AT&T Patent Grants

System and method for representing media assets

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9547684
Disclosed herein are systems, computer-implemented methods, and tangible computer-readable media for representing media assets. The method includes receiving an original media asset and derivative versions of the original media asset and associated descriptors, determining a lineage to each derivative version that traces to the original media asset, generating a version history tree of the original media asset representing the lineage to each derivative version and associated descriptors…

Tracking objects utilizing RFID tags

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9547783
Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags may be affixed to one or more personal objects, such as a key, a watch, a wallet, a purse, a medicine container, or the like. A mobile telephone may be associated with the plurality of RFID tags. A display of the mobile telephone may indicate whether each of the RFID tags is in communication with an RFID reader. For example, the RFID reader may be embedded in a drawer lining, embedded in the mobile telephone itself, or embedded in a handheld…

System and method of spoken language understanding in human computer dialogs

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9548051
A system and method are disclosed that improve automatic speech recognition in a spoken dialog system. The method comprises partitioning speech recognizer output into self-contained clauses, identifying a dialog act in each of the self-contained clauses, qualifying dialog acts by identifying a current domain object and/or a current domain action, and determining whether further qualification is possible for the current domain object and/or current domain action. If further qualification…

Communications link discontinuity detection systems and methods

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9548793
Systems and methods for detecting and analyzing discontinuities in a communications link are disclosed. In some embodiments, the systems and methods operate to project signals into the communications link and detecting reflected signals. The reflected signals are processed to define a transformed distribution of the reflected signals. A peak value in the transformed distribution is selected and a local fit to the selected peak value is performed using a model function. A residue…

Remote configuration and management of client devices

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9548895
Remote configuration ensures compliance of remote devices. A server polls a device for a configuration file. The server compares the configuration file to a compliance policy. If the configuration file fails the compliance policy, the server retrieves a compliant configuration file that conforms to the compliance policy. The server sends the compliant configuration file to the device with an instruction to replace the configuration file.

Method and system to enable a virtual private network client

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9548963
Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method comprising transmitting, by a controller comprising a processor, a request to a server to enable initiation of a virtual private network session on behalf of devices other than the controller. The controller transmits authentication information to enable the server to validate the request, and receives a first list of computing devices. The controller transmits a first selection of a target device from the first list to…

Protocol translations for internet services

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9549003
An Internet protocol Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) gateway application server includes an originating application server module adapted to invoke call control services in response to requests initiated by a voice over Internet Protocol (IP) (VoIP) client associated with a communication device such as an IP telephone. Disclosed gateway application servers include a proxy server module adapted to notify the communication client of session control messages intended for the communication…

Device-driven intelligence and feedback for performance optimization and planning of a service network

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9549029
A subscriber device reports network operation conditions, such as network performance incidents, to receive feedback from the network related to the incident and available or possibly available solutions, and to produce network intelligence suitable for network planning and network performance enhancement. Reporting of network performance incidents can be characterized by location and time of occurrence, wherein this intelligence is provided by the user device. Feedback provided by the…

Method and system for managing multimedia accessiblity

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9549060
A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, determine a first impairment associated with a first user of a first end user device, receive user input captured at a second end user device during a communication session between the first and second end user devices, store instructions for executing a group of adjustment techniques for modifying the user input where the group of adjustment techniques includes amplifying selective frequencies and translating…

Party information for data-capable communication device

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9549063
Detailed information about a party can be provided during interparty communication. Data-capable mobile devices query at least a public database to retrieve information about a set of parties engaged in communication. The results of the database query are employed to provide detailed caller identification and detail functionality to telephones or communication devices not utilizing traditional landlines or commercial caller identification service. Storage can be included to include…

Method and apparatus for providing ambient social telephony

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9549074
A method, non-transitory computer readable medium and apparatus for providing a communications service in a communications network are disclosed. For example, the method monitors a conference call, detects a triggering event during the conference call registered for a particular user, wherein the particular user is not a participant in the conference call, and notifies the particular user of the triggering event.

Method and apparatus for processing a call to an aggregate endpoint device

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9549077
A method and an apparatus for processing a call to an aggregate endpoint device over a network are disclosed. For example, the method receives a session request by a Serving-Call Session Control Function (S-CSCF), wherein a route header for the session request comprises an aggregate endpoint identifier, and interacts with an application server to receive a Public User Identity (PUID) of the aggregate endpoint device in accordance with the aggregate endpoint identifier. The method…

Method and apparatus for managing advertisements using social media data

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9549225
A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, obtaining social media data associated with a plurality of end user devices of a plurality of users interacting with a social media network where the social media data includes user commentary at the social media network, determining first targeted advertising for delivery to first end user devices of a portion of the plurality of users based on an analysis of the social media data, and determining…

Geofence profile management

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9549287
Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for geofence profile management. A processor can execute a geofence profile management service. The processor can receive geofence profile data from an administrator device. The processor can create, based upon the geofence profile data, a geofence profile. The geofence profile can include a geofence profile title, a geofence profile description, and a geofence profile option. The processor can provide the geofence profile to a user device.…

Network directed cell broadcasts for emergency alert system

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9549303
Systems and methods for providing alerts to end users of networked enabled portable devices are provided so that the end users are made aware when broadcast emergency alerts are issued. The systems and methods provide a way for a portable device to receive information about an emergency alert broadcast of which the user should be aware, e.g., from the EAS, and to notify the user of the emergency alert. A flag provides an indication the EAS should be on and the systems and method override…

Traffic steering across radio access technologies and radio frequencies utilizing cell broadcast messages

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9549343
Concepts and technologies are described herein for traffic steering across radio access technologies and radio frequencies utilizing cell broadcast messages. According to one aspect disclosed herein, a base station can collect load information of the base station. The base station can also generate a cell broadcast message that includes the load information. The base station can also send the cell broadcast message to a target mobile device. The target mobile device can be configured to…

Radio network controller with IP mapping table

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9549362
Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed for routing data to mobile devices that undergo handovers from one access point to another. In one embodiment, a processor performs operations including obtaining a network location of a mobile device, updating a mapping table with the network location of the mobile device, obtaining a request to transfer a data packet to the mobile device, routing the data packet to the mobile device according to the mapping table, and forwarding the network…

Transmission device with mode division multiplexing and methods for use therewith

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9544006
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…

Minimum mean squared error approach to interference cancellation and maximum likelihood decoding of space-time block codes

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9544094
Block-encoded transmissions of a multi-antenna terminal unit are effectively detected in the presence of co-channel interfering transmissions when the base station has a plurality of antennas, and interference cancellation is combined with maximum likelihood decoding. More specifically, the signals received at the base station antennas are combined in a linear combination that relates to the channel coefficients between the various transmitting terminal units and the base antennas. By…

Non-cellular link integration with cellular networks

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9544843
Improved non-cellular (e.g., Wi-Fi) link integration with a cellular (e.g., LTE) network is described. The improved link integration can relate to utilizing an eNodeB device (e.g., residing in a radio access network portion of a cellular network) as an anchor point rather than a packet data network gateway device (e.g., residing in a core network portion of the cellular network) utilized by other approaches. The improved link integration can maintain full compliance with or support for…