AT&T Patents

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  • Patent number: 9743342
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are described herein for cell broadcast for signaling resource load from one or more radio access networks (“RANs”). According to one aspect disclosed herein, a base station can collect signaling load information of the base station. The base station can also generate a cell broadcast message that includes the signaling load information. The base station can also send the cell broadcast message to a target mobile device. The target mobile device can be configured to determine, based at least in part upon the signaling load information, to which radio access network of a plurality of radio access networks to connect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Arthur Richard Brisebois
  • Patent number: 9742755
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for authenticating a communication device is disclosed. An system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an authentication system having a controller element that receives from a communication device over a packet-switched network a terminal ID and a request to authenticate said communication device, generates a first registration ID, stores the first registration ID and a first communication identifier, transmits the first registration ID to the communication device, receives from an interactive response system a second communication identifier and a second registration ID that the interactive response system received during a communication session with the communication device over a circuit-switched network, and authenticates the communication device in response to detecting a match between the first and second communication identifiers and the first and second registration IDs. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Edward Walter, Larry B. Pearson
  • Publication number: 20170238157
    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: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2016
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Best, Ted Fick, Hendrik Hofman, Timothy Plattner, Balaji Puli
  • Publication number: 20170237819
    Abstract: A method for vNF chaining management includes receiving virtualized network function (vNF) information from a chaining client associated with a particular vNF. A service chaining catalog is updated based on the vNF information and chaining information is transmitted to peering vNFs of the particular vNF. The vNF information can indicate instantiation of a vNF and identify peering vNFs. Updates received from vNFs can be used to update the chaining catalog. Updated vNF information can then be sent to peering vNFs of the vNF which sent the update.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Chaoxin Qiu, Mark A. Ratcliffe, Jeffrey L. Scruggs
  • Patent number: 9734868
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products insert markers into recorded media modules. A pair of reference points is received that marks a position and another position in a recorded media module. A copy of the recorded media module is retrieved from memory. Portions of the copy of the recorded media module occurring before the position, and occurring after the another position, are discarded. The copy of the recorded media module occurring between the position and the another position is then presented to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Steven N. Tischer
  • Patent number: 9736539
    Abstract: Techniques for delivering video content are provided. A video distribution service maintains associations of viewer devices that have portions of specific items of video content. As new viewer devices, which lack the specific video content, make requests for the specific items of video content from the video distribution system, the video distribution system identifies a viewer device from which a portion of the item of video content may be acquired. Viewer devices having the requested content are identified by comparing distances between the locations of the requestor device and the other viewer devices of the plurality of viewers to a distance threshold. The first portion of a first item of video content is obtained from a source viewer device and a second portion of the first item of video content is obtained from the video distribution system. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: William Hainline
  • Patent number: 9736545
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media processor having a controller to present a graphic user interface (GUI) for customizing an electronic programming guide (EPG), the GUI including a plurality of scrollable media channels, each media channel accompanied by an image, a description of the media channel, an option to select the media channel for inclusion in the EPG, a first button to customize the EPG according to one or more media channels selected, and a second button to request additional information about a media channel highlighted in the GUI. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Scott White
  • Patent number: 9736552
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a system and method permit an IPTV subscriber to display on a channel of an IPTV network video data from a subscriber video database. The system may include, in addition to the IPTV network and the subscriber database, an IPTV server and an IPTV set top box. The IPTV set top box is configured to receive commands causing the IPTV set top box to retrieve video data from an IPTV subscriber database, display the video data on an IPTV display unit; and to transmit the video data over an IPTV network to an IPTV server. The IPTV server is configured to transmit the video data from the IPTV server over the IPTV network such that the video data is displayable on a channel of the IPTV network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Hisao Chang, Javier Arellano
  • Patent number: 9736551
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set top box (STB) comprising a controller to analyze scheduled media content with limited temporal accessibility provided by a content provider, select a portion of the media content based on the analysis of the media content and a recipient media device to receive the portion of the media content, transmit the portion of the media content to a DVR to store the portion of the media content, and transmit a metadata pointer associated with the portion of the media content to a server. A request to accept the portion of the media content is received by the recipient media device via the server, and the portion of the media content is retrieved from the DVR by the server based on the metadata pointer when the recipient media device accepts the request. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Troy C. Meuninck, Oleg Kashapov
