Patents by Inventor Ahmed Bencheikh

Ahmed Bencheikh has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200336868
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for monitoring a wireless network such as a WLAN to characterize a venue or other area. In one embodiment, the network comprises a WLAN which includes one or more access points (APs) in data communication with a controller, which in turn communicates with managed network entities via a backhaul connection. The controller s is configured to monitor the operation of the network components including the APs, as well as one or more fixed or mobile sensors. In one variant, the sensors provide data relating to wireless signal performance at their current location, which can be provided to a cloud-based evaluation process for enhanced characterization of the venue in conjunction with the AP-derived data. In the exemplary embodiment, logic operative to run on the system includes automated seating allocation suggestions, thereby providing end users with a better quality experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Don Gunasekara, Venkata Ramana Divvi, Ahmed Bencheikh
  • Publication number: 20200329398
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for monitoring and controlling access to coexisting first and second networks within a venue. In one embodiment, the first network is a managed content delivery network that includes one or more wireless access points (APs) in data communication with a backend controller which communicates with a dedicated background scanner. The background scanner scans for coexisting networks within the venue, and reports this to the controller. In one variant, the controller dynamically adjusts transmit characteristics of the AP(s) to manage interference between the coexisting networks. In another variant, the controller causes the energy detect threshold of a client device to be lowered so that the device may detect WLAN signals in a scenario where a coexisting RAT (for example, LTE-U or LTE-LAA) occupies the same channel and/or frequency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Don Gunasekara, Venkata Ramana Divvi, Ahmed Bencheikh
  • Publication number: 20200228993
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing quasi-licensed spectrum access within an area or venue. In one embodiment, the quasi-licensed spectrum utilizes 3.5 GHz CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) spectrum allocated by a Federal or commercial SAS (Spectrum Access System) to a managed content delivery network that includes one or more wireless access nodes (e.g., CSDs and APs) in data communication with a controller. In one variant, the controller dynamically allocates (i) spectrum within the area or venue within CBRS bands, and (ii) MSO users or subscribers to CBRS bands or WLAN (e.g., public ISM) bands in to manage interference between the coexisting networks, and maximize user experience. In another variant, the controller cooperates with a provisioning server to implement a client device application program or “app” on MSO user or subscriber client devices which enables inter-RAT access.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Don Gunasekara, Umamaheswar Kakinada, Ahmed Bencheikh, Shane Newberg
  • Patent number: 10708845
    Abstract: According to one configuration, an example communication system includes a primary wireless station, multiple candidate wireless stations, and a remote network. The primary wireless station is in communication with one or more of the multiple candidate wireless stations. During operation, when the primary wireless station needs to provide one or more communication devices access to a remote network, the primary wireless station monitors presence of the multiple candidate wireless stations. Each of the multiple candidate wireless stations is available to support a wireless backhaul link from the primary wireless station to a remote (such as a core) network. The primary wireless station is operable to select an appropriate candidate wireless station amongst the multiple candidate wireless stations. Via the selected candidate wireless station, the primary wireless station establishes a backhaul link to the remote network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Charter Communications Operating, LLC
    Inventors: Ahmed Bencheikh, Muhammad Gill, Haider H. Syed, Manoj K. Das, Perwaiz Akhtar, Vijay K. Mechineni
  • Publication number: 20200178237
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing quasi-licensed spectrum access within an area or application so as to enable “end to end” IoT device connectivity. In one embodiment, the quasi-licensed spectrum utilizes 3.5 GHz CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) spectrum allocated by a Federal or commercial SAS (Spectrum Access System) to a managed content delivery network that includes one or more wireless access nodes (e.g., CBSDs and IoT hubs or gateways) in data communication with a controller. In one variant, the controller dynamically allocates (i) spectrum within the area or venue within CBRS bands, and (ii) MSO users or subscribers to CBRS bands or IoT bands (e.g., public ISM) bands to maximize connectivity and performance. In another variant, the controller cooperates with a provisioning server to implement a client device application program or “app” on an end user IoT device which enables inter-RAT connectivity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Umamaheswar Kakinada, Don Gunasekara, Ahmed Bencheikh, Shane Newberg
