AT&T Patents

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  • Patent number: 9999008
    Abstract: Adjustment of a downlink transmit power parameter, such as a ceiling level, is disclosed. Signal-to-noise type information and committed power information can be employed to determine the ceiling level adjustment. A ceiling level can be a predetermined cap on transmission power for downlink channels between a user equipment and a base station. Where there is sufficient headroom in total transmission power and a power level greater than the predetermined ceiling can be effective, the ceiling can be adjusted to greater values than the predetermined value. Where total transmission power is more committed, ceiling adjustment can be prevented. Further, where there is no adequate benefit from increasing the ceiling, the adjustment of the ceiling can be prevented. While some instances can result in optimized transmission levels below the ceiling, instances can also be accommodated where the ceiling is to be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Vladimir Gusavac, Manish Vaishnav
  • Patent number: 9998878
    Abstract: A method includes sending a message to a mobile device via a first network, the message including set-up information related to a communication session. The method may further include establishing a wireless peer-to-peer communication session with the mobile device via a second network in response to a selection of a selectable link at the mobile device, the selectable link based on the set-up information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventor: Edward G. Schmit
  • Patent number: 9998983
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are described herein for a network-assisted device-based radio access control. According to one aspect disclosed herein, a mobile device selects one or more radio access networks (“RANs”) to connect to, based upon network conditions, policies, user profiles, local device information, and/or other information. The mobile device can receive network load information from multiple RANs. The mobile device can also receive one or more policies from a radio access technology (“RAT”) selection system. The mobile device can also obtain local device information such as, but not limited to, mobility state information, performance measurement information, battery utilization information, channel quality information, applications, and/or a user override selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Farooq Bari, Alan Blackburn, Ryan Hallahan
  • Patent number: 9998340
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a network includes receiving by a user plane record aggregator first data associated with a user plane packet, the first data being selected by a user plane network element from second data, the second data being stored in a plurality of information fields, the plurality of information fields being associated with the user plane network element, the second data being obtained by the user plane network element from user plane traffic, the user plane network element processing the user plane packet in accordance with a user plane network function. The method further includes determining by an aggregation device a characteristic associated with the user plane traffic from the first data, thereby monitoring the user plane traffic without requiring a tap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Vimal Begwani, Shekar C. Sundaramurthy
  • Patent number: 9998979
    Abstract: Explicit congestion notification (ECN) bits that have traditionally been utilized in end to end congestion mitigation can be redefined to identify and compare congested and uncongested wireless accesses. Accordingly, mobile devices or other user equipment can leverage ECN data in order to make intelligent network selection, e.g., selecting a network with no congestion over one in a congested state. Accordingly, an application executing at the mobile device can send or receive data via the selected network that is selected based on ECN data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Farooq Bari
  • Patent number: 9999038
    Abstract: A distributed antenna system is provided that frequency shifts the output of one or more microcells to a 60 GHz or higher frequency range for transmission to a set of distributed antennas. The cellular band outputs of these microcell base station devices are used to modulate a 60 GHz (or higher) carrier wave, yielding a group of subcarriers on the 60 GHz carrier wave. This group will then be transmitted in the air via analog microwave RF unit, after which it can be repeated or radiated to the surrounding area. The repeaters amplify the signal and resend it on the air again toward the next repeater. In places where a microcell is required, the 60 GHz signal is shifted in frequency back to its original frequency (e.g., the 1.9 GHz cellular band) and radiated locally to nearby mobile devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Farhad Barzegar, Paul Shala Henry, George Blandino, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Publication number: 20180159591
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving, by each of a plurality of receivers, one of a plurality of electromagnetic waves, each electromagnetic wave of the plurality of electromagnetic waves guided by a different one of a plurality of twin-lead transmission lines, each twin-lead transmission line sharing a wire, and each electromagnetic wave of the plurality of electromagnetic waves including a different one of a plurality of communication signals, and obtaining, by each of the plurality of receivers, one of the plurality of communication signals. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Bennett, Paul Shala Henry, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Publication number: 20180157403