  • Patent number: 9736553
    Abstract: A network includes a supervisory sensor in communication with a wireless network and a non-supervisory sensor in communication with the supervisory sensor, wherein the non-supervisory sensor communicates with the wireless network through the supervisory sensor. The supervisory sensor may be configured to receive downloads from a server communicating through the wireless network and to collect data from the non-supervisory sensor. The supervisory sensor may be configured to transmit the collected data to a server on the wireless network. Moreover, the non-supervisory sensor and the supervisory sensor each have an active state and an inactive state and wherein the supervisory sensor may be in the active state while the non-supervisory sensor is in the inactive state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Venson M. Shaw, Jin He
  • Patent number: 9736543
    Abstract: A set-top box device includes a network interface module and a client interface module. The network interface module is configured to receive interactive content instructions and an interactive content notification over an Internet protocol data connection, and to receive an associated on-demand content video stream from a television service provider. The network interface module is also configured to connect to a website containing product information for a product associated with the on-demand content video stream. The client interface module is configured to output the on-demand content video stream, to output the interactive content notification concurrently with the on-demand content video stream in response to outputting a portion of the on-demand content video stream and based on the interactive content instructions, and to output the website currently with the on-demand content video stream in response to a selection of the interactive content notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Stephen A. Sposato, Orestis Manthoulis
  • Patent number: 9736198
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a computer-readable storage medium in a telephone having computer instructions to execute a web server application in the telephone. The web server application can be operable to detect an incoming plain old telephone service call, identify a calling party identifier from the incoming plain old telephone service call, and direct one of a plurality of devices detected by web server application to present the calling party identifier. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Brux DeLorme, Anita Simpson, Nicholas Peter Hill
  • Patent number: 9736631
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are described herein for improving location accuracy for proximity services. According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, an expression application server can receive an expression message generated by a Third Generation Partnership Project (“3GPP”) proximity service (“ProSe”)-enabled application executing on a mobile device. The expression message includes an expression code and a location tag. The expression application server can analyze the expression message to determine whether increased granularity is desired for use in determining an expression match to the expression code. In response to determining that the increased granularity is desired, the expression application server can request additional location information from a location platform. The expression application server can receive the additional location information from the location platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Richard J. Silvestri
  • Patent number: 9736165
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture (e.g., physical storage media) to implement centralized authentication for granting access to online services are disclosed. Example authentication methods disclosed herein include accessing an identification code included in an authentication request received from an online service for authentication information associated with a first device, wherein the identification code was previously assigned to provide valid identification of the first device during a first time interval. Disclosed example authentication methods also include, in response to determining a profile selected based on the identification code permits the online service to access the authentication information, evaluating activity information associated with the first device based on the profile to determine the authentication information. Disclosed example authentication methods further include transmitting the authentication information to the online service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Dale W. Malik
  • Patent number: 9736174
    Abstract: A method, non-transitory computer readable medium and apparatus for providing network security monitoring in a communications network are disclosed. For example, the method receives communications traffic associated with a sensor network from a sensor that is a member of the sensor network, analyzes the communications traffic to determine if an attack is occurring on the sensor network, and generates an alarm if the attack is occurring on the sensor network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Daniel Sheleheda, Donald J. Bowen, Cynthia Cama, Lusheng Ji
  • Patent number: 9736180
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for preventing spoofing attacks for bone conduction applications. According to one aspect, a device can receive an authentication signal that has propagated through a body. The device can prevent an adversary from using the authentication signal to spoof a user to be authenticated by the device. The device can also authenticate the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher Baldwin, Brian S. Amento
  • Patent number: 9736506
