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Published Inventions

CableLabs is continually innovating in various areas of technology. CableLabs periodically publishes inventions made by our employees, while other inventions are filed for patent protection. The Invention Disclosures made by CableLabs listed here are intended to serve as a “printed publication” as defined under 35 U.S.C 102.

View and download CableLabs’ Published Inventions from 2014 below:

2014

Indication of remaining charge on the battery itself (Design improvement)  11/14/14
Rechargeable batteries are a good technological advancement which is slowly taking over the billion dollar battery industry. The usage of rechargeable batteries have less impact on global warming, water and air pollution.

Dynamic Orientation of Antennas on Public Wi-Fi Hotspot APs based on Traffic Patterns  11/14/14
Wi-Fi AP uses information from the GPS to determine resource allocation and physical orientation.

Dynamic allocation of wireless resources based on transportation (e.g. Train) schedule  11/14/14
A centralized server interfaces with the scheduling system and ticket scanning system at transportation terminals to dynamically allocate radio resources and enable a better Wi-Fi user experience.

A mechanism to enable A/V conferences to be hosted by multiple Service Providers  11/14/14
This invention provides a way to distribute the media server resources within a service provider (SP) network, or across multiple service providers. This will improved scalability, and for the multi-SP case, will enable each SP to tailor the service to meet the special needs of their users.

Secure home eDelivery without the public Internet  11/14/14
Businesses such as USPS, FedEx and UPS have national or global distribution networks, widely available local outlets and frequent home proximity. Customers trust the security of this delivery chain and, in the case of USPS, there is federal penalty in tampering with that chain. This invention enables these businesses to become a secure document delivery replacement for the public Internet.

Monetized ‘gray list’ for voice services  11/14/14
This invention describes a voice firewall where callers can be billed for connecting calls.

DOCSIS “Bring Your Own” Cable Modem provisioning improvement (via OpenFlow.)  11/14/14
This invention provides a model to simplify DOCSIS Cable Modem provisioning allowing Service Providers different options of how to self-provision by using the OpenFlow architecture to quarantine new devices.

Service Access Locating  11/14/14
This invention provides a way for 3rd party services to determine if the user is accessing their service from home.

Automated Internet of Things Certificate Installation Process  9/19/14
Defines an automated process for installing PKI certificates on retail purchased IoT devices allowing the MSOs to extend the privacy and security supplied by their HSD service to the emerging IoT ecosystem.

Smart City Crowd Parking    9/19/14
Defines a method of providing open anonymous crowd-based smart parking solution without incurring the expensive of new infrastructure equipment like cameras and pressure sensors

Internet of Things Electrical Wall Switch   9/19/14
Provides a method for integrating the electrical switches in the home with the Internet of Things devices that are connect to the building internal power grid.

Embedded wifi extenders in STB or TV  9/19/14
Embedded wifi extender in STB or TV for better user experience.

Driverless Car Entertainment System  9/19/14
Allows safe viewing of video content for occupants of a driverless car during computer control using the wireless networks that MSOs are deploying.

Smart Repetition Counter 9/19/14
This invention disclosure describes a wearable device that is specifically designed to help users keep track of repetitions during fitness/exercise workouts. Beyond the initial fitness use case, this device could also have potential commercial or industrial utility.

Method of adding IP video channel information to a cable system 9/19/14
This invention is designed to add the necessary Internet Protocol Multicast data, which is needed for clients to tune to a channel, to a cable system using existing standards. This is for future use in IP-based headends.

Remotely Configurable Hearing Aid 7/31/14
Create firmware image for hearing aids. Image contains a WebApp (the invention). The WebApp as access to the hearing aid configuration settings. Hearing aid is IPv6 addressable. Remote user can log on to the hearing aid and configure it.

Real time language translation for video (broadcast or on-demand) 7/31/14
Implement a translation module in a cable Set Top Box (or TV) system that performs real-time translation of the audio track associated with a video asset into a target language.

Multi Port Set-top Box for Multimode Operation 7/31/14
As the US frequency range of DOCSIS expands from 42 to 85 and beyond, there is a need to protect the input of the set top box from upstream bursts from in house or neighboring CMs, which would cause the RF input of the set-top box to saturate or for the AGC module to misbehave. A typical solution would be to use a switchable diplex filter, which is a solution that increases cost and backend support complexity.

Method to transform UML-based information models to various OSS components 7/31/14
When we create MIBs today (e.g., for DOCSIS), it is a very manual process. We first manually create a UML-based information model, then manually create a data model, then manually create MIBs, Yang Modules, TR-69/TR-181 models, etc. This is a slow, cumbersome, and error-prone process. Our invention would automate the creation of these models from the UML information model.

Method for Detection of Configuration Protocol 7/31/14
An emerging trend in access network termination devices (particularly ONUs) is an ONU may support one of multiple methods for configuration and management. This invention proposes a method for determining the supported configuration protocol.

Test and Evaluation Method for Production Systems 7/31/14
Evaluate changes to production computer systems in real time without impacting users by directing cloned inputs to a sandbox platform and comparing performance metrics with the production system.

HMD-driven Content and Channel Navigation 7/31/14
Develop a head-mounted display enabled experience that enables MSO subscribers to leverage available programming guide information of online applications to check, schedule or cancel a recording on the go.

Means to Create Passwords that May be Sent in the Clear (one time passwords) 7/31/14
A user’s password is determined by a server selecting the number and locations of symbols from a matrix previously generated by the server. This previously generated matrix is on the user’s computer and at the server. The resulting password is used just once with the server selecting the number and locations of the symbols each time.

How to Build a Cheap Phased Array Antenna 7/31/14
A single A-D converter services multiple antennas in an array. DSP is used
to form an array and remove errors. Phased arrays can also be used to create
directional nulls.

Schedule DOCSIS 3.1 Transmissions to Avoid Switching Regulator Noise 6/10/14
CableLabs has built a research tool called the Joule Tool. It captures upstream full-band time waveforms
and integrates the energy over a selected frequency band for a period of 40us.The Joule Tool reveals that there frequently seem to be statistically two noise floors on the blue histogram, which is associated with a full-band capture.

