We investigate the impact of multiple, mobile sinks on
efficient data collection in wireless sensor networks. To
improve performance, our protocol design focuses on minimizing
overlaps of sink trajectories and balancing the service load
among the sinks. To cope with high network dynamics, placement
irregularities and limited network knowledge we propose three different
protocols: a) a centralized one, that explicitly equalizes spatial coverage;
this protocol assumes strong modeling assumptions, and also serves as a kind
of performance lower bound in uniform networks of low dynamics b)
a distributed protocol based on mutual avoidance of sinks c) a clustering
protocol that distributively groups service areas towards balancing the load per sink.
Our simulation findings demonstrate significant gains in latency, while keeping the success
rate and the energy dissipation at very satisfactory levels even under
high network dynamics and deployment heterogeneity.