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server operably coupleable to an internet protocol multimedia subsystem network and an interactive television system, where the server receives a session transfer request from a first communication device, where the session transfer request includes identification information associated with a second communication device, and where the server transmits a message to the second communication device and transmits a media adjustment message to a media resource server of the internet protocol multimedia subsystem network. The media content is adjusted and transmitted to the second communication device responsive to the media adjustment message, where the adjusted media content is generated by the media resource server based on the identification information associated with the second communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Rittwik Jana, John F. Murray, Christopher W. Rice
  • Patent number: 9734698
    Abstract: A management system using Global Positioning System receivers for tracking remote units from a central office and quickly and conveniently determining if those remote units have varied from a set of predetermined parameters of operation. The system also includes provisions that allows information to be sent from the remote units to the central office and vice versa. The system also has safety features that promote the rapid dispatch of law enforcement personnel when requests for emergency assistance have been made from the remote units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Marvin R. Hamrick, R. T. Mitchell Ingman
  • Patent number: 9733810
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may use, for example, a method for sending a set-top box an identification of the media player, receiving operational instructions from the set-top box according to the emulator executed by the set-top box that emulates a user interface of the media player by presenting a representation of the media player in a graphical user interface, and transmitting media content to the set-top box according to the operational instructions. The emulator can be supplied to the set-top box by way of a multimedia system communicatively coupled to the set-top box. The user interface presented by the set-top box by way of the emulator substantially mimics functions of the media player. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Scott White
  • Patent number: 9736457
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may, for example, receive a request for a telepresence seat at an event, obtain media content comprising event images of the event that are captured by an event camera system, receive images that are captured by a camera system at a user location, and provide the media content and video content representative of the images to a processor for presentation at a display device utilizing a telepresence configuration that simulates the first and second users being present at the event, where the providing of the first and second video content establishes a communication session between the first and second users. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Tara Hines, Andrea Basso, Aleksey Ivanov, Jeffrey Mikan, Nadia Morris
  • Patent number: 9736505
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a device having a controller programmed to detect an object within a first portion of a first occurrence of a repetitive portion of a media program. The object is modified, resulting in an updated object, and another portion of the first occurrence of the repetitive portion is left unmodified. The object is detected within a first portion of a subsequent instance of the repetitive portion of the media program and modified differently from the first, while maintaining other portions of the subsequent instance of the repetitive portion unmodified. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Srilal Weerasinghe
  • Patent number: 9736144
    Abstract: A method that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, storing, by a universal integrated circuit card including at least one processor, a digital root certificate locking a communication device to a network provider, and disabling an activation of the communication device responsive to receiving an indication of a revocation of the stored digital root certificate from a certificate authority, wherein the indication of the revocation of the stored digital root certificate is associated with a revocation of permission for an identity authority to issue a security activation information to the communication device on behalf of the network provide. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Patrick McCanna, Inderpreet Singh Ahluwalia, John Crockett, David Harber, Aubryn Lewis, Liane F Rulifson
  • Patent number: 9736509
    Abstract: A method and computer readable medium for encoding data onto a channel broadcasting a program are disclosed. For example, the method selects a channel that is being used to broadcast a program, generates data having characteristics in accordance with an error burst signature and transmits the data on the channel that is being used to broadcast the program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrea Basso, Paul Shala Henry, Byoung-Jo Kim
  • Patent number: 9736519
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining identified impressions that are detected from consumption data collected from a group of media processors where the identified impressions represent viewing of selected content and where the consumption data indicates channel tuning events at the group of media processors including changing of channels, applying a ridge regression analysis to the identified impressions to determine a predicted number of target impressions per advertisement slot, and generating a media plan based on a ratio of an advertisement slot cost to the predicted number of target impressions per advertisement slot. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Suhrid Balakrishnan, David Lee Applegate, Sumit Chopra, Simon Urbanek
  • Patent number: 9736537
    Abstract: A method and system for recommending multimedia content includes collecting consumption information for a plurality of consumers. The consumption information may be used to generate collections of recommended multimedia content, including obtainable multimedia assets. The collections may be offered to a consumer for purchase. The consumer may be provided access to the multimedia assets. A unified storefront application, providing access to multimedia content via an Internet-protocol television portal, a web portal, and a mobile portal, may be used to offer and provide access to the multimedia assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David J. Piepenbrink, Lee M. Chow, James T. Sofos
