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: 9851807
    Abstract: A method or apparatus accessing, by a recipient device, media content supplied by a source device. The media content is modified to generate first updated media content, wherein the media content is modified according to a comparison of first information descriptive of a first environment of the source device to second information descriptive of a second environment of the recipient device. Images are obtained of a gesture performed within the second environment. A command is identified from the gesture and the first updated media content is modified to generate second updated media content according to the command. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrea Basso, Tara Hines, Aleksey Ivanov, Jeffrey Mikan, Nadia Morris
  • Patent number: 9854499
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a device that determines each of a default downlink forwarding address of a first interface of a user plane and a currently used downlink forwarding address of the first interface of the user plane. One of an uplink user data packet comprising an origination address of a second interface of the user plane, a downlink user data packet comprising a destination address of the second interface of the user plane or both are received, by way of the user plane. One of the default downlink forwarding address, the currently used downlink forwarding address or both can be modified based on the uplink origination address, the destination address or both. Modification of the default downlink forwarding address, the currently used downlink forwarding address or both results in a redirection of an associated packet flow within the user plane. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jiansong Wang, Joseph Dahan, Ryan Redfern
  • Patent number: 9854427
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, responsive to a mode of operation being a reseller mode, providing a second international mobile subscriber identity to a mobile communication device to cause the mobile communication device to store the second international mobile subscriber identity in the universal integrated circuit card and to cause the mobile communication device to delete the first international mobile subscriber identity from the universal integrated circuit card. Responsive to the mode of operation being an agency mode, a third international mobile subscriber identity and authentication keys can be provided to the mobile communication device to cause the mobile communication device to store the third international mobile subscriber identity and the authentication keys in the universal integrated circuit card without deleting the first international mobile subscriber identity from the universal integrated circuit card. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Brian Keith Rainer, Matthew Traye Kenerly
  • Patent number: 9853687
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system that performs operations including receiving electromagnetic waves on an outer surface of a transmission medium having a non-hybrid wave mode and a cutoff frequency, detecting a degradation of a signal quality of the electromagnetic waves, generating adjusted electromagnetic waves having a hybrid wave mode and a non-optical frequency range responsive to the detecting, and directing the adjusted electromagnetic waves having the hybrid wave mode and the non-optical frequency range to the outer surface of the transmission medium for guiding propagation of the adjusted electromagnetic waves without utilizing an electrical return path. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    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
  • Publication number: 20170366489
    Abstract: A request for assistance from a user employing a first user device is received. The request is converted into a plurality of formatted requests. Each formatted request is formatted for receipt by a respective recipient in the list of recipients. Each of the plurality of formatted requests is broadcasted to each respective recipient in the list of recipients. A location of the first user device is provided to each recipient in the list of recipients. An assistance response to the request is received. The assistance response is sent by a particular recipient in the list of recipients. A message is broadcasted to each recipient in the list of recipients, other than the particular recipient, indicating that the particular recipient provided the assistance response. Upon receiving an update message from the particular recipient, the update message is broadcasted to each recipient in the list of recipients other than the particular recipient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Jerry Crawford
  • Publication number: 20170366229
    Abstract: A broadband powerline communication system makes use of knowledge of the spectrum characteristics of a local radio environment in order to improve system performance. A determination is made of the spectrum characteristics of a radio environment in the vicinity of the broadband powerline communication system that is transmitting data on modulated carrier frequencies. In order to avoid interference, certain ones of the carrier frequencies otherwise used by the broadband powerline communication system may be selectively masked based on the determination. The spectrum characteristics may be determined 1) in advance and used to compile a configuration database comprising frequency masking parameters; 2) by monitoring the local radio environment using the transmitter/receiver nodes of the system; or 3) based upon receipt of an indication from a conflicting user that the user is experiencing interference. Various combinations of these spectrum characteristic determination techniques may also be used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Irwin Gerszberg, Paul Shala Henry, Larrie G. Sutliff
  • Publication number: 20170366257