    Abstract: Methods, systems, devices, and media for creating a plan through multimodal search inputs are provided. A first search request comprises a first input received via a first input mode and a second input received via a different second input mode. The second input identifies a geographic area. First search results are displayed based on the first search request and corresponding to the geographic area. Each of the first search results is associated with a geographic location. A selection of one of the first search results is received and added to a plan. A second search request is received after the selection, and second search results are displayed in response to the second search request. The second search results are based on the second search request and correspond to the geographic location of the selected one of the first search results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael J. JOHNSTON, Patrick EHLEN, Hyuckchul JUNG, Jay H. LIESKE, JR., Ethan SELFRIDGE, Brant J. VASILIEFF, Jay Gordon WILPON
  • Publication number: 20180159613
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method that includes extracting first channel signals from first guided electromagnetic waves bound to an outer surface of a transmission medium of a guided wave communication system; amplifying the first channel signals to generate amplified first channel signals in accordance with a phase correction; selecting one or more of the amplified first channel signals to wirelessly transmit to at least one client device via an antenna; and guiding the amplified first channel signals to the transmission medium of the guided wave communication system to propagate as second guided electromagnetic waves, wherein the phase correction aligns a phase of the second guided electromagnetic waves to add in-phase with a residual portion of the first guided electromagnetic waves that continues propagation along the transmission medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Publication number: 20180157895
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, systems and methods aggregating video content and adjusting the aggregate video content according to a training model. The adjusted aggregate video content comprises a first subset of the images and does not comprise a second subset of the images. The first subset of the images is determined by the training model based on a plurality of categories corresponding to a plurality of events. The illustrative embodiments also include presenting the adjusted aggregate video content and receiving identifications for the first subset of the images in the aggregate video content. Further, the illustrative embodiments include adjusting the training model according to the identifications and providing the adjusted training model to a network device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Lee Begeja, Zhu Liu, Yadong Mu, Bernard S. Renger, David Crawford Gibbon, Behzad Shahraray, Raghuraman Gopalan, Eric Zavesky
  • Publication number: 20180160175
    Abstract: A method and system for remote viewing of multimedia content using a multimedia content distribution network (MCDN) is configured to duplicate multimedia content displayed on a first MCDN terminal device and route the duplicate multimedia content to a second MCDN terminal device. The MCDN terminal devices may be coupled to a local network at an MCDN client premises. The MCDN terminal devices may also include wireless telephony devices for mobile remote viewing functionality. The method may include transcoding of the multimedia content into a format suitable for the second MCDN terminal device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jerald Robert Howcroft, Michael Raftelis
  • Publication number: 20180159197
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, generating, a first hollow waveguide that facilitates coupling, via the first dielectric coupler, a first electromagnetic wave onto a transmission medium, and a second hollow waveguide that facilitates coupling, via the second dielectric coupler, a second electromagnetic wave onto the transmission medium, where the first electromagnetic wave and the second electromagnetic wave combine to form a combined electromagnetic wave that propagates along the transmission medium without requiring an electrical return path, and where the first dielectric coupler has an adjustable length that facilitates an adjustment of a wave mode of the combined electromagnetic wave. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Giovanni Vannucci, Thomas M. Willis, III, Shikik Johnson, Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J. Barnickel
  • Publication number: 20180156906
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a rainfall sensor having a rainfall analyzer configured to induce transmitted electromagnetic waves that are guided by a transmission medium to propagate along the transmission medium, wherein the transmitted electromagnetic waves propagate without requiring an electrical return path, wherein the rainfall analyzer receives reflected electromagnetic waves from the transmission medium in response to the transmitted electromagnetic waves and wherein the rainfall analyzer analyzes the reflected electromagnetic waves and generates rainfall data in response thereto. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Bennett, Paul Shala Henry, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Publication number: 20180159195