Voice-Interactive Private Residential Context-Aware Information Engine 6/10/14
Using natural language, users will be able to manage a personal repository of information as a context-aware memory aid. The engine will utilize voice recognition and heuristics to build a database of information that will be searchable using regular natural language queries, thus creating an infinitely expandable, personal, and private repository of data for each individual user.

Location Independent Secure Internet Access 6/10/14
A mechanism for secondary degree of identity verification for secure communication. A generating code mechanism can be instrumented for added security. Such mechanism is location agnostic.

Offloading Logins 6/10/14
This invention allows for another entity to provide the credentials required for a login, without actually revealing them. Examples include a parent letting a child login use their credentials, and offloading authentication to a hardware box (like an STB), so that the user does not have to have credentials to login. Such a scheme can also be used for login by ‘applications’ which are not trustable with the user credentials.

Wireless Network Selection 6/10/14
One common problem encountered in community Wi-Fi networks is that as a broadband subscriber moves from out-of-range of private SSIDs to in-rage of private SSIDs, the subscriber device remains on a public SSID. One of the solutions provided so far is that the AP learns the MAC addresses of clients that have previously connected to its private SSID and once such clients are in its range, the AP blocks their association requests to the public SSID. In this disclosure, we propose an alternative solution.

User Friendly Coax Connectors 6/10/14
Provide visual feedback when cable is properly connected.

Virtualized Hosted PBX 4/21/14
This invention proposes a radical new way to deliver hosted PBX service. The MSO provides a Web Portal where potential business customers can order new business communications services. Once ordered, the service is automatically and immediately deployed to customer devices. The service-delivery platform (SDP) uses emerging technologies such as SDN and WebRTC to enable delivery of services to programmable customer-owned equipment, thus eliminating the cost of providing MSO-owned equipment. The SDP is virtualized in the cloud to achieve dramatic cost reductions. The SDP provides a simple high-level API that customers and 3rd-party partners can use to develop compelling new services.

Adaptive Prefix Distribution for Home Routers 4/21/14
Describes a method for home routers to determine the size of prefix they sub-delefate within a home network based on their number of ports.

Customer Edge Identification Algorithm 4/21/14
This application describes a mechanism for identifying the edge of a customer network using IPv6 Prefix Delegation.

Automatic Address Assignment Algorithm 4/21/14
An algorithm for automatically delegating multiple IPv6 and IPv4 prefixes in a home network is contemplated.

Directionless Home Router 4/21/14
This application describes a home router which does not have predefined WAN/Internet and LAN ports, but rather can be attached to the home network in any manner and then autodiscover its alignment within the network.

Methods to support multi-homing 4/21/14
This application identifies methods to support home network multi-homing (e.g. for video services).

WAN-LAN Auto-discovery on a router 4/21/14
This disclosure proposes methods to identify the WAN port vs LAN ports on a router which can dynamically configure any port to a LAN port or the WAN port.

Router Capabilities (RC) Protocol 4/21/14
A new protocol that enables the automatic configuration of a complex home network by allowing home routers to advertise their capabilities is contemplated.

DHCPv6 Router and Host Distinction 4/21/14
This application uses information from DHCPv6 requests to determine if the requester is a router or a host.

Coupons For Subscribers 4/21/14
Many membership-based companies incentivize their membership by giving members-only offers. AAA is a good example. Cable companies can also provide similar offers. Th is invention provides one such way. In this, a coupon code will be provided to the subscriber, particularly while they were watching a relevant program or commercial, using their second screen application. When the user uses the coupon on a merchant site, the merchant site checks with the MSO to see if the user is indeed a subscriber.

A seamless way for customer to collect, organize, and share the most important snippets within content and ads 4/21/14
Create a very easy to use way of collecting, organizing, and sharing snippets (section) of shows and ads to make the cable experience better.

Security Camera Provisioning and Processing on a Cable Network 4/21/13
This document defines the procedures for provisioning security cameras that are added to a cable network.

Building a Better Wave for Surfing Digital Channels 4/21/14
Solutions for QAM and IP Video that enable rapid changes between channels, enabling customers to channel surf at speeds comparable to analog TV.

Light bulb wireless access point 4/21/14
This is a system and method for providing high bandwidth wireless connectivity on a room by room basis.

An architecture for using SDN to support virtual cable modems and device configuration in DOCSIS based networks 1/27/14
This invention defined a network architecture that uses SDN mechanisms to provision DOCSIS networks and devices.

Terrestrial Wi-Fi based Auto Security and Car Safety Service 1/27/14
Deliver Auto Security and Car Safety services using the Cable industry’s Community Wi-Fi deployments and security services to consumers

Local Radio Station Listings in a Connected Car Environment 1/27/14
This invention disclosure describes a method of accessing local radio station listing services from within a connected car environment. Radio station discovery and tuning can be simplified and implemented in a less distracting manner.

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2013

“Tele White Boarding”: Method for remotely interacting with distant colleagues on immersive screens 12/3/13
Can high-speed networks and ubiquitous large displays remove the “distance” barrier and provide real-time interactivity for future workers?

Concept for Linking Phone Calls to Internet Sites 11/20/13
This is a concept in which an Internet site or web page is opened when a phone call is received in a similar manner to Caller ID.

Using upstream scheduling for PAPR reduction 11/20/13
This invention proposes using the DOCSIS 3.1 CMTS’s upstream scheduler to assign modems to transmit minislots with no data to reduce Peak to Average Power Ratio (PAPR).

PAPR Reduction Using a Communal Band for Use By Multiple Cable Modems 11/20/13
Use vacant or noise corrupted bandwidth shared between more than one CM for PAPR reduction signals.