    Abstract: An improved technique for acoustic sensing involves, in one embodiment, launching into a medium, a plurality of groups of pulse-modulated electromagnetic-waves. The frequency of electromagnetic waves in a pulse within a group differs from the frequency of the electromagnetic waves in another pulse within the group. The energy scattered by the medium is detected and, in one embodiment, may be used to determine a characteristic of the environment of the medium. For example, if the medium is a buried optical fiber into which light pulses have been launched in accordance with the invention, the presence of acoustic waves within the region of the buried fiber can be detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Justin Hayward, Andrew B. Lewis, Stuart Russell
  • Patent number: 9848279
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to user equipment (“UE”) categories for machine-to-machine (“M2M”) devices operating in an Internet of things (“IoT”) network and future emerging devices. According to one aspect, a network node can receive, from an M2M device, an M2M device category for the M2M device. The network node can determine an action to perform based upon the M2M device category. The network node can cause the action to be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Weihua Ye, Yung Shirley Choi-Grogan
  • Patent number: 9847005
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for providing a notification of a usage of a medical injector are disclosed. For example, the method determines location information of the medical injector. The method then detects the usage of the medical injector, and records a time of the usage of the medical injector. The method then sends the notification comprising the time at which the usage of the medical injector is detected and the location information of the medical injector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Brian Lee
  • Patent number: 9847850
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a waveguide system for detecting a condition that adversely affects a propagation of electromagnetic waves generated by the waveguide system on a surface of the wire, and adjusting characteristics of the electromagnetic waves generated by the waveguide system to reduce adverse effects caused by the condition. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9847566
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system that performs operations including detecting a signal degradation of guided electromagnetic waves bound to a transmission medium without utilizing an electrical return path, the guided electromagnetic waves having a non-optical frequency range, and adjusting an alignment of at least a portion of fields of the guided electromagnetic waves to mitigate the signal degradation. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    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: 9848301
    Abstract: More efficient mobile device location data can be obtained by estimating a most likely location point in a coverage pattern using a kernel density estimation technique. The kernel density estimation technique can provide a continuous estimate of the most frequented locations of a mobile device(s) within a coverage area. For each wireless sector, the collected location data can grouped to the closest geographic coordinate system, and an inference can be made based on the grouped data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Rudolph Mappus, Jeremy Fix, Ravishankar Doejode, James Morgan White
  • Patent number: 9848337
    Abstract: Dynamic metro cell location planning is provided within the wireless communication coverage area of a macro cell. Metro cell location planning can include obtaining performance parameters associated with the macro cell and evaluating coverage parameters of the macro cell. Metro cell location planning can also include selecting, based on the performance parameters and the coverage parameters, a location within a wireless communication coverage area of the macro cell for placement of the metro cell. The selected location can be conveyed to a user and/or entity for deployment of the metro cells. Metro cells can be used by a carrier to fill a coverage hole and/or to offload capacity hot-spots within the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sarat Puthenpura, Arun Jotshi, Sam Houston Parker, Ravi Raina, Wenjie Zhao
  • Patent number: 9846770
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, obtaining a group of facial objects detected from an image captured by a camera coupled with a media device where the facial objects correspond to a plurality of users, determining authentication information for each of the plurality of users based on the facial objects, and providing the authentication information to a group of content service systems for enabling the media device to access aggregated media services from the group of content service systems. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Christopher Baldwin
  • Patent number: 9846897
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing direct shipping to mobile subscribers are disclosed. A customer ordering system receives an order request, retrieves subscriber information requested by an advertiser, and populates an order form with the retrieved information. The information can be reviewed, edited, and/or confirmed, and the order can be passed to an order fulfillment entity. Networks and devices for providing the disclosed systems and methods are also disclosed. Exemplary computer-readable media storing corresponding instructions are also disclosed. A device that executes the instructions can perform the disclosed methods and/or provide the functionality of the disclosed systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barbara Roden, Matthew Hull
  • Patent number: 9847957
