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Details for Patent: 9,258,687

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Details for Patent: 9,258,687

Title:Method and system for providing tiered access to communication network resources
Abstract: Methods and systems automatically allocate cellular communication network resources to emergency response personnel during emergency situations which are detected by call volumes exceeding a predetermined maximum. Access to cellular communication network resources is provided by dedicating a portion of communication radio resources to emergency response personnel use. By reserving radio resources for emergency communication purposes, emergency personnel are able to both initiate and receive calls or data sessions from both other mobile devices as well as conventional landline telephone stations. Qualified emergency response personnel can preregistered their phones and be assigned personal identification numbers to enable access to allocated network resources. Users can also be registered "on the fly."
Inventor(s): Smith; Clint (Warwick, NY)
Assignee: RIVADA NETWORKS LLC (Colorado Springs, CO)
Filing Date:Oct 31, 2012
Application Number:13/664,819
Claims:1. A communication method, comprising: monitoring network resource usage in an eNodeB processor of a first eNodeB coupled to a plurality of mobile devices grouped into tiers, each tier being associated with a priority; determining in the eNodeB processor whether the usage of the monitored network resources exceeds a first threshold and whether the usage of the monitored network resources exceeds a second threshold; restricting originations of new sessions in the coupled mobile devices restricting handins of additional mobile devices to the first eNodeB, and degrading a local quality of service (QoS) of one or more coupled mobile devices based on the priorities associated with the tiers into which the mobile devices are grouped and in response to determining in the eNodeB processor that the usage of the monitored network resources exceeds the first threshold; and handing off one or more coupled mobile devices to a second eNodeB based on the priorities associated with the tiers into which the mobile device are grouped in response to determining, in the eNodeB processor of the first eNodeB, that the usage of the monitored network resources exceeds both the first and second thresholds, wherein: restricting originations of new sessions in the coupled mobile devices comprises restricting originations of new sessions for mobile devices grouped into a tier associated with a low priority; and degrading the local QoS of one or more coupled mobile devices based on the priorities associated with the tiers into which the mobile devices are grouped comprises degrading the local QoS for the mobile devices grouped into the tier associated with the low priority.

2. The communication method of claim 1, wherein handing off one or more coupled mobile devices to the second eNodeB further comprises handing off mobile devices based on a network to which the second eNodeB belongs.

3. The communication method of claim 2, wherein handing off mobile devices based on the network to which the second eNodeB belongs comprises: determining whether the first eNodeB belongs to a lessor network; determining whether the second eNodeB belongs to the lessor network; and determining whether the second eNodeB belongs to a radio access system corresponding to the lessor network when it is determined that the second eNodeB does not belong to the lessor network.

4. The communication method of claim 1, further comprising: further continuing monitoring network resource usage in the eNodeB processor of the first eNodeB to determine whether the usage of network resources exceeds a third threshold; and terminating existing sessions of one or more connected mobile devices when it is determined that the usage of network resources exceeds the third threshold, wherein terminating existing sessions of one or more connected mobile devices comprises terminating existing sessions based on the priorities associated with the tiers into which the connected mobile devices are grouped.

5. An eNodeB server, comprising: a server memory; and a server processor coupled to the server memory, wherein the server processor is configured with processor-executable instructions to perform operations comprising: establishing communication links with a telecommunication network; establishing wireless communication links with a plurality of mobile devices; grouping the mobile devices into one of a plurality of tiers, each tier being associated with a priority; monitoring network resource usage on the telecommunication network; determining whether the usage of the monitored network resources exceeds a first threshold and whether the usage of the monitored network resources exceeds a second threshold; restricting originations of new sessions in the plurality of mobile devices, restricting handins of additional mobile devices, and degrading a local quality of service (QoS) of one or more of the plurality of mobile devices based on the priorities associated with the tiers into which the mobile devices are grouped and in response to determining that the usage of the monitored network resources exceeds the first threshold; and handing off one or more of the plurality of mobile devices to a second eNodeB based on the priorities associated with the tiers into which the mobile device are grouped in response to determining, in the eNodeB processor of the first eNodeB, that the usage of the monitored network resources exceeds both the first and second thresholds, wherein: restricting originations of new sessions comprises restricting originations of new sessions for mobile devices grouped into a tier associated with a low priority; and degrading the local QoS of one or more coupled mobile devices based on the priorities associated with the tiers into which the mobile devices are grouped comprises degrading the local QoS for the mobile devices grouped into the tier associated with the low priority.