  • Patent number: 10645547
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for monitoring a wireless network such as a WLAN to characterize a venue or other area. In one embodiment, the network comprises a WLAN which includes one or more access points (APs) in data communication with a controller, which in turn communicates with managed network entities via a backhaul connection. The controller s is configured to monitor the operation of the network components including the APs, as well as one or more fixed or mobile sensors. In one variant, the sensors provide data relating to wireless signal performance at their current location, which can be provided to a cloud-based evaluation process for enhanced characterization of the venue in conjunction with the AP-derived data. In the exemplary embodiment, logic operative to run on the system includes automated seating allocation suggestions, thereby providing end users with a better quality experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS OPERATING, LLC
    Inventors: Don Gunasekara, Venkata Ramana Divvi, Ahmed Bencheikh
  • Patent number: 10638361
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for monitoring and controlling access to coexisting first and second networks within a venue. In one embodiment, the first network is a managed content delivery network that includes one or more wireless access points (APs) in data communication with a backend controller which communicates with a dedicated background scanner. The background scanner scans for coexisting networks within the venue, and reports this to the controller. In one variant, the controller dynamically adjusts transmit characteristics of the AP(s) to manage interference between the coexisting networks. In another variant, the controller causes the energy detect threshold of a client device to be lowered so that the device may detect WLAN signals in a scenario where a coexisting RAT (for example, LTE-U or LTE-LAA) occupies the same channel and/or frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Charter Communications Operating, LLC
    Inventors: Don Gunasekara, Venkata Ramana Divvi, Ahmed Bencheikh
  • Publication number: 20200059849
    Abstract: According to one configuration, an example communication system includes a primary wireless station, multiple candidate wireless stations, and a remote network. The primary wireless station is in communication with one or more of the multiple candidate wireless stations. During operation, when the primary wireless station needs to provide one or more communication devices access to a remote network, the primary wireless station monitors presence of the multiple candidate wireless stations. Each of the multiple candidate wireless stations is available to support a wireless backhaul link from the primary wireless station to a remote (such as a core) network. The primary wireless station is operable to select an appropriate candidate wireless station amongst the multiple candidate wireless stations. Via the selected candidate wireless station, the primary wireless station establishes a backhaul link to the remote network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventors: Ahmed Bencheikh, Muhammad Gill, Haider H. Syed, Manoj K. Das, Perwaiz Akhtar, Vijay K. Mechineni
  • Patent number: 10536859
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing quasi-licensed spectrum access within an area or venue. In one embodiment, the quasi-licensed spectrum utilizes 3.5 GHz CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) spectrum allocated by a Federal or commercial SAS (Spectrum Access System) to a managed content delivery network that includes one or more wireless access nodes (e.g., CBSDs and APs) in data communication with a controller. In one variant, the controller dynamically allocates (i) spectrum within the area or venue within CBRS bands, and (ii) MSO users or subscribers to CBRS bands or WLAN (e.g., public ISM) bands in to manage interference between the coexisting networks, and maximize user experience. In another variant, the controller cooperates with a provisioning server to implement a client device application program or “app” on MSO user or subscriber client devices which enables inter-RAT access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS OPERATING, LLC
    Inventors: Don Gunasekara, Umamaheswar Kakinada, Ahmed Bencheikh, Shane Newberg
  • Publication number: 20190393926
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing quasi-licensed spectrum access within a prescribed area or venue, including to users or subscribers of one or more Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). In one embodiment, the quasi-licensed spectrum utilizes 3.5 GHz CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) spectrum allocated by a Federal or commercial SAS (Spectrum Access System) to a managed content delivery network that includes one or more wireless access nodes (e.g., CBSDs) in data communication with a controller, and the core(s) of the MNO network(s). In one variant, the controller dynamically allocates (i) spectrum within the area or venue within CBRS bands, and (ii) MNO “roaming” users or subscribers to CBRS bands (e.g., via extant LTE-TD technology). In one particular implementation, the managed network comprises a Multiple Systems Operator (MSO) network such as a cable or satellite network, and the MSO and MNO coordinate to implement user-specific and/or data-specific policies for the roaming MNO subscribers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Umamaheswar Kakinada, Don Gunasekara, Ahmed Bencheikh, Shane Newberg