    Abstract: Message delivery is controlled based on the context of multiple recipients and the content of one or more messages. One or more messages are received from one or more sender devices, the messages containing dynamic content. Contextual requirement data is received from the sender device(s) indicating a dynamic contextual requirement to be met for the message(s) to be made available to a user of one or more recipient devices. Context data is received, indicating a context of each user of a respective recipient device. The dynamic content and the dynamic contextual requirements are modifiable, depending on the context data. The context data is evaluated to determine whether the dynamic contextual requirement is met. Responsive to the dynamic contextual requirements being met, a respective message is made available to a respective user of the recipient devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Christopher Baldwin
  • Patent number: 9847958
    Abstract: A network is disclosed that includes a message originator computer and a message recipient computer, for secure electronic mail delivery. In accordance with the invention, the network includes a message delivery server that can distinguish between real and phantom messages. In operation, the message originator computer waits a random time and then transmits a first encrypted phantom message to the message delivery server. This message is to spoof an eavesdropper into believing that there is a steady stream of messages being sent from the originator computer. However, the message delivery server recognizes the message as a phantom message and discards it. When the message originator computer receives a user request to transmit a real message to the recipient computer, it waits a random time and then encrypts and transmits the real message to the message delivery server. The message delivery server recognizes the message as a real message and forwards the real message to the recipient computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Joseph Thomas O'Neil, Kenneth H. Rosen
  • Patent number: 9848087
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for forwarding telephone calls, facsimile transmissions and electronic messages to a single forwarding telephone number. The telephone calls, fax transmissions and electronic messages are first forwarded to a central forwarding repository by the forwarding party where the fax transmissions, and messages are converted to audio formats. Forwarded telephone calls and audio formatted versions of the fax transmissions and electronic messages are then forwarded directly to a designated forwarding number. If the forwarding party answers at the forwarding number, she will receive forwarded calls, and the audio formatted versions of fax transmissions and electronic messages will be played to her over her telephone. If the forwarding party does not answer the forwarded call, she subsequently may retrieve saved telephone calls, saved telephone messages and saved audio versions of fax transmissions and electronic messages from the central forwarding repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Darryl Cynthia Moore, Kathryn D. King, Sharon E. Carter
  • Patent number: 9847852
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a first media content item at a media device via a first communications interface. The method also includes receiving, while outputting the first media content item from the media device, at least a first portion of a second media content item at the media device via the first communications interface. The method further includes detecting an error associated with a second portion of the second media content item that is different than the first portion of the second media content item. The method also includes sending a request for the second portion of the second media content item via a second communications interface of the media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Gordon Beattie, Jr., Arvind R. Mallya
  • Patent number: 9848433
    Abstract: A technique for providing users with in-flight connectivity includes a method for operating a communications system on an aircraft comprising allocating to a communications session between equipment on the aircraft and other equipment, a first bandwidth allocation of a selected communications system selected from the group consisting of a satellite communications system and an air-to-ground communications system. The allocating is based on a latency tolerance of the communications session and a prioritization level of the communications session. The method includes communicating signals of the communications session using the first bandwidth allocation of the selected communications system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Melvin D. Frerking, Bo Wei, Assad Radpour
  • Publication number: 20170359340
    Abstract: Artificial biometric traits self-nullify due to natural physiological processes. Biometric enrollment and authentication may then be based on a life associated with the self-nullifying biometric trait. Once the life is expected to have expired, no further authentication may be performed until a new artificial biometric is applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Julio A. Cartaya
  • Publication number: 20170359468
    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: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    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: 20170356797
    Abstract: Operational parameters of a single-photon detector are determined with a continuous wave laser source. At a fixed trigger, a dark count probability and a series of count probabilities at different optical powers are determined. A particular optical power is selected by using a wide-range variable attenuator to attenuate the optical power of the continuous wave laser. The dark count probability and the count probabilities are determined for different trigger rates. The operational parameters include efficiency, afterpulsing constant, and detrap time. The operational parameters are computed by fitting the computed dark count probabilities and count probabilities to a user-defined relationship.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael Brodsky, Cristian Antonelli, Jungmi Oh
