MODES SNM is a collaborative project (funded under the FP7 - Security program), aimed at developing a
prototype for a mobile, modular detection system for radioactive and Special Nuclear Materials (SNM). To
maximize the detection capability for SNM, the prototype will combine detectors for fast and thermal neutrons, as well as for gamma-rays. The key detector technology in the development is high pressure scintillation cells filled with noble gases, as recently developed by ARKTIS. The project started officially at the beginning of 2012, for a duration of 30 months. The goal of the project is to deliver a fully integrated and field tested prototype of a modular mobile system capable of passively detecting weak or shielded radioactive sources with accuracy higher than currently available systems. We will present the status of the project, preliminary results and future prospects.