Of Plural Exchange Network Patents (Class 379/14)
  • Patent number: 11412008
    Abstract: A system, method and computer-readable medium by-passing the public switched telephone network when routing a call from a carrier network to an enterprise network are provided. A carrier gateway server is communicatively coupled with an enterprise gateway server. The enterprise gateway server is adapted to publish direct inward dial numbers assigned to enterprise extensions to the carrier gateway server. Once published, call setups originated in the carrier network may be routed directly to an enterprise network having a terminal assigned the dialed number of the call setup. Advantageously, the carrier network operator does not incur any inter-connect fee from any public switched network operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: TANGO NETWORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Lathan W. Lewis, Andrew Silver
  • Patent number: 11354432
    Abstract: A system and method for reassignment of tickets in a live event via network communications for scheduling data transfers between systems. One or more data requesting systems may request access to particular data for one or more tickets to a venue for the live event causing a task to be performed to exchange the particular data between a data accessing system having access to the particular data and a data requesting system requesting access to the particular data. In some embodiments, the communication exchange may be initiated based on a parameter included in the request that the task be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: John Raymond Werneke, Samuel Levin, David Scarborough
  • Patent number: 10938855
    Abstract: Systems and methods for computer network infrastructure provisioning are provided. In one illustrative implementation, a base server is sent to and physically installed at a remote site by field technicians, the base server automatically and securely connects back to a central site, and then becomes the platform to logically provision all other network elements to start a remote network infrastructure, wherein this process may be accomplished without intervention by network engineers at the remote site. The connection and communication between the central and remote site can be implemented over various networks, such as over the Internet, over a private IP network, over a cellular network, and/or other networks. According to implementations herein, the base server can ensure physical and logical integrity even if the environment or the chain of custody of the equipment involved is not trusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Digi International Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Alan Waldie, Kenneth Peter Gilmore Wilson, Marcio Hideki Saito, Antonio Basilio Merenda
  • Patent number: 10812538
    Abstract: A system, method and computer-readable medium by-passing the public switched telephone network when routing a call from a carrier network to an enterprise network are provided. A carrier gateway server is communicatively coupled with an enterprise gateway server. The enterprise gateway server is adapted to publish direct inward dial numbers assigned to enterprise extensions to the carrier gateway server. Once published, call setups originated in the carrier network may be routed directly to an enterprise network having a terminal assigned the dialed number of the call setup. Advantageously, the carrier network operator does not incur any inter-connect fee from any public switched network operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: TANGO NETWORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Lathan W. Lewis, Andrew Silver
  • Patent number: 10657278
    Abstract: A system and method for scheduling data transfers between systems. One or more data requesting systems may request access to particular data. The request for access to the particular data may correspond to a request that a task to be performed. The task may be to exchange the particular data between a data accessing system having access to the particular data and a data requesting system requesting access to the particular data. The communication exchange may be scheduled for processing. In some embodiments, the communication exchange may be initiated based on a parameter included in the request that the task be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: John Raymond Werneke, Samuel Levin, David Scarborough
  • Patent number: 10348738
    Abstract: An internet service provider (ISP) is configured to provide notification messages such as service updates to subscribers via redirected web pages. In order for the web pages to be treated as originating from the ISP, the ISP provides a shared secret in the browser message. The shared secret may be a secret not derivable by viruses or trojans in the subscriber computer, such as a MAC address of the subscriber modem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: PERFTECH, INC.