  • Patent number: 9842593
    Abstract: Predetermined services are provided using preset instructions. A transcript of audible content provided over an electronic network and received at a communications device is analyzed to determine whether a trigger is present in the audible content. When the trigger is present in the audible content, preset instructions correlated with the trigger and instructing how to provide a predetermined service are identified. The predetermined service is provided by following the preset instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Shiv Kumar, Paritosh Bajpay, Anand K. Singh, Satyendra Tripathi
  • Patent number: 9843923
    Abstract: When traffic arrives from the network for an idle mobile device, the network executes device activation procedures to awaken the device, which can result in a significant amount of signaling to complete. Adaptive device activation mechanisms are provided that adapt to network conditions and potentially to machine-to-machine device application requests to realize scalable device activation without increasing the resources used for this purpose and without negatively impacting existing human-to-human or human-to-machine traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
    Inventors: Vijay Gopalakrishnan, Seungjoon Lee, Jacobus Erasmus Van der Merwe, Arijit Banerjee, Sneha Kumar Kasera
  • Patent number: 9843515
    Abstract: Techniques for enabling peer-to-peer transmission of stateful packet flows in a network environment are provided. In certain embodiments, a computer system receives a packet belonging to a stateful flow, accesses flow associating information (e.g., network address) from the packet, determines a computer system comprising a state analysis owner for the stateful flow, using the flow associating information, and transmits the first packet to the second computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Bays, Mike Larson, Stephen Hemminger
  • Patent number: 9843519
    Abstract: Local breakout mechanisms can be performed by a femto access point (FAP) to facilitate efficient utilization of backhaul and/or macro networks. In particular, a slave Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN) can be integrated within the FAP to directly route the incoming traffic from a user equipment (UE) at the FAP. In one example, Internet bound traffic can be directly routed to the Internet, without employing macro network resources. Further, the system can avoid hairpinning by routing traffic between the UE and a home Local Area Network (LAN) by a anchoring a call or a session in the slave GGSN and facilitate integration of UEs with home applications by employing a UE Digital Home Agent. In addition, the FAP can perform UE-to-UE CS media breakout to facilitate communication between UEs attached to the FAP, without routing the traffic through the core macro network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Cheng P. Liu, Alireza Faryar, Kurt Huber
  • Patent number: 9843912
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses may use machine-to-machine communication to provide customized media in response to an autonomous detection of an event, such as a celebration, emergency, or security event. A method may include receiving a request in response to an autonomous detection of an event, whereby the request includes information about the event. Media appropriate for the event may be determined based on the information about the event. The media appropriate for the event may be further adapted according to information on a destination device and users of the destination device. Instructions are then provided to deliver the media appropriate for the event to the destination device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Venson Shaw
  • Patent number: 9843401
    Abstract: A system and process that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, an interference monitor configured to detect occurrences of unintended signals within a communications link. A communications link may carry a down-converted format of a satellite signal from an earth terminal to an integrated receiver and decoder for further network distribution. Depending upon the nature of any such detected unintended signals, the communications link can be “swapped out” for a redundant communications link carrying a down-converted format of the same satellite signal obtained by way of a redundant earth terminal. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Douglas Medina, Ronald Jones, Michael Peck
  • Patent number: 9842357
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products personalize haptic emulations of merchandise. A query regarding an article of merchandise having an associated digital image is made and the digital image is modified based on a personal anatomical image and anthropometrical data associated with a user by personalizing a portion of the digital image to the user, such that a haptic emulation of the article of merchandise is modified in accordance with the anthropometrical data and provided with the modified digital image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Srilal Weerasinghe
  • Patent number: 9843765
    Abstract: A receiver device for use in conjunction with an MCDN includes a computer readable storage resource, a controller to execute stored instructions, a network interface coupling the device to the MCDN, and a decoder to decode streaming multimedia content received via the network interface. The receiver includes a remote control interface to detect a remote control command from a remote control device and a handset interface to communicate audio data with a handset device. A local video interface receives video data from a camera or other local video resource. The stored instructions include, a remote control application to execute remote control commands, a handset module to communicate audio date with the handset device, and a session initiation module to establish a video conferencing session. A video conferencing module integrates the audio data and the video data and communicates the integrated data via the video conferencing session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Anup D. Karnalkar, Jyotindra N. Shah