  • Publication number: 20190373301
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for monitoring and controlling access to coexisting first and second networks, such as within a venue. In one embodiment, the first network is a managed network that includes wireless access points (APs) in data communication with a backend controller, which communicates with a client process on a user device. The client process uses indigenous radio technology of the user device to scan for coexisting networks, and report results to the controller. In one variant, the controller dynamically adjusts transmit characteristics of the AP(s) to manage interference between the coexisting networks. In another variant, the controller causes the energy detect threshold of the user device to be lowered so that it may detect WLAN signals when a coexisting RAT (for example, LTE-U or LTE-LAA) occupies the same channel and/or frequency. In another variant, the client process autonomously adjusts user device operation based on the scan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Don Gunasekara, Venkata Ramana Divvi, Ahmed Bencheikh
  • Patent number: 10492204
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing quasi-licensed spectrum access within an area or application to enable “end to end” IoT (Internet-of-Things) device connectivity. In one embodiment, the quasi-licensed spectrum utilizes 3.5 GHz CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) spectrum allocated by a Federal or commercial SAS (Spectrum Access System) to a managed content delivery network that includes one or more wireless access nodes (e.g., CBSDs (Citizens Broadband radio Service Devices) and IoT hubs or gateways) in data communication with a controller. In one variant, the controller dynamically allocates (i) spectrum within the area or venue within CBRS bands, and (ii) MSO (multiple systems operator) users to CBRS bands or IoT bands (e.g., public ISM (industrial, scientific and medical)) bands to maximize connectivity and performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Charter Communications Operating, LLC
    Inventors: Umamaheswar Kakinada, Don Gunasekara, Ahmed Bencheikh, Shane Newberg
  • Publication number: 20190313281
    Abstract: A wireless communication link between a wireless access point and a mobile communication device supports multiple data flows. Each of the data flows can be configured to convey a different type of data. Based on monitoring events/conditions such as conveyance of communications over each of the multiple data flows, a communication management resource selectively assigns data flow compression settings to each of the multiple data flows. Based on the assigned compression settings, the mobile communication device and/or wireless access point communicate packet delivery data (such as network address information) over the data flows. For example, in accordance with the generated compression settings, packet delivery data for data packets conveyed over a first data flow are compressed, while packet delivery data for data packets conveyed over a second data flow are not compressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Ahmed Bencheikh, Venkata R. Divvi
  • Patent number: 10368255
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for monitoring and controlling access to coexisting first and second networks, such as within a venue. In one embodiment, the first network is a managed network that includes wireless access points (APs) in data communication with a backend controller, which communicates with a client process on a user device. The client process uses indigenous radio technology of the user device to scan for coexisting networks, and report results to the controller. In one variant, the controller dynamically adjusts transmit characteristics of the AP(s) to manage interference between the coexisting networks. In another variant, the controller causes the energy detect threshold of the user device to be lowered so that it may detect WLAN signals when a coexisting RAT (for example, LTE-U or LTE-LAA) occupies the same channel and/or frequency. In another variant, the client process autonomously adjusts user device operation based on the scan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Don Gunasekara, Venkata Ramana Divvi, Ahmed Bencheikh
  • Patent number: 10340976
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing quasi-licensed spectrum access within a prescribed area or venue, including to users or subscribers of one or more Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). In one embodiment, the quasi-licensed spectrum utilizes 3.5 GHz CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) spectrum allocated by a Federal or commercial SAS (Spectrum Access System) to a managed content delivery network that includes one or more wireless access nodes (e.g., CBSDs) in data communication with a controller, and the core(s) of the MNO network(s). In one variant, the controller dynamically allocates (i) spectrum within the area or venue within CBRS bands, and (ii) MNO “roaming” users or subscribers to CBRS bands (e.g., via extant LTE-TD technology). In one particular implementation, the managed network comprises a Multiple Systems Operator (MSO) network such as a cable or satellite network, and the MSO and MNO coordinate to implement user-specific and/or data-specific policies for the roaming MNO subscribers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Charter Communications Operating, LLC