Methods for saving power based on user location with respect to screen 11/20/13
There are products (e.g. your laptop) that detect user activity and switch off the screen if the user has been inactive for certain amount of time. This is good as it saves power among other things. What these products don’t consider today is the location of the user with respect to the screen. In this disclosure we propose that products with screen shall also consider user presence, orientation, location with respect to the screen to decide brightness of the screen and also turn the screen on and off based on the presence.

EPoC Key Management Delegation with Bridge FCU 11/20/13
Some key management functions can be delegated to the Bridge FCU to improve overall key management efficiency/performance at the DPoE System

Method for Simulating Video Tuning Events using Ratings Weighted Channel Selections (probability density distribution) 11/20/13
This describes an algorithm and data model for generating video tuning events conforming to a weighted distribution (probability density function) of channel-tuning and providing a bounded random distribution for viewing session duration and channel dwell time.

Signaling method for phone handsets and base stations to report capabilities 11/20/13
A signaling method to allow phone handsets/base stations to report functions and capabilities to an MTA or like controller/switch.

Method to query Telephone devices for features/capabilities/information 11/20/13
There needs to be a universal method to query telephony equipment about their features/capabilities/information. This invention is to expand the Telecordia GR-30-CORE functionality to include such a method.

Mixing Legacy ATDMA DOCSIS with OFDMA 11/20/13
By correctly timing the transmission of legacy ATDMA it can be incorporated into an OFDMA
transmission block and orthogonality can be maintained between the two disparate transmission methods.

Methods for choosing video quality based on user location with respect to screen 11/20/13
As part of this innovation we are proposing that the device being used to watch video keeps track of the user with respect to the screen and reports it to the video server (e.g. Video GW in the house or in the cloud). Video server takes the user location into consideration when choosing the encoding rate for the video.

“Air Notes” wearable technology on the wrist to create, store, and retrieve notes in the cloud 11/20/13
Wearable technology, such as Google Glasses, is the next big thing. However, I already hate having to wear glasses, and I would prefer to put this technology in a stylish wrist accessory. This idea merges the technology demonstrated by Leap Motion with a concept such as Google Glass, to provide the capability to easily create notes by writing “in the air”, connecting via WiFi or wireless (4G, LTE) technology to store it in the cloud, and then notes could be retrieved and reviewed either on a simple screen on the wrist device, or through a projection from the device to a surface. Of course the device could also include a camera and the ability to display pictures. And of course, it could be integrated with the cable service to control a STB.

Service Tech CMTS App 11/20/13
An application from the CMTS to a smart phone, enables the user to monitor CMTS diagnostic page in real time over a smart phone app.

Learning Home Air Conditioning System with Smart Air Registers and Returns 11/20/13
Creating the most efficient heating/cooling system for a home, without heavy infrastructure re-engineering, through smart sensor air registers and returns, which operate as a neural network and determine the optimal air flow conditions through a learning process.

Make use of a Signing Avatar be used in conjunction with alert messages for deaf individuals 11/20/13
In cases of alert messages distributed via TV and portable devices – include a function that is a signing Avatar that signs the alert in the case of no streaming text and to supplement streaming text.

Network failure detection and prediction using DOCSIS 3.1 pilot measurements 11/20/13
This invention targets network health monitoring and network failure detection and prediction using opportunistic scheduling and measurement of pilot power in various bands to detect second order and third order harmonics created by equipment induced distortions. This invention also enables Identifying impairment location and predicting equipment failure.

EPoC Key Management Delegation with Bridge FCU 10/31/13
Some key management functions can be delegated to the Bridge FCU to improve overall key management efficiency/performance at the DPoE System

Allow customer to easily send and gather reference information (knowledge gained) from television programs or ads via email or another mechanism 10/31/13
Our customers need an easy way to collect information they would like to retain based on things they learned or found out about through television program. Write now they have to write it down or have a second device to retain this information. This allows clicking a button on the remote and an email is sent.

Supporting Jumbo Frames with DOCSIS 3.1 Downstream Profiles 9/17/13
This invention proposes to use the “Downstream Profiles” feature within DOCSIS 3.1 as a way of allowing some devices to support Jumbo Ethernet Frames (Ethernet frames of ~9000 bytes in size), while not requiring other devices that don’t support the feature to even be aware of the Jumbo Frames. It also allows Jumbo Frame support to be added to the specification at a later time, because early deployment devices will not need to be aware of these Frames.

Heat producing stylus for touch devices 9/17/13
A heat producing stylus that can be used with touch devices that use temperature senses. The stylus would be made with a lower voltage heating element or light that can be turned on and off by the user through a switch that is activated when grasping the stylus. The heat from the stylus would act as a replacement for body heat when used on touch devices.

Method for detecting bandwidth demand for a modem in low power mode 9/17/13
This invention describes a method by which the CMTS can determine that a CM should be moved out of a low power state.

Method to detect F-connector disconnection 9/17/13
In this invention, the cable device employs an energy detection circuit connected to its F-connector, a circuit having a long (perhaps programmable) time-constant and a programmable threshold that can be utilized to enable a micro-power standby function and to trigger a wake from standby operation.

Enhanced Emergency Alert Service 9/17/13
Automatically turn on all of the televisions in the home and tuning to the EAS can warn people of dangerous weather and reduce the loss of life.

HTML5 Remote Window Manager 9/17/13
Consumer devices, such as televisions, are providing functionality through Remote User Interfaces (RUI) displayed within an HTML5 web browser. This approach can be extended to provide the device with a Remote Window Manager (RWM), allowing the user to simultaneously interact with multiple RUIs.

The Remote Window Manager would be loaded into the browser first, and would load the other Remote User Interfaces into iframe elements that it controls. The Remote Window Manager would access the underlying device capabilities through a local server, or through platform extensions directly implemented by the browser.

Load balancing in MDU scenarios – Wi-Fi sharing 9/17/13
In the current MSO deployments in an MDU, it becomes really difficult to sustain the throughputs when there is a sudden influx of people in a MDU. This disclosure provides ways to tap the potential of neighboring APs in the MDUs (assuming these neighboring APs are not loaded and are nearby to the serving AP).