  • Patent number: 9843902
    Abstract: A base location associated with a user of a communication device can be determined. A location identifier component can determine the base location, such as a home location, of the user based on activity data and/or other data, wherein the activity data can be obtained from base stations with which the user's communication device communicates during a defined time period. The location identifier component can designate a defined area as the base location, wherein the defined area can be associated with the base station with which the communication device most frequently communicates during the defined time period or can be an area that is determined based on the activity data and the other data, in accordance with a defined location algorithm. To facilitate maintaining the privacy of users, the activity data can be anonymized and/or the granularity of defining the base location can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Ann E. Skudlark, Olivia Hong, Tuba Aktaran Kalayci, Amritha Joseph, Christopher T. Volinsky
  • Patent number: 9843927
    Abstract: Variable subscriber identifiers (V-SubIds) for protecting subscriber privacy are generated and managed. In one aspect, an Anonymous Customer Reference Services (ACRS) component generates a V-SubId, which is a short-lived subscriber identifier that is inserted in a request received from a user equipment during request enrichment. Moreover, a different V-SubId can be inserted in subsequent request from the user equipment and thus, cross-site behavior tracking can be mitigated. In one aspect, the V-SubId can be exchanged for a subscriber identifier (SubId) associated with the user equipment, upon query by trusted systems/applications. Further, the V-SubId can be exchanged for a site-specific Anonymous Customer Reference (ACR) upon query by untrusted systems/applications, if user authorization is received. Moreover, the life cycle of the ACR is managed by the ACRS component, based on subscriber input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Shahram Mohajeri
  • Patent number: 9843987
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are described herein for a consumer service cloud (“CSC”) for implementing location-based services to control smart devices. According to one aspect disclosed herein, a CSC system can determine a cell identifier (“ID”) associated with a location in which one or more smart devices resides. The smart device(s) can include one or more settings that can be adjusted remotely by the CSC system to control one or more operational aspects of the smart device(s). The CSC system can periodically receive a cell ID update that can include a current cell ID associated with a current cell in which a user equipment (“UE”) is located. When the CSC system determines that the current cell ID matches the cell ID, the CSC system can generate a request to adjust the setting(s) to control the operational aspect(s) of the smart device(s) and can provide the request to the smart device(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Alan Blackburn, Thomas A. Anschutz, Arthur Richard Brisebois
  • Patent number: 9842205
    Abstract: Time-varying passwords for user authentication are disclosed. Example methods disclosed herein for password generation include obtaining a base password including characters, determining a first character position of the base password at which a first time-varying data element is to be inserted to determine a time-varying password, the first time-varying data element to be computed based on a time-varying parameter, and determining a first offset to be applied to a value of the time-varying parameter to compute the first time-varying data element. Example methods disclosed herein for password evaluation include accessing a base password including characters, applying a first offset to a value of a time-varying parameter to determine a first time-varying data element to be inserted at a first character position of the base password to determine a time-varying password, and comparing the time-varying password with an input password to perform authentication based on the input password.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Richard A. Williams, Roger B. Aboujaoude
  • Patent number: 9843952
    Abstract: Example methods disclosed herein include analyzing session records determined for wireless sessions associated with wireless devices operating in a wireless system to detect a service quality for a specified protocol type in a specified geographic coverage area of the wireless system. In some examples, the specified protocol type is defined by a first user input variable, and the specified geographic coverage area is defined by a second user input variable. Example methods disclosed herein also include reporting the service quality for the specified protocol type in the specified geographic coverage area to a first wireless device operating in the wireless system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven Wright, Barrett Kreiner, Edgar Shrum, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9843909
