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Haifeng Bi, Xiaolian Bi
  • Patent number: 10015530
    Abstract: A video processing method includes receiving a multimedia file including a first video file encrypted with a first compression algorithm and converting the first video file to a second video file, which is encrypted with a second compression algorithm. The method includes extracting, from the second file, video data indicative of at least one video characteristic of the second file and displaying the video data on a display screen or forwarding the video data to a content insertion server. The first video compression algorithm may be a MPEG-2 video compression algorithm and the second video compression algorithm may be an H.264 algorithm and/o an H.265 algorithm. The video data may include run time data indicative of a run time of the second video file, frame rate data indicative of a frame rate of the second video file, and pixel data indicative of a resolution of the second video file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Todd W. Jones, Shauna Adams, James Morgan, Thomas Paterson
  • Patent number: 10015640
    Abstract: Providing network device selection for broadcast content is disclosed. Changes to a LTE or LTE-B network can be propagated in real-time, or near-real-time, to a mapping profile representative of the LTE or LTE-B network. This mapping profile can be employed in updating the LTE or LTE-B network. Further, the mapping profile can be employed in establishing a new LTE-B session, adapting an existing LTE-B session, maintaining an existing LTE-B session, etc. Access to a selection rule can enable the LTE or LTE-B network to rank a determined bearer path of the LTE or LTE-B network. LTE-B network and service management can be performed by the LTE-B network or components thereof, such as, at a BMSC component. Moreover, network device selection for broadcast content can be virtualized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Rajendra Prasad Kodaypak
  • Patent number: 10014977
    Abstract: A system and method for transmitting data over a channel, in which the data are categorized in at least two different categories. For example, the data are categorized according to the effect on perceived degradation on the data when error mitigation is performed on the data. Corrupted data of the first category are replaced using a first replacement method, such as retransmission and forward error correction. The corrupted data of the second category are replaced using a second replacement method different from the first replacement method, e.g., error mitigation or interpolation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Peter Frank Driessen, Mathias R. Kretschmer, Schuyler Reynier Quackenbush, James H. Snyder
  • Patent number: 10015723
    Abstract: A method that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, transmitting movement information for the mobile communication device to a cellular network, receiving a request from a first communication device of a plurality of communication devices to access the cellular network through the mobile communication device, where the plurality of communication devices are coupled to the plurality of communication devices via a wireless local area network and wherein the mobile communication device is coupled to the cellular network, and providing access to the cellular network for the first communication device responsive to the cellular network determining that the mobile communication device has a required network capability based on the movement information and according to the request. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Bo Lee, Arthur Brisebois, Adrianne Luu
  • Patent number: 10014908
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a coupling device including a first antenna that radiates a first wireless signal conveying first data; and a second antenna that radiates a second RF signal conveying the first data from the at least one transmitting device. The first wireless signal and second RF signal form a combined RF signal that is bound by an outer surface of a transmission medium to propagate as a guided electromagnetic wave substantially in a single longitudinal direction along the transmission medium. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10015764
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system that manages utilization of mobile subscriber identity information including enabling use of such information by different communication devices. The use of the same mobile subscriber identity information by multiple devices can be based on detecting device identification information associated with a registration request. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Walter Cooper Chastain, Stephen Emille Chin
  • Patent number: 10015721
    Abstract: Providing collection and storage of mobile application data associated with execution of a mobile application is disclosed for a carrier core-network connected component. In an aspect, the carrier core-network connected component can enable storage of some, none, or all mobile application data related to mobile application information traversing a carrier core-network comprising the carrier core-network connected component. Analysis of the mobile application data can provide insight into a characteristic, behavior, etc., associated with the mobile application. The analysis can enable adaptation of mobile application information transport topography, environment, etc., modification of the mobile application data, testing of mobile application performance related to mobile application information traversing the carrier core-network, simulations to test application services and/or mobile applications, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Routt, Arturo Maria
  • Patent number: 10015659