DHCP Fingerprinting for Mobile Client Identity Tracking 9/17/13
Use DHCP fingerprinting to track identity of mobile clients.

The 911 channel 9/17/13
This invention explains how the Cable Operator can dedicate a channel to extend in a very economical way the EAS information.

“Dropbox” like functionality or folder (e.g. accessible through the internet outside of the home) in a cable deployed home device 9/17/13
Allow LAN access to a device in the home deployed by service provider externally through quick and easy setup.

Expanded security systems to include two-way video services 9/17/13
Coupled existing security systems that when trigger preassigned cameras become active and start transmitting to the security company and/or E-911 services. In response all video devices connected to the cable system (directly or indirectly) are enabled allowing the security company and/or E-911 to transmit an image back into the home or business. This allows a two-way video path that responders can get a quick view into the situation and a virtual present to act as a deterrent or provide help provide emergency services.

Scalable CPE Connection Request Proxy Mechanism 9/17/13
Proxy function in a TR-069 capable gateway to perform Connection Request on behalf of the ACS to reduce connectivity and state of TR-069 CPEs behind the gateway

Embeddable web forms application engine 9/17/13
A reusable, multiuser web-forms application engine (standalone or embedded) and reporting system designed to collect and update user supplied data for scheduled and unscheduled events including RFPs, provisioning, and event registrations.

Cloud Connected Scale 9/17/13
This invention describes a scale connected by a relatively short range mechanism such as Blu-Tooth. If the users phone or tablet sees the scale and a configurable time since the last weighting as passed, it will alert the user to weigh. The weight would be available on mobile devices and the cloud for analysis and could be forwarded to physicians, weight trainers, etc.

Emergency Service Alert to CPE using a remote controller 9/17/13
This invention proposes an emergency response system by linking home data service subscribers to first responders through the simple click of a button, or a combination of buttons on customer premise equipment remote control or other connected devices on a home network.

Sink-Source Power Negotiation over Data Connector 9/17/13
Data connectors, such as HDMI (example only), could also be used to power devices. Devices can be either a power sink, or a power source. The invention establishes a protocol for devices to negotiate what power features the devices have, and set up a power sink- source relationship. Elaborations might also include:
-Swapping the sink-source relationship
-Negotiation of specific voltage/current
-AC/DC negotiation
-Handling of stand-by modes

Multi-Domain Scheduling for Subordinate P2MP Networks with Pass-Through Reporting 4/3/13
A concept for a single scheduler supporting multiple separate scheduling domains to support cascaded point-to-multipoint networks (subordinate P2MP networks) resulting in a unified and cohesive shared transmission environment.

Determination of Bandwidth Requirements for Aggregation Device Using Bandwidth Reports from End Units 4/3/13
In EPON networks, ONUs send REPORT messages to the OLT to report the “fullness” of their queues. The OLT, in turn, uses the REPORT messages to allocate upstream bandwidth to the ONU.

In the present invention, the OLT dynamically determines the upstream bandwidth requirements of an intermediate Aggregation Device by algorithmically combining the individual REPORT messages from the individual ONUs which are downstream from the Aggregation Device.

System for determining characteristics and power usage profiles of electricity consuming devices 3/13/13
One non-limiting aspect of the present invention relates to a system for determining characteristics and power usage profiles of electricity consuming devices (e.g. consumer home appliances or industrial machinery).

Multiple Connections for Real-Time media 3/10/13
One non-limiting aspect of the present invention relates to a method for increasing the available bandwidth and improving the reliability for real-time media sessions between two media endpoints by utilizing multiple connections between the endpoints.

Heuristic/Adaptive Learning Energy Reduction 3/1/13
Mechanism to allow Customer Premise Equipment to achieve the lowest possible power modes while still providing an acceptable user experience.

Prescription QR Code or RF ID Tag labeling 3/1/13
Prescription QR Code or RF ID Tag labeling to assist with EMT initial patient evaluation.

Method for delivering local advertisements for connected car and mobile applications 3/1/13
In the near future, wireless networks will be even more ubiquitous, particularly along major roads and highways, and travelers will have increased connectivity through mobile devices and network enabled vehicles with dashboard displays. Using location and heading information obtained through any number of ways, local advertisements or “digital interactive billboards” can be displayed to travelers on their vehicle’s display or personal mobile device.

STB Energy Conservation using Presence Detection Techniques 3/1/13
This approach utilizes a number of methods to determine if a viewer is present in a room to control the power state of a set-top box (STB).

Methodology for delivering Medical Data for Emergency Medical Services 3/1/13
Based upon a unique Emergency Service ID, patient information is delivered to authorized tablet or PDA utilizing onsite using an authenticated application to certified first responders.

Method for supporting multi-ISP 1/25/13
This invention provides a mechanism for supporting home networks with more than one ISP (e.g. for a home office).

Energy Efficient Handover Preparation in Cellular Networks 1/25/13
This invention describes a method to optimize the cellular handover process that requires the handset to only switch on GPS circuitry rather than full RF receiver most of the time, which results in an energy saving of 15x for the handset, compared to the approach in the current 3GPP specifications.

Providing Out-of-Band Signals for Legacy STBs in Mid-split or High-Split Plant 1/25/13
A mid-split or high-split amplifier provides a legacy QPSK carrier to STBs by down- converting a UHF carrier to the 70-130MHz band where it can be received by legacy STBs. The QPSK will essentially be traveling the “wrong way” (downstream) in the high-split cable system’s upstream band. Terminal equipment in homes will avoid transmitting on the QPSK carrier frequency to prevent interference.

Method of Interference Avoidance on Cable 1/25/13
A wideband tuner detects interference on an occupied or un-occupied RF channel. MAC messages are used to instruct the controller to avoid this RF channel or to use more robust modulation or more powerful forward error correction.

Improved Method of CW Carrier Testing for Channel Impairments 1/25/13
Previous CableLabs work included a device called a CWTesterTM. This invention is an improvement on that system because it does not require a phase-locked-loop to demodulate the test carrier. The CW Carrier is dropped into a narrow notch filter. Interference will cause the carrier’s sidebands to fall outside the notch filter’s range. This creates a trigger signal that causes a trace capture, followed by a recording.