    Inventors: Henry M. Donzis, Lewis T. Donzis, Rodney D. Frey, John A. Murphy, Jonathan E. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9742906
    Abstract: A method, system, computer program product, and a device for testing are provided. In some implementations, a method includes the steps of (i) conducting a line test on a line of a line card that is not connected to a subscriber line; (ii) comparing the result of the test with a predetermined result; and (iii) determining a defect of the test hardware if the result deviates from the predetermined result. Furthermore, a device and a communication system comprising said device are suggested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Adtran GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Deutscher, Tim Eickelberg, Nils Asmussen
  • Patent number: 8676500
    Abstract: A method of providing intersection assistance with a portable electronic device to remind a user of traffic rules when the user approaches traffic intersections includes receiving an input from the user indicating a destination location for generating navigation instructions to the destination location, determining a current location of the portable electronic device according to received position signals, providing navigation instructions to the destination location according to the current location of the portable electronic device, and reminding the user of traffic rules related to intersections for a geographical location in which the portable electronic device is currently located when the portable electronic device detects that the portable electronic device is approaching an intersection, where reminding the user of traffic rules related to intersections comprises indicating a side of a second road the user should turn onto when making a turn from a first road onto the second road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Mitac International Corp.
    Inventor: Geoff Walsh
  • Patent number: 8639557
    Abstract: A method and a system for measuring market data in a mobile communications system. The method and system may be used to obtain data such as growth, churn rate, and other measurable metrics of mobile communications device subscribers. The method includes selecting a sample of contact numbers, using one or more contacting or querying methodologies to assess the state of the contact numbers, and analyzing the results to determine the market data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Tom Frangione, Liam Mahoney, Andreas Vogel, Christopher Chin, James Baer
  • Patent number: 8624577
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system for identifying a cable path may be provided. The system may include a cable set operable to transmit data, the cable set comprising power delivery wires designed to transmit electrical power. The cable set may also comprise two adapters proximate respective ends of the cable set, the first adapter operable to be coupled to a signal generator operable to transmit electrical power across the power delivery wires. In some embodiments, the cable set may further comprise a circuit coupled to the power delivery wires of the cable set, the circuit operable to receive electrical power from the signal generator and allow at least a portion of the electrical power to continue across the power delivery wires. The cable set may further comprise an indicator coupled to the circuit and operable to emit light when electrical power from the circuit is received at the indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Charles B. Bradley, II
  • Patent number: 8532922
    Abstract: A method for simplifying a description of a travel route represented by a list of route points includes: reading in a travel route which is mapped by a list of route points represented by a plurality of route points, each route point representing a different subsegment of a travel route on a digital road map; altering the list of route points according to a predetermined algorithm, in order to obtain an altered list of route points that represents the travel route; and storing the altered list of route points in order to simplify the description of the travel route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Maylin Wartenberg
  • Publication number: 20130142314
    Abstract: A system includes a reformatting component configured to generate element management system data having a common data format by reformatting a first set of element management system data and a second set of element management system data. The system also includes a display component configured to use the element management system data to display network performance metrics via a user interface. The user interface includes at least one regional level view including a list of one or more service markets within each of one or more service regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
  • Patent number: 8437246
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for alarming on all signaling protocol messages that fail in substantial numbers on any particular routes within an IP network are disclosed. For example, upon receiving these alarms, the network will attempt to identify, and to correct the error producing conditions to prevent further call signaling message failures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Marian Croak, Hossein Eslambolchi
  • Patent number: 8229692
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media provide for facility integrity testing. According to embodiments, a method for populating a watch list with circuits of a communications network to be monitored for repeat failures is provided. According to the method, a trouble ticket associated with one of the circuits and a trouble code and analysis code (TC/AC) combination associated with the trouble ticket is retrieved. Whether the trouble ticket meets a watch list criterion is determined. In response to determining that the trouble ticket meets the watch list criterion, the trouble ticket and the TC/AC combination are added to the watch list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Anthony Scott Dobbins, Murray E. Nuckols, Linda A. Stephens