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, generating, by a first hollow waveguide coupled to a first dielectric coupler, a first electromagnetic wave that couples onto a transmission medium, generating, by a second hollow waveguide coupled to a second dielectric coupler, a second electromagnetic wave that couples onto the transmission medium, combining the first electromagnetic wave and the second electromagnetic wave combine to form a combined electromagnetic wave that propagates along the transmission medium without requiring an electrical return path, and adjusting a first phase of the first electromagnetic wave, a second phase of the second electromagnetic wave, or both to adjust a wave mode of the combined electromagnetic wave. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Giovanni Vannucci, Thomas M. Willis, III, Shikik Johnson, Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J. Barnickel
  • Publication number: 20180159762
    Abstract: Switches within a telecommunications network exchange so-called available bandwidth messages, each of which advertises how much bandwidth remains unassigned on a respective link. The network is of a type in which circuits are provisioned with various predefined numbers of time slots (equivalent to bandwidth). The sending of an available bandwidth message for a given link is triggered by a change in the number of time slots available on that link if that change results in a change in the number of circuit bandwidths that can be accommodated by that link for a newly provisioned circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Bruce Gilbert Cortez, Sanja Durinovic-Johri, Pravin Kumar Johri, John Paggi, Simon S. Zelingher
  • Publication number: 20180160354
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to session continuity between software-defined network (“SDN”) controlled and non-SDN controlled wireless networks. In one embodiment, an SDN controller can determine that a handover of a user equipment (“UE”) over from a base station operating under control of the SDN-controlled network to a further base station operating under control of a non-SDN-controlled network has occurred. The SDN controller can establish over an interface between the SDN controller and a packet gateway (“P-GW”), a tunnel through which to exchange handover data associated with the handover and a session IP address for a session in which the UE is involved. The SDN controller can provide, over the interface and through the tunnel, the handover data and the session IP address to the P-GW.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Paul Edward Smith, JR., Sangar Dowlatkhah
  • Publication number: 20180159986
    Abstract: The use of virtual resources providing communication services is adjusted based on load. A determination is made, for a specific number range, whether the virtual telephone number mapping service instances dedicated to the specific number range are being underutilized. If the virtual telephone number mapping service instances dedicated to the specific number range are being underutilized, a virtual telephone number mapping service instance dedicated to the specific number range is selected for removal. A determination is also made, for the specific number range, whether a number of virtual telephone number mapping service instances dedicated to the specific number range is sufficient to handle requests for communication services. If the number of virtual telephone number mapping service instances dedicated to the specific number range is not sufficient to handle the requests, instantiation of a virtual telephone mapping instance is initiated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mehrad Yasrebi, James E. Jackson, Art Daddona
  • Publication number: 20180160430
    Abstract: A distributed antenna system is provided that frequency shifts the output of one or more microcells to a 60 GHz or higher frequency range for transmission to a set of distributed antennas. The cellular band outputs of these microcell base station devices are used to modulate a 60 GHz (or higher) carrier wave, yielding a group of subcarriers on the 60 GHz carrier wave. This group will then be transmitted in the air via analog microwave RF unit, after which it can be repeated or radiated to the surrounding area. The repeaters amplify the signal and resend it on the air again toward the next repeater. In places where a microcell is required, the 60 GHz signal is shifted in frequency back to its original frequency (e.g., the 1.9 GHz cellular band) and radiated locally to nearby mobile devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Farhad Barzegar, Donald J. Barnickel, JR., George Blandino, Irwin Gerszberg, Paul Shala Henry, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Publication number: 20180160296
    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 a same generic mobile subscriber identity information by multiple devices can be based on intercepting registration requests. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicants: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Walter Cooper Chastain, Stephen Emille Chin
  • Publication number: 20180159766
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to providing enhanced quality of service (“QoS”) in a software-defined network (“SDN”)-based connectionless mobility architecture. According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, an SDN controller can receive service level requirements and can map the service level requirements to QoS requirements and attributes to be associated with a QoS tag. The SDN controller can configure a service entry point to insert the QoS tag into incoming packets so that one or more other service points can extract the QoS tag. The other service point(s) can determine, based upon the QoS tag, a QoS treatment to apply to the incoming packets. The other service point(s) can apply the QoS treatment to the incoming packets in accordance with the QoS tag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Jiansong Wang, Paul Edward Smith, JR.