Architecture for Delivering Greater DRM Rights Expression over QAM Networks 1/16/13
A method of extending the rights expression of the CA system’s CCI bits is proposed resulting in a hybrid CA/DRM system.

Automatic Address Assignment Algorithm 1/9/13
This invention describes an algorithm for automatically delegating multiple IPv6 and IPv4 prefixes in a home network.

System for obtaining and sharing records (e.g. medical) 1/8/13
This invention describes a system for obtaining and sharing records (e.g. medical).

Time Shifted Personal Recorder 1/8/13
This invention describes a method of recording things that have already happened.

TDM for OFDM with DOCSIS Secondary Downstream Channels 1/8/13
This invention proposing doing Time Division Multiplexing to allow OFDM signals to share the same downstream spectrum being used by DOCSIS 3.0 secondary sing-carrier QAM downstream channels.

Cable Modem Spectrum Analyzer Reveals Ingress Points in Home Wiring 1/8/13
A technician with a transmitter and an antenna walks around a house looking for his test signal to peak on a spectrum analyzer to indicate bad coaxial shielding. The spectrum analyzer is built into the CM, STB or Gateway. A downstream bandpass filter allows the DOCSIS CM (with SA function) to communicate with hub site.

Hybrid IP CableCARD 1/8/13
The present invention describes a IP enabled CableCARDTM that allows legacy CableCARD devices to operate without modification on a cable system that has been converted or is in the process of being converted from QAM to IP delivery. The invention considers both unidirectional and bidirectional CableCARD devices. Furthermore, the invention considers operation through a home gateway as well as through direct “cloud to ground” delivery.

A way to anonymize transaction data in B2B2C scenarios 1/8/13
Mechanisms to ensure anonymity of transaction data, while retaining the ability to authenticate/authorize/troubleshoot the transactions themselves – for use in partnership- based B2B2C offerings (e.g., heath care).

Method to Reduce Power Consumption with Partial OFDM Demodulation 1/8/13
To wake up a sleeping cable modem use a low data rate signal using just a fraction of the OFDM subcarriers available. Demodulate them with a discrete Fourier transform instead of the conventional fast Fourier transform. This reduces power draw while in sleep mode.

2012

Architecture For Accessing Health Care Services Seamlessly Across Devices 11/16/12
An architecture for monitoring healthcare sensor readings and providing notifications to designated caregiver(s) via multiple device endpoints (set-top box, tablet, and mobile phone) and allowing the caregiver to take action upon the notification(s) is contemplated.

Self-Optimizing User Interface 10/24/12
This invention automatically revises and customizes a user interface to maximize or
minimize performance against an objective.

DOCSIS Service Flow provisioning via OpenFlow 9/9/12
This invention provides a model to simplify DOCSIS QOS provisioning by leveraging the OpenFlow infrastructure.

Light Transport and Data Serialization for TR-069 Protocol 9/9/12
This invention defines a light protocol stack for TR-069. Even though TR-069 is widely deployed, its protocol infrastructure is heavy compared to web standards used today. Alternative protocols and data representation will be beneficial for easier adoption in new breed of devices that fill the network.

Directionless Home Router 9/5/12
This invention describes a home router which does not have pre-defined WAN/Internet and LAN ports, but rather can be attached to the home network in any manner and then autodiscover its alignment within the network.

Methods to support multi-homing 9/5/12
This invention disclosure identifies methods to support home network multi homing (e.g. for video services).

DHCPv6 Router and Host Distinction 9/5/12
This invention uses information from DHCPv6 requests to determine if the requestor is a router or a host.

WAN-LAN Auto-discovery on a Router 9/5/12
This disclosure proposes methods to identify the WAN port vs. LAN ports on a router which can dynamically configure any port to be a LAN Port or the WAN port.

CM or STB Power Efficiency Improvements Using Energy Storage Components While In Sleep Mode 9/5/12
A CM (or STB) charges up a supercapacitor from the main switching regulated power supply. The CM runs on the supercapacitor’s charge while in standby or sleep mode. This solves a problem of CM power supplies running with poor efficiency if they are not operated at their design load (e.g. 30 watts). After the supercapacitor runs down, the CM’s power supply recharges it and then powers down, always operating the power supply in an efficient load range.

Non-Service Interrupting Time Domain Reflectometer (TDR) Using Bidirectional Injection 8/29/12
A TDR is modified to allow it to work on cable plant that is in-service. This allows the diagnostic tests to be done without service interruption.

Phased Array Scanner for Fire and Police Applications 8/21/12
Use a phased array scanner at millimeter wavelengths for public safety application.

Multitouch Router 8/21/12
Our idea is for a consumer-grade router where the relationship between ports is not fixed, but is controlled using multi-touch gestures.

Methods for secure resource (physical, virtual) reservation 8/21/12
Methods for resource (physical, virtual) reservation to limit access to the resources by authorized users.

Triggering Augmented Reality from Companion Applications 8/21/12
Companion applications can be used to provide context information to augmented reality capable devices. An example of this concept might be a set top box running an EBIF User Agent, where an EBIF application can be used to provide a smartphone with contextual information about what the viewer is currently watching on television. The smartphone can then display augmented reality content that is relevant to the current programming.

Method and process to detect & report DAVIC channel congestion 8/21/12
Cable operators currently do not have visibility to the level of data channel congestion on their legacy out of band (DAVIC) communication channels. The method described here uses an algorithm based on the DAVIC communication protocol along with message latency measurements to detect the level of congestion for the data channel.

Determining In-Channel Frequency Response by Capturing Signals at a Tap 8/21/12
A non-disruptive test is disclosed using a 2-channel time capture of a downstream signal with one channel seeing signals going downstream and the other channel seeing signals going in both directions. With directional and non-directional times series captures, the traces can be processed together to find impedance mismatches in a cable line.