  • Patent number: 9736081
    Abstract: Methods, computer-readable media and apparatuses to improve storage and compression of data are disclosed. A processor receives a data stream, wherein the data stream comprises multiplexed data from a plurality of different sources, analyzes the data stream to identify a source of the plurality of different sources for each block of data of the data stream, demultiplexes the data stream based on the source of the each block of data of the data stream and applies a compression to the data stream that is demultiplexed based on the source of the each block of data of the data stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Andrew Vishnyakov
  • Patent number: 9736082
    Abstract: A system for processing requests handled by an application programming interface is disclosed. The system may receive a plurality of requests which call functions that are hosted by the application programming interface. Once the plurality of requests are received, the system may group a subset of the requests into a pool of requests if the subset of requests call similar functions hosted by the application programming interface. Additionally, the system may combine a set of requests from the pool of requests into a set of calls if the set of requests in the pool of requests are received by the system during a specified time interval. Furthermore, the system may include pushing the set of calls to a database to obtain a result set for the set of requests in the set of calls. The system may then receive the result set in response to the set of calls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Roque Rios, Amee Fontanetta
  • Patent number: 9736106
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods and computer-readable storage medium are provided for security provisioning at a communication device. In some embodiments, a method can include: executing a high security application on a communication device based, at least, on detecting that high security is enabled for the communication device and detecting execution of a low security application; outputting, via a user interface (UI), information configured to detect an entry to the communication device; detecting an entry at the UI of the communication device; determining whether the entry corresponds to security access information stored in the communication device; and providing access to the communication device based, at least, on determining that the entry corresponds to the security access information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Cristy Swink, Jason Sikes, Benjamin Fineman, Jonathan Solis Snydal, Sara Louise Todd, Thomas L. Rohrer, Dhana Dhanasarnsombat
  • Patent number: 9736124
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a gateway comprising a controller to receive from a communication device a request for media content, receive a key and a record associated with the communications device from an interactive television system, wherein the record comprises a list of entitled media content, determine whether the requested media content is in the list of entitled media content, retrieve the requested media content from the interactive television system when the requested media content is determined to be in the list of entitled media content, encrypt the retrieved media content utilizing the key, and transmit the encrypted media content to the communications device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Robert Johnston, Frank Coppa, James Wood
  • Patent number: 9734436
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a neural network, a subset of images of a plurality of images of a training image set. The method includes training the neural network by iteratively adjusting parameters of the neural network based on concurrent application of multiple loss functions to the subset of images. The multiple loss functions include a classification loss function and a hashing loss function. The classification loss function is associated with an image classification function that extracts image features from an image. The hashing loss function is associated with a hashing function that generates a hash code for the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Yadong Mu, Zhu Liu
  • Patent number: 9734542
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products measure health data related to a user. Often times a weight scale, blood pressure monitor, or other medical measurement device is shared among a group of users. A time-stamped physiological measurement is compared to a time-stamped message from a mobile device. If the timestamps are contemporaneous, then the physiological measurement is bound to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Lusheng Ji, Hisao Chang, Robert R. Miller, II
  • Patent number: 9734552
    Abstract: A method that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, mapping image pixels of media content to a first portion of display pixels of a display to create mapped pairs having a mapped image pixel and a mapped display pixel, where the display has a at least one of a greater number of horizontal or vertical pixels than the media content and where, for each mapped pair, one or more values associated with the mapped image pixel are assigned to the mapped display pixel, assigning blended mapped values to unmapped display pixels in a second portion of the display pixels, where, for each unmapped display pixel, the blended mapped value is a statistical compilation of a plurality of the one or more values assigned to the mapped display pixels that are adjacent to the unmapped display pixels, and presenting the mapped and unmapped display pixels at the display. The method includes other embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Mobility II LLC, AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, Jun Shen
  • Patent number: 9736517
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for enhancing delivery of media services is disclosed. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, receiving a request for content information received during a presentation of a first multimedia program on equipment. The request is provided by a signal disassociated with a satellite signal to the equipment providing the multimedia satellite service. The content information is provided to a remote mobile device concurrent with the presentation of the first multimedia program at the equipment. A selection obtained from the mobile device is identified from among the content information provided to the mobile device, and the selection is provided to the equipment. Operation of a media processor of the equipment is directed based on the selection. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Scott White