  • Patent number: 9992270
    Abstract: A system for providing an information guide of a first end user device to a second end user device is provided. The system receives an identifier of the second end user device from a user of the first end user device. The identifier of the second end user device is stored in a database in association with the first end user device. The information guide of the first end user device is transmitted to the second end user device based on the identifier of the second end user device in response to a predetermined condition of the first end user device being detected. A transmission of the information guide is configured to perform a predetermined action on the second end user device based on the predetermined condition of the first end user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Soumyajit Chakraborty, James Gordon Beattie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9992304
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for relocation of applications to optimize resource utilization. A processor executing a relocation management application can receive a request to relocate an application. The processor can identify a utilization associated with the application, identify prospective host resources capable of hosting the application, determine utilizations associated with the prospective host resources, and project prospective host resource utilizations based upon the utilization associated with the application and the utilizations associated with the prospective host resources. The processor can select a prospective host resource from the prospective host resources by selecting a resource that offers a most consistent projected utilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert Todd Stephens
  • Patent number: 9992277
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to ephemeral feedback instances. According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, a policy engine can receive data and a policy request from a policy requestor. The policy engine also can determine whether a policy is available to satisfy the policy request. If the policy engine determines that a policy is available to satisfy the policy request, the policy engine can retrieve, from a policy repository, the policy to satisfy the request and can instruct one or more policy enforcement points to enforce the policy. If the policy engine determines that a policy is not available to satisfy the policy request, the policy engine can perform a feedback instance method to satisfy the policy request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James W. Fan, Jeffrey A. Aaron
  • Patent number: 9992293
    Abstract: Adaptation of a push-notification state is disclosed. The adaptation can be based on a proximity of a first and second user equipment. The adaptation can affect push-notifications received at each device. By adapting a push-notification state, redundant push-notifications that can unnecessarily consume telecommunication resources, battery power, etc., for devices that are proximate to each other can be affected. Information relating to push-notification enabled services, services account information, device focus state information, or device environment information can be used in adapting a push-notification state. Adaptation of the push-notification state can employ a peer-to-peer or client-server topology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I. L.P.
    Inventors: Vivek Mhatre, Gaurav Gupta
  • Patent number: 9992621
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for enabling a mobile device to generate pathway records, and to use the generated records to identify a location at which a desired type of communication service is available for the mobile device. The generated pathway records include (a) timing data indicative of a data collection time, (b) location data indicative of a collection location of the mobile device at the collection time, and (c) data indicative of available communication services for the mobile device at the collection location. Via a user interface, the mobile device presents a map including indications of (a) a current location of the mobile device, (b) a trail representing a time-ordered sequence of the pathway records, and (c) the available communication services associated with respective ones of the pathway records generated by the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Gordon Beattie, Jr., Stephen Francis Triano
  • Patent number: 9992347
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a communication device having a controller to retrieve from an address book a communication identifier for each of a plurality of participants, determine from the address book a conferencing type for each of the plurality of participants, and initiate according to the conference type and the communication identifier of each participant a Voice over Internet Protocol conference call directed to communication devices of the plurality of participants. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Anup D Karnalkar, R. Tyler Wallis, William Stanley Robbins, Susan Steele, Mark Ryan
  • Patent number: 9992682
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, at a base station, communicating with a mobile phone where the base station comprises a premises wireless access point, at the base station, communicating with a mobile communication system by way of a broadband connection, and instructing a landline phone communicatively coupled to the base station to communicate with a remote end user device via the mobile communication system utilizing identification information of the mobile phone and responsive to communications between the base station and the mobile phone. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: William Stanley Robbins, Larry B. Pearson, R. Tyler Wallis, Mark Ryan