N+0 Cable Architecture with Home Run Legacy Return 8/21/12
A Cable architecture that provides node + 0 amplifiers in cascade for downstream signals, but cascaded upstream amplifiers for legacy upstream. This configuration allows AC powering, allows backwards compatibility, provides low cost optics and electronics, and enables pay-as-you-grow.

Utilizing QR Codes Within ETV Applications 8/21/12
By combining QR codes with ETV applications, a number of obstacles can be overcome. Placing QR codes in the graphics plane may have certain advantages over including them in the broadcast video. In addition, custom QR codes can be created on a per-device basis to enable correlation of request fulfillment to the individual subscriber. This technique can also be used to enable fulfillment of a campaign that is distributed over a one-way device.

Video Screen Illumination Based on Where the Fovea Are Directed 8/21/12
The area of a video or computer screen being looked at by the viewer is given more backlighting than the rest of the screen. That is, the area of the screen being focused onto the fovea part of the retina is given increased backlighting. This saves energy, improves readability, and increases battery life. The camera in the device processes where the viewer is gazing to increase illumination only in that area. Training can be done for the camera’s software.

Amplifier Upstream Automatic Gain and Slope Control Based on Downstream Settings 8/21/12
A solution is disclosed to allow mid-split and top-split upstream cable loss compensation with temperature variation. The upstream gain and slope settings are determined based on the downstream settings, which are applied to the same span of cable, but in a different frequency band.

Context awareness for seamless Wi-Fi Roaming 8/21/12
An apparatus that extends the client roaming decisions in Wi-Fi networks by the context of any information that could be considered relevant.

Service Provider Awareness Universal Apparatus 8/21/12
An apparatus for universal Service Provider awareness by host computers.

Dynamic E-Tree 8/21/12
We are proposing that BGP be extended to carry an additional attribute which would allow a much more VPLSesque configuration of E-Tree services.

IP Transport Layer based Channel Bonding for High Speed Data Access Data Networks 8/21/12
A mechanism to provide channel bonding from different network access technology resources and potentially unrelated service providers using 2-way and 1-way data channels.

eFridge: The smart kitchen’s hub 4/10/12
This invention describes a “smart” refrigerator (or “eFridge”) that acts as the hub of a smart kitchen eco-system, a method for providing information to the eFridge via “smart” products and other means, and a user interface.

Signaling telephony CPE devices of standard and high definition call types 4/10/12
Expand the Telecordia GR-30 FSK message types to include signaling indicate standard and high definitions call types for new and active calls.

Improved Splitters with Filters for Home Wiring 4/10/12
By incorporating filters into splitters/combiners inside homes, required CM transmit power drops by 3dB, eliminating in many cases the need for home rewiring. The filters also prevent noise from bad coaxial STB connections from interfering with upstream CM transmissions. Embodiment are shown for one-way STBs and two-way STBs.

Detection of High Definition Voice on analog twisted pair phone lines 4/10/12
Compare the upper half of the HDV audio spectrum (4-7kHz) with the lower half (300- 3kHz) to determine if the delivered audio on twisted pair phone line is HDV.

Methods for link selection and load balancing in SIP based architectures 4/10/12
This invention disclosure provides a number of methods a SIP GW can use for link selection and load balancing in a SIP based architecture.

Methods for Detecting Loops in Ethernet Networks 4/10/12
This invention describes a couple of methods for detecting loops in Ethernet networks.

Method to Measure Distortion and Noise At Terminal Equipment 4/10/12
A method to discover non-linear distortion in downstream cable plant by capturing a first downstream signal at a hub site, a second downstream signal at a terminal device and processing them together to determine non-linear distortion. A trigger is provided by a downstream sync signal to insure that the downstream signal capture occurs at a same relative time.

Expandable Extended-Reach EPON over HFC Network System 4/10/12
Methodology that extends reach of EPON over HFC network to greater than 50 Km using 20 Km optical components. Methodology provides guidelines to distribute signal to multiple physical-layer-converter units providing flexibility for upgrading network based on penetration, without impacting performance and reducing number of OLTs needed.

Remote Access (VPN) to Home Network Using DOCSIS CM/eRouter 4/10/12
Add a VPN server capability to a DOCSIS CM or eRouter device to enable new services such as the ability to access the home network and devices from anywhere in the Internet.

Media CM that Supports Streaming Video Over IP 4/10/12
This invention incorporates streaming video server inside a CM. Streaming video server gets video from broadcast, multicast, and single cast carriers on the downstream Cable system. Streaming video may be sent to a single subscriber or to several subscribers.

Method for exposing a multi-track media track description 4/10/12
Media resources often consist of multiple tracks of information, e.g. main video track, main audio track and multiple subtitle tracks. This invention is a method for a media player to expose the metadata that describes these tracks in a way that is independent of the track composition of the media resource and the media resource format.

Method and system for providing mobile broadband services utilizing DOCSIS® or EPON 4/10/12
This invention disclosure proposes a method for implementing a system that provides mobile broadband services by utilizing the Data-Over-Cable Service Interface Specifications (DOCSIS) or Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) protocols over the top of any radio frequency communication links, without the need to modify the existing DOCSIS protocol.

2011

Set-top energy reduction through DSG one-way mode 12/8/11
Set-tops systems are designed with an underlying assumption that the set-top is always actively listening to the network. A consideration in reducing set-top energy consumption is devising a means by which the set-top can maintain this one-way, receive-only, level of network connectivity at the lowest level of energy consumption. The DOCSIS Set-top Gateway (DSG) defines a one-way mode of operation in which the up-stream transmitter is disabled and the set-top remains tuned to and listens to the DOCSIS downstream channel.

DOCSIS Light Sleep Mode 12/8/11
A new operational mode for DOCSIS equipment, which is aimed at reducing power consumption of cable modems during periods of very low data throughput.

DOCSIS Deep Sleep Mode 12/8/11
A new operational mode for DOCSIS which is aimed at significantly reducing power consumption of cable modems during periods where continuous network connectivity is not expected.