    Abstract: Message forwarding by communication devices is conditionally and/or automatically controlled. A network message management component and/or handset message management component can monitor messages (e.g., short message service (SMS) messages) communicated between user equipment (UE) in a communication network, identify and/or intercept a message for which one or more forwarding conditions have been specified by the message originator, target, or forward target, and conditionally and/or automatically route the message to the target and/or forward target in accordance with predefined message routing rules based at least in part on the conditions specified by the originator, target, or forward target. The predefined message routing rules can be implemented by the network and/or the UEs, and can relate to the UE identifiers, time, priority, cost, operation state, size, desired automatic response messages, or other desired factors, associated with the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Fan, Thomas Barrett, Jennifer K. Lam
  • Patent number: 9843837
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a processor, a first data stream from a first platform and a second data stream from a second platform. The first data stream includes content and the second data stream includes the content. The method also includes performing an analysis operation on the first data stream and the second data stream to interpret the content. Performing the analysis operation includes performing a statistical analysis on the first data stream and the second data stream using one or more Artificial Neural Network (ANN) nodes of an analytical network. Performing the analysis operation also includes performing a syntactic analysis on the first data stream and the second data stream using one or more Markov Logic Network (MLN) nodes of the analytical network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Raghuraman Gopalan
  • Patent number: 9842360
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a communication device having a controller to present a plurality of selectable commodity items, detect one or more selections from the plurality of commodity items, generate a list from the one or more commodity items selected, and transmit the list to a system. The system can be adapted to receive the list from the communication device, determine a selection order for the items in the list based on a location of each item in a store and at least one characteristic of at least one of the items, update the list according to the selection order, and transmit the updated list to a device for conducting commodity shopping according to the adjusted list. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Anup D. Karnalkar, R. Tyler Wallis, Sr., William S. Robbins, Susan S. Steele
  • Patent number: 9843913
    Abstract: A system and method for transferring e911 calls between a 3GPP network and a non-3GPP network. The method includes connecting an emergency communication between a mobile device and an emergency service, receiving, from the mobile device, an indication to handoff the communication from a first network to a second network; and transferring the communication from the first network to the second network while maintaining continuity of the communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Joseph Dahan, Michal Cwian
  • Patent number: 9842582
    Abstract: A system for self-organized acoustic signal cancellation over a network is disclosed. The system may transmit an acoustic sounding signal to an interfering device so that a channel measurement may be performed for a channel between the interfering device and an interferee device. The system may receive the channel measurement for the channel from the interfering device and also receive a digitized version of an audio interference signal associated with the interfering device. Based on the channel measurement and the digital version of the interference signal, the system may calculate a cancellation signal prior to the arrival of the original over-the-air audio interference signal that corresponds to the digital version of audio interference signal. The system may then apply the cancellation signal to an audio signal associated with the interferee device to remove the interference signal from the audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Lusheng Ji, Donald J. Bowen, Dimitrios B. Dimitriadis, Horst J. Schroeter
  • Patent number: 9842107
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products provide personalized feedback in a cloud-based environment. A client device routes image data to a server for analysis. The server analyzes the image data to recognize people of interest. Because the server performs image recognition, the client device is relieved of these intensive operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Dimitrios B. Dimitriadis, Horst J. Schroeter
  • Patent number: 9841757
    Abstract: A system for providing drone piggybacking on vehicles is disclosed. In particular, the system may enable drones or other unmanned mobile connected devices to piggyback onto various types of hosts, such as vehicles, in a symbiotic fashion. Through the symbiotic relationship created between the drones and hosts, the drones may utilize the hosts as a means for transport, such as while delivering a good to an intended destination, and the hosts may receive certain incentives in exchange for transporting the drones. Drones may be paired with hosts based on any number of factors, such as whether the host is traveling on a route that corresponds with reaching the intended destination, whether the host is capable of recharging the drone, and whether the drone has sufficient power to reach the intended destination. By enabling drones to piggyback with hosts, the required traveling range for a drone may be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Mikan, Fulvio Cenciarelli, John P. Davis, III, Quinn Aguirre
  • Patent number: 9843922
    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 locations and registration error messages, and other mobile subscriber identity information can be assigned to devices based on the locations. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Walter Cooper Chastain, Stephen Emille Chin