    Inventors: Umamaheswar Kakinada, Don Gunasekara, Ahmed Bencheikh, Shane Newberg
  • Patent number: 10327184
    Abstract: Techniques disclosed herein include systems and methods for providing active mobility of Wi-Fi enabled devices within a given wireless local area network (WLAN). In general, techniques include dynamically commanding Wi-Fi enabled devices to disconnect from a corresponding access point in response to meeting predetermined conditions. A forced disconnect can be based on various criteria such as low-power or lost packet thresholds triggering the forced disconnect. Such techniques cause a Wi-Fi enabled device to disconnect from one access point and connect to another access point before a connection quality deteriorates to a point that causes noticeable interruptions in connectivity or a generally poor experience, thereby enabling a smooth transition among access points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Praveen Srivastava, Arun Manroa, Ahmed Bencheikh
  • Patent number: 10299131
    Abstract: A wireless gateway controls access through a communication portal to a shared communication link. By way of non-limiting example, the wireless gateway receives input (such as a passcode) from a user operating a communication device in a subscriber domain. The user provides the input to communicate through the communication portal or wireless gateway over the shared communication link. The wireless gateway maps the received input to corresponding access profile information stored in a repository of the wireless gateway hardware. The wireless gateway then provides the communication device access to a remote network over the shared communication link through the communication portal in a manner as specified by the corresponding access profile information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Don Gunasekara, Kiran R. Yeddala, Ahmed Bencheikh
  • Publication number: 20190149443
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for monitoring a wireless local area network (WLAN) to identify inoperative or degraded devices and restore network connectivity to end users. In one embodiment, the network includes one or more access points (APs) in data communication with a cable modem, which in turn communicates with managed network entities via a backhaul connection. Each AP is configured to provide connectivity to client devices, as well as monitor the operation of other network components including the cable modem, via logic indigenous to the AP, and invoke corrective action when failures or degraded performance is detected. In one variant, the logic operative to run on the AP includes both diagnostic and self-healing functionality, so as to enable at least partial automated diagnosis, localization, and recovery from faults, thereby obviating costly troubleshooting by the network operator or service personnel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: DON GUNASEKARA, Ahmed Bencheikh, Priyank Vira
  • Publication number: 20190150134
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing quasi-licensed spectrum access within an area or application so as to enable “end to end” IoT device connectivity. In one embodiment, the quasi-licensed spectrum utilizes 3.5 GHz CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) spectrum allocated by a Federal or commercial SAS (Spectrum Access System) to a managed content delivery network that includes one or more wireless access nodes (e.g., CBSDs and IoT hubs or gateways) in data communication with a controller. In one variant, the controller dynamically allocates (i) spectrum within the area or venue within CBRS bands, and (ii) MSO users or subscribers to CBRS bands or IoT bands (e.g., public ISM) bands to maximize connectivity and performance. In another variant, the controller cooperates with a provisioning server to implement a client device application program or “app” on an end user IoT device which enables inter-RAT connectivity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: UMAMAHESWAR KAKINADA, DON GUNASEKARA, AHMED BENCHEIKH, SHANE NEWBERG
  • Publication number: 20190115950
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing quasi-licensed spectrum access within a prescribed area or venue, including to users or subscribers of one or more Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). In one embodiment, the quasi-licensed spectrum utilizes 3.5 GHz CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) spectrum allocated by a Federal or commercial SAS (Spectrum Access System) to a managed content delivery network that includes one or more wireless access nodes (e.g., CBSDs) in data communication with a controller, and the core(s) of the MNO network(s). In one variant, the controller dynamically allocates (i) spectrum within the area or venue within CBRS bands, and (ii) MNO “roaming” users or subscribers to CBRS bands (e.g., via extant LTE-TD technology). In one particular implementation, the managed network comprises a Multiple Systems Operator (MSO) network such as a cable or satellite network, and the MSO and MNO coordinate to implement user-specific and/or data-specific policies for the roaming MNO subscribers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Umamaheswar Kakinada, Don Gunasekara, Ahmed Bencheikh, Shane Newberg