Automatic creation of Encapsulation tags for L2VPN tunnels 12/1/11
Today VLAN tags are manually configured by the MSO in a L2VPN config file. This disclosure proposes the idea and methods in which the VLAN (Encapsulation) Tags can be automatically generated in the DOCSIS network for use as needed.

Use of PCMM to configure Non DOCSIS network devices 10/27/11
The new idea is to reuse the PCMM infrastructure (signaling interfaces & devices) for communication with other network elements like Edge routers on a MSO network (instead of just to the DOCSIS CMTS).

System and Method for Automatically Detecting User Presence for Personalized Service 10/27/11
This invention automatically detects the presence and identity of the user(s) of a network- based service, and uses the knowledge of the user’s presence to customize and personalize the service according to the user’s preferences, usage history, and/or additional externally gathered information regarding the user(s).

Out-of-Band Forward Data Channel Implementation Methods for Expanded Upstream Networks 10/28/11
Methods to carry Out-of-Band Forward Data Channel (OOB FDC) transmission to Set-Top Boxes in CATV networks where the upstream spectrum has been extended covering the frequency range used by standard OOB FDC.

Optimized Bandwidth Request Using Small Request Frames 10/28/11
A bandwidth request frame designed to incur minimum upstream overhead while enabling support of upstream QoS at gigabit per second data rates.

Dedicated Bandwidth Request Mechanisms for Low Latency Services 10/28/11
Two bandwidth request mechanisms are designed to achieve low latency using a dedicated subcarrier approach and a dedicated slot approach.

System and Methodology to Provide Multi-Gigabit Broadband Network Services 10/27/11
This medium access control and physical layer system and methodology provides multi-gigabit service capabilities over HFC and other networks through a novel scheme that results in low complexity processes.

Remote Detection and of LTE interference on CableTV Networks 10/27/11
By analyzing the CM Downstream Equalization information, determine a pattern that provides indication of burst type service interferences residing in the same band. For example, LTE same channel interference in the 800 MHz band.

Method to Accurately Measure S-Parameters Using Time and Frequency Transforms 10/27/11
A method to accurately measure return loss comprising attaching long representative cable(s) to a device, launching a test signal through the cables, capturing the complex frequency response, converting the complex frequency response into the time domain, filtering in the time domain, converting the filtered time response back into the frequency domain, wherein the effects of the launch connectors is removed from the frequency response.

Preventing Interference In Simultaneous RF Over Glass Transmissions 10/27/11
If two optical transmitters with the same wavelength transmit at the same time and if their
wavelengths are close, optical beat interference occurs. This can be avoided by the CMTS performing testing for interference between optical transmitters, and the CMTS scheduler thereafter avoids simultaneous transmissions between units that are capable of interference.

Method To Determine Complex Frequency Response of Downstream Cable Plant 10/27/11
Two signal generators are locked up to a precise time standard, one at a hub site and the other at a test site that might be a home or a tap location. The generator at the hub site is offset from the generator by a frequency, such as 30 MHz that can propagate upstream. With common command and control, both generators step their way through a frequency band that needs to be tested for complex frequency response. A mixer in the hub site mixes the received test signal with the local offset signal. This generates a signal (e.g. 30 MHz) that is sent back upstream where it is demodulated in the hub site for amplitude and differential phase response. A number of methods are disclosed to provide a frequency reference for the two generators. In an alternative embodiment the demodulation can take place in the field, which saves returning the signal over the upstream band. The field demodulation can be done by synchronous conversion down to baseband I and Q, or by conversion to an intermediate frequency (IF)

Method For Distributing Device Metadata Across the Internet 10/27/11
Using this invention equipment metadata such as the physical dimensions, power consumed and compatible accessories can be made available in a defined format for use in OSS tools such as Inventory and Discovery.

Methodology for Localizing Additive Upstream Impairments on CATV Networks 10/19/11
This invention disclosure, defines a methodology to localize additive upstream impairments on CATV networks using granular time and frequency domain analysis of impairments in conjunction with pre-equalization data.

Back-office application taxonomy system using semantic web technology 10/19/11
A system for applying a Web Ontology Language to the application inventory for classifying, managing and analyzing the completeness and utility of the back-office of a service provider.

System for graphical VOD playlist on cable set-top box 9/12/11
This invention describes an architecture and method for allowing subscribers to browse, search, and otherwise navigate content on a consumer IP device, such as a PC, laptop, smart phone, or tablet, using a web browser or native application in order to construct a playlist which can be accessed and displayed graphically on the television through the cable set-top box using the cable set-top box remote control. The subscriber can use the cable remote control to access the playlist, select an item, and initiate a VOD session that corresponds with the selected item.

Method to create and use tags based on voice or video sessions 9/12/11
This document describes a way to dynamically associate a video or voice stream with a tag which could be an object name or person. This method then serves in many usages, for example in a multi-party video conference for the application to select the video sessions to represent more effectively.

Coding and transport of 3D depth data for closed captions 9/12/11
The invention provides an efficient way to encode depth data (Z-axis) information to enable closed caption authoring for stereoscopic 3D content based on the CEA-608 caption standard.

A DRM Implementation for Linear Content Delivery 9/12/11
A license acquisition mechanism is defined to allow use of standard DRM technologies for the secure delivery of linear video content. Supplemental materials.

Holistic Method for Evaluating Customer’s Quality of Experience 2/7/11
These days, with telecommunication service providers having to respond to customer’s different tastes and priorities, and having to support a multitude of applications and services with very different service requirements, it is difficult to follow or come up with a simple formula that provides an answer for service providers to optimize customer service experience. Instead due to its many interdependencies, it is important to develop a framework that identifies and correlates all the elements that play a role in the Quality of Experience of a customer. These elements or factors may impact Quality of Experience differently. This paper describes the elements impact on Quality of Experience and the relationships between these different elements.