6. The eNodeB server of claim 5, wherein the server processor is configured with processor-executable instructions to perform operations such that handing off one or more coupled mobile devices to the second eNodeB further comprises handing off mobile devices based on a network to which the second eNodeB belongs.

7. The eNodeB server of claim 6, wherein the server processor is configured with processor-executable instructions to perform operations such that handing off mobile devices based on a network to which the second eNodeB belongs comprises: determining whether the eNodeB server belongs to a lessor network; determining whether the second eNodeB belongs to the lessor network; and determining whether the second eNodeB belongs to a radio access system corresponding to the lessor network when it is determined that the second eNodeB does not belong to the lessor network.

8. The eNodeB server of claim 5, wherein the server processor is configured with processor-executable instructions to perform operations further comprising: further continuing monitoring network resource usage to determine whether the usage of network resources exceeds a third threshold; and terminating existing sessions of one or more mobile devices when it is determined that the usage of network resources exceeds the third threshold, wherein terminating existing sessions of one or more mobile devices comprises terminating existing sessions based on the priorities associated with the tiers into which the connected mobile devices are grouped.

9. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium having stored thereon processor-executable software instructions configured to cause a processor to perform operations for relaying communications between a plurality of mobile devices and a telecommunication network, the operations comprising: establishing communication links with the telecommunication network; establishing wireless communication links with the plurality of mobile devices; grouping each of mobile devices into one of a plurality of tiers, each tier being associated with a priority; monitoring network resource usage of the telecommunication network; determining whether the usage of the monitored network resources exceeds a first threshold and whether the usage of the monitored network resources exceeds a second threshold; restricting originations of new sessions in the plurality of mobile devices, restricting handins of additional mobile devices, and degrading a local quality of service (QoS) of one or more of the plurality of mobile devices based on the priorities associated with the tiers into which the mobile devices are grouped when it is determined that the usage of network resources exceeds the first threshold; and handing off one or more of the plurality of mobile devices to a second eNodeB based on the priorities associated with the tiers into which the mobile device are grouped in response to determining, in the eNodeB processor of the first eNodeB, that the usage of the monitored network resources exceeds both the first and second thresholds, wherein: restricting originations of new sessions comprises restricting originations of new sessions for mobile devices grouped into a tier associated with a low priority; and degrading the local QoS of one or more of the plurality of mobile devices based on the priorities associated with the tiers into which the mobile devices are grouped comprises degrading the local QoS for the mobile devices grouped into the tier associated with the low priority.

10. The non-transitory computer readable storage medium of claim 9, wherein the stored processor-executable software instructions are configured to cause a processor to perform operations such that handing off one or more coupled mobile devices to the eNodeB further comprises handing off mobile devices based on the network to which the eNodeB belongs.

11. The non-transitory computer readable storage medium of claim 10, wherein the stored processor-executable software instructions are configured to cause a processor to perform operations such that handing off mobile devices based on a network to which the eNodeB belongs comprises: identifying a lessor network; determining whether the second eNodeB belongs to the lessor network; and determining whether the second eNodeB belongs to a radio access system corresponding to the lessor network when it is determined that the second eNodeB does not belong to the lessor network.

12. The non-transitory computer readable storage medium of claim 9, wherein the stored processor-executable software instructions are configured to cause a processor to perform operations comprising: further continuing monitoring network resource usage to determine whether the usage of network resources exceeds a third threshold; and terminating existing sessions of one or more connected mobile devices when it is determined that the usage of network resources exceeds the third threshold, wherein terminating existing sessions of one or more connected mobile devices comprises terminating existing sessions based on the priorities associated with the tiers into which the connected mobile devices are grouped.
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