  • Patent number: 9735981
    Abstract: Session initiation protocol (SIP) trunking can be facilitated via a mobility network comprising a router and a virtual internet gateway. A router associated with a private branch exchange, can comprise a cellular modem to facilitate radio communication with a cellular network. The router can also perform operations associated with converting wireline signal data to cellular signal data and cellular signal data to wireline signal. A mobility network can also convert wireline signal data to cellular signal data via a virtual Internet gateway that can be used to encrypt or decrypt a voice signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Dave Moshenberg, Gautham Natarajan
  • Patent number: 9735833
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a network device of a neighborhood network that determines that data is directed to a group of recipient devices positioned in a service area of the neighborhood network, determines a second network device according to a neighborhood routing scheme that limits delivery of the data to recipient devices within the service area, and transmits the data. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Gross, Joshua Lackey, Donald E. Levy, Roger Piqueras Jover, Jayaraman Ramachandran, Cristina Serban
  • Patent number: 9736730
    Abstract: Wireless video download rates are optimized by receiving, at a system with a computer that includes a processor and memory, a request to provide a piece of video content over a wireless network. The processor of the computer is used to determine whether to provide the video content at a first option that is as soon as possible or at a second option over a specified interval T. The interval T is calculated as a time for a destination device to download the video content at a rate level higher than encoding for the video content requires. Upon determining to provide the video content over the interval T, the video content is provided over the wireless network over the interval T to a client device that requested the piece of video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Emir Halepovic, Kadangode K Ramakrishnan, Jeffrey Erman
  • Patent number: 9736022
    Abstract: An optical network unit (ONU) is installed to communicate with an optical line terminal (OLT) located at a remote terminal (RT). The ONU includes a first subscriber downlink interface to serve a first subscriber premises and a second subscriber downlink interface to serve a second subscriber premises. The RT is located apart from a central office (CO) and in communication with the CO. A first removably attachable subscriber downlink module is communicatively coupled to the first subscriber downlink interface. A second removably attachable subscriber downlink module is communicatively coupled to the second subscriber downlink interface. The first removably attachable subscriber downlink module is replaced with a third removably attachable subscriber downlink module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, James William Rembert
  • Patent number: 9736644
    Abstract: A method comprising obtaining, by a system using a processor, a wireless fingerprint corresponding to a mobile communication device and a subject area in which the mobile communication device is or was positioned. The method also includes obtaining, by the system, an area wireless signal distribution map indicating wireless signal strength values corresponding to multiple wireless transmitters positioned in the subject area, and determining, by the system, based on the wireless fingerprint and the area wireless signal distribution map, a location of the mobile communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon Kent Meredith, Jeremy Fix, Mario Kosseifi
  • Patent number: 9735912
    Abstract: A method, computer-readable storage device and apparatus for routing traffic in a reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer layer of a dense wavelength division multiplexing network are disclosed. For example, the method determines the reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer layer has asymmetric traffic, and routes the asymmetric traffic in the reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer layer over a plurality of asymmetrical optical connections, wherein the plurality of asymmetrical optical connections is provided with only uni-directional equipment in the reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Balagangadhar G. Bathula, Angela L. Chiu, Mark David Feuer, Rakesh Kumar Sinha, John Lester Strand, Sheryl Leigh Woodward, Weiyi Zhang
  • Patent number: 9735909
    Abstract: A radio repeater system is described that disables itself to avoid interfering with mobile network performed multilateration of mobile devices. The radio repeater provides additional network coverage for a localized area. The localized area can include enclosed spaces such as buildings or transportation terminals. The radio repeater system can monitor the signals received from cell towers, and if there are at least three signals of a predetermined signal strength, the radio repeater can disable itself to avoid interfering with mobile locating performed by the network. The radio repeater can remain disabled until the conditions that led to the disabling have passed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon Kent Meredith, Mark Austin, Francisco Martinez
  • Patent number: 9734259
    Abstract: Disclosed is a web server that includes a headlines module for automatically generating headlines based on data retrieved from a network (e.g., World Wide Web). The web server also includes an interactive agent for generating responses to inquiries relating to the headlines based on the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Shona Douglas, Junlan Feng, Mazin E. Gilbert
  • Publication number: 20170230192
    Abstract: A bridge device at a first tier receives a geographic addressing packet destined for a target region containing a plurality of devices. The bridge device applies a bridging function using the geographic address packet to determine whether to transmit the geographic addressing packet. The bridging function utilizes certain information based on the geographic addressing packet. The bridge device determines to transmit the geographic addressing packet to a second tier based on the bridging function indicating that the geographic addressing packet should be transmitted to the second tier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert J. Hall
