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In wireless sensor networks, data dissemination is generally performed from the sensor nodes towards a static sink. In this paper, we address the particular case where the sink is mobile, according to an unpredictable mobility pattern. First, we study existing approaches. As an alternative, we present the line-based data dissemination (LBDD) protocol. Next, we analytically evaluate the communication cost of this protocol and we compare it to other approaches. Finally, realistic simulations are performed and results show that LBDD outperforms previous approaches and presents the best tradeoff among the evaluated protocols.
Date of Conference: 19-23 May 2008