2009

Method and apparatus for providing Integrated Interactive Group Services over Cable Networks 6/24/09
This invention discloses a way for people in a user selected community to interact over a cable network. Numerous applications can be built on top of this framework.

Method and apparatus for changing advertisements dynamically 6/24/09
This invention describes a method of dynamically changing the current playing advertisement on a program, based on user input and having the backend systems respond by inserting a new advertisement in its place.

Method for dynamic control of per-flow bandwidth preemption 6/24/09
This invention gives ISPs and customers a technical framework for negotiating bandwidth tiers of service based on pre-emption.

Feedback Control Measurements for Digital Program Insertion Timing 6/24/09
MPEG streams containing advertisements to be inserted at the client (STB) during commercial breaks must be carefully aligned in time with the breaks. This invention provides a mechanism to measure alignment errors so corrections can be made.

Pre-Equalization Based Pro-active Network Maintenance Process Model for CMs Transmitting on Multiple Upstream Channels 6/24/09
This disclosure extends the process for analyzing the pre-equalization information to determine the gravity of the network problem and geographically isolating the source of the problem when the CM is transmitting on multiple upstream channels. Using multiple channels for upstream transmission is a feature in DOCSIS 3.0 to increase the transmission speeds. Though the pre- equalization parameters on multiple channels provide more comprehensive information on the spectral distortion, additional complexity is introduced in the analysis of these parameters. This disclosure and the attached paper explains the methodology used to address the frequency dependency of the micro-reflection and correlating this information across multiple channels.

2008

A Method for Seamless Channel Change (DCC) in a Plant With Strong Linear Distortion 9/11/08
This invention proposes a mechanism to effect a fast and optimized change to a new channel using DCC (DOCSIS 2.0 Dynamic Channel Change) in a strong micro-reflection environment. In this environment, the CM will be forced to perform initialization technique 2 that requires the CMTS to recalculate the pre-equalization coefficients after receiving the ranging request on the new channel and provide it in the ranging response. By deriving the pre-equalization coefficients for the new channel from the values used by the current channel, this proposal will eliminate the step where CM sends ranging request and CMTS communicates the pre-equalization coefficient using an unsolicited ranging response. The seamless approach defined in this disclosure will be useful in supporting business services where stringent SLA requirements are placed. In addition, it will improve reliability and service assurance of voice services by decreasing the number of dropped calls.

A Method for a CM to Optimize Initial Ranging of Multiple Channels for DOCSIS 3.0 in a Plant With Strong Linear Distortion 9/11/08
Similar to storing the power level, this invention proposes storing the pre-equalization coefficients along with upstream channel ID in non-volatile memory at the CM This invention proposes a mechanism for DOCSIS 3.0 CMs to optimize the performance of initial ranging in a strong micro-reflection environment when multiple channels are supported by applying the pre-equalization values extrapolated from the first channel in the ranging request for the subsequent channels as long as there are no stored pre- equalization coefficients. In the case of re-initialization of the modem, if the upstream channel has not changed, using the stored pre-equalization should be given precedence over the values used for the first channel. A benefit of this proposed mechanism is to reduce the burden on the CMTS in massive outage situation as the modems are brought back on-line. An added benefit of this mechanism is in reducing the time for the cable modem to achieve high fidelity transmission in both scenarios: massive outage or normal CM initialization process. The same approach is also valid in the case when the frequency of a channel in a MD-US-SG is changed or a new channel is added to the MD- US-SG.

Method for IP Content Delivery Using Existing Cable Networks 9/10/08
System to support IP-only delivery of media content within the home, allowing IP- only set-top boxes, TVs and other presentation devices, while simultaneously supporting delivery to homes supporting legacy devices.

MPEG Voice Mail 9/10/08
Cable subscribers can use an STB to retrieve voice mail messages left for their digital voice account without requiring the use of a telephony device or client.

Cascading DOCSIS Service Flows via Dynamic Service Flow/Tunnel Creation 9/10/08
This invention provides a mechanism for faster upstream DOCSIS data rates via the dynamic creation of data tunnels and matching service flows within a single CM.

Pre-Equalization Based Pro-active Network Maintenance Process Model 6/28/08
This disclosure describes process for analyzing the pre-equalization information to determine the gravity of the network problem and geographically isolating the source of the problem. Even though this embodiment details the pro-active maintenance process using pre-equalization parameters and DOCSIS defined parameters, the methodology can be applied to other impairments along with their related network health metrics.

A Simple Algorithm for Fault Localization Using Naming Convention and Micro-reflection Signature 6/23/08
This invention proposes a simple algorithm to determine the location of the fault after calculating the micro-reflection signature and applying the naming convention described in the previous disclosures (Proactive CATV Network Maintenance Method by Alberto Campos and Pre-equalization based Pro-active maintenance model by A. Campos, E. Cardona and L. Raman). A manifestation to implement this algorithm is described by defining an XML schema and XPath queries. This algorithm enables efficient processing of large numbers of CMs thus facilitating scalability and automation.

High Availability Mechanism for Modular CMTS Systems 1/28/08
This invention provides a way to offer high availability with M-CMTS systems. It provides 1+1 redundancy for M-CMTS Cores and n+1 redundancy for EQAMs by exchanging status messages and performing health checks on various components.

DOCSIS Timing Interface (DTI) Test Dongle 1/28/08
This device allows a user to connect an oscilloscope to an M-CMTS core device without using scope probes.

2007

DT Box: DOCSIS TEST BOX 12/19/07
A diagnostic device with multiple applications in CATV environments; can be used to simulate a standard DOCSIS Cable Plant and provides a means for capturing and analyzing specific types of Radio Frequency signals. The tool is particularly adapted to sensing bursty traffic on coaxial networks and providing triggering signals to RF measurement equipment.

A Method/Architecture for Enabling 2-way Cable Services to Home Networked IP-STBs with OCAP, but w/o Cable Modem and Tuner 12/19/07

This invention describes a method/architecture for extending traditional 2-way cable services to OCAP-enabled IP-STBs (w/o cable modem and tuner) via a 2-way gateway device.