AlarmForce and Fortress both offer options to meet your home security needs. AlarmForce has professional installation and combined equipment and monitoring packages. Fortress features DIY equipment-only packages with no monitoring services.

AlarmForce is a Canadian company notably only available in five states — three in the South and two in the Midwest. Neither company offers home automation or a wide selection of mobile management choices.

Key Similarities

  • No home automation options
  • Limited mobile management options

Key Differences

  • Only AlarmForce has combined equipment and monitoring packages.
  • Fortress has no monitoring service.
  • AlarmForce has noted poor battery life.
  • AlarmForce has professional installation. Fortress is DIY.
  • AlarmForce has limited availability.

Winner and Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: Fortress

Fortress offers only equipment packages, with no monitoring options available. Packages are all pre-programmed, and range in cost from $99-$570, depending on customizations. Available equipment includes sensors, sirens, and an HD security camera. Fortress technology is reported to be inexpensive compared to the industry standard. Fortress systems, with their lack of monitoring services, use mechanisms like sirens and strobe lights to alert users to issues. Alarm delays have been reported.

AlarmForce has basic packages with proprietary equipment. They range in cost from $25-$42 per month, and the company does not have extensive available add-ons. All packages do come with two-way voice, however, which allows users to communicate in real time with the monitoring center.

Installation

Winner: Tie

Preference in this category will depend on whether you are seeking professional installation services.

AlarmForce has professional installation with fees varying between packages. The most bare-bones package offering has free installation, but the installation fee for the most expensive package runs $179.

Fortress offers only DIY installation of pre-programmed packages.

Home Automation

Winner: Tie

Neither company offers home automation.

Mobile App

Winner: Tie

Both AlarmForce and Fortress have limited mobile management, with mobile apps only available with select package options.

Contracts

Winner: Alarm Force

AlarmForce offer the industry-standard 36-month monitoring contract. Fortress notably offers no monitoring packages.

Reliability

Winner: Fortress

AlarmForce is reported to have notably poor battery life. Most sensor batteries on the market have a 5-year lifespan, but AlarmForce users have noted the need for much more frequent battery replacement.

Fortress alarm delays have been reported.

Who Fortress is Better For:

  • Users who want to avoid any monitoring contracts
  • Users interested in DIY installation
  • Users interested in sirens and strobe lights as alerts

Full Fortress Review

Who Alarm Force Is Better For:

  • Users looking for professional installation
  • Users interested in monitoring contracts
  • Users living within applicable areas

Full Alarm Force Review

Fortress and AlarmForce both have systems to help meet your safety needs. Those seeking professional installation and long-term monitoring services will likely prefer AlarmForce, if living in an applicable area. Those wishing to avoid monitoring contracts will likely prefer Fortress.

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