    Abstract: Security systems are warned of earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. When an early warning system detects a natural disaster, the early warning system alerts a central server. The early warning system alerts the central server to the natural event and its associated geographic area. The central server may then consult a database and determine the security systems operating in a vicinity of the geographic area experiencing the natural event. The central server may thus warn the security systems of the natural event. The security systems may then implement pre-programmed procedures to protect life and property during earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Best, Ted Fick, Hendrik Hofman, Timothy Plattner, Balaji Puli
  • Publication number: 20180183520
    Abstract: A method and system for simultaneous mitigation of optical impairment from both equalizer-phase noise interaction (EPNI) and fiber nonlinear effects (FNE) is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method is directed to simultaneous mitigation of optical impairment from both equalizer-phase noise interaction (EPNI) and fiber nonlinear effects (FNE) using a fast-adaptive multi-tap digital filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Xiang Zhou
  • Publication number: 20180184147
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium operating in a mobile device server. The non-transitory computer-readable storage medium can include computer instructions to execute a web server application in the mobile device server. The web server application can be operable cause the mobile device server to detect a media resource center while roaming in a communication zone of the media resource center, transmit a pairing key to the media resource center, and receive from the media resource center authorization to pair with one or more resources selected by the media resource center according to the pairing key. In one embodiment a billing system can be operable to determine whether to apply a monetary charge to a subscriber account based on the pairing key. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David A. Christopher, Nicholas Peter Hill, Jeffrey G. Weber, William A. Brown, Troy C. Meuninck
  • Publication number: 20180182018
    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: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James T. Sofos, Lee M. Chow, David J. Piepenbrink
  • Publication number: 20180181589
    Abstract: Managed access to file system objects enables an application to request access to a file system object via a file system transformer driver, which may extend the capabilities of a file system. The file system transformer driver may be configured to convert a data file format for the file system object to a data format requested by the application. The file system transformer driver may store the file system object in an internal data format using a file system on a storage device. The file system transformer driver may receive requests from applications via an operating system instruction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barrett M. Kreiner, Jonathan L. Reeves, Ryan L. Schaub
  • Publication number: 20180181812
    Abstract: A system for exploiting visual information for enhancing audio signals via source separation and beamforming is disclosed. The system may obtain visual content associated with an environment of a user, and may extract, from the visual content, metadata associated with the environment. The system may determine a location of the user based on the extracted metadata. Additionally, the system may load, based on the location, an audio profile corresponding to the location of the user. The system may also load a user profile of the user that includes audio data associated with the user. Furthermore, the system may cancel, based on the audio profile and user profile, noise from the environment of the user. Moreover, the system may include adjusting, based on the audio profile and user profile, an audio signal generated by the user so as to enhance the audio signal during a communications session of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Dimitrios Dimitriadis, Donald J. Bowen, Lusheng Ji, Horst J. Schroeter
  • Publication number: 20180182234
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for alarm initiation when a sensor is intentionally jammed. According to one aspect disclosed herein, a connected home system can include a controller device and a sensor device. The sensor device can include a processor and memory. The memory can store sensor instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the sensor device to perform sensor operations. In particular, the sensor device can detect a jamming signal originating, for example, from a jamming device that is intentionally attempting to jam operations of the sensor device. The sensor device can determine whether the jamming signal is above a jamming alarm threshold. If the sensor device determines that the jamming signal is above the jamming alarm threshold, the sensor device can generate a jamming alarm event that is directed to the controller device. The sensor device can send the jamming alarm event to the controller device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Digital Life, Inc.
    Inventor: Plamen H. Vanchev
  • Publication number: 20180183544
    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 3, 2018
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    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: 20180184282
    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. The reassignment of mobile subscriber identity information can be based on detecting a registration that utilizes a bootstrap mobile subscriber identity information or a registration based on a mobile subscriber identity information that the network has designated not for use by the particular communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Applicants: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Walter Cooper Chastain, Stephen Emille Chin