  • Publication number: 20170230293
    Abstract: A system for automatic reconciliation of data throughput is disclosed. In particular, the system may include automatically and repetitively measuring the available upload and download throughput that a user of an internet service provider statistically receives through the course of a selected period of time. The system jointly monitors the user's data usage volume over time and automatically determines if the user is subscribing for throughput that the user is not receiving at the times that the user is using his or her subscribed service. If the system determines that the user is subscribing for throughput that the user is not receiving, the system may perform a variety of corrective actions. Such corrective actions may include reducing the subscribed for throughput, transmitting a notification to the user to modify the subscribed service, or increasing the subscribed for throughput to improve the user's experience with the internet service provider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Applicants: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon K. Meredith, William Cottrill, Sankat Chauhan
  • Publication number: 20170230315
    Abstract: Methods for selectively filtering message content received at a mobile device based upon a current location of the mobile device and/or a user's presence status and devices configured to selectively filter message content based upon a location of the mobile device and/or a user's presence status.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Michael Zubas, Mark Causey, Adrianne Luu
  • Patent number: 9727365
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for end-to-end validation of virtual machines. A control system including a processor can detect a validation request that can include a request to create an end-to-end validation function to perform end-to-end validation of a service. The processor can analyze a policy to determine components of the end-to-end validation function and a virtual machine that will host the end-to-end validation function. The components can include a generator function and a receiver function that can encompass the service. The processor can load, or trigger loading of, an image to the virtual machine and instantiation of the virtual machine. The image can include the end-to-end validation function. The processor also can validate the service using the end-to-end validation function based upon a test scenario stored in a test library of the end-to-end validation function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: W. Cooper Chastain, Larry B. Pearson, Cameron Scott Blandford
  • Patent number: 9728183
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for combining frame and segment level processing, via temporal pooling, for phonetic classification. A frame processor unit receives an input and extracts the time-dependent features from the input. A plurality of pooling interface units generates a plurality of feature vectors based on pooling the time-dependent features and selecting a plurality of time-dependent features according to a plurality of selection strategies. Next, a plurality of segmental classification units generates scores for the feature vectors. Each segmental classification unit (SCU) can be dedicated to a specific pooling interface unit (PIU) to form a PIU-SCU combination. Multiple PIU-SCU combinations can be further combined to form an ensemble of combinations, and the ensemble can be diversified by varying the pooling operations used by the PIU-SCU combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sumit Chopra, Dimitrios Dimitriadis, Patrick Haffner
  • Patent number: 9729197
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining whether communications are encrypted, determining a communication type for the communications according to sensitivity criteria, encrypting the communications according to the communication type to generate encrypted communications, and transmitting to a second network device the encrypted communications. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Gross, Joshua Lackey, Donald E. Levy, Roger Piqueras Jover, Jayaraman Ramachandran, Cristina Serban
  • Patent number: 9729909
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a media request for a target device. The signaling information may be received from the target device and a media server. At least one attribute of the target device and the media server may be identified using the signaling information. At least one attribute of the target device and the media server may be evaluated against a service level objective to select a media format. The service level objective may include consideration of the target device and available bandwidth over a provider network. The media may be provided in the selected media format over the provider network to the target device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Raghvendra Savoor, Zhi Li
  • Patent number: 9729719
    Abstract: A computer-readable storage device storing instructions that, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising receiving an indication of availability of status information and transferring a communication to a particular destination based on a reason for the communication corresponding to a query of the status information, where the communication is transferred to the particular destination in response to receiving the indication of availability of the status information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert Bushey
  • Patent number: 9726500
    Abstract: A method including receiving a first location for a mobile device at a first time; receiving a second location for the mobile device at a second time; determining a most likely route for the mobile device based on the first location, the second location, and a time interval between the first time and the second time; and generating a synthetic location for the mobile device based on the most likely route at a corresponding synthetic time between the first time and the second time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon Meredith, Mark Austin, Jeremy Fix