  • Patent number: 9991580
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a coupling module that includes a waveguide that guides a first electromagnetic wave conveying data from a transmitting device. A dielectric coupler receives the first electromagnetic wave from the waveguide to form a second electromagnetic wave, and that guides the second electromagnetic wave along the dielectric coupler adjacent to a transmission medium, and wherein the dielectric coupler has a length that supports a cancellation of at least one cancelled wave mode from a coupling of the second electromagnetic wave to the transmission medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Donald J. Barnickel, Farhad Barzegar, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9991987
    Abstract: An architecture is provided that can scale content resolution in order to mitigate errors in a provisioned service of a communication network, such as a wireless service or a femtocell service that integrates with DSL or other broadband carriers. The architecture can identify fault conditions relating to e.g., bandwidth oversubscription or symbolization integrity. Based upon such identification, the architecture can alter encoding format codecs of certain types of content in order to reduce their resolution/quality, thereby mitigating bandwidth oversubscription fault conditions or freeing up space (without necessarily increasing bandwidth) to insert additional FEC code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Douglas Medina, Frank Coppa, Robert Johnston
  • Patent number: 9992488
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring video assets provided by a multimedia content distribution network (MCDN) includes an expert test monitoring platform (ETMP) configured to emulate MCDN client systems at a facility of an MCDN service provider. The ETMP may be used to test monitor MCDN performance by acquiring a baseband video signal and performing a test operation including at least one check point condition. The check point condition may be associated with a masked region of the video signal and may also involve a test of an audio channel. A plurality of test operations and/or check point conditions may be defined and executed on the baseband video signal, while the results of the test operation may be logged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Hung John Pham
  • Patent number: 9992644
    Abstract: Methods for appending additional device, location, and/or presence information to a mobile-originated (MO) short message are taught herein. One such method for appending additional device information includes receiving a MO short message at a message center. The MO short message includes a content request. The message center sends a query to a subscriber directory for device information corresponding to the device of the requesting subscriber. The subscriber directory searches for the device information and generates a response to be sent to the message center, the response including the device information. The subscriber directory sends the response to the message center, which appends the device information to the MO short message. The message center then sends the short message to the destination, for example, a content provider. Methods for appending location and/or presence information are also taught.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Justin McNamara, Fulvio Cenciarelli, Ed Lambert
  • Patent number: 9992654
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to policy driven emergency traffic handling for machine-to-machine (“M2M”) device communication. According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, an M2M application server can receive a plurality of emergency messages from a mobility management entity (“MME”) over a control plane interface. The plurality emergency message can be generated by a plurality of M2M devices in response to an emergency event. The M2M application server can filter, based upon a policy, the plurality of emergency messages to remove duplicate messages of the plurality of emergency messages in order to create a clean group of emergency messages. The M2M application server can forward the clean group of emergency messages to at least one public safety answering point (“PSAP”).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Rajendra Prasad Kodaypak, Joseph Dahan
  • Patent number: 9992284
    Abstract: A server-client system or architecture that allows datacast applications to reliably transport data objects from a network server over a unidirectional packet network (“datacast network”) to one or more clients, each of which may be listening to the packet stream at different times. The invention allows the clients to listen intermittently to the datacast, yet still receive all of the data objects published by the server in a timely manner, and in a way that is more optimal in terms of client resource use. This ensures that listening clients can receive a complete set of the data objects broadcast while being able to conserve client processing and power resources by not requiring continuous listening by the client to the datacast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Peter Andrew Mataga, Igor Slepchin
  • Patent number: 9992320
    Abstract: A method of operating a mobile device includes receiving, from a motion sensor, motion information indicative of mobile device motion, recognizing a motion pattern indicated by the motion information, identifying a particular function corresponding to the motion pattern, and determining whether the particular function comprises a function for remotely controlling a remotely controlled device. Responsive to determining the particular function is a function for remotely controlling a remotely controlled device, a remote control command corresponding to the particular function is wirelessly sent to the remotely controlled device. If the particular function is a function for remotely controlling a remotely controlled device, the particular function is executed via a wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Ian C. Schmehl, James Leonard Cansler, Scott Anthony White