  • Patent number: 7974385
    Abstract: An apparatus integrates disparate systems. The apparatus includes a platform that supports a control interface. The platform also supports a different user interface for each of the disparate systems. The platform enables the formatting and transfer of data from the apparatus to each of the disparate systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: William R. Jones, Michael D. Cheaney, Rod A. Opel
  • Patent number: 7660394
    Abstract: The invention is a method and system conducting a completion test on a communications line. The system includes a testing device coupled to a remote device by a network. Line-test results are received from the testing device and made available to various client devices via the same or another network. Test data is automatically archived for analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Embarq Holdings Company, LLC
    Inventors: Richard D. Blank, Douglas B. Finch, John Lloyd Morris
  • Patent number: 7657018
    Abstract: The present invention is a switching system interface providing conversion between time-division multiplexed digital signals and packetized digital signals used to bypass a common control and switch matrix of a class 5 digital switch. The switching system interface includes a network interface for terminating a digital transmission facility that is part of a network architecture. In addition, the interface includes a line/trunk interface, compatible with the internal signals used to operate the line/trunk interface of the class 5 digital switching system and a switch, connected to the network interface and to the line/trunk interface, for routing data between network interfaces and line/trunk interface. The interface also converts the data between time-division multiplexed digital signals and packetized digital signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventor: David M. Smith
  • Patent number: 7599688
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for passive mid-stream monitoring of real-time properties. A passive mid-stream monitoring process is disclosed that determines whether a system is faulty. The passive mid-stream monitoring process obtains a real-time correctness property and a passively monitored mid-stream observation of the system. A timed correctness property, A?, is constructed from the passively monitored mid-stream observation. An intersection of the real-time correctness property and the timed correctness property is then determined to determine if the system is faulty. A passively testable determination process is also disclosed that determines whether a real-time correctness property for a system is passively testable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
    Inventors: Lalita J. Jagadeesan, Ramesh Viswanathan
  • Patent number: 7573825
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and computer program products are provided for testing a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communication system. A VoIP test phone call is generated through an Internet communication link to a VoIP service provider for a called telephone number. Success of the VoIP test phone call is determined. The success of the VoIP test phone call may be determined based on whether it is established with communication equipment at the called telephone number within a threshold time, based on whether it is established within a threshold number of attempts, and/or based on a measured quality of service in the VoIP test phone call when it is established. Further VoIP test phone calls to test the VoIP communication system can be scheduled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Frederick Iffland
  • Patent number: 7403771
    Abstract: Embodiments of telecommunications equipment with a memory device are presented herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Telect Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Allen
  • Patent number: 7328255
    Abstract: A communication system for connecting a terminal connected to an exchange, to an outside communication network, through the exchange for connecting with the communication network, in which the terminal sends the transmission data including the information of the terminal identification value for uniquely identifying the terminal to the exchange so as to request the exchange setting processing for connecting the terminal to the communication network, while when receiving the request of the setting processing from the terminal, the exchange checks whether the communication setting for the terminal is stored, by using the received terminal identification value of the terminal, with reference to the communication setting information being stored for every terminal, and performs the setting processing for connecting the terminal to the communication network according to the stored communication setting when the communication setting for the terminal is stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: NEC Infrontia Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuomi Ooki
  • Patent number: 7319747
    Abstract: The present invention is a system and method of combining an emergency standalone switching device with a switching system interface used to bypass the common control and switch matrix of a class 5 digital switch. The emergency standalone switching device provides call control of the switching system interface. The call control of the emergency standalone switching devices provides local and emergency calls to local subscribers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Inventor: David M. Smith
  • Patent number: 7257198
    Abstract: A performance of a telecommunication feature for a telecommunication customer is monitored. Based on the monitored performance, if an estimate of future performance of the telecommunication feature for the telecommunication customer is determined to be unfavorable, the telecommunication customer is informed of same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: SBC Properties, L.P.
