Update your plant collection whilst out in the garden


IrisBG Mobile is an app made to view and update your plant collection on a portable device using Windows Embedded Handheld.

Please note that Windows Embedded Handheld is no longer beeing developed by Microsoft and access to mobile devices is limited. For a wider range of options and features, we recommend IrisBG Handheld for Android and Apple iOS.

IrisBG Mobile logo


No need for a live data connection

  • The device is synchronized via a USB connection with your IrisBG desktop version using the IrisBG Mobile Synchronizer. Changes to the IrisBG database made on the device are available in a separate log (Inbox). Watch the video tutorial "Using IrisBG mobile synchronizer and inbox" for a demonstration.
  • Any changes made are saved on the device until the next time you synchronize.

Search, update and record new accessions

  • An accession can be found based on full or partial accession number, planting number, name, location, family and/or genus.
  • Core data can be retrieved and viewed for a given accession or plant.
  • Details such as plant status, label type, label status, measurements, coordinates, comments, etc., can be updated.
  • New accessions and new planting can be recorded.
  • A complete log of the recently opened accessions is available in the history log on the device.
  • Photographs of a plant can be taken with the device and added directly to the database.

Map support

  • The location of all plants related to an accession can be displayed on a map.
  • The location of all matching accessions from a search can be displayed on a map.
  • Map coordinates can be updated directly on the map or by using the integrated GPS.
  • Select from your favourite base maps and preload them onto the device ensuring a smooth user experience and avoiding the need for a live data connection.

Record Tasks and Tree Inspections

  • Full support for updating and adding tasks/inventories and plant inspections.
  • Update all plant records related to a task or inspection in one operation. Change planting status, label information or location.


  • Tight barcode integration with several Motorola devices. See video below.
  • Frequently used text phrases can be saved and reused to speed up text entry.
  • IrisBG Mobile has integrated support for scanning of Garden Explorer QR codes. For more details about IrisBG QR code integration, we recommend you read the article on our blog, Getting started with QR Codes in your garden.

Technical Features

  • Touch friendly user interface without the need to use a stylus.
  • Dynamic screen size adjustment (VGA, WVGA, QVGA).
  • Compatible with touch screen and/or keyboard enabled devices.
  • Camera integration (where available).
  • The device is synchronized with your IrisBG database by connecting a USB cable between the device and a desktop version of IrisBG.
    The synchronization process supports auditing before changes are committed to the database.


IrisBG Mobile 3.2 - A Guided Tour.

IrisBG Mobile - 3.2 a guided tour

Using barcodes in your plant collection with IrisBG mobile.

Using barcodes in your plant collection with IrisBG mobile

Handheld devices

Device requirements

  • Devices running Microsoft Embedded Handheld/Windows Mobile with touch screen.
  • A range of screen resolutions and page orientation are supported. Portrait WVGA or VGA screen is recommended.
  • Integrated maps and GPS is only supported on selected models. Contact us for more details.

Finding the right mobile device

Deciding on what device to buy can be difficult. Below we have compiled a list of features that we recommend you consider when selecting a device. We have also included a short list of recommended devices. If you have a specific model in mind that is not listed below, please get in touch and will do our best to help you.

Features to take into consideration

  • Screen - A larger screen will give a better user experience and capacitive touch screens are more responsive with touch.
  • Camera - A device camera will never replace a DSLR, but can be a convenient option when you are out in the garden.
  • GPS - With IrisBG mobile, you can update plant location visually on the map, but precision GPS may be an option you would like to consider.
  • Keyboard - Hardware or software keyboard. An integrated hardware keyboard will improve text entry but also make the device bulkier.
  • Phone - In many case, staff have their personal mobile for telephone use, making phone support on the IrisBG mobile device irrelevant.
  • Barcode - Using barcodes on your nursery labels and labels in the garden can be a productivity booster.
  • Ruggedness - Rugged devices are splash proof, will survive being dropped on the floor, and you would expect them to live longer. Please note that the rugged devices are larger and heavier.
  • Performance - All devices below will perform well with IrisBG mobile.
  • Price - The rugged models typically cost two or three times its consumer grade counterpart.

Recommended devices

Screen Very Good
4.3 WVGA
3.5 VGA
Camera Good
Very Good
3.2 MP optional
GPS Fair
Keyboard On Screen On Screen + Numeric Hardware
Querty OR Numeric
Phone Yes Yes N/A
Ruggedness Fair
Consumer Grade
Very Good
Very Good
Performance Very Good
1 Ghz
1.5 Ghz
806 mhz
Barcode N/A N/A Exceptional
1D or 2D
Price $ $$$ $$$
Image HTC HD2 Nautiz X8 Motorola MC75

Juno T41
Series 5
Geo 7X H-Star
Screen Very Good
4.3 WVGA
4.2 VGA
Camera Very Good
GPS Good
Very Good
Keyboard On Screen On Screen
Phone Yes Yes
Ruggedness Very Good
Very Good
Performance Good
800 mhz
Very Good
1 Ghz
Very Good
1 Ghz
Barcode See comment below. N/A
Price $$$$ or more $$$$$$
Image Trimble Juno T41 Trimble Geo 7 Series

  • Nautiz X8 product page.Nautiz X8 from Handheld Group is one of the few devices available today than can be upgraded directly to Android. The device is relativly big, but not very heavy. With a 1.5 gz processor and 4.7" capacitive screen, it is one of the best all rounders available today.
    Read a test of the Nautiz X8 GPS unit, written by Resource Supply in Oregon.
  • Motorola MC55A0 product page.MC55A0 from Motorola Solutions (AKA Symbol) is available with many different configurations. We have had a positive experience with model number MC55A0-P30SWQQA7WR or MC55A0-P40SWNQA9WR(With Camera) which both have full QUERTY keyboard and 2D barcode scanner.
  • Trimble Juno T41 product page / Trimble Juno 5 Series product page.Trimble Juno 5 and T41 are rugged large screen devices with a smartphone form factor. The standard model has good GPS (2-4m), but can optionally be supplied with enhanced GPS (1-2m). Optional Integrated barcode/RFID scanner is available, but this hardware has not been tested with IrisBG mobile.
  • Trimble Geo 7X Series page. The Trimble Geo 7X H-Star is one of the most advanced GPS handheld units available today and is capable of delivering 0.75m real time GPS accuracy.
  • HTC HD2 Support page. HTC has discontinued production of HTC HD2, but devices can still be purchaced from some dealers.

Further details

Last Updated 12 Oct 2018
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