  • Patent number: 9990835
    Abstract: A security system notifies of an alarm situation. The security system has two separate communications paths. When the alarm situation is determined, the security system may select one of the two separate communications paths based on performance, cost, urgency, and other factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: John Alson Hicks, III
  • Patent number: 9991931
    Abstract: A method includes identifying, at a processor of a crosstalk analyzer, a first communication line of a plurality of communication lines and a second communication line of the plurality of communication lines. The first communication line and the second communication line identified based on a correlation of a crosstalk parameter with respect to the first communication line and the second communication line. The method also includes, responsive to identifying the first communication line and the second communication line, assigning, by the processor, the first communication line to a first port of an access node and the second communication line to a second port of the access node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Thomas Anschutz, Thomas Starr
  • Patent number: 9991934
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system for transmitting first electromagnetic waves that propagate on a surface of a component of a transit system, and receiving second electromagnetic waves that propagate on the surface of the component of the transit system. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9990830
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for a spatial telemeter alert reconnaissance system (“STARS”). According to one aspect disclosed herein, the STARS can receive, from a spatial mapping and monitoring (“SMM”) device, an initial space map for a space in which the SMM device is deployed. The initial space map can include a volume capacity of the space. The STARS can receive, from a user device, at least one space parameter to be utilized for the space in which the SMM device is deployed. The STARS device can update the SMM device in accordance with the space parameter. In some embodiments, the at least one space parameter can include a mapping frequency. The mapping frequency can instruct the SMM device to perform spatial mapping of the space at a specified time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bhumit Patel, Chad Jordan, Nigel Bradley
  • Patent number: 9992119
    Abstract: A service delivery hub controlled by a network operator includes an access controller; a network services gateway in communication with the access controller and in communication with external network elements, a partner management center in communication with the access controller and the network services gateway, the partner management center configured to establish a service level agreement with application service providers or enabler providers; an interface defined by the service level agreement, the interface configured to provide a single point access to the application service developers, to provide a set of programming interfaces to the developers whereas the programming interfaces provide access to the external network elements; and a charging system interface to a charging gateway, wherein the charging system is subject to the service level agreement and wherein the service delivery hub allocates revenue in accordance with the service level agreement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Dunmire, Chad C. Keith, Clifford Marcus Owenby
  • Patent number: 9992786
    Abstract: Leveraging multiple network interfaces, such as Wi-Fi and cellular, on mobile devices can improve user experience for various applications. Deadline-aware MPTCP scheduling can complement existing MPTCP scheduler. The deadline-aware MPTCP scheduler can dynamically select transmission paths to minimize cellular usage while satisfying data transfer deadlines. The deadline-aware MPTCP scheduler can also address several challenges, such as determining the appropriate traffic pattern over cellular paths, designing proper APIs between MPTCP and applications, and making the scheduler functionality robust and lightweight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bo Han, Lusheng Ji, Vijay Gopalakrishnan, Feng Qian
  • Patent number: 9992427
    Abstract: A digital camera accesses, processes and displays a combination image composed of visible light and near non-visible (“NNV”) light. A method can include accessing, by a digital camera, raw data having first information associated with a first electromagnetic spectrum range and second information associated with a second electromagnetic spectrum range. The first electromagnetic spectrum range is substantially within the visible spectrum and the second electromagnetic spectrum range is substantially within the NNV spectrum. The method can also include optimizing the raw data for the visible spectrum, thereby generating a first visual image representation, and optimizing the raw data for the NNV spectrum, thereby generating a second visual image representation. The method can also include combining the first visual image representation and the second visual image representation to generate a combination image. The digital camera can then initiate the display of the combination image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Dylan C. Reid
  • Patent number: 9990647