    Inventors: Edmond W. Israelski, Robert Wesley Bossemeyer, Jr., Jordan Howard Light, Denise Violetta Kagan, Jose M. Cruz, Bruce Edward Stuckman, Raymond Walden Bennett, III, Michael Steven Pickard, Barry James Sullivan, Richard Peter Krupka, Philip Martin Stebbings
  • Patent number: 7257205
    Abstract: A system for (and a method of) selectively establishing communication with one of plural devices associated with a single telephone number during a disaster or disaster recovery period. In a preferred embodiment, the system includes two wireless connection units, each connected between a respective private branch exchange (PBX) network and a public switched telephone network. Each wireless connection unit preferably serves as a gateway between its respective PBX network and one or more remote communication devices. The wireless connection units replicate each others databases. In the event of a disaster that destroys or renders one of the wireless connect/PBX networks inoperable, telephone calls destined for the inoperable network are seamlessly routed to the operable wireless connect/PBX network. Since the operable wireless connection unit contains information for both networks, inbound, outbound and extension to extension calls for each network can be handled despite the disaster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Ascendent Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen P. Forte
  • Patent number: 7215742
    Abstract: A remote processor (RP) adapted for use with a telephone system is provided according to one embodiment of the invention. The RP includes a communication interface capable of communicating with a service control point (SCP) of the telephone system and a processing system. The processing system is configured to present a troubleshooting graphical interface and present one or more troubleshooting tools to be used in troubleshooting RP operations and in troubleshooting RP interactions with the telephone system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Roy Robert Spillman, III, Brian Patrick Hulett
  • Patent number: 6987837
    Abstract: The invention is a method and system conducting a completion test on a communications line. The system includes a testing device coupled to a remote device by a network. Line-test results are received from the testing device and made available to various client devices via the same or another network. Test data is automatically archived for analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Richard D. Blank, Douglas B. Finch, John Lloyd Morris
  • Patent number: 6856672
    Abstract: A telecommunications system includes a customer services terminal that is connected intermediate a telephone exchange and a user location that has a plurality of telephone lines. The customer services terminal and/or the telephone lines are tested by providing a web server within the customer services terminal. The web server includes a graphic user interface that enables the selection of self-test to be applied to selected portions of the customer services terminal, and/or enables the selection of loop test to be applied to selected ones of the plurality of telephone lines. Selected self-tests are applied to selected portions of the customer services terminal, and/or selected loop-tests are applied to selected ones of the plurality of telephone lines, as a remainder of the customer services terminal and/or a remainder of the plurality of telephone lines remain operative to supply telecommunications services to the user-location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Carrier Access Corporation
    Inventor: Gary Harold Dunlap
  • Patent number: 6826260
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a method and an apparatus that implements the Bell Communications Research (now Telcordia) Specification of Signaling System No. 7, chapter T1.111.3 algorithm requirements in hardware in a manner that significantly improves throughput capacity and reduces event processing time. The software driven implementations of the MTP-2 algorithms satisfy the requirements of T1.111.3, but only a limited number of communications channels may be processed therewith. The number of channels that may be processed by the present invention, however, is only constrained by the available logic resources and gate delays. In the described embodiment of the invention, 64 channels of data may be processed by the inventive gate array formed to execute the MTP-2 algorithm. To achieve such results, the MLSC inventive gate array includes circuitry that parses incoming signaling into three different groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Alcatel
    Inventors: Michael Vincze, Robert Gammenthaler
  • Patent number: 6792079
    Abstract: A system for transmitting operational control messages to a plurality of remotely-disposed cable-locating transmitters uses a spare communication line associated with each transmitter to carry the control messages from unit to unit. In the case of a fiber optic cable, the control message is transferred from an incoming telephone line associated with a first cable-locating transmitter to a spare optical fiber. The control message then propagates down the fiber to the next transmitter (where this transmitter does not otherwise have accessibility to a telephone line). This transmitter converts the optical signal to an electrical signal and either uses the control message (if indeed destined for that particular transmitter), or re-converts it to optical form and sends it further along the spare fiber to the next remote cable-locating transmitter further down the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: AT&T Corp.