  • Patent number: 9843911
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for a remotely activated monitoring service. The monitoring service can be executed by a server computer. The server computer can detect an event associated with a user device. The server computer can determine that monitoring of a proximity of the user device is to be initiated based upon the event. The server computer can determine a geographic location of the user device and identify monitoring hardware that is to monitor the proximity of the user device. The server device also can issue a command to the monitoring hardware to initiate monitoring of the proximity of the user device by the monitoring hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bruce Barnes, Christopher Baldwin, Wayne Robert Heinmiller, Patrick Kenny, Susan Kenny, Dolores J. Mallian, Nikhil S. Marathe, Michael Towster
  • Patent number: 9843843
    Abstract: A master node in a multimedia content network includes a processor, a content interface coupled to the processor and configured to receive, from a media source, a multimedia stream including a multimedia program, a network interface coupled to the processor and configured to provide an interface to a broadband network, processor executable instructions for performing operations including: identifying a group of subordinate nodes available to analyze a multimedia program, assigning different analysis tasks for the multimedia program to the available subordinate nodes, receiving analysis results from the subordinate nodes; and modifying electronic programming guide information for the multimedia program based on the analysis results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Scott Anthony White
  • Publication number: 20170353479
    Abstract: An insider attack resistant system for providing cloud services integrity checking is disclosed. In particular, the system utilizes an automated integrity checking script and virtual machines to check the integrity of a service. The system may utilize the integrity checking script and virtual machines to execute a set of operations associated with the service so as to check the integrity of the service. When executing the set of operations, the system may only have access to the minimum level of access to peripherals that is required for each operation in the set of operations to be executed. After each operation is executed, the system may log each result for each operation, and analyze each result to determine if a failure exists for any of the operations. If a failure exists, the system may determine that a change in an expected system behavior associated with the service has occurred.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Thusitha Jayawardena, Jeffrey E. Bickford, Mikhail Istomin, John Liefert, Gokul Singaraju, Christopher Van Wart
  • Publication number: 20170347953
    Abstract: A system for providing a connected dental device is disclosed. In particular, the system may include integrating a network chip or transceiver into a dental device, such as a toothbrush, so as to enable the dental device to communicate with a user device and one or more accessory devices. Once the user device and one or more accessory devices are paired with the user device, the system may track information associated with the dental device and the user using the dental device. Based on the tracked information, the system may determine an action to be performed by the user using the dental device. Using the dental device, the system may transmit a notification to the user device to alert the user of the action that needs to be performed. The system may also transmit notifications providing status information for the dental device and the one or more accessory devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Krishnapraveen Suri, Perla Hizon
  • Publication number: 20170354063
    Abstract: A data center cooling system configured to cool one or more components of a data center thereby enabling a data center to be maintained at a higher overall temperature while still providing sufficient cooling to the components housed in the data center is disclosed. By maintaining the data center at a higher overall temperature, significant operational costs are realized due to savings in power costs. The data center cooling system may include one or more turbo-expanders having a rotary turbine positioned within a turbo-expander housing in which compressed air expands and drives the rotary turbine. The cooled expanded air is heated passing through a thermal transfer system that pulls heat from the data center component. The air is further heated passing through a brake system that generates heat by applying resistance to a shaft coupled to the rotary turbine. The heated air is exhausted outside of the data center.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicants: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon K. Meredith, William Cottrill, Brandon B. Hilliard
  • Patent number: 9838534
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for providing multiple persona support for communications. A processor, at the device, can execute a persona service. The persona service can create one or multiple containers/highly secure work space(s) within the user device. The processor, at the administrator level of the specific work group, can detect a communication request comprising a request to initiate a communication. The processor can determine if the communication comprises a call. If a determination is made that the communication comprises the call, the processor, based on the profiles of the parties, can obtain call handling rules/policies, initiate setup of a communication path for the call, provide contacts to parties to the call, and determine how the call is handled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Mobility II LLC, AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Tony Wong, Satish Janardan, Robert Hammond