Wireless Networks

, Volume 19, Issue 6, pp 1285–1298

Band-based geocasting for mobile sink groups in wireless sensor networks


  • Soochang Park
    • Rutgers Center for Operations ResearchRutgers University
  • Seungmin Oh
    • Department of Computer EngineeringChungnam National University
  • Jinho Kim
    • Department of Industrial and Systems EngineeringRutgers University
  • Euisin Lee
    • The Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
    • Department of Computer EngineeringChungnam National University

DOI: 10.1007/s11276-012-0533-1

Cite this article as:
Park, S., Oh, S., Kim, J. et al. Wireless Netw (2013) 19: 1285. doi:10.1007/s11276-012-0533-1


This paper studies on delivery-guaranteed and effective data dissemination for mobile sink groups in wireless sensor networks. A mobile sink group denotes a set of tightly coupled mobile sinks for team collaborations such as a team of firefighters and a group of solders. The mobile sinks have a group movement feature. They thus randomly move in personal spaces as well as collectively move together as a single entity. To support such group mobility, previous studies provide circle-based protocols determining successive circular areas of a group continuously moving, and then propagate data in the areas by flooding. However, since a group is still moving during decision of each circle, they may cause asynchrony between circles and actual group positions. Eventually, it could harm reachability and energy-efficiency. We therefore propose a novel data dissemination protocol using motion properties of a mobile sink group: slowly varying and streamlike movement. By the slowly varying constraint, the protocol predictively and effectively delivers data to a group through a band of sensor nodes located in front of the streamlike trajectory of the group.


Data disseminationMobile sink groupsGroup mobility

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