    Inventors: Patricia J. Boggs, John K. Boland, II, Hossein Eslambolchi, John Sinclair Huffman, Robert K. McConkey
  • Patent number: 6711243
    Abstract: Routing a call to a voice mail system using subscriber information maintained in a database associated with a service control point. Once a call is received by the service node and the service node determines that a voice mail call should be originated, the service node sends a message including a voice mail indicator and a subscriber identifier to the service switching point. The service switching point uses the subscriber identifier to query the service control point for routing information. The service control point determines the voice mail access number associated with the subscriber using a database associated with the service control point. The service control point responds to the service switching point by providing the voice mail access number associated with the subscriber and setting the original called party number and the last redirecting party number to the directory number of the subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventor: Scott C. Holt
  • Patent number: 6687335
    Abstract: An apparatus that integrates a plurality of disparate systems. a common control interface is presented to a user of the apparatus. The user employs an inputting device to enter data required by the plurality of disparate systems. The inputted data is inputted to the common interface. The data is then transferred from the common control interface to at least one of the plurality of disparate systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Southwestern Bell Telephone Company
    Inventors: William R. Jones, Michael D. Cheaney, Rod A. Opel
  • Patent number: 6674839
    Abstract: A performance of a telecommunication feature for a telecommunication customer is monitored. Based on the monitored performance, if an estimate of future performance of the telecommunication feature for the telecommunication customer is determined to be unfavorable, the telecommunication customer is informed of same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: SBC Properties, LP
    Inventors: Edmond W. Israelski, Robert Wesley Bossemeyer, Jr., Jordan Howard Light, Denise Violetta Kagan, Jose M. Cruz, Bruce Edward Stuckman, Raymond Walden Bennett, III, Michael Steven Pickard, Barry James Sullivan, Richard Peter Krupka, Philip Martin Stebbings
  • Publication number: 20030231741
    Abstract: A multi-protocol, multi-interface communications device testing system is disclosed. The system simultaneously control communication channels of a communications platform though multiple Interface Protocols, such as TDM, IP and Telephony Application Program Interfaces. The system also allows the creation of multi Interface Protocol Test Scenarios, and displays the results of executing The test results from all Protocols Interfaces and records and displays results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2002
    Publication date: December 18, 2003
    Applicant: G3 NOVA Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ovidiu Rancu, Mihai Moldovan
  • Patent number: 6665299
    Abstract: A system and method for providing telephony and high speed data access over a broadband access network, comprising a network interface unit (NIU) coupled to a backup local exchange carrier (LEC) line, the broadband access network coupled to the NIU, an intermediate point-of-presence (IPOP) coupled to the broadband access network, and at least one external access network coupled to the IPOP. The system also provides for a fail-safe mode in which the NIU supports the LEC line for lifeline services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: AT&T Corp.
    Inventors: Steven Michael Bellovin, Joseph Henry Condon, Richard Vandervoort Cox, Alexander Gibson Fraser, Charles Robert Kalmanek, Jr., Alan Edward Kaplan, Thomas Joseph Killian, William Todd Marshall, Peter Z. Onufryk, Kadangode K. Ramakrishnan, Norman Loren Schryer
  • Patent number: 6535578
    Abstract: A method of controlling a multi-channel processor board (1a) in a telecommunications system comprises monitoring the fault status of a multiplicity of processor cores (3), each arranged to process one or more speech channels, distributed amongst a plurality of Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) (2a-2d) of the processor board (1a). Monitoring comprises receiving fault alarms from fault containing DSPs at an on-board controller (5), and notifying an off-board controller (8) of a received fault alarm including identifying the faulty core(s) and/or associated speech channels. The off-board controller (8) returns to the on-board controller (5) a reset command, whereupon the on-board controller (5) identifies which of the processor cores (3) are faulty and either issues corresponding individual core reset commands or issues DSP reset commands to reset the DSPs (1a-1d) to which the faulty cores (3) belong.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventor: Seppo Hiltunen
  • Patent number: 6496577
    Abstract: A signal transmission system includes a plurality of long distance signaling transfer point (L-STP) stations, each of which includes a plurality of regional signaling transfer point (R-STP) stations, each of which includes a plurality of signaling end point (SEP) stations. One of the plurality of SEP stations as an originating SEP station transmits a message to another of the plurality of SEP stations as a destination SEP station, the message having a header section including a point code of the destination SEP station as a DPC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiro Kajitani
  • Patent number: 6487404