    Abstract: Digital media is distributed to a list of subscriber addresses. The digital media is stored in a memory of a client device that is dedicated to content offered by a producer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Arnold Chester McQuaide, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20180150988
    Abstract: A method of exchanging audio-visual communication information between users includes detecting using an image capturing device associated with a wearable communication device, a mirror or image reflecting surface disposed in an environment of a first user, detecting a boundary of the mirror or image reflecting surface in response to the mirror being detected in the environment of the first user, selecting a portion of a first image displayed on the mirror or image reflecting surface within the boundary of the mirror or image reflecting surface, and displaying the portion of the first image as an overlay on a second image to a second user. A corresponding system and computer-readable device are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Svetlana Yarosh, Brian S. Amento, Kevin Ansia Li
  • Publication number: 20180152831
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system that manages reuse of mobile subscriber identity information. The use of a same generic mobile subscriber identity information by multiple devices can be based on the mobility and/or device location. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicants: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Walter Cooper Chastain, Stephen Emille Chin
  • Publication number: 20180152757
    Abstract: A system for providing video motion augmentation is disclosed. In particular, the system provides mechanisms for analyzing video content, metadata, or a combination thereof, to dynamically enhance and adapt regions of small movements or micro-movements in the video content based on a variety of inputs. The regions of small movements or micro-movements may be enhanced based on device characteristics associated with a device consuming the video content, based on a theme associated with the content, based on sensor data, based on user feedback, and based on a variety of other inputs. For example, motion content in the video content may be enhanced and emphasized based on the display resolution or other device characteristics of a device requesting the video content. Once the enhanced video content is generated based on the inputs, the enhanced content may be provided to the device requesting the content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Zavesky, James E. Jackson, James H. Pratt
  • Publication number: 20180152238
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a transmission system having a coupling device, a bypass circuit, a memory and a processor. The coupling device can facilitate transmission or reception of electromagnetic waves that propagate along a surface of a transmission medium. The memory can store instructions, which when executed by the processor, causes the processor to perform operations including restarting a timer to prevent the bypass circuit from disabling the transmission or reception of electromagnetic waves by the coupling device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Publication number: 20180151041
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products notify of alarms in security systems. Sensor data is received from an alarm sensor, and an alarm controller determines an alarm condition. Video data associated with the alarm sensor is retrieved. An alarm message may be sent over a wireless network connection, while the video data may be sent over a wireline broadband connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: John Alson Hicks, III
  • Publication number: 20180152262
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a transmission device that includes at least one transceiver configured to modulate data to generate a plurality of first electromagnetic waves. A plurality of couplers are configured to couple at least a portion of the plurality of first electromagnetic waves to a transmission medium, wherein the plurality of couplers generate a plurality of mode division multiplexed second electromagnetic waves that propagate along the outer surface of the transmission medium. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Publication number: 20180152359
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for a service assurance platform. A service assurance platform can be provided by a computing device comprising a processor. The computing device can obtain a service order comprising a request for functionality. The computing device can initiate determination of service offerings available to provide the functionality and initiate presentation of the service offerings determined to be available. The computing device can obtain a selection of a service offering of the service offerings and initiate orchestration of the service offering to instantiate a service that provides the functionality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Qian, Robert Best, David H. Lu, Michael John Zinnikas
  • Publication number: 20180152875
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, monitoring a speed and an acceleration of a mobile communication device in a serving cell of a wireless network where the mobile communication device has a radio resource control connection with the wireless network, and selecting a first mobility speed group from among a plurality of mobility speed groups based on the speed and the acceleration of the mobile communication device, where handover parameter values are assigned to each speed group of the plurality of mobility speed groups, and where the handover parameters and their associated values are utilized for a handover by the wireless network from the serving cell to a target cell. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Spyridon Kapoulas, Kurt Huber, Thomas W. Henderson