    Abstract: A system and method of detecting radio network trends in a telecommunications network. A data mining tool (52) is provided and adapted to search through the various operations and maintenance database systems belonging to one or more communications network(s) (60). The data mining tool searches through the databases to find correlations and dependencies among the parameters of the data collected and stored in the database systems. The correlations and dependencies found are then reported for further analysis which can, in turn, be used in optimization, maintenance and trouble shooting of the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: Ericsson Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Kransmo, Amie Larson, Charles M. Feltner, Shahrokh Amirijoo
  • Patent number: 6480469
    Abstract: The present invention system automates the process of testing the integrity of the components residing at each node of a data network. After automatically dial connecting to a site of the network by selecting a telephone number from a retrieved list of telephone numbers each representing a site of the network, the instant invention sends a query directed to a particular component at the site. And depending on the response/non-response received, the instant invention can readily determine whether there is a problem with the being queried component. If there is a fault detected, this fault is reported either as a HTML file or a text file to either a web site or a data store, so that a technician can readily retrieve that information when needed. After all components at a site are tested, a report of the operational effectiveness of each of the components could be generated and provided either to the web site or dumped into the data store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: WorldCom, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Moore, Sherman S. LaCost, Jeff Coburn
  • Patent number: 6466648
    Abstract: A switch includes a repetitive call detection unit which detects a repetitive call which occupies channels in an identical channel group. A release unit releases the channels occupied by the repetitive call when the repetitive call is detected. A restriction unit stores information concerning the repetitive call and imposes a restriction on a connection of a call having information identical to the information concerning the repetitive call. A test unit determines whether a cause of the repetitive call has been removed. A restriction release unit releases the above restriction in accordance with a result of determination by the test unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Yasunori Ikeno, Katsuhisa Satoh, Toshiaki Kobayashi, Masayuki Honma
  • Publication number: 20020101968
    Abstract: A communication company accumulates a communication time or the amount of communication for a call when the call is received, and provides additional service such as discount for a called party according to an accumulated communication time or the accumulated amount of communication. Another example of additional service is discount made according to whether a first communication company providing communication service between a called party and a first switching office and a second communication company providing communication service between a calling party and a second switching office are identical.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Publication date: August 1, 2002
    Applicant: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Motonori Sano
  • Patent number: 6421725
    Abstract: A system receives information from users relating to activities that may impact a network. The system then automatically generates a ticket to track the activity. The system also automatically selects a recipient(s) for a notification message relating to the activity and transmits the notification message to the intended recipient(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: WorldCom, Inc.
    Inventors: David G. Vermilyea, Mark J. Adamson, Jamie E. Kirby, Manoj K. Jha
  • Patent number: 6411679
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for measuring call setup time is presented. A first device in a network sends a signal to a second device. The first device monitors for a response from the second device and adjusts an answer tone setting for the second device based on the response. After which, the first device calculates an elapsed time between sending the signal and a receipt of the response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Verizon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventor: Bhumip Khasnabish
  • Patent number: 6351521
    Abstract: The invention is a test system that gives the user a single point of control to generate calls and run tests on a switching system for use in a communications network. The test system is capable of generating calls through a tandem switching system without using a local access switch. The test system is operationally coupled to the switching system by a signaling link and a call connection. The test system receives a first user request to generate a call. The test system transfers signaling to the switching system over the signaling link to cause the switching system to extend the call connection. The test system receives a second user request to run a test, and applies the test to the call connection. In some embodiments, the test system includes a web server that interfaces with a web browser operated by the user. The web server transfers information for screen displays to the web browser. The web server collects user requests from the web browser to generate calls and run tests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Albert Daniel DuRee, William Lyle Wiley
  • Publication number: 20020006186
    Abstract: This invention relates to bulk testing of voice messaging applications by playing back an interaction from a recorded script. During development of a voice response system and application it is necessary to simulate a plurality of calls to the system so that the performance under strain can be monitored. Such a simulation can be performed by a bulk call generator which makes real telephone calls to the IVR through a private branch switch. However with bulk call testing some problems occur which rigorous functional and/or performance testing does not find. This is because real callers behave in unpredictable ways which were not expected or assumed by the creators of the functional and/or performance tests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2000
    Publication date: January 17, 2002
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Jeremy Guy Sanders
  • Publication number: 20010002190
    Abstract: A priority auto-control method of signal routes in a No. 7 signaling network is disclosed. In a preferred embodiment, it can improve usefulness and efficiency of the No. 7 signaling network by newly defining a MHT message and a MHA message in accordance with a MTP signal message standard form. It then performs a test of the all available signal routes from an originating point to a terminating point by using the MHT and MHA message. It thus automatically optimizes the priority of the signal routes in accordance with a state change of the signaling network, without requiring operator intervention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2000
    Publication date: May 31, 2001
    Applicant: LG Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Seung-Hee Yi
  • Patent number: 6240325
    Abstract: An electronic control unit for the control of automatic watering systems having plural lines comprising an electronic circuit with a programmable processing unit for the control of a plurality of different watering lines. A manually operated selector, preferably of the rotary type, is provided, that is settable in a plurality of selectionable positions, to each one of which a specific watering cycle for the lines corresponds. By acting on the selector and on a start button, it is possible to modify the programming of the processing unit in order to associate with each single line a respective watering cycle different from the ones otherwise selectable by means of the selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Assignee: Claber S.p.A.
    Inventor: Andrea Brundisini
  • Patent number: 6230068
    Abstract: A visualizing method for the working condition of the semiconductor's manufacturing machines is disclosed. Firstly, the datas of different stages in a processing line are collected from the key-stage report of the processing line. The datas are “MAIN”, “MRUN”, “AFTER” and “PRE”, meaning the working condition of the stage. Every stage has a group of data. Specified stage-pairs in the processing line are determined. These pairs are photolithography and etching, photolithography and implanting and others. The data of each stage-pair is sequentially put in a bar chart. Then the pairs are sequentially arranged in the order of the processing line. One pair has a supplied stage and a requested stage. From the bar chart, supervisors of the processing line know the condition and the priority of every pair, and the relationship between the supplied stage and requested stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsueh-Cheng Wu, Li-Ren Lin, Yuh-Dean Tsay
  • Patent number: 6195416
    Abstract: In a large switching system, a complete record of a call through a network can be collected by having each switch that processes the call, record pertinent data and return the collected data to a particular switch where the collected data is stored. A complete call history simplifies network maintenance and permits precise identification of calling and called parties on a call-by-call basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: AT&T Corp.
    Inventors: Craig L. DeCaluwe, Robert G. Demmert, Joseph Kohler, Joseph H. Mc Carthy
  • Patent number: 6141777
    Abstract: A system and method for reporting, directly to a customer, conditions of telecommunications services to which the customer subscribes. The system includes a server for collecting fault information from the telecommunications network management system and a customer workstation for viewing the information. The customer can use the workstation to define a view of the data he wishes to receive. The server builds reports using the view, and provides the reports to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: MCI Communications Corporation
    Inventors: George M. Cutrell, James Healy, William C. Holford, Dennis L. Maino, Michael J. O'Connor, Milton A. Steiner
  • Patent number: 6141410
    Abstract: A method and system for routing traffic in a node of a telecommunications network, in which the node receives traffic units to each of which is connected given call attributes on the basis of which the routing is carried out, and a suitable alternative is selected from among several possible traffic control alternatives, whereby a set of attributes is allocated to each alternative for the selection and an attribute is matched with the call attribute corresponding to it when testing the suitability of the alternative for the traffic unit. A set of selection policies and the order in which they are used are specified for the selection, each selection policy specifying at least the available alternatives and the order in which said alternatives are selected for testing, whereby the suitability of the alternatives is tested in the order specified by the selection policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Nokia Telecommunications Oy
    Inventor: